UPDATE (12:01 a.m.) – Lawmakers worked through the night Thursday, took a break and immediately began working again at 12:01 a.m. Friday. There’s still not enough votes to decide whether Rep. Todd Courser will be expelled.
UPDATE: (5:05 p.m.) – The Michigan House so far does not have enough support to expel Rep. Todd Courser for his role in covering up an extramarital affair with another legislator.
Sixty-seven members of the Republican-led chamber have voted to kick out Rep. Todd Courser, a Republican. But six more are needed for a supermajority, and dozens of Democrats are refusing to vote Thursday as the voting board remains open potentially for hours.
Republicans says it’s time to move beyond the bizarre sex scandal that is damaging the House as an institution. Democrats have questions about how a House panel conducted its investigation.
LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – A Michigan panel has recommended expulsion for two lawmakers who admitted to misconduct in covering up their extramarital affair.
A House disciplinary committee voted Thursday that tea party Republicans Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat should be expelled.
Just three legislators have been expelled in Michigan history.
The recommendation now goes to the full House where a two-thirds vote is needed for them to be removed from office.
Courser and Gamrat have apologized and had asked for censure, allowing them to keep their jobs in restricted roles.
Courser sent a phony email claiming he was caught with a male prostitute. It was an effort to make the affair less believable if it were exposed by an anonymous blackmailer.
Gamrat says she discussed the plot with Courser but didn’t know the email’s content in advance.
The full House is scheduled to meet at noon and could vote on the expulsion by the end of the day today.
6 News Capitol correspondent Tim Skubick is covering these developments and will have updates online and on 6 News.