The recent controversy surrounding State Representative Eric Turner's behind the scenes efforts to kill the nursing home moratorium bill -- even though he acknowledged having a conflict of interest on the issue -- has renewed public interest in strengthening legislative ethics rules. That's good news, because the ethical bar is set far too low at the State House.
Common Cause Indiana was the only organization to speak against Rep. Turner's outrageous behavior; we will likely be the only organization working proactively to beef up the ethics rules and to legislators' financial information more transparent.
We already have begun meeting with the members of the House and Senate Ethics Committees to discuss potential changes to the conflict of interest rules to better protect the public interest. We expect a summer study committee to officially take up the issue this summer.