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Ethics Committee Votes To Expel Jailed Mass. Rep

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Rep. Carlos Henriquez at the State House, Jan. 24, 2014. (WBZ-TV)

Rep. Carlos Henriquez at the State House, Jan. 24, 2014. (WBZ-TV)

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BOSTON (AP) — The state House Ethics Committee is recommending that jailed state Rep. Carlos Henriquez be expelled.

Rep. David Nangle of Lowell, committee vice chairman, confirmed the decision Tuesday night after Henriquez met privately with the panel for several hours.

Nangle said the full House will vote Thursday whether to accept or reject the committee’s report.

Henriquez, a Boston Democrat, is serving a six-month sentence after being convicted of assaulting a former girlfriend. He has resisted calls for his resignation from House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Gov. Deval Patrick and others. He would be given an opportunity to address the full House before any disciplinary vote.

Henriquez was escorted into a Statehouse hearing room shortly after 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. The meeting ended about seven hours later.

He had met twice previously with the committee since starting his jail sentence last month.

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