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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