Reforming Pennsylvania’s ethics laws; how Philadelphia got on the right track
April 24, 2014
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 Commonwealthâ€™s laws on cash and non-cash gifts are considered among the most lenient in the country. In this hour of Radio Times, weâ€™ll explore current efforts towards ethics reform in Pennsylvania and ask what it takes to change a culture that enables political influence. Weâ€™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 weâ€™ll talk to SHANE CREAMER, executive director of the Philadelphia Board of Ethics about efforts in both Harrisburg and Philadelphia to strengthen ethics rules.