President Pro Tempore Appoints Sen. Yaw to Special Senate Committee

HARRISBURG – State Senator Gene Yaw (R-23) today acknowledged his appointment by President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati (R-25) to a special bi-partisan Committee that will look into possible Senate action against Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

Members of the committee were announced and read across the desk in the Senate today.  In addition to Yaw, the six member committee will also include Senators John Gordner (R-27) who will serve as Chair, Lisa Baker (R-20), Art Haywood (D-4), Judy Schwank (D-11), and Sean Wiley (D-49).  Senator Scarnati will serve as ex-officio member of the committee.

“The function of the Attorney General’s office is two-fold, first to represent the government interest in legal proceedings, and second to represent the public interest in legal proceedings,” Yaw said.  “Considering the importance of the position of Attorney General in the government of the state and the functions of the office headed by the Attorney General, General Kane’s ability to perform the duties of the office without a law license needs to be reviewed.”

The committee will be charged with examining General Kane’s ability to perform the functions of her position with an indefinitely suspended law license, as well as possible other areas that may impact her performance.

In 30 days, the Committee is tasked with issuing a written report to the full Senate with preliminary findings of the Committee, as well as an outline of procedures that the Committee will utilize should they elect to move forward.  Within the same period of time, the Committee will be tasked with determining if there is sufficient evidence that warrants notice and a hearing as required under the PA Constitution before the Special Committee on Senate Address.

Rita Zielonis, Chief of Staff
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