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House Business Office makes recommendation for punishment for Courser and Gamrat

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LANSING, MI (WNEM) -

A select group of lawmakers met under the Capitol dome in Lansing on Sept. 8 to decide the fate of two embattled state representatives.

The House Business Office made a recommendation that Rep. Todd Courser would be expelled immediately and Rep. Cindy Gamrat would be censored with severe conditions.

The recommendation comes after the two house representatives were caught in a bizarre sex scandal and smear campaign.

Courser and Gamrat were both in attendance at the Sept. 8 hearing.

The two have been at the center of a sexual affair and subsequent cover-up for weeks. They are both accused of misusing state resources to cover up their affair.

Outside of the hearing the chairman of the select committee, Ed McBroom, said they haven’t decided whether or not to adopt the recommendations of the House Business Office and general counsel.

“I can’t really speak for what the other members will want to do. For me, I think the grounds for expulsion exist for both, but there is a case to make for censure for one,” McBroom said.

Gamrat spoke at the hearing, while Courser did not.

“I apologize to you today for the failures I have committed, which do not reflect the heart of who I am, the values I believe, nor the people I serve,” Gamrat said.

Talking through tears and owning up to what she has done, Gamrat asked the select committee for a censure as opposed to expulsion.

“I agree with the House Business Office’s finding of official misconduct as well as the misuse of state resources,” Gamrat said.

The lawmakers will meet again on Sept. 9 for the second and final hearings about the issue.

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