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Bosma: No ethics sanctions against Turner

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House Speaker Brian Bosma said Tuesday he will not sanction House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner after an ethics probe determined the lawmaker did not violate state ethics rules.

Bosma said Tuesday he was accepting the committee's recommendation that no action be taken.

"The ethics committee completed its review, and the review was to take no action but to take a hard look at our disclosure statutes and statements, and that's what we're doing now," he said.

Turner helped defeat a proposed ban on the construction of new nursing homes, which would have cost his business millions in future revenue. But because he fought the legislation in private meetings of the House Republican Caucus and not the chamber of the House or in committee meetings, the House Ethics Committee found that Turner did not violate any of the state's ethics rules.

But the panel added that his actions violated the "spirit" of the state's ethics laws and exposed loopholes that should be tightened. Bosma said work on that review was expected to begin this summer.

Turner declined to answer questions Tuesday about whether he would participate in the upcoming ethics review or whether he would fight the nursing home ban if it comes up again during the 2015 session.

The nursing home ban proposed earlier this year would have blocked multiple projects being developed by Mainstreet Property Group, a company Turner co-owns with his son and others. The state is providing $345,000 in tax credits for a project in Terre Haute that Mainstreet documents show will earn Turner's company an expected $1.8 million.

A Mainstreet Property document obtained by The Associated Press showed that Turner owns 50 percent of Mainstreet Capital Partners, which holds 76 percent of the company. Turner disclosed his interest in Mainstreet Capital Partners, but never said he was invested in Mainstreet Property or how much of a stake he had.

Kate Snedeker, a spokeswoman for Mainstreet Property, has said Turner's ownership stake outlined in their document is incorrect. But she has declined to say how much stake he does own in the company.

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  • Disapppointed But Not Surprised
    I was disappointed but not surprised by Bosma's decision to do nothing. Couldn't he at least, in his leadership position, issued a statement clearly criticizing Turner's behavior. Or, perhaps, he could have changed committee assignments to dilute Turner's power. Bosma represents the district I live in and I will never vote for him again.
  • Hi, Concerned Citizen
    Exactly what elected position do you hold? If you are an elected politician and as involved as you purport to be, or at least espouse others to be, what is it exactly that you do? Me? I am a senior executive with the government, having been part of the government service for well over 30 years, and have been working for changes from the inside? You, Mr. Armchair Quarterback?
  • Response to Concerned Citizen
    Concerned Citizen: Is it the exercise of the First Amendment that bothers you so much or are you part of "the system" and you fear that your ox is about to get gored?
  • Time for change
    Looks like it might be time to turn from my republican past. Letting a guy use his position to put money in his and his families pocket. Definitely need change to help the citizens and not lining one's own pocket.
  • Ignorant People
    Way to sit on the sidelines and make snide remarks. Your words will certainly result in change. You people are the problem with our system. If you don't like something get involved in the process, run a better candidate, volunteer, etc. Instead, you sit here and complain that the system you allow to exist by your ignorance and lack of involvement does not fulfill your needs. Bi-partisan committee indicates there was no ethics violations. The system has spoken, if you don't like it then change the system with your vote and your actions.
    • Bosma's Failure
      As much as it pains me to say, it's clear that one-party rule has corrupted once again. While the Ethic Committee gave Bosma an out, the reality is that Eric Turner should not be sitting on the House Public Health Committee. Not only is he conflicted, a simple review of the votes cast in the committee shows that he fails to attend the vast majority of meetings. In fact, he may have attended two of several committee meetings last session, with one being the meeting where the nursing home issue was considered. Bosma may not have grounds to punish Turner, but he certainly has the grounds and responsibility to Hoosiers to remove Turner from the Health Committee.
    • Turner
      Baloney..this is the code of the House...protect and defend each other to enrich the elite. Karma always wins. Sure hope the IRS is watching.
    • You are letting him off ?
      Another reason really wonder what these people in the State House are thinking. Let's vote out Bosma out with Turner. Its a start.

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