Pa. Turnpike Commission implements gift ban following 2013 pay-to-play scandal

By Christian Alexandersen | calexandersen@pennlive.com
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on January 28, 2015 at 3:10 PM, updated January 28, 2015 at 4:00

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On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission's code of conduct policy was changed to be consistent with Gov. Tom Wolf's executive order banning the acceptance of gifts for all employees of the executive branch. Wolf signs two executive orders in the Governor's reception room at the Capitol building in Harrisburg, Pa. (Sean Simmers, PennLive)

 

Following in the footsteps of Gov. Tom Wolf, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has decided to ban the acceptance of gifts.

On Wednesday, Sean Logan was installed as the new chairman of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. His first act was to revise the commission's code of conduct to be consistent with Wolf''s executive order banning the acceptance of gifts for all employees of the executive branch.

This is an important step in the right direction for an agency that has had its share of troubles -- Gov. Tom Wolf

Wolf applauded the commission's decision.

"I commend the Turnpike Commission's swift action today by following my lead to ban the acceptance of gifts by its employees," Wolf said in a prepared release. "This is an important step in the right direction for an agency that has had its share of troubles."

Wolf was referring to the pay-to-play scandal that resulted in eight people being charged with crimes. The charges related to a system allegedly involving bribes and political contributions costing taxpayers millions of dollars, according to a grand jury report.