By: Angela Couloumbis
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania lawmakers and other elected officials have for years been able to pocket almost anything sent their way by lobbyists, special interests, and others with a stake in government.
Yet bills offered up over the years to end a system criticized as the Wild West for influence peddling have died with little or no debate.
That could change in the coming months. A coalition of Republican leaders has publicly backed placing limits on gifts to elected officials and public employees — though one key leader has so far refused to endorse the change, a potentially fatal roadblock.