Five months after the Illinois House expelled Representative Derrick Smith over federal bribery charges, he's stepping back into his duties as a lawmaker.
IPR's Brian Mackey has more:
Lawmakers learned of their committee assignments this week. Smith will be serving on six of them, including two that deal directly with issues regarding law enforcement: the budget committee on public safety, and the Special Committee on Public Safety: Police and Fire. This is at the same time Smith is fighting federal charges that he took a $7,000 bribe for agreeing to help a daycare secure a state grant. House Democratic spokesman Steve Brown says after winning his seat back last November, Smith is a full member of the Democratic caucus.
"He's an elected member, so he's - period."
Smith is also serving as vice-chairman of the Human Services Committee. In Illinois, the Department of Human Services oversees regulation of day care centers. Brown denied there was anything ironic about Smith being assigned to help to oversee an area of government that's related to his federal bribery charges.
"I've not heard any irony discussed."
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