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Bill halts resigning lawmakers from running for their seat

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If a state representative or senator resigns or is removed from their seat in the Legislature, they wouldn't be able to run for that seat in a special election, according to a bill discussed Thursday by a House committee.

The bill is aimed directly at former state Rep. Brian Banks, D-Harper Woods, who resigned his seat last week as part of a plea deal that reduced felony charges involving fraudulent loan documents to a misdemeanor.

The bill also addresses the history of former state Reps. Todd Courser, R-Lapeer ,and Cindy Gamrat, R-Plainwell, who left office in 2015 — Courser resigned and Gamrat was expelled by the House — after their extra-marital affair and cover-up came to light. Both ran for the seats they left, but lost in the primary election.

For the full article, see Kathleen Gray, "Bill halts resigning lawmakers from running for their seat", Detroit Free Press,  Feb. 16, 2017

 

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