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Committee could meet this week to consider expelling Courser, Gamrat

Former Michigan Representatives Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat.
From Courser/Gamrat websites

Early this week, the public will find out the details of a state House investigation into two tea party lawmakers involved in a sex-and-cover-up scandal.

Preliminary findings released last week say Rep. Todd Courser, R-Lapeer, and Rep. Cindy Gamrat, R-Plainwell, both committed misconduct and misused taxpayer resources. But details have not been released.

Depending on those details, a state House committee could meet this week to determine if the two are fit to serve.

“We had the committee created specifically so that it would be ready to go as soon as we needed it, and that could be as soon as this week when the report comes out,” said Gideon D’Assandro, a spokesperson for state House Speaker Kevin Cotter.

“The committee will be empowered to go through every bit of evidence that we’ve collected and to air it out in a public hearing for us all to see. We want to make sure that any instance of wrongdoing is found, evaluated, and that we put a stop to it.”

D’Assandro says the speaker is still deciding who would serve on the panel if it meets. That could be a step toward removing Courser and Gamrat from the House.