Gift ban legislation clears critical House committee

Gift ban legislation clears critical House committee

In what would be a monumental change to state ethics requirements, the House State Government Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill that would ban public officials from taking cash gifts and tighten restrictions for what other gifts they may receive.

House Bill 1945 was reported out of committee after a unanimous vote and would update state law to ban all cash gifts to public officials and employees.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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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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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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At limit of executive authority, Wolf pushes for legislative action on government ethics

At limit of executive authority, Wolf pushes for legislative action on government ethics

At a press conference in downtown Pittsburgh Monday, Gov. Tom Wolf introduced a new package of reforms, including a gift ban on all elected officials and campaign finance reform. 

Wolf, citing his own ban on executive branch employee gifts, outlined the plan as a path to restoring public faith in Harrisburg. 

“The truth is our citizens don’t trust our government,” Wolf said. 

Monday, March 12, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Anti-corruption activists ask legislators to advance good-government bills

Anti-corruption activists ask legislators to advance good-government bills

On Monday morning, the Capitol Rotunda was filed with anti-corruption activists who walked from Lancaster to Harrisburg to deliver letters to legislators to tell them to pass the bills that would end gerrymandering and ban bribery.

Monday, November 13, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
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