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ND House expels lawmaker after sexual harassment allegations

Added 03-04-21 09:57:02pm EST - “The GOP-controlled North Dakota House of Representatives voted 69-25 to expel one of its members over sexual harassment allegations.” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “ND House expels lawmaker after sexual harassment allegations”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The GOP-controlled North Dakota House of Representatives voted 69-25 to expel one of its members over sexual harassment allegations.

The chamber voted to expel Republican Rep. Luke Simons one week after allegations against him going back to 2017 were made public, according to The Associated Press. It’s the first time in North Dakota's history that a lawmaker was removed from the state’s legislature.

Before the vote, Simons blamed his accusers for “twisting his words,” according to the news outlet, and said other lawmakers could be in his position.

“I could make any accusation against any of you," Simons said, according to AP. “Under this circumstance we are under, you’re guilty.”

Simons posted a photo of the vote on Facebook, with the caption “Well that’s it, no hearing, no trial and no evidence. Just based off of accusations that were made, I was expelled from the house and now I’m out of the legislature,” The Bismark Tribune reported.

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