Indiana Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, is asking the House Ethics Committee to investigate Republican lawmaker Eric Turner.
In the final hours of the 2014 session, legislative language that would have put a temporary moratorium on constructing new nursing homes in the state was eliminated.
Media reports surfaced that Cicero Republican Representative Eric Turner lobbied hard behind closed doors to kill the measure.
Lawmakers said they thought Turner had a conflict of interest because Turner’s son owns a nursing home expansion business.
State Democratic Party Chairman John Zody sent a letter Tuesday to Speaker Brian Bosma requesting an investigation into Turner’s actions. Zody wrote, “House ethics rules prohibit lawmakers from voting on issues that would benefit themselves, but it is unclear whether that rule has been updated to include immediate family members, as is the case in this situation, or how any other actions associated with such matters could be a conflict of interest. I seek clarification on the rule of the House in this regard.”
Bosma Thursday sent a letter to members of the House Ethics Committee, along with a copy of Zody’s letter, asking the committee to investigate and determine whether the ethics code needs to be updated.