House speakers get reprieve from criminal history plaques



HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The portraits of three former Pennsylvania House speakers who went to prison on corruption-related charges have received a reprieve of sorts. In one of his last acts in office, Mike Turzai, a former speaker, ordered the removal of the plaques describing the former speakers' criminal histories. The plaques were hung in 2014. Pennlive.com reports that House Clerk Dave Reddecliff said Turzai requested the plaques’ removal before he resigned in June. Turzai declined comment to Pennlive. On the Senate side,  criminal history plaque continues to hang beneath the portrait of Robert J. Mellow, a former Senate president pro tempore.

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