Committee On Ethics, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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The Committee On Ethics is a standing committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Per Section 43 of the House Rules, committees of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives are appointed by the Committee on Committees. The Committee on Committees is made up of the Speaker of the House, and 15 members of the House, ten of which shall be members of the majority party and five that are members of the minority party. The purpose of this committee is to recommend to the House the members that will serve on the standing committees.[1] The rules do not specify when or how often committees are assigned. It is the duty of the Speaker of the House to appoint the chair and vice-chair for all standing committees that have no subcommittees, except the Appropriations Committee which shall have a vice-chair appointed by the Speaker. The Speaker of the House shall appoint a secretary for each standing committee. The Minority Leader shall appoint the minority chair, minority vice-chair and minority secretary for each standing committee.[1] The Speaker of the House, the Majority Floor Leader and the Minority Floor Leader shall be ex-officio members of all standing committees, but have no voting rights and are not counted for purposes in determining quorum.[1]

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: House Resolution 1


Per House Rule 47, the function of the Ethics Committee is to conduct investigations, hearings and meetings relating to a specific issue, member, officer, or employee of the House. The committee will investigate individuals on matters of conflicts of interests and misconduct in legislative duties.[1] When a complaint has been made, the person with whom the complaint has been made will be informed, and the committee will conduct a preliminary investigation to determine whether or not a rule or law has been broken.[1] After reviewing the evidence, the committee will determine if there is enough evidence to proceed with a formal investigation or to dismiss the complaint. In the event that the committee decides to proceed with a formal investigation, the accused will be informed, and independent counsel will be given. After the formal investigation, the committee may recommend punishment to the House if the committee determines that a violation has occurred.[1][2]


2015 legislative session

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2015 legislative session.

Committee On Ethics Members, 2015
Democratic members (4)Republican members (4)
Mark Longietti, Democratic ChairScott Petri, Chair
Madeleine DeanSheryl Delozier
Sid Michaels KavulichBrian Ellis
Michael O'Brien, Pennsylvania RepresentativeCarl Metzgar




External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Pennsylvania State Legislature, "House Resolution 1," accessed January 15, 2014(Section 43)
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.