Expelled North Dakota lawmaker won’t go to court; unclear when successor will be named

Former state representative Luke Simons won’t go to court over his expulsion from the Legislature.

Simons, R-Dickinson, announced his decision Thursday morning in a lengthy statement.

“The legislature has effectively disenfranchised the people of my district. Unfortunately, the only way I can immediately correct this injustice is to allow someone else to serve,” he said. “There are too many important bills that could pass or fail by a single vote. I cannot in good conscience prioritize my legal battle over the potential outcome of important legislation for the people of North Dakota.”