A total of 19 current members of the Legislature have arrest records, according to The Associated Press.
The story, written by By Mark Scolforo, will be published starting Sunday in most Pennsylvania newspapers:
Here's a preview the wire service sent to its member newspapers:
HARRISBURG — Drug offenses, gun charges, theft and drunken driving turned up in the backgrounds of some state lawmakers when the entire Pennsylvania General Assembly was checked against public records, news accounts and other sources. At least five lawmakers were found to have convictions of criminal offenses and six others with convictions in cases that were later expunged or stricken. Another five who turned up in the AP investigation with records of arrests or citations either won acquittals or their cases were dropped.