FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
News from Progress Michigan
August 24, 2015
Progress Michigan Calls for Immediate Release of House Report
Courser-Gamrat Report should be publicly available
LANSING – Today, Progress Michigan is slamming the decision by House Speaker Kevin Cotter to keep the Courser-Gamrat report “in his grip” without public disclosure.
“We’ve been calling for an independent investigation into this matter since Chad Livengood broke this story weeks ago,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “Today, Speaker Cotter’s unwillingness to immediately release the report to the public shows us why an independent investigation is needed. Art. 1, Sec. 17 of the Michigan Constitution guarantees ‘fair treatment’ in legislative investigations which requires public disclosure of the entire report now, not simply the accusatory summary issued by Speaker Cotter. Cotter and Bowlin are paid by the taxpayers and the taxpayers deserve access to the report they funded so they can determine for themselves whether Courser and Gamrat did anything wrong.”