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'Stop taking bribes,' protesters urge Pennsylvania lawmakers

Demonstrators returned to Pennsylvania’s Capitol to press lawmakers to pass legislation banning them from taking gifts from lobbyists and others.
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Demonstrators from MarchOnHarrisburg stand outside Pennsylvania’s Capitol to press lawmakers to pass legislation banning them from taking gifts from lobbyists and others aiming to influence them, Wednesday, June 9, 2021, in Harrisburg, Pa. The Pennsylvania Legislature does not limit how much lawmakers can accept from lobbyists and others seeking to influence them. (AP Photo/Marc Levy)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Urging lawmakers to “stop taking bribes,” demonstrators returned to Pennsylvania’s Capitol to press lawmakers to pass legislation banning them from taking gifts from lobbyists and others aiming to influence them. 

Demonstrators from MarchOnHarrisburg unfurled banners on the Capitol steps on Wednesday and chanted “pass the gift ban, stop taking bribes.”

MarchOnHarrisburg demonstrators have been arrested several times in the past during protests in lawmakers’ offices and the House chamber. 

The Pennsylvania Legislature is an outlier in that it does not limit how much lawmakers can accept from lobbyists and others, and much of it does not have to be reported to the public.

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