House leaders: Resources available for possible ethics probe

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State House leaders on Wednesday said that chamber’s Ethics Committee will have whatever resources it needs should it choose to investigate allegations of improper behavior by four Philadelphia representatives.

The four are alleged to have taken money from a confidential informant posing as a lobbyist but were not charged with a crime; details of the probe were first reported earlier this week by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

“While none of the four have been charged with a crime, concerns exist about actions they are alleged to have taken,” said a letter from Speaker of the House Sam Smith, R-Punxsutawney, Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Marshall, and Minority Leader Frank Dermody, D-Oakmont, to the chairmen of the Ethics Committee. “We will make available sufficient resources to ensure that the committee can review all of the relevant information pertaining to the conduct at issue while respecting the rights of those involved.”

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