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Philadelphia lawmaker formally resigns House seat

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 1, 2015 4:17 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- A Democratic state lawmaker has formally resigned his seat in Pennsylvania's House of Representatives after pleading guilty to nine counts of conflict of interest.

House Speaker Mike Turzai says Representative Ron Waters of Philadelphia had submitted his formal notice of resignation, effective immediately.

The charges against Waters arose out of his contact with an informant posing as a lobbyist who secretly recorded their exchanges while offering cash for promises of official favors

Waters was ordered to spend 23 months on probation. His plea deal required him to resign from the state House.

The 65-year-old Waters had been a state representative since winning a special election in 1999 for the seat representing parts of Philadelphia and Delaware County.

An earlier story:

A Democratic state lawmaker has pleaded guilty to nine counts of conflict of interest, charges that arose out of his contact with a lobbyist who secretly recorded their exchanges. 

Representative Ron Waters entered the plea earlier today in Dauphin County Court in Harrisburg and was ordered to spend 23 months on probation.

His deal also calls for him to resign from the House. 

The 65-year-old Waters has been a state representative since winning a special election in 1999 for the seat representing Philadelphia and Delaware counties. 

The charges are among those filed by Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams after state Attorney General Kathleen Kane declined to pursue an investigation built on secret recordings by lobbyist Tyron Ali.

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