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House OKs keeping expelled lawmakers from filling own seats

Mar 9, 2017

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan House has approved legislation to prohibit a lawmaker who resigns or who has been expelled from office from running in the special election to fill the seat.

The bill passed 72-36 Thursday is a response to former Reps. Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat running in special elections to finish the remainder of their terms in 2015. He had resigned and she had been expelled after being accused of misusing state resources to try to cover up their extramarital affair.

They lost the special elections.

The bill sponsor, Republican Rep. Aaron Miller of Sturgis, says it would eliminate a "loophole" and ensure a legislator's resignation or expulsion is effective for the rest of the term. Similar legislation won approval in the House in 2016 but died in the Senate.