By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – The chairman of the House State Government Committee says he wants the state ethics commission to investigate whether a violation occurred when the attorney general’s sister was promoted to a higher-paying job in the AG’s office.

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As representatives of the state Ethics Commission testified about bills to toughen Pennsylvania’s ethics laws this week, the chairman of the House State Government Committee – Butler County Republican Daryl Metcalfe – told them he wants an investigation into the promotion of Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s sister.

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“I think it’s very clear from the ethics act that she is not allowed to have a family member working under her that she can promote like that, to have a financial benefit,” Metcalfe said. “I think the ethics act covers that.”

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But in a written statement, the attorney general’s first deputy, Adrian King, says Kane’s sister was already working in the AG’s office when Kane took over and that a determination was made that King, not Kane, would make decisions about her employment. King says there is no violation of the ethics act.