Activists call for action on gift ban bill before end of legislative session; four arrested in the process

Chanting “Pass the gift ban. Do your job” and “Stop taking bribes,” about 20 activists gathered in the hallway outside the Capitol office of House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff on Tuesday, demanding action on a bill making it illegal for public employees and officials to accept gifts.

The representatives from MarchOnHarrisburg said they have been waiting for action for four years and came to the Capitol with four members willing to risk arrest to remind House leaders of a pre-pandemic commitment from former House Speaker Mike Turzai and then-House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler to bring up House Bill 1945 for a vote by the full chamber.

It unanimously passed the House State Government Committee last October.

Knowing the Nov. 30 end of the legislative session is drawing near, Beth Taylor, the group’s Lehigh Valley chapter leader, said they don’t want the session to end without both chambers acting on this

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