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Probe Finds Courser, Gamrat Misused Public Resources, Dems Demand Full Report

Aug 25, 2015

State representatives Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat engaged in misconduct and misused taxpayer resources. State House Speaker Kevin Cotter (R-Mt. Pleasant) says those are preliminary findings of a House Business Office investigation into a sex-and-cover-up scandal involving the lawmakers.

Cotter’s office says the full report will be made public after outside legal counsel has a chance to review it.

But Michigan Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon says the public shouldn’t have to wait.

“We need to know what’s in that report immediately,” said Dillon.

“The public has the right to know what that report says before anybody gets the chance to try to spin it so that it might look like it says something that it doesn’t.”

Speaker Cotter’s office says the outside review “is a normal process to protect the privacy and confidentiality of affected individuals and ensure compliance with Human Resources regulations.”

The state House has created a committee to determine whether Courser (R-Lapeer) and Gamrat (R-Plainwell) are fit to serve. It could be a first step toward disciplining or removing them from the House.