- Associated Press - Sunday, December 13, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The leader of the Vermont Senate says a legislative committee soon will consider suspending a lawmaker facing criminal sex charges.

Sen. Norm McAllister, who was arrested May 7 outside the Statehouse, has pleaded not guilty to three felony and three misdemeanor sex charges. Senate President Pro Tempore John Campbell told The Burlington Free Press (https://bfpne.ws/1jWJvT9) that after a meeting Saturday, the Democratic caucus remains divided over how to respond.

Campbell says he and several others want to suspend McAllister rather than expel him, and that the Senate Rules Committee is likely to consider a suspension motion on Wednesday. If the committee decides to move forward, the full Senate would take up the issue when it convenes in January.

McAllister, a Republican, denies the charges and refuses to step down.

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