- Associated Press - Monday, January 4, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - One of the first items on the agenda as Vermont lawmakers convene this week will the proposed suspension of a state Senator who is facing sexual misconduct charges.

Sen. Norman McAllister, a Franklin County Republican, was arrested in May and faces three felony and three misdemeanor counts of sexual misconduct in a trial tentatively set for February. McAllister has denied any wrongdoing.

On Dec. 16, the Senate Rules Committee voted to recommend to the full Senate that McAllister be suspended for the duration of his criminal case.

The resolution is to be formally introduced on Tuesday, the first day of the 2016 session, with a debate and vote expected on Wednesday.

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