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House panel considers removing two legislators from office

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Today's hearing was over as quickly as it started, simply setting the ground rules for a much lengthier meeting to come.

Lasting under ten minutes, a committee of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle met in the capitol on Tuesday for the initial step to decide the fates of state Reps. Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat.

The pair have been embroiled in a sex scandal in recent weeks.

On Monday, a House Business Office summary report accused the duo of misusing stare resources to cover up their affair.

While only a small snapshot of the alleged abuse of office has been released to the public, the House committee is expected to see all the evidence at a future hearing.

"We will be delivering to you, later today, the complete recorded compiled by the House Business Office, as part of the investigation, into the qualifications of representatives Courser and Gamrat," said Brock Swartzle, House General Counsel.

Gamrat was at Tuesday's hearing, though she wasn't obligated to be.

Addressing the media after the hearing, Gamrat and her attorney said even though they didn't have to be here at today's hearing, they wanted to show up to support the process.

"I'm here because I want my colleagues to know I want to be part of the solution moving forward, so we can get this taken care of and get back to the business of the people of Michigan."

Gamrat said she's willing to take ownership of what she's done.

"It's important to take responsibility for your actions," Gamrat said. "Not to be held responsible for the actions of other, but for yours. That's what I'm here to do today. And I think that's for my voters to decide."

It's unclear if she will be asked to testify at a later hearing, the date of which has not been set yet.

Courser was not at today's hearing, and he couldn't be reached for comment. 

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