Tennessee lawmakers in session Friday to replace ex-speaker

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are returning in a special session to replace a former speaker who became mired in a scandal involving sexually explicit text messages.

The Republican-supermajority Legislature will convene Friday for an expected one-day session.

GOP Rep. Glen Casada resigned as speaker Aug. 2 after revelations he exchanged sexually explicit text messages about women with his former chief of staff years ago, among other controversies.

Last month, House Republicans nominated Rep. Cameron Sexton as Casada’s replacement. Lawmakers are expected to vote in Sexton as speaker Friday.

Advocates are pressing lawmakers to use the session to expel Republican Rep. David Byrd, who’s accused of sexual misconduct by three women nearly 30 years ago.

Sexton has requested the attorney general’s guidance on whether the House can expel a lawmaker for decades-old conduct.

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