House passes bill that would strengthen ethics standards for charter schools

House passes bill that would strengthen ethics standards for charter schools

“Paid for by taxpayer dollars.”

 

If House Bill 355 sees as much success in the Senate as it did in the House this week, all advertisements for Pennsylvania charter schools would be barred from marketing their tuition and transportation as free, and would instead be required to note that their services are paid for by Pennsylvania taxpayers.

Thursday, June 13, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Davis makes ethics reform a priority in 2019

Davis makes ethics reform a priority in 2019

Gov. Tom Wolf signed the first bill of this session into law last month, strengthening penalties for public officials convicted of job-related felonies. Under the new law, lawmakers convicted of felonies related to their position will be stripped of their taxpayer-funded pension, a provision that members from both sides of the aisle believe was long overdue. 

Rep. Tina Davis (D-Bucks) wants to take the new law a step further with a series of bills designed to reform ethics in Harrisburg. At the crux of her efforts is a bill that would ban public officials from receiving gifts, with the goal of preventing veiled forms of bribery in state government.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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With impeachment of Kathleen Kane on hold, House shifts focus to broader ethics reform

With impeachment of Kathleen Kane on hold, House shifts focus to broader ethics reform

While the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts held a marathon hearing Monday under their authority to investigate the potential impeachment of former Attorney General Kathleen Kane, subcommittee Chairman Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) said the move on actual impeachment proceedings is likely on hold.

 

“I wouldn’t expect, from a practical standpoint, it would make any sense to move forward with an actual impeachment,” he told reporters Monday morning. 

Monday, November 14, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Controller Wagner calls for overhaul of Allegheny County’s Ethics Code

Controller Wagner calls for overhaul of Allegheny County’s Ethics Code

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner released a report Monday stating that the Commission charged with enforcing the County’s Ethics Code lacks independence and adequate resources, and that County employees are given scant training on the Code and have nowhere to turn with questions. 

 

The review also showed that top County managers were among those who routinely failed to file required financial disclosure forms, and that appointees to boards and commissions- including those of County-related authorities- are not required to make disclosures prior to being a part of these bodies.

Monday, August 22, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Secret House panel investigation of Philly lawmaker cash payments seems dead

The much-rumored internal House investigation into alleged ethics violations by members receiving cash bribes appears to have stalled out.

The allegations of the quid-pro-quo came from an investigation dropped by Attorney General Kathleen Kane early in 2014 and subsequently picked up by Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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