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State Rep. Responds To Calls For Ethics Investigation

Rep. Eric Turner, R-Cicero, is responding to calls for an investigation into his actions surrounding a nursing home construction moratorium bill.

Eric Turner

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Rep. Eric Turner, R-Cicero, at the Indiana Statehouse.

As the 2014 legislative session drew to a close, language that would have put a temporary moratorium on constructing new nursing homes was eliminated.

Media reports surfaced that Rep. Eric Turner, R-Cicero, lobbied hard behind closed doors to kill the measure.

Turner’s son Zeke owns a nursing home expansion business.

In response to calls from state Democratic Party Chair John Zody for an investigation, Speaker of the House Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, asked the House Ethics Committee to look into the allegations.

In a statement issued Wednesday, Turner says he’s pleased Bosma acted quickly and looks forward to a hearing. Turner notes that he recused himself all four times he had the chance to vote on the bill and is confident he acted within House Rules and its Code of Ethics.

In his letter to House Ethics Committee members, Bosma also asked them to consider whether the ethics code needs to be changed.

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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  • lastcamp2

    An amazing note on this story, not mentioned here, is the statement that members won’t provide information because the questioned activity took place in caucus and is confidential.
    What? Does this mean you can be unethical in caucus, with impunity?
    I always thought if you got a subpoena, it said, “Commanded to appear and testify” and about the only way to get around compliance was to take the Fifth if you thought your statements would incriminate you in a criminal offense.
    There are some exceptions to that, but I seriously doubt if being in caucus is one of them. Suppose you confessed to a crime (which this could be) in caucus?

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