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.
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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.

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Led by Democratic Gubernatorial hopeful Katie McGinty, a group of Democrats held a news conference Wednesday to call for a total ban on gifts to legislators.

“I’m here to call for an absolute, total, no asterisk, no footnote, gift ban,” McGinty stated.

She argued the current lack of government trust among the public requires current loopholes to be closed.

“What we are proposing here is not a radical new thought,” McGinty claimed. “Pennsylvania should join the 40 other states that essentially have an absolute gift ban.”

She noted any plan should leave no question as to what’s right or what’s wrong and give the public confidence again that state government is working for them.

She said any plan should include exemptions for gifts by friends and family and be aimed toward prohibiting gifts from those who have business before the state.

“People still have their personal lives. I’m not speaking here about their personal lives,” she said.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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