Trial starting for Michigan lawmaker accused in vote scheme

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FILE – in this Sept. 3, 2019 file photo State Rep. Larry Inman, R-Williamsburg, speaks with reporters in the House chamber in Lansing, Mich. The trial of state Rep. Inman, from the Traverse City area who is facing federal charges in an alleged scheme to trade votes for campaign cash, will begin Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/David Eggert File)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker accused of trying to trade his vote on legislation for campaign cash is facing trial in federal court.

The trial of state Rep. Larry Inman is scheduled to begin Tuesday in Grand Rapids.

An indictment revealed text messages sent last year by Inman to people affiliated with the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights. He is accused of urging them to round up $30,000 in campaign contributions per legislator to win the votes of those under pressure from Republican leaders to repeal a law that guaranteed higher “prevailing” wages on state-financed construction projects.

Inman, a Republican from the Traverse City area, has refused to resign. An effort to recall him from office crashed last week after election officials said a word was missing on the petition.

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