Jan. 29 -- LANSING -- A candidate for office would have to reveal any felony convictions in the previous 10 years under a bill that unanimously passed the House Elections and Ethics Committee on Tuesday. Currently, candidates have to provide an affidavit of identity that includes their name, address, where they are registered to vote, a statement of U.S. citizenship and whether all prior campaign finance reports have been filed and any late fees paid. The new bill, which passed the committee on a 9-0 vote, would add a requirement that any felony convictions from the prior decade be disclosed as a matter of transparency. Juvenile convictions would not have to be listed. The bill would not have identified two Flint City Council members who were elected last year without the public being aware that one had been convicted of manslaughter and the other of felonious assault. Both convictions were more than 20 years old. But it would have affected state Rep. Brian Banks , D- Harper Woods , who has eight felony convictions, mostly for writing bad checks and credit card fraud, dating to a period of time in 1998-2004. State Sen. Bert Johnson , D- Highland Park , also has a felony record for armed robbery that is more than 20 years old. His record was widely known, and he won seats in both the state House and Senate . He has announced that he's running for the 14th Congressional District seat held by U.S. Rep. Gary Peters , a Bloomfield Township Democrat, who will leave to run for the U.S. Senate . The bill now moves to the full House for consideration. Contact Kathleen Gray : 517-372-8661 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Follow her on Twitter @michpoligal. ___ (c)2014 Detroit Free Press Visit the Detroit Free Press at www.freep.com Distributed by MCT Information Services
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