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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Can the Legislature Expel Olson?

From the Drama Queen's comments:

# Duke Powell Says:
July 14th, 2007 at 10:12 pm

Rep Olson cannot be expelled from the Legislature by his peers. He is, however, subject to a recall election as set forth in state statute 211C.

In this instance he has been convicted of a “serious crime” as defined by this statute. The procedure for recall is quite specific and not particularly onerous.

# MplsSteve Says:
July 15th, 2007 at 3:17 am


Are you sure about that? The reason I ask is back in 1986, the House came very close to expelling then-Rep Randy Staten. Staten was accused of writing about $8,200 in bad checks as well as filing late or incomplete campaign finance reports.

At the time, the GOP controlled that chamber 69-65. 3 or 4 GOP reps voted against expulsion and as expected, all the Democrats did too.

Has the House (since that time) changed its rules on expelling members who break laws?

A recall might be the way to go. As Duke Powell noted, Minnesota Statute 211c describes the process. 25 signatures of registered voters in the district are required.