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Michigan panel resumes hearings for lawmakers in sex scandal

A Michigan legislative committee is resuming rare disciplinary hearings for two lawmakers who are accused of misusing public resources to hide an extramarital affair.
The special six-member panel will convene Tuesday to begin hearing testimony after holding a quick organizational meeting last week. The House Business Office alleges that Republican freshmen Reps. Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat were dishonest and violated House rules and Michigan's campaign-finance law.
The committee could recommend discipline, including censure or expulsion by the full House.
Courser and Gamrat have apologized but declined calls to resign.
Gamrat, of Plainwell north of Kalamazoo, is scheduled to meet with constituents Tuesday evening for the first time since the scandal broke.