House ethics committee holds conflict of interest hearing

Indiana Senate Democrats: The Briefing Room

On Wednesday, the House Statutory Committee on Ethics held an interim meeting to discuss actions taken by House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner during this past legislative session. House Speaker Brian Bosma called on the Ethics Committee Chairman, Rep. Greg Steuerwald, to look into whether Rep. Turner violated House ethics rules by lobbying in caucus against a nursing home moratorium bill that would have impacted his family’s business interests. The legislation did not gain final approval by the legislature.

The Ethics panel consists of six House members, three Republicans (Reps. Steuerwald, Richardson, Koch) and three Democrats (Reps. Kersey, Harris, Reicken). After discussing the conflict of interest sections of the House rules and the House Code of Ethics, the chairman continued the committee by stating some the facts he and committee members had gleaned from discussions with Rep. Turner.

Rep. Turner says he was aware of the House rules and did…

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