Thursday, March 20, 2014
House Speaker Announces Ethics Probe Of Eric Turner
I don't expect much to come of it, but House Speaker Brian Bosma moved to silence critics by opening an ethics probe to investigate news reports earlier this week which claimed that State Rep. Eric Turner (R-Cicero), who serves as Speaker Pro Tempore in the Republican caucus, had lobbied Republican members to kill legislation that would have placed a moratorium on the construction of new nursing homes in Indiana. Turner's family has a financial interest in Mainstreet Property Group, which had announced plans to build 24 skilled nursing home facilities throughout the state when the legislation was introduced this session at the behest of a trade group representing nursing home owners to place a moratorium on new construction. Turner had pledged to his fellow colleagues earlier in the session that he would recuse himself from participating in any vote or discussions regarding the legislation which members of his family, including his son and daughter, were lobbying to defeat. News reports cited several Republican lawmakers as claiming that Turner's lobbying efforts within the Republican caucus played a key role in the defeat of the legislation.