Senate ethics committee to resume deliberations Tuesday

Sen. Geoff Michel is accused of mishandling information about an affair between former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and staffer Michael Brodkorb. Senate rules requires the committee to decide whether Michel violated ethical rules by April 19.
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Sen. Geoff Michel is accused of mishandling information about an affair between former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and staffer Michael Brodkorb. Senate rules requires the committee to decide whether Michel violated ethical rules by April 19.

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