See How the PA House Ethics Committee Has Improved Their Compliance Process

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PENNSYLVANIA — The Pennsylvania House Ethics Committee this week reorganized for the 2023-24 session and, as its first action on Thursday, unanimously adopted updated committee rules and procedures, including an updated committee website to make it easier for individuals to file an ethics complaint.

The website updates include providing direct committee contact information, an online complaint form, and links to House Rules and the committee’s General and Procedural Rules.

“Everyone deserves to feel safe when conducting business with any member of the House of Representatives, and these updates will ensure that our policies are clear to House members and the public and that any accusation or complaint is taken seriously and examined thoroughly,” said House Ethics Committee Democratic Chairwoman Donna Bullock, D-Philadelphia. “Our unanimous and bipartisan actions follow our chamber’s adoption of stronger ethics rules, which are the first steps toward a better workplace environment.”

“My Republican colleagues and I look forward to working alongside our Democratic colleagues in a bipartisan way to continue bringing fairness and integrity to the House Ethics Committee,” said House Ethics Committee Republican Vice Chair Kate A. Klunk, R-Hanover.  “Our first step in doing this is the launch of an updated committee website with a new online complaint form. The people we serve can now easily access our ethics rules and instructions on how to file an ethics complaint with the committee. We remain committed to restoring people’s trust in government, upholding the highest standards of ethics, and fairly reviewing any complaints that may come before the committee.”

An individual who would like to file a complaint may also send a letter or email, marked CONFIDENTIAL, to the following:

Hon. Chair Donna Bullock
c/o Alexandra E. Sacavage, Esquire
604 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120
[email protected]

Hon. Vice Chair Kate A. Klunk
c/o Jill S. Vecchio, Esquire
Suite B-6, Main Capitol
PO Box 202228
Harrisburg, PA  17120
[email protected]

The Pennsylvania House Ethics Committee is entrusted with promoting ethical conduct in state government by conducting investigations and hearings that relate to members of the House. The purpose of these inquiries is to scrutinize any conflicts of interest or possible misconduct with regard to legislative duties. This committee follows a process that helps ensure the objective observation and investigation into complaints, allowing them to appropriately resolve any matters accordingly. Whether formed as an ad hoc committee or special investigative committee, the outcomes produced by this body are critical in protecting public trust and ensuring fair representation at all levels.

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