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Rep. Turner did not violate ethics rules, committee finds

Tighter rules needed, they say

INDIANAPOLIS – A panel of lawmakers says House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner did not violate the House’s ethics rules when he fought legislation that would have cost his family’s nursing home business millions.

But the House Ethics Committee expressed concerns Wednesday that Turner’s efforts to kill a proposed nursing home moratorium did not achieve the “highest spirit of transparency” and vowed to tighten those rules.

Turner lobbied behind closed doors against a proposed five-year construction ban that would have stalled development of multiple projects he is invested in through Mainstreet Property Group. Mainstreet Property documents obtained by the Associated Press show Turner had more than $4 million in profits on the line through his ownership stake in the company.

Attorney Toby McClamroch says the committee’s report exonerated his client.

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