Michigan Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, has introduced a resolution urging Rep. Larry Inman, R-Traverse City, to resign his office after he was indicted on charges of bribery, extortion and lying to a federal agent.
“It is in the best interest of the state and this institution that Representative Larry Inman resign from his position as representative … [and] the House of Representatives hereby urges Representative Larry Inman to resign from his position … effective immediately…,” the proposed resolution reads.
Several representatives have already urged Inman to resign.
The resolution further notes that the House has the constitutional authority to remove Inman from office if he does not resign, although it does not expressly say that action would be taken and Chatfield has not expressly stated he would seek that route.
Any member can be expelled by a two-thirds vote of the House.
Inman was indicted on bribery charges in May on allegations he sent text messages to representatives of the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights. In the texts, he allegedly requested money from the labor union in exchange for a “no” vote on repealing the state's prevailing wage law. He was also charged with lying to an FBI agent about whether he requested the money.
The charges could land Inman 20 years in prison on the extortion charge, 10 years on the bribery charge and five years on the charge of lying to a federal agent.
The alleged text referenced 11 other representatives needing money to vote a certain way.
Inman pleaded not guilty to the charges.