Bolger reelected Michigan House Speaker

6:20 PM, Jan 9, 2013   |    comments
Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger (R-Marshall)
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LANSING (WZZM/AP) - Republican state Rep. Jase Bolger of Marshall will serve another term as speaker of the Michigan House.
He was elected by his colleagues Wednesday on a 107-2 vote.

Such votes typically are unanimous, but two Democrats voted against Bolger leading the chamber for two more years.

An Ingham County judge acting as a one-person grand jury is collecting evidence to decide whether to charge Bolger or anyone else with crimes in a Democratic lawmaker's switch to the Republican caucus in May.

Kent County's prosecutor says Bolger and then-Rep. Roy Schmidt broke no laws, but that their actions represented a fraud on the public. Bolger has apologized but insists he broke no laws.

Democrats are the minority party by an eight vote margin this session. Democrat Brandon Dillon of Grand Rapids, says republicans broke "a bond of trust" in last year's lame duck legislative session when they hurried through controversial right to work legislation without hearings.

"There's an element of trust broken by the governor and republicans in the state so we'll reach out and hope they reach back and see if we can work together," Dillon said Wednesday.

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