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Senate panel fails to resolve ethics complaint against Sen. Geoff Michel

After two separate votes, the committee is deadlocked along party lines on how to handle it. DFLers brought the complaint accusing the Edina Republican was not forthcoming with information about a relationship involving former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch.
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After two separate votes, the committee is deadlocked along party lines on how to handle it. DFLers brought the complaint accusing the Edina Republican was not forthcoming with information about a relationship involving former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch.

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