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Senate ethics panel adjourns with no decision in Geoff Michel case

A committee spent hours debating but in the end reached no decision on a complaint from Democratic Sen. Sandra Pappas, who alleges Republican Geoff Michel mishandled the Amy Koch affair and misled the public.
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A committee spent hours debating but in the end reached no decision on a complaint from Democratic Sen. Sandra Pappas, who alleges Republican Geoff Michel mishandled the Amy Koch affair and misled the public.

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