Nashville council reappoints expelled lawmakerJustin Jones
A Nashville-area county council on Monday voted to name expelled state Representative Justin Jones as the interim lawmaker to fill his vacated seat, reversing Republican lawmakers who ousted Jones and another young, Black legislator last week for staging a gun control protest on the House floor. The controversy in the Tennessee House of Representatives has gained national attention, as Democrats advocate for gun control and racial equality, while Republicans, who have a supermajority in the statehouse, hold firm to their beliefs.
The Democrats' protest on March 30, during which they broke the House's rules, led to the expulsion of Jones and fellow Democrat Justin Pearson. However, a white representative who participated in the demonstration was not expelled.
The protest was in response to the legislature's stance on gun violence prevention after the shooting at a Nashville school on March 27.
The expulsions have become a focal point for Democrats nationally as they seek to address issues of gun violence and racial inequality and challenge Republican dominance at the state level.