The Pennsylvania House today adopted a resolution to establish the Select Committee on Restoring Law and Order by a 114-86 vote.
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.
An amendment by Rep. Joe Hohenstein (D-Philadelphia) proposed altering language in the bill that read “city of Philadelphia” with “this Commonwealth,” citing that any and all concerns in the Commonwealth should be addressed by the House. The amendment failed along party lines, 89-111.
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.
The Select Committee would consist of five members of the House – three Republicans and two Democrats.
Co-sponsor Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) said in a statement, “I applaud members who supported this resolution to begin a thorough investigation into the crime tsunami that is crushing Philadelphia. The outcome of this investigation could lead to many recommendations such as legislative solutions, policy changes or additional funding streams. One outcome could be a request to start impeachment proceedings against Krasner.”
Four Democrats voted yes on the resolution – Hohenstein, Kevin Boyle (Philadelphia), Ed Neilson (Philadelphia) and Frank Burns (Cambria). One Republican voted in the minority – Mike Puskaric (Allegheny/Washington) who was defeated in May’s primary.