To quote Winston Churchill, “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”
The committee voted 5-2 in favor of this action. All four Republican Senators (Joe Scarnati, John Gordner, Lisa Baker, Gene Yaw) as well as Democratic Chair Sean Wiley voted in favor. The committee’s two other Democrats, Art Haywood and Judy Schwank, voted against the resolution.
“After careful consideration and deliberation of the testimony presented and evidence received, the Special Committee on Senate Address, while making no specific finding on direct removal, finds a sufficient basis for the Senate to move forward with due notice to Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane and a full hearing pursuant to Article VI, Section 7 of the Pennsylvania Constitution,” the committee writes in their report.
Article VI, Section 7 of the PA Constitution concerns the removal of civil officers. It states that:
All civil officers shall hold their offices on the condition that they behave themselves well while in office, and shall be removed on conviction of misbehavior in office or of any infamous crime. Appointed civil officers, other than judges of the courts of record, may be removed at the pleasure of the power by which they shall have been appointed. All civil officers elected by the people, except the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, members of the General Assembly and judges of the courts of record, shall be removed by the Governor for reasonable cause, after due notice and full hearing, on the address of two-thirds of the Senate.
The full State Senate must still vote to open the inquiry.