House panel would make candidates reveal felonies - WNEM TV 5

House panel would make candidates reveal felonies

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -

A Michigan legislative committee has passed a bill that would require candidates for public office to reveal their felony records.

The House Elections and Ethics Committee voted 9-0 Tuesday to send the bill to the full House.

Under the bill, candidates would have to reveal any felony convictions in the previous 10 years as part of their affidavits of identity. It excludes juvenile convictions.

Candidates now must supply their addresses, a statement of U.S. citizenship and a statement on whether all prior campaign finance reports have been filed and any late fees paid.

The move follows the election of two convicted felons to the Flint City Council in November. Neither would have been covered because their convictions were two decades old.

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