MADISON (WKOW) -- The Assembly ethics committee looking into possible ethics violations by Rep. Jeff Wood declined to recommend any punishment to the full Assembly Tuesday morning.
Instead, the committee will issue a report to the Assembly, and it will be up to the full Assembly to determine what if any sanctions are taken against Rep. Wood.
MADISON (WKOW) -- An Assembly ethics committee is expected to vote this Tuesday on what discipline to recommend to the full Assembly regarding Rep. Jeff Wood.
Since December 2008, Wood, an independent from Chippewa Falls, has been arrested three times in three separate counties for driving under the influence.
Wood has told the committee he is "guilty" of drunken driving in Columbia County, but his two subsequent arrests involved no drinking. Wood was using prescription drugs on those occasions and has said he will contest criminal charges in those cases.
The committee's Chairwoman, Rep. Mary Hubler, a Democrat from Rice Lake, says she opposes expulsion as a punishment for Wood and thinks such a move probably wouldn't receive enough votes to clear the full assembly. Instead she says censure or reprimand may be appropriate.
Amendments to an original expulsion resolution include the lesser punishments as options.
Three Republican lawmakers on the six member committee have told The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel they favor expelling Wood.
No state lawmaker has been expelled from the Wisconsin legislature since 1917. A two thirds vote of the 99 member assembly would be needed to expel Wood.
Wood has claimed he remains to fit to serve and has pointed to a lack of any recall effort against him from his constituents.
Rep. Stephen Nass, a Republican from Whitewater, authored the expulsion resolution and has demanded that Wood be expelled from the Assembly.
Online reporting by Wendy Hathaway and Tony Galli
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