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.
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