Rep. Schweyer appointed to House Ethics Committee for the 2017-18 legislative session

State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, has been appointed to the House Ethics Committee for the 2017-18 legislative session, an eight-member body whose mission is ensuring House members and staff uphold high standards of conduct.


Schweyer said the committee investigates and deals with alleged violations of House rules, and issues advisory opinions at the request of House members or employees.


The legislative code of ethics, the Lobby Disclosure Act and developing new rules of ethical conduct also fall under its purview, as does planning and conducting House ethics education courses – including updating and distributing member and staff handbooks on ethical conduct.


“It’s an honor to be selected to serve on this important committee,” Schweyer said. "Public trust is vital and most applicable when in a public service position. It’s about ensuring that everyone carries out his or her duties in the highest ethical standards so that one's actions are beyond reproach.”


Schweyer said the House Ethics Committee is evenly split with four Democratic and four Republican members, and meets as needed to fulfill its statutory obligations and handle any matters brought before it.


Other Democratic members of the committee are state Reps. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny; Steven Kinsey, D-Phila.; and Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery.