Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today:
- A group of Government reformers gathered in the Capitol Main Rotunda to call for a gift ban for public officials. Former DEP Secretary John Hanger, Gene Stilp, and Tim Potts released a report that documents the influence of gifts over Gov. Tom Corbett. Stilp also noted that he has filed a formal complaint against the governor with the States Ethics Commission.
- Rep. Greg Vitali (D-Delaware) was joined by a group of environmental advocates in the Capitol Media Center to condemn Gov. Corbett’s Executive Order lifting the moratorium on natural gas drilling leases in state parks and forests. Joanne Kilgour, Director of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club, said that the administration’s assertion that these action will help to protect state lands is incorrect and the actions will “sacrifice” areas intended for natural preservation and recreation.