MADISON (WKOW) -- The chairperson of a special legislative committee considering discipline against Rep. Jeff Wood believes Wood deserves time to prepare a defense of his actions.
"If I was in his shoes, I would want time," Rep. Mary Hubler (D-Rice Lake) tells 27 News. "This is a new procedure."
In a letter to Hubler, Wood asked for 60 days to hire an attorney and to respond to proposed discipline. That proposed discipline could include expulsion from the legislature, which has not happened in more than ninety years.
Wood was arrested on suspicion of operating under the influence three times in a recent twelve month period, and has two previous drunk driving convictions. Wood (I-Chippewa Falls) faces criminal charges in three different counties.
Hubler's special ethics committee required Wood to respond to proposed discipline over his conduct by this week.
Hubler said she will poll all committee members and then determine when to set a hearing date when Wood would respond to concerns over his conduct and any proposed discipline.
Online reporting by Tony Galli