Two Tennessee state reps who were removed from office could be appointed to fill their own vacancies, and voted back permanently in a special election.
UPDATE: On April 10, the Metro Nashville council voted 36-0 to appoint Justin Jones as his own interim successor, suspending council rules to allow Jones to retake his seat immediately instead of undergoing the standard four-week hiring process for vacancies.
On April 12, the Shelby County Board of Commissioners voted 7-0 to appoint Justin Pearson as his own interim successor, likewise suspending county rules to send Pearson back immediately instead of waiting the usual 30 days.
State lawmakers in Tennessee took unprecedented action on April 6 when they expelled two members of the State House of Representatives for breach of decorum.
Rep. Justin Jones (D-Nashville) and Rep. Justin Pearson (D-Memphis) led protests at the state capitol calling for gun control following a deadly school shooting in Nashville a week prior. The state’s Republican supermajority accusedthem of violating House rules, …