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Wood Expulsion Hearing Delayed Until March 3rd

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MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) - A state Assembly disciplinary hearing against Representative Jeff Wood has been pushed back to March 3rd. A 6-member panel was planning to hold the hearing Wednesday – and a letter sent to Wood’s lawyer by committee chair Mary Hubler of Rice Lake did not give a reason for the delay. The defense lawyer raised a bunch of questions a few days ago about how the hearing would operate. He also said voters should be the only ones to boot out a legislator. Wood has been arrested 3 times since December of 2008 for driving under the influence of alcohol or prescription drugs. Court cases are still pending in Columbia, Marathon, and Monroe counties.

The Assembly ethics panel could recommend that the full house reprimand, censure, or expel the 40-year-old Wood. Only one lawmaker in state history has been removed by his colleagues, that being in 1917. Wood says he won’t run for a 5th two-year term this fall, but he doesn’t want to leave before then.

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