LANSING (WWJ) – It’s back to work Tuesday for state lawmakers following the holiday break.
But as WWJ’s Tim Skubick reports, there are still some unanswered questions as they return.READ MORE: Here Is The Top 'Should I...' Question Googled In Michigan In 2021, AT&T Reports
Skubick notes that usually the opening day ceremonies are fairly routine and not controversial. This year could be different.
Brian Banks, a newly elected state lawmaker, may or may not be seated because he has been convicted eight times for felonies involving bad checks and credit card fraud.
Banks, a Democrat and lifelong Detroiter, won a seat in Lansing as a state representative for the 1st District, representing the east side of Detroit, Harper Woods, and the tony Grosse Pointes. He won 68 percent of the vote to Republican Dan Schulte’s 32 percent.READ MORE: GM Secures Tax Abatement For Proposed $1.3B Orion Assembly Plant Investment
Banks, 35, reports that he has changed his ways after his latest conviction eight years ago.
Banks said in a recent interview with WWJ’s Legal Analyst Charlie Langton that he has no worries the Legislature won’t seat him because of his past.
“That law states you cannot be convicted of a felony while in office, I was never in office … These are crimes that were eight, nine, 10 years ago.”
However, sources indicate that he likely will be seated.MORE NEWS: Chief White Says 'There's Reason To Believe' Remains Found In Detroit Belong to Missing Mother Latima Warren
Another question House Speaker Jase Bolger will be re-elected Speaker but how many Democrats, if any, will vote in protest against him? Skubick asks.