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Rep. Turner Removed From GOP Leadership Amid Ethics Concerns

The House Speaker says Rep. Eric Turner should have recused himself from a debate on a nursing home moratorium because of a conflict of interest.

Rep. Eric Turner speaks to Gov. Mike Pence

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Rep. Eric Turner speaks to Gov. Mike Pence.

House Speaker Brian Bosma says he will not include Rep. Eric Turner on the GOP’s leadership team next year because of ethics concerns.

Turner was investigated earlier this year for his involvement in a debate about a nursing home moratorium when he and his son Zeke have significant financial stakes in the nursing home business.

Zeke owns and runs nursing home management and construction companies, one of which Turner has financial interests in.

Speaker Bosma says Turner’s ties to the industry represents what he calls an “irreconcilable conflict” and that the Cicero Republican should have recused himself from all private GOP caucus discussions of a nursing home construction moratorium bill last session.

Bosma says the House Ethics Committee acted correctly earlier this year when it determined Turner didn’t technically violate any House rules, but that the investigation exposed gaps in the ethics law.

The House Speaker says he plans to introduce a comprehensive ethics bill next session.

And while Bosma says calls for the embattled GOP lawmaker to resign mean nothing because the legislature won’t meet until after November’s election, he says, if reelected, Turner will not be a part of the Republican leadership team this fall.

Turner has served as Speaker Pro Tem since 2010.

In a statement, Turner says he remains committed to serving the Speaker, the GOP caucus and the House with integrity and respects Bosma’s decision.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS 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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  • Bob Eckert

    Don’t kid yourself for a second that all the inside good old boys, one of which was Turner, didn’t know waaaaay beforehand that Turner was deeply involved in the nursing home business when they debated about them in caucus. These guys know what size dress each other’s wives wear for gosh sakes, they hold back nothing. The did force him to recuse himself (in the back room) because they allowed him to know if there was anything being proposed about nursing homes in caucus was going to hurt his business. The price for this access was that he would gently float down on a golden parachute with only a token ethics investigation that was back-end rigged from the start. Turner got all the information he needed to make sure his outside business was untouched. It all seems neat and tidy as he makes “his exit” from the limelight, but you notice he is still “in the game”. Disgusting.

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