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
Categories: News and Views
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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Government reform advocates flunk legislative reform efforts since 2005 pay raise

Government reform advocates flunk legislative reform efforts since 2005 pay raise

Meeting on the ninth anniversary of the 2005 legislative pay-raise, government reform advocates gave the General Assembly a failing grade for reform efforts.

“Today, overall, the legislature has gotten an F-minus on the report card today,” said Gene Stilp. “[This is a] total failure on reform by the legislature.”

The legislative report card for mid-year 2014 focused on things like a total legislative gift ban, ending COLAs, ending legislative perks, campaign reform, requiring more documentation of expenses, and other similar areas.

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Monday, July 7, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Senate Committee Holds Hearing in First Step Toward Broader Ethics Reform

Senate Committee Holds Hearing in First Step Toward Broader Ethics Reform

A Kentucky lawyer and a government watchdog organization were the lone testifiers at Monday’s Senate State Government Committee hearing on possible ethics reform legislation.

The hearing was called in response to numerous news reports regarding a sting operation halted by Attorney General Kathleen Kane that showed state legislators taking cash gifts in exchange for votes on pending legislation.

Noting the Senate just passed a bill and a rule banning cash gifts from lobbyists or those seeking business before the state, committee chairman Sen. Lloyd Smucker (R-Lancaster) said the hearing is the first step in broader ethics reform.

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Monday, April 28, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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