Connecticut Governor

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Connecticut Legislature will form a bipartisan committee to consider impeaching Gov. John Rowland.

The speaker of the House says the decision to form the committee was the toughest she's had to make.

The panel will investigate the scandal and recommend whether Rowland should be impeached.

After initially denying it, the three-term governor has admitted accepting gifts and free work on his vacation cottage from politically connected friends, state employees and a contractor. But he says he never returned the favors.

The formation of the committee of inquiry is one step below starting the impeachment process. The speaker says the House will meet in special session as soon as next week to form the committee, which will have subpoena powers.

Rowland has rejected repeated calls to resign but he did commend the legislature for setting up what he calls a "very fair and deliberative process."

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