Seven of the 13 state House and Senate members who represent parts of Lancaster County received income in 2018 from sources other than the General Assembly, newly filed ethics forms show. Several also reporting accepting gifts or reimbursement for travel costs.
Statewide, Pennsylvania's 253 lawmakers accepted more than $83,000 in free trips last year and collected a variety of gifts, booze and free meals, an analysis by The Associated Press' Mark Scolforo found. Travel funded by third parties took legislators to Taiwan, Israel and destinations around the United States, from Seattle to Key West, Florida.
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The disclosures are mandated by state law and intended to give the public a general idea whether elected officials might have potential conflicts of interest. The law does not require disclosure of the dollar amount of outside income nor does it require lawyer/legislators to disclose the names of clients and whether their clients have interests before the General Assembly.
Here's a look at what members of the Lancaster County delegation claimed in their latest statements of financial disclosure. Rank-and-file lawmakers are paid a salary of $88,600; members of leadership are paid $128,385 to $138,327.
- Rep. Bryan Cutler, R-Peach Bottom, reported income from his work as a lawyer at Nikolaus and Hohenadel LLP and from Bernell Nolt-Field Rental in Peach Bottom.
- Rep. Steven Mentzer, R-Lititz, reported rental income at three properties in Lancaster County.
- Rep. Keith Greiner, R-Upper Leacock, reported income from his work as an accountant at Hatter Harris & Beitel.
- Rep. David Zimmerman, R-East Earl, reported income from Precision Diagnostics LLC; Old Town LLC; and Timberline Farm, his home property, for “horse-boarding, custom mowing and Airbnb.”
- Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, reported income from three investment properties in Lancaster city.
- Rep. Brett Miller, R-East Hempfield, reported income from rental property.
- Rep. John Lawrence, R-West Grove, Chester County, reported income rental property.
No outside income
-- Sens. Ryan Aument, R-Mount Joy, and Scott Martin, R-Martic Township; and Reps. Mindy Fee, R-Manheim; David Hickernell, R-West Donegal; Jim Cox, R-Spring Township, Berks County; and Mark Gillen, R-Robeson Township, Berks County.
- Cutler: $2,000 from the Jewish Federation for a partial discount on a policy trip to Israel. An aide said he paid the rest with personal funds.
- Mentzer: An automobile valued at $11,000; Mentzer said the vehicle is a 2011 Buick his 97-year-old father-in-law gave him.
Hospitality or transportation (costs covered for trips)
- Martin: $1,348 from Foundation for Government Accountability.
- Aument: $746 from the Foundation for Excellence in Education; $1,544 from the National Conference of State Legislatures.