[UPDATE @ 3:25 p.m.] AJC confirms the resignation of Glenn Richardson, but cannot confirm the effective date of December 31 as WSB is reporting.
[UPDATE @ 3:18 p.m.] WSB is now confirming Glenn Richardson will announce his resignation during today’s 4 p.m. conference call. Sources tell WSB’s Lori Geary the resignation will be effective December 31.
[UPDATE @ 3:15 p.m.] Griftdrift reports: “Dennis O’Hayer of WABE is reporting he has confirmed that Speaker Richardson will resign during the conference call.”
Looks like the end of the road has finally arrived regarding the saga that is Glenn Richardson and cooler heads are about to take steps to show some maturity in the majority caucus. From the AJC’s Aaron Gould Sheinin at 3:02 p.m.:
House Republicans will have a conference call today at 4 p.m. It is not immediately clear if Glenn Richardson will be on the call or if it’s everyone BUT the speaker.
One House Republican said the message about the conference call was not clear. But what is clear, this lawmaker said, is “either it’s his resignation, or it’s the opening shot to his total, complete obliteration.”
If it’s not Richardson resigning, the lawmaker said, there will be a stream of legislators headed for the Capitol on Friday to sign the petition calling for his ouster. It only takes 20 signatures on the petition to force a vote of the GOP caucus to remove him.
Emphasis mine. I’ve already heard, as well, from several members of the majority caucus confirming that they are ready to use O.C.G.A. § 28-1-6.1 to start proceedings to remove Richardson from his role as Speaker.