Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Indiana House Republicans Plan Monday Talk on Turner's Future ; Leadership Post, Lobbying Rule at Issue

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Indiana House Republicans Plan Monday Talk on Turner's Future ; Leadership Post, Lobbying Rule at Issue

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INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana House Republicans will meet Monday to decide whether to take action against Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner, who is accused of using his influence to protect his family's lucrative nursing home business. Two House Republicans spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they could face sanctions for discussing the private proceedings.

The full Republican caucus has not met since the end of the legislative session in March.

It was in those private meetings that Turner argued against legislation that would have imposed a moratorium on nursing home construction, costing his family nursing home development company millions.

Turner, through a lawyer and spokesman, has repeatedly said he did nothing wrong by lobbying against the moratorium and contends he was transparent about his personal financial stake.

The House Ethics Committee cleared him of wrongdoing in April but urged lawmakers to strengthen the disclosure rules for public officials.

The panel plans to meet this summer to draw up new rules for consideration during next year's legislative session. …

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