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Bosma Calls For Ethics Investigation of Rep. Turner

Some lawmakers have alleged that Turner fought against legislation that would have hurt his son’s business.

Eric Turner

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Rep. Eric Turner, R-Cicero, introduces HJR-3 to the Elections Committee.

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.

Speaker Bosma Letter

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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