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Trial starting for Michigan lawmaker accused in vote scheme

Posted at 11:50 AM, Dec 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-03 11:50:10-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Michigan lawmaker accused of trying to trade his vote on legislation for campaign cash is facing trial in federal court.

The trial of state Rep. Larry Inman is scheduled to begin Tuesday in Grand Rapids.

An indictment revealed text messages sent last year by Inman to people affiliated with the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights. He is accused of urging them to round up $30,000 in campaign contributions per legislator to win the votes of those under pressure from Republican leaders to repeal a law that guaranteed higher "prevailing" wages on state-financed construction projects.

Inman, a Republican from the Traverse City area, has refused to resign. An effort to recall him from office crashed last week after election officials said a word was missing on the petition.

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