Senate President Joe Scarnati announced the news with the following statement:
“After considerable discussion with members of the Senate it has been determined that a vote on the removal of the Attorney General will take place on Wednesday, February 10, 2016. A Senate Resolution will be introduced during session, which will be voted upon by the full Senate. Once again, I commend the Special Committee on Senate Address for their thorough examination of this matter. Prior to the vote, I strongly encourage my Senate colleagues to review all documents provided by the Committee.”
It was thought this method was losing steam, as the State House is currently considering impeachment as an alternative.
The removal process is spelled out in Article VI Section 7 of the PA Constitution:
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.
Last December, Wolf stated that he would remove Kane if two-thirds of the Senate voted against her.
There are currently 49 Senators as Dominic Pileggi’s retirement leaves a district vacant. There are 30 GOP Senators and 19 Democratic Senators. If all thirty Republicans vote against Kane, just three Democrats would be needed to reach the two-thirds threshold.