Policymakers, activists search for consensus on lawmaker gift ban

Policymakers, activists search for consensus on lawmaker gift ban

In early May, 20 activists were arrested at the Capitol as they dropped banners and dollar bills with the word “bribe” inscribed on them to the House floor. The demonstrators, from the good government group March on Harrisburg, wanted to send legislators a message: pass a ban on gifts to state lawmakers.

Now, as policymakers are set to reconvene in Harrisburg for the start of the fall session, one House lawmaker hopes that a new gift restriction proposal will satisfy both lawmakers and activists.
Friday, September 13, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Grand jury recommendations receive mixed response from state lawmakers after sexual assault probe

Grand jury recommendations receive mixed response from state lawmakers after sexual assault probe

Following a sexual assault investigation into a former state representative, a Dauphin County grand jury wants the Pennsylvania General Assembly to create an independent office dedicated to reviewing misconduct claims against members.

 

But the recommendations have not received universal support among state lawmakers, as Democrats and Republicans appear to be at odds on how to move forward. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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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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