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Mar 3, 2016 5:24 PM

Lawmakers behaving badly in NH; can they be forced to resign?


CONCORD - Elected officials behaving badly -- it is a story that often makes headlines across the nation, and right here in New Hampshire.

This week state Rep. Kyle Tasker was arrested and charged with trying to lure a 14-year-old girl for sex and selling drugs. Many state officials say he should resign.

The process of getting a New Hampshire state representative to resign is not as easy as it sounds. The NH House has the authority to investigate and impeach a state official. The Senate acts as court and hears all impeachment cases. It's a step most avoid.

You may recall Republican state Rep. Stella Tremblay of Auburn claiming the federal government staged the Boston Marathon bombings, even calling the injuries fake.

She ignored numerous cries for her to resign until she moved out of her district two months later and was forced to step down.

In 2012 then-House Majority Leader DJ Bettencourt lied about a law school internship. He chose to resign a couple weeks later, saying a wedding and a new job were keeping him from running for office again.

Former Nashua state Rep. Tom Alciere was persuaded to resign by his colleagues who threatened to petition for his resignation after it was discovered that he'd posted comments online in support of killing police, calling them "brutal thugs" among other things.

There have been only two state officials impeached in New Hampshire, and they were both judges. Once in 1790 and in 2000 when the House impeached NH Supreme Court Chief Justice David Brock. The Senate later acquitted him.

Still no word on what Tasker will do.

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