A Louisiana state Senate committee voted to suspend the terms of a state senator accused of assault, a move that is expected to take effect Thursday.
The suspension follows an investigation by the state Attorney General’s Office and the Louisiana State Police.
“Senator Anthony Davis has been suspended for one year from the state senate pending the outcome of a criminal investigation by Attorney General Jeff Landry,” the state Senate Judiciary Committee said in a statement.
Davis, a Republican, faces charges of misdemeanor assault, battery, and obstruction of justice after allegedly hitting a protester at a March 9 event.
A criminal complaint filed last week accused Davis of grabbing the protester’s face and dragging him to the ground.
The protesters were chanting “Black lives matter.”
The Democrat was later arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault.
The Senate Judiciary panel said it will release a full report on the case in three months.
“The committee will review the allegations against Senator Davis in full, including the nature of the injuries suffered by the protesters, as well as any other pertinent facts and circumstances relevant to the suspension,” the statement said.
Davis has not returned calls and emails seeking comment.
The Democratic-controlled state Senate has been rocked by allegations of racial bias and sexism.
Last week, a female member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, who is black, resigned over allegations of sexual harassment.
The state House of Representative on Thursday voted to censure Democratic state Rep. Jeanette White, who was first elected to the state House in 2014.
The censure vote was the second time the state has censured a state lawmaker since the state legislature began in January.
The committee voted unanimously to suspend White, with two Republicans voting no.
In a statement Thursday, the Democratic-led Senate said the investigation is ongoing and the Senate will release its findings in three to six months.
The Louisiana House has already voted to remove the state’s chief justice from office.
State Sen. Chris Leavitt, a Democrat, faces criminal charges for assault after a man tried to take his dog off him in April.
Leavititt was later charged with obstruction of police, which could carry a prison sentence of up to five years.
In February, the Senate voted to expel a former aide to the governor, who had been charged with sexual misconduct.
The House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously in January to suspend two state senators for violating ethics rules by attending a conference of the National Organization for Marriage.
The senators were charged with violating ethics regulations by attending the National Conference of State Legislatures.
The National Organization of Marriage, an anti-LGBT hate group, has been accused of violating ethics laws by holding a conference and engaging in political activity, and has said it was looking into whether any of the senators attended or was a speaker at the conference.
The panel voted unanimously last week to expel one of the two former senators for failing to disclose his past employment with the group.