By Associated Press - Tuesday, November 29, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A former state lawmaker has filed a civil court action alleging he was improperly forced to leave a state-owned building at the request of the New Hampshire House Speaker.

Spec Bowers, a Republican from Georges Mills whose term ended in 2012, filed court papers Tuesday seeking an injunction against Speaker Shawn Jasper. He alleges Jasper directed Statehouse security guards to remove him from the Legislative Office Building, a public space. Bowers says he was sitting in the hallway outside an orientation session for new lawmakers Tuesday when he was escorted out of the building.

House spokesman Jim Rivers says the incident was a misunderstanding. He says the building is open to the public, but the orientation is private. The head of Statehouse security declined to comment.

Jasper, a Republican, has until Jan. 4 to respond to the complaint.

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