Expected Governor Bentley Impeachment Vote In May

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AL.com reports that the special counsel overseeing the investigation into Gov. Bentley will issue a public report to the House Judiciary Committee April 7. 

The report will be followed by committee hearings, a response from Gov. Bentley and a report to the House of Representatives May 4. The timeline we have is tentative. 

Twenty-three House members signed an impeachment resolution against Bentley in April 2016, alleging there was credible evidence of probable cause that Bentley misused state resources.

The only way Bentley could return to office is if the Senate acquitted him.

The Governor has denied that he has broken any laws.

Impeachment timeline

April 7: Report of Investigation

Special Counsel's written report of investigation will be provided to the Committee and to Counsel for the Governor by 5:00 p.m. It will be made available to the public.

April 10: Committee Hearing

Day One Presentation by the Committee's Special Counsel and offer of witnesses, if any. [House Rule 79.1 (d); Amended Committee Rule 2(i) and Rule 13(b)]

April 11: Committee Hearing

Day Two Presentation by counsel for the Office of the Governor and for the Governor and offer of witnesses, if any. [House Rule 79.1 (d); Amended Committee Rule 2(i)(2)-(3)]

April 12: Committee Hearing Day Three

Special Counsel response. [House Rule 79.1 (d); Amended Committee Rule 2(i) and Rule 13(b)]

April 13: Committee Hearing Day Four or Recess

Conclusion (or recess if concluded on April 12)

April 14: Committee Meeting

Summation by counsel for the Office of the Governor; by counsel for the Governor; and by Special Counsel. [House Rule 79.1(d); Amended Committee Rule 2(i)(2)-(3); amended Committee Rule 2(i) and Rule 13(b)]

Motion(s)

Vote on motion(s) and charge to Special Counsel as to preparation of Committee Report (including any revised Articles)

April 21: Committee Report

To be provided to the Committee and to counsel of the Office of the Governor and counsel for the Governor by 5:00 p.m. [Amended Committee Rule 14]

April 28: Governor Bentley Written Response

To be provided to the Committee and to Special Counsel by 5:00 p.m. [Amended Committee Rule 14]

May 1: Committee Meeting

Motion(s), debate and vote on proposed Committee Report and Articles (if any).

May 4: Report to the House

Transmission of Committee Report and Minority Report (if any) to the Clerk for consideration by the full House. [House Rule 79.1(a)(2), (f)].

May 9: House Consideration of Committee Report

[House Rule 79.1 (g)]

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