State reps propose commission to go after political corruption

Tired of Pennsylvania government scandals? A couple of state representatives thinks there ought to be a commission in charge of rooting that stuff out.

Rep. Eugene DePasquale (D-West Manchester Township), Rep. Curt Schroder (R-Chester County), Rep John Yudichack (D-Luzerne County) and Rep. Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery County) say the state should create a Public Integrity Commission.

 It would be charged with “uncovering and investigating corruption at all levels of government within the Commonwealth,” according to a news release from the representatives. It would have both a law enforcement and education role. The goal, they say, is to “restore the public’s trust in state government. Decades of scandals involving ghost employees, job-selling, cover-ups and kickbacks for lucrative state contracts have led to a general distrust of Harrisburg and state government.”

 They’re having a news conference about their proposed legislation at 3 p.m. Monday. You can watch a webcast here starting at 2:55 p.m.

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2 Responses to State reps propose commission to go after political corruption

  1. Harry Brown says:

    Harry Brown
    106 Lee Street
    Stewartstown Pa 17363
    717-793-0834
    I cannot understand why anyone would disagree with a Public Integrity Commission. It certainly has bipartisan support. Worrying about the cost of such a commission is like saying I don’t want to be robbed but I can’t afford to buy a lock for my door. The Pennsylvania General Assembly is already a laughing stock. The Grand Jury declared that the assembly is overstaffed and bloated with unnecessary expenses. Career legislators get lured into corruption because of the pressure of getting reelected year after year instead of concentrating on the job itself. It would seem that the only people who would be against a commission trying to expose corruption would be those who have something to hide.

  2. Harry Brown says:

    Harry Brown
    106 Lee Street
    Stewartstown Pa 17363
    717-793-0834
    I cannot understand why anyone would disagree with a Public Integrity Commission. It certainly has bipartisan support. Worrying about the cost of such a commission is like saying I don’t want to be robbed but I can’t afford to buy a lock for my door. The Pennsylvania General Assembly is already a laughing stock. The Grand Jury declared that the assembly is overstaffed and bloated with unnecessary expenses. Career legislators get lured into corruption because of the pressure of getting reelected year after year instead of concentrating on the job itself. It would seem that the only people who would be against a commission trying to expose corruption would be those who have something to hide.

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