The Latest: House speaker has no comment on impeachment

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Posted: Mar 30, 2016 6:33 PM
The Latest: House speaker has no comment on impeachment

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the resignation of a top aide to Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

The Alabama House speaker has no comment at this time about plans to introduce impeachment proceedings against Gov. Robert Bentley.

Speaker Mike Hubbard's spokesperson said in an emailed statement he hasn't seen the articles of impeachment or the "charges they contain."

Republican Rep. Ed Henry said Wednesday he will introduce an impeachment resolution against Bentley. Henry announced his plans the same day Bentley's top aide resigned amid the fallout of the governor's admission that he made inappropriate remarks to her.

Henry says Bentley has lost the confidence of lawmakers and voters. However, he acknowledges the resolution faces an uphill climb. A majority of House members would have to vote in favor of the resolution to begin proceedings.

The Alabama Legislature returns from its spring break next week.

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3:55 p.m.

A Republican Alabama lawmaker says he plans to introduce a resolution to begin impeachment proceedings against Gov. Robert Bentley.

Rep. Ed Henry said Wednesday that he will introduce the resolution when the Alabama Legislature returns from spring break next week. Henry made his plans public the same day Bentley's top aide resigned amid the fallout of the governor's admission that he made inappropriate remarks to her.

Henry and Bentley are both Republicans who have frequently clashed over the past two years, including over the governor's proposal last year to raise taxes.

Henry says Bentley has lost the confidence of lawmakers and voters. However, he acknowledges the resolution faces an uphill climb. A majority of House members would have to vote to begin proceedings.

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3:20 p.m.

A top political aide to Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is resigning, a week after he apologized for making inappropriate remarks to her.

Rebekah Caldwell Mason said in a statement Wednesday that she is resigning as Bentley's senior policy analyst. The decision comes a week after Bentley's admission during a news conference, where he also denied having an affair with her.

The governor said he apologized to his family and Mason's for his behavior.

Mason had served as Bentley's senior policy adviser since January. Mason, a former television news anchor in Bentley's hometown of Tuscaloosa, signed on as spokeswoman for the little-known legislator's longshot bid for governor in 2010. She worked as the governor's communications adviser before leaving to work on his 2014 re-election.

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This story has been corrected to show Mason was no longer a news anchor when she joined Bentley's campaign.