Scarnati Statement Following Special Committee Report to the Full Senate

(HARRISBURG) – Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) has issued a statement following the Special Committee on Senate Address release of the full Senate report:

“Today the Special Committee on Senate Address has issued the full Senate report regarding recommendations pertaining to the possible removal of the Attorney General. The Committee has been beyond reproach and engaged in a meticulous and well thought out process that goes beyond what the Constitution requires. The process began in October of 2015 with the implementation of the Special Committee to examine whether or not an Attorney General can function to full capacity with a suspended law license. Examining this serious issue started with an unclear path, however over the last three months the Committee has done an excellent job staying focused on the task at hand.

“This has been a thorough and valid process which the Legislative Reference Bureau, Constitutional scholars and even Governor Wolf have acknowledged is within the Senate’s power and purview as it relates to Article 6, Section 7 of the Pennsylvania Constitution. The four public hearings the Committee held allowed for a total of twelve testifiers to offer their input and provide well-balanced testimony. Based on information in the report, it is clear that a Senate vote on Ms. Kane’s ability to perform the functions of her position with an indefinitely suspended law license is warranted.

“It is important that each member of the Senate has the ability to review this report and vote on the issue at hand. However, as was made clear in the report and recommendation by the Committee, no action will be taken before the Supreme Court makes a determination regarding the Attorney General’s current Application for Extraordinary Relief for restoration of her law license. I look forward to discussions with members from both sides of the aisle should they have questions as this matter continues to progress.”

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