Statement from House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills) on announcement of felony charges against former Reps. Todd Courser (R-Lapeer) and Cindy Gamrat (R-Allegan):

Friday, February 26, 2016

“When House Speaker Kevin Cotter and House Republicans tried to sweep Courser and Gamrat’s misconduct under the rug by expelling them from the House without a criminal investigation, House Democrats boldly insisted that the attorney general and the Michigan State Police investigate criminal wrongdoing as part of the expulsion. The results of their investigation prove that was the right move. We hope that all elected officials, including Speaker Cotter and Gov. Rick Snyder, will be held to the same high standard of transparency and accountability. That’s why we are calling for Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act to be extended to the Legislature and the governor’s office, so that we can finally eliminate Lansing’s culture of corruption, whether it causes the Courser/Gamrat scandal, the Flint water crisis or the neglect of veterans at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.”