State Auditor Jim Zeigler has asked the Alabama House Judiciary Committee to report at least one impeachment article against Gov. Robert Bentley when the Alabama Legislature returns Aug. 15 for a special session.
Zeigler will release a copy of the request to the committee in a speech and news conference noon, Tuesday, Aug. 9 at the Wetumpka Rotary Club.
Read Zeigler’s official request below:
I ask that you schedule a meeting of the House Judiciary Committee before or during the early stage of the August 15th special session. The purpose would be to consider at least one article of impeachment against Gov. Bentley. This would allow the full House to take up impeachment in the special session.
There is widespread discouragement among Alabama citizens about the impeachment proceedings. Many believe that the impeachment proceedings are not moving ahead. The people want the air cleared on the Bentley administration sooner rather than later.
If an impeachment resolution is not reported out of your committee in time for consideration in the special session, it would likely mean that the full House would not take up impeachment until the February 7 regular session. That is simply too long to let this sore fester.
I do not buy the notion that a committee consideration of impeachment at all deliberate speed is not doing it right. Nor do I buy that a slow process like the one now being done is a correct and deliberate process. Slowness does not mean doing it right and a speedy hearing does not mean doing it wrong.
Please let me know if you will schedule a meeting of the judiciary committee to consider one or more impeachment articles. Thank you.
Jim Zeigler, Citizen