Bill would keep ousted lawmakers from running

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LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — A bill before the Michigan House of Representatives would prohibit elected officials who resign or are expelled from the legislature from running for office again until their original term has run out.

House Bill 5407 was introduced Tuesday by Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons, R-Alto. In a Wednesday statement, she said the measure was “just common sense.” She said allowing the person who created the vacancy to run again did a “disservice” to taxpayers.>>PDF: House Bill 5407

Currently, if someone in Lansing resigns, they can run again during the next election cycle.

Last fall, an investigation found two representatives misused public resources to cover up an extramarital affair. As a result, Cindy Gamrat of Plainwell was kicked out of the House and Todd Courser of Lapeer on the east side of the state resigned.

They were allowed to run for their old seats in a special election in November, at which point they both suffered big losses.

Tuesday, Gamrat and Courser were arraigned on criminal charges linked to the scandal.

HB 5407 is currently before the House Elections Committee.

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