Column: Conflicts erode confidence in government



Some might look at the conflict of interest charges investigated by Indiana’s House Ethics Committee involving House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner, R-Cicero, and ask why.

We look at the General Assembly’s troubling history of such conflicts and wonder why not?

Why wouldn’t a representative think it’s OK to privately lobby against a bill that would hurt a company he’s invested in — and that’s run by his son? That’s what Turner did during the past session with legislation that set a moratorium on new nursing homes; his son’s company, which hopes to build a number of new nursing homes in the future, opposed the bill.

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