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Thursday, April 24

Reforming Pennsylvania’s ethics laws; how Philadelphia got on the right track

Guests: Barry Kauffman, John Micek and Shane Creamer

After four Pennsylvania state legislators were caught taking money from an informant posing as a lobbyist, there are renewed calls for stricter limits on the acceptance of gifts by lawmakers in Harrisburg. The Commonwealth’s laws on cash and non-cash gifts are considered among the most lenient in the country. In this hour of Radio Times, we’ll explore current efforts towards ethics reform in Pennsylvania and ask what it takes to change a culture that enables political influence. We’ll start off with BARRY KAUFFMAN, executive director of Common Cause Pennsylvania and journalist JOHN MICEK of the Harrisburg Patriot-News and Penn Live. Then we’ll talk to SHANE CREAMER, executive director of the Philadelphia Board of Ethics about efforts in both Harrisburg and Philadelphia to strengthen ethics rules.

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Behind the “Main Line Take Over Project”; treating adolescent cannabis dependence

Guests: Jonathan Dueker & Heather Gregan

Two former students of the elite Haverford School are accused of leading a teenage drug trafficking organization that involved at least five other local Main Line high schools and three Pennsylvania colleges. Eleven people have been arrested in the “Main Line Take Over Project,” which involved the distribution of selling marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy to high school students. Weapons and cash were also involved in the bust. Marty talks to JONATHAN DUEKER, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Narcotics Investigation & Drug Control for the Office of the Attorney General of Pennsylvania, about what he’s doing in the Commonwealth to reach out and educate young people about how to avoid getting involved in Drug Trafficking Organizations. Then, HEATHER GREGAN, adolescent coordinator for the Livengrin Foundation, will explain us how she treats teenagers with cannabis dependence.

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