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  • **FILE** The dome of the Capitol is reflected in a skylight of the Capitol Visitor's Center in Washington on  Jan. 1, 2013. (Associated Press)

    Ethics Committee will reverse travel disclosure rule change

    The chairman of the House Ethics Committee sounded retreat Thursday, saying the panel will rescind a controversial change to disclosure requirements for lawmakers who are given free trips, a change that had been harshly criticized by watchdog groups.

  • ** FILE ** The dome of the U.S. Capitol in Washington is pictured on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    House committee no longer requires public travel disclosure

    Watchdogs will have to sniff harder for information on lawmakers' lavish, lobbyist-paid travel to exotic destinations, thanks to the House Ethics Committee's recent change to Congressional disclosure laws.

  • **FILE** In this Nov. 21, 2013, photo, newly-elected Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La., waits to be sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Watchdog seeks probe after lawmaker's cash-for-votes remark

    When Rep. Vance McAllister publicly admitted that money runs politics, the Louisiana Republican probably didn't bank on that information leading to a criminal investigation. Now, a federal watchdog is calling for just that.

  • House ethics panel defers probe of NY lawmaker

    The House Ethics Committee has put its investigation of indicted Rep. Michael Grimm on hold so the Justice Department can proceed with its own probe of the lawmaker, the committee said Friday.

  • Rep. Mitchell fined $16K, ordered to repay $7,400

    The House Ethics Committee on Thursday ordered Rep. Harold Mitchell to pay a $16,100 fine and reimburse his campaign account nearly $7,400 for improper expenses.

  • SC speaker ruling raises accountability questions

    Who has the power to choose which cases to prosecute in South Carolina, if not the state's attorney general?

  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks to reporters outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, following her lunch with President Barack Obama. Pelosi was asked several questions about the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Pelosi demands Benghazi panel be equally divided

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday that the House's new investigative committee looking into the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attacks must be equally divided between Democrats and Republicans — an aggressive demand that could dent the investigation before it even gets rolling.

  • Ethics panel: Overhaul needed after Turner actions

    An ethics panel cleared House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner of wrongdoing Wednesday for fighting a measure that would have cost him millions of dollars in profits, but it urged lawmakers to strengthen the disclosure rules for public officials.

  • Rep. Clyde Kersey, D-Terre Haute, listens to a question from Rep. Kathy Richardson, R-Noblesville, during a House Ethics Committee hearing to Rep. Eric Turner's actions to benefit his family business at the Statehouse Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Indianapolis. Rep. Turner did not attend the hearing. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Turner skips hearing, documents claim no misdeeds

    House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner skipped a House ethics review Wednesday but claimed in filings submitted to the panel that he did nothing wrong when he fought legislation that would have cost him millions of dollars in profits.

  • Turner case tests bounds of 'citizen legislature'

    When a legislative ethics panel meets this week to review the case of House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner, members could have trouble finding clear-cut answers, in large part because of the Indiana General Assembly's status as a "citizen legislature."

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