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Michigan House panel mulls 2 lawmakers' fitness for office

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -

A Michigan legislative committee has held the first of several disciplinary hearings for two lawmakers who are accused of misusing public resources to hide an extramarital affair.

The special six-member panel convened briefly for the first time Tuesday at the Capitol to adopt rules. The House Business Office released a summary report Monday alleging that Republican Reps. Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat were dishonest and violated House rules and campaign-finance laws.

The report urged further investigation by the committee, which could recommend discipline, including expulsion.

Courser says "hand-picked" evidence that he has not been allowed to see will be presented to a "hand-picked" committee. Gamrat, who attended the hearing, says she is weighing all options but for now thinks her constituents should decide her fitness for office.

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