Friday, October 1, 2010

H.B. 2- Pennsylvania Public Integrity Commission

On September 29, 2010 Anne Pickering of the Daily Local News reported that House Bill 2 was introduced by state Rep. Curt Schroder, R-155th of Downingtown, and 50 co-sponsors seeks to establish a Pennsylvania Public Integrity Commission to investigate government corruption.

Schroder and state Reps. Eugene DePasquale, D-York County; Mike Vereb, R-Montgomery County; and John Yudichak, D-Luzerne County, held a July news conference in Philadelphia to announce the legislation. Other legislators from Chester County who have signed onto the bill since then include state Rep. Timothy Hennessey, R-26th of North Coventry; Rep. Steven Barrar, R-160th of Brookhaven; and Rep. Tom Houghton, D-13th of Cochranville.

The Public Integrity Commission would replace the current State Ethics Commission, incorporating all its current functions and expanding its role.

The new commission would also have an educational component and issue annual reports, just as the Pennsylvania Crime Commission did, on the status of its investigations.

In the primary race for the seat vacated by Senator Ray Musto's announced retirement state Representative John Yudichak ran against Wilkes Barre Mayor Tom Leighton and won the Democratic nomination. The Yudichak family has a long history of honesty in government so his sponsorship of this bill is no surprise.

Leighton was backed by House Majority Leader Todd Eachus. Eachus went door to door with Leighton trying to persuade voters that Leighton was the better choice. It didn't work out too well for him.

Here is a link to H.B. 2. Todd Eachus's name is nowhere to be found on this bill which commands government accountability. Eachus refuses to answer questions about Bonusgate. He refuses to answer questions on whether he accepted rides in Robert Powell's jet? He refuses to be accountable.

This picture says it all.

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