Jeremy Durham to file lawsuit against state officials


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Former State Rep. Jeremy Durham says he plans to file a lawsuit next week to reinstate health benefits stripped from him when he was expelled from the Legislature.

The lawsuit will ask the court to issue an injunction requiring the defendants to reinstate both Durham’s state pension and health insurance.

The Franklin Republican was expelled from the Legislature in September after after allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct.

Lawmakers voted to expel Durham to strip his state pension before he served the minimum four years to become eligible.PREVIOUS STORY: Durham says expulsion was unconstitutional, plans to sue Tennessee

Durham says his state insurance plan was also stripped in the process, even after legislative staff said his insurance would remain intact.

According to Durham, the lawsuit will name Tennessee Finance & Administration Commissioner Larry Martin, Director of Legislative Administration Connie Ridley and Attorney General Herbert Slattery, all in their official capacities.

The lawsuit would be filed the same week that many of the same lawmakers who voted to oust Durham are hoping to be re-elected.

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