HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Friday that Gov. John G. Rowland must testify before a legislative committee considering his impeachment, making him the first sitting chief executive in U.S. history ordered to appear before a legislative body.

``I am hoping the governor will choose to cooperate with the committee,'' said Rep. Arthur O'Neill, a co-chairman of the impeachment committee.

Rowland is under investigation for accepting gifts from friends, state contractors and employees. He is also the subject of a parallel federal corruption investigation. The three-term Republican has said he provided nothing in return for the gifts and has not compromised his office.