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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: January 21, 2015 02:33 PM
From: Senator John T. Yudichak and Sen. John C. Rafferty, Jr.
To: All Senate members
Subject: Legislation Creating Public Integrity Commission
 
We intend to re-introduce legislation ( SB 1398 of last session) creating the Pennsylvania Public Integrity Commission.

The mission of the commission would be to:

- uncover and investigate public corruption at all levels and in all branches of government within the Commonwealth;
- refer investigations to appropriate law enforcement officials for prosecution;
- provide a law enforcement and educational role with respect to corruption in Pennsylvania;
- work cooperatively with the Attorney General and other law enforcement entities; and
- issue reports on its work, the status of corruption investigations and recommendations for reform.

The Public Integrity Commission would also have subpoena power and the authority to seek immunity orders to obtain testimony necessary in public corruption investigations.

This will help ensure that the commission has maximum ability to carry out investigations. In addition to the expanded authority and law enforcement status, the Public Integrity Commission would absorb the existing functions and duties of the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission relating to statements of financial interest and conflicts of interest.

It is the hope that this new, empowered agency would take Pennsylvania out from under the dark cloud of suspicion hovering over many of our governmental institutions and into the light of good, ethical government practices. Self-policing has not worked. It is time to form an independent state agency to root out and prevent public corruption.

Previous sponsors of the bill included: EICHELBERGER, FARNESE, TEPLITZ, FONTANA, COSTA, BREWSTER, SMITH, HUGHES, and VULAKOVICH
If you have any questions, please call Richard Fox in Senator Yudichak's office at 787-7105 or rfox@pasenate.com



Introduced as SB492