The January 12th hearing will let Kane or a representative make her case before the Senate. This action is part of the formal removal process as spelled out by 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.
“We are setting new ground,” Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman stated before the chamber. “Somebody, maybe, 100 years from now will look at our procedures and we were very cognizant of that to make sure we do this in a very fair and open way.”