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Sat Oct 29, 2016, 02:41 AM

15 lawmakers and their potential conflicts of interest

[font color=330099]It should be noted that 14 of the 15 are Republicans.[/font]

A log trucking company owner eases rules on logging trucks. The president of a real estate management company recommends decreasing the liability of landlords over bedbugs. A father votes to give his daughter a raise.

Conflicts of interest?

On the surface they may appear to be, but that hasnít stopped Michigan lawmakers from voting on bills that impact their professions, their personal lives or those of their loved ones, though a few have voluntarily refrained from voting, citing such a conflict.

The Michigan Campaign Finance Network and Bridge Magazine examined voting records and official biographies of current Michigan senators and representatives, and spoke to people associated with both Republicans and Democrats in the legislature. The result: a list of votes that raise questions about potential conflicts of interest.

Review the examples below and tell us what you think. Are these issues on which the lawmakers should have refrained from voting? Can you identify other votes in Lansing that may present conflict concerns? If so, write to Craig Mauger or Ron French.

Read more: http://bridgemi.com/2016/10/15-lawmakers-and-their-potential-conflicts-of-interest/

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