Ex-lawmaker sentenced for lying about income

Feb 17, 2017

Former Rep. Brian Banks
Credit housedems.com

A former state lawmaker will not face more jail time or probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor and agreeing to resign.

Former state Representative Brian Banks was sentenced Friday. Banks had eight prior felony convictions, but this time got off with a misdemeanor and a one-day jail sentence with credit for time served.

But Banks had to give up his metro Detroit state House seat as part of the deal.

Andrea Bitely of the state Attorney General’s office says Banks can’t run again – but not because of his criminal conviction.

He can’t run because of Michigan’s term limits amendment. “The Michigan Constitution indicates that folks who are elected three terms in office, three full terms in office are not eligible to be elected again.”

Banks has not indicated whether he will challenge that determination, and try to run in the special election to fill the rest of the two-year House term.

I’m Rick Pluta at the state Capitol