State lawmaker who opened Capitol doors stripped of duties

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek has stripped a Republican lawmaker of his responsibilities and has called for his resignation after he let far-right protesters into the state Capitol during a December special legislative session. Security video shows Rep. Mike Nearman, of Independence, opening the door into the Oregon Capitol building, which was closed to the public, during a session in which demonstrators attacked authorities with bear spray and broke glass doors. Kotek said Monday she has stripped Nearman of his committee assignments and rescinded his commission appointments. Nearman has agreed to forfeit a badge granting access to the Capitol, give 24-hours notice before arriving there, and not allow “non-authorized personnel” access to the building.