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Monday, December 03, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana appointments raise ethical issues that Brian Bosma, Mike Pence may want to avoid"

Lesley Weidenbener had this story this weekend in the Louisville Courier Journal. It begins:

INDIANAPOLIS — The legislative session hasn’t even started and House Speaker Brian Bosma and Gov.-elect Mike Pence have already made some controversial moves that raise ethical questions — or at least create the appearance of ethical issues.

Bosma, R-Indianapolis, has hired lobbyist Matt Whetstone to serve as his parliamentarian, a post that will put the former GOP lawmaker literally at Bosma’s right hand for every battle over rules in the chamber.

And Pence has named former House Ways and Means Chairman Jeff Espich — who opted this year not to run for re-election — to be his senior adviser for legislative affairs.

Neither of these moves may seem terribly surprising or — at first glance — controversial. Whetstone, after all, is a former member of the House who served as his party’s rules expert. He was the guy who would use the rules either to keep GOP legislation moving or to try to block Democratic proposals. * * *

Espich, meanwhile, is a 40-year veteran of the House and former chairman of the budget-writing Ways and Means Committee. He’s had his fingerprints on most of the major tax and budget proposals that moved through the General Assembly over the past 15 years. * * *

But there are legitimate questions about both appointments.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 3, 2012 10:38 AM
Posted to Indiana Government