A one-page resolution was released this afternoon by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s office today that authorizes an investigation by the Assembly Ethics into allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct by Assemblyman Vito Lopez, and recommends that he be expelled from the chamber.

The resolution authorizes the committee to review the Joint Commission on Public Ethics report detailing Lopez’s verbal abuse and sexual harassment toward four legislative aides and recommends “if warranted, additional sanctions, including expulsion.”

The resolution begins the process of removing Lopez from the state Legislature, a source of what once was his power both in Albany and at home in his Brooklyn district.

A spokesman for Silver said this afternoon the resolution will be voted on Monday when the Assembly returns to Albany.

In a statement issued this morning, Lopez signaled he would resign by June 20, the final day of the legislative session.

Silver, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Democratic lawmakers, repsonded that Lopez should be removed from the state Legislature now, not in one month.

20130517 Resolution by Nick Reisman