Members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives are deciding whether to kick one of their own colleagues out of the chamber _ something that hasn't happened in nearly a century.


The House is expected to debate a resolution on Thursday calling for the expulsion of Rep. Carlos Henriquez, a Boston Democrat who is serving a six-month jail sentence after being convicted last month of assaulting a former girlfriend.


Henriquez has resisted calls for his resignation from House Speaker Robert DeLeo and others. He continues to maintain his innocence and has questioned the fairness of his trial and sentence.


Rules established for the debate allow Henriquez to attend and address the House, but he cannot vote.