As promised, Tennessee House Republicans on Thursday held votes to expel three left-wing Democrat lawmakers for breaking House rules when they joined a disruptive gun-control protest on the chamber’s floor.
The GOP, which holds a supermajority in the House, expelled Rep. Justin Jones (D-Nashville) on a 72-25 vote, and Rep. Justin Pearson (D-Memphis) by 69-26, but fell short of achieving the two-thirds majority needed to oust Rep. Gloria Johnson (D-Knoxville) by one vote, the Tennessean reported.
The expulsions were effective immediately.
The effort to expel Johnson failed on a 65-30 vote, with six Republicans breaking with their party to vote against her expulsion. On March 30, Pearson and Jones, both freshman lawmakers who had previously clashed with leadership on other issues this session, walked up to the House podium during a floor session and using a bullhorn began leading gun reform chants, echoing the shouts of protesters packed into the Capitol rotunda. […]
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