ATLANTA (AP) - A panel appointed by the governor has decided that a Georgia state lawmaker facing federal wire and mail fraud charges should not be suspended from office.

Gov. Nathan Deal's office said Friday the panel decided unanimously not to suspend Rep. Tyrone Brooks, an Atlanta Democrat. Deal's office said the panel determined the indictment against Brooks does not relate to his duties as a state lawmaker.

The panel, which included Democratic minority leaders of the House and Senate, Rep. Stacey Abrams and Sen. Steve Henson, as well as Republican Attorney General Sam Olens, held a brief hearing Friday morning and then submitted its recommendation to Deal.

Brooks was charged last month in a 30-count federal indictment with mail fraud, wire fraud and filing false tax returns. He has pleaded not guilty.

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