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Resolution against indicted senators fails

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The state Senate has rejected a resolution that would have asked two indicted senators not to take part in the special ethics session now underway.

The move by Franklin Senator Jim Bryson failed on a 16-to-15 vote with some members criticizing it as a partisan attempt to gain power.

Bryson is a Republican and the senators his resolution names, Kathryn Bowers and Ward Crutchfield, are both Democrats.

Bowers and Crutchfied are among five current or former legislators indicted in a federal public corruption probe.

Bryson called his resolution "an unpleasant, but necessary task."

Opponents say the move was meaningless because, had it passed, Crutchfield and Bowers could still have attended the session.

Goodlettsville Senator Joe Haynes says the resolution saddened him and was wrong.

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