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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - Resources for this afternoon's meeting of the House ethics committee

The Statutory Committee on Ethics meets today 2 PM in Room 404 of the Statehouse to consider the case of Rep. Eric Turner. There is no agenda posted. The left column of the page linked lists the committee members. Notice that, unlike other legislative committees, the membership is 3 republicans and 3 democrats. That is because the membership is set by statute, IC 2-2.1-3. Notice also that like other session and interim committee meetings, the meeting this afternoon will be video streamed.

Over the past few days there have been several good stories on Rep. Turner and the upcoming meeting, including:

Also relevant is this March 21st post in the ILB, where I ask why should legislative caucuses be secret at all? Quoting the Knoxville, Tenn. News: "meetings of a quorum of the House and Senate must be open to the public except when considering impeachments of matters of state and national security." Otherwise, there is no legislative transparency, positions are hashed out in the majority caucuses, behind closed doors, followed by a pro forma floor vote.

See also this April 14th ILB post, quoting the House Code of Ethics, and this April 17th ILB post, quoting the legislative ethics statute.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 23, 2014 07:19 AM
Posted to Indiana Government