Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Bill Would Ban Lawmakers From Paid Board Posts

State Representative Sid Michaels Kavulich (D-Lackawanna) has introduced legislation that would forbid members of the General Assembly from earning money by serving on a board of directors for any business, corporation, or organization.

However, the bill permits elected officials to be compensated for costs that arise from serving on a board of directors.
Kavulich says that he thinks it is beneficial for General Assembly members to serve on boards of directors, but just without pay.

"Some people had called for this to be a complete ban on any participation by elected officials on any boards whatsoever, but I didn't want to go that far at this particular time."

Kavulich also says that no one or thing in particular triggered this legislation, but it was an issue that came up in his region of the state.

"It's just something that I feel takes away the appearance of a conflict of interest," he says.

Kavulich says he has some bi-partisan support for House Bill 1072 and hopes that it will get passed into law for Pennsylvania.

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