- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - Newly proposed legislation in the Navajo Nation Council sets up a process for appointing a replacement for Speaker Johnny Naize if he is removed from office.

The bill on naming a successor is sponsored by council Delegate Alton Joe Shepherd.

The bill references Navajo law that mandates that the replacement speaker be chosen by the council from among its members to serve the remainder of the term. Naize’s second two-year term as speaker ends in January 2015.

The posting of the bill on Monday starts a public comment period that allows it to be eligible for committee action after Jan. 18.

Shepherd also is sponsoring legislation calling for the removal of Naize because of pending criminal charges related to use of tribal discretional money.

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