House panel backs new rules after nursing home scandal

Indiana Statehouse
(WISH Photo/Ron Nakasone)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana House committee has endorsed tighter rules on the conduct of lawmakers in the wake of an ethics investigation of a top Republican who fought privately to defeat legislation that would have hurt his family’s business.

The House Ethics Committee voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a revised ethics code.

Committee Chairman Greg Steuerwald (STUR’-wawld) of Avon says a major change in the new code calls for House members to avoid the appearance of impropriety in their actions.

The tightening follows December’s resignation of former House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner after The Associated Press reported he privately lobbied to kill a proposed ban on nursing home construction that could have cost his family’s business millions of dollars.

The House Ethics Committee determined Turner didn’t technically violate the existing rules. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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