House Speaker Lee Chatfield

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   State Representative Larry Inman has been booted from closed-door planning sessions with fellow House Republicans. That’s following his indictment on charges of soliciting a bribe and lying to the FBI.

The indictment says Inman tried to squeeze a prospective donor for campaign contributions in exchange for his vote on a contentious labor issue. Republican House members disowned Inman in a closed-door meeting.

Republican Lee Chatfield is the also the House Speaker.

“He has lost the faith and trust of the Republican caucus,” he says.

Jan-Michael Stump / Traverse City Record-Eagle/AP

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   State Representative Larry Inman says he will not resign his seat as he faces federal charges of soliciting campaign contributions in exchange for votes by fellow lawmakers.

Inman is a Republican from Willamsburg just outside Traverse City.

He is accused of soliciting campaign donations in a failed effort to get money for Republicans who agreed to vote against repealing Michigan’s prevailing wage laws. Inman is also accused of lying to the FBI.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   House Speaker Lee Chatfield says he has asked state Representative Larry Inman to resign. 

Inman—a Republican from Traverse City—was indicted this week on federal charges, including attempted extortion and soliciting a bribe.

Chatfield says Inman’s actions are not what the people of Michigan deserve.

Jake Neher / Michigan Public Radio Network

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The Legislature’s Republican leaders offered mixed reviews to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s proposed agenda for 2019. 

State House Speaker Lee Chatfield says he’s still waiting to see details on a spending plan to fix Michigan’s roads. But Chatfield says he’s ready to work with Governor Whitmer on finding ways to reduce the cost of auto insurance.

“And that’s something we need to focus on because as we travel the state, the high cost of car insurance does not discriminate based on political parties,” he says.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The leader of the Michigan House says President Donald Trump will not deliver his State of the Union address in Lansing. 

Speaker Lee Chatfield, a Republican, tweeted Tuesday to thank Trump for a "great" phone conservation earlier in the day but said Trump has "other plans" for his speech.

Chatfield on Friday extended an invitation for Trump to speak at the state Capitol after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi requested that he delay the annual address because of the partial government shutdown.