Pennsylvania Speaker of the House Bryan Cutler today announced the members of the Select Committee on Law and Order that was established through the adoption of House Resolution 216.
“This bipartisan group of lawmakers understands that what residents and visitors of Philadelphia are currently experiencing must change,” Cutler said. “I am confident these members will work together to find solutions and hold those in power accountable for allowing crime in Philadelphia to reach the levels they have today.”
The five members of the committee are:
- Rep. John Lawrence (R-Chester/Lancaster), chair
- Rep. Wendi Thomas (R-Bucks)
- Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland)
- Rep. Amen Brown (D-Philadelphia)
- Rep. Danilo Burgos (D-Philadelphia)
The Select Committee is authorized and empowered to investigate, review and make findings and recommendations concerning rising rates of crime, law enforcement and the enforcement of crime victim rights.
The resolution is targeted at Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner who has been under fire over the city’s gun violence crisis.
The measure was introduced by Rep. Josh Kail (R-Beaver/Washington) in an attempt to initiate articles of impeachment against Krasner.
Any effort to remove the two-term DA would require a majority vote in the PA House and a two-thirds vote of the Senate. As the GOP does not have a two-thirds majority in that chamber, any trial would have to sway Democrats.