A new owner is emerging for Michigan lawmakers, raising questions about secret deals

Lansing – A Michigan lobbyist has rented a home across the street from the state Capitol to six lawmakers, according to redacted disclosures, weeks after The Detroit News revealed a special interest group quietly owned former House Speaker Lee Chatfield.

In less than three months, two separate rental deals involving lobbyists and seven lawmakers have been uncovered in Lansing, raising questions about compliance with state lobbying requirements and the possibility of other deals between attorneys and politicians.

Although rental agreements between lobbyists and legislators are legal, State policy requires lobbyists to report financial transactions they have with the officials if the turnover is more than 1450 dollars in a year.

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