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Gift ban advocates look to circumvent GOP leadership, pressure lawmakers

BY: - May 27, 2022

Previous efforts to tighten Pennsylvania’s gift laws have died in the General Assembly, but lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have expressed a desire for a more comprehensive ban over the last year.

Former health secretary Beam takes lobbying job with UPMC, raising concern and hope

BY: - February 21, 2022

Alison Beam, who was a top staffer for Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf before taking over the state Health Department in January 2021, will be hired as the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s next vice president of government affairs, the healthcare giant announced last week.

Gift ban advocates target Pa. GOP leaders, urging an end to ‘Groundhog Day’

BY: - January 24, 2022

Under Pennsylvania’s existing Ethics Act, state lawmakers and government employees can accept unlimited gifts — lodging, travel, entertainment, and meals — from anyone as long as they disclose those worth more than $250 on annual financial interest forms.

Gift ban advocates call Benninghoff the latest holdup; House GOP says it’s a ‘work in progress’

BY: - December 26, 2021

Santa and his helpers, organizers with March on Harrisburg, weren’t asking or figgy pudding; they were asking the Republican-controlled Legislature to pass a gift ban.

A GOP holdout says he’d support a gift ban if elected governor. Advocates ask why not now?

BY: - November 21, 2021

Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, R-Centre, is the only Republican in legislative leadership who has not vocalized support for the gift ban.

Confined to Zoom no more, activists return to state Capitol to hold lawmakers to account

BY: and - April 20, 2021

After being shut out for much of the last year, activists of all stripes are returning to the stately marble steps and gilded interior of the Pennsylvania Capitol.