October 26, 2015

Sen. Gordner To Lead Special Senate Committee On Attorney General

Sen. John R. Gordner (R-Columbia) Monday was named Chairman of the Special Committee on Senate Address which will determine if possible Senate action should be taken against Attorney General Kathleen Kane, pursuant to Article VI, Section 7 of the Pennsylvania Constitution.
The appointment was made by Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati (R-Jefferson).
“The Committee will conduct a thorough and deliberative review of the issue of whether the Attorney General is able to serve in her position under an indefinitely suspended law license,” said Sen. Gordner.  “The Committee will be examining the Constitutional issues under Article VI, relevant statute and case law, including the Commonwealth Attorneys Act and Supreme Court filings relating to the matter.”
The Committee is bipartisan and geographically diverse, and consists of both attorneys and non-attorneys.  
Republicans include Senators Gordner, Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne) and Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming).  Democratic members include Senators Judith Schwank (D-Berks), Sean Wiley (D-Erie) and Arthur Haywood (D-Philadelphia).  
Sen. Scarnati will serve as a voting ex-officio member.
Within a thirty day period, the Committee will issue a written report with its preliminary findings to the full Senate.  The Committee will also determine if sufficient evidence exists for a Constitutional notice and hearing as required by the Constitution.