Baker to Serve on Special Committee on Senate Address

HARRISBURG – State Senator Lisa Baker has been named to the Special Committee on Senate Address, created to examine possible Senate action against Attorney General Kathleen Kane pursuant to Article 6, Section 7 of the Pennsylvania Constitution.  Baker had this to say about her new role of responsibility:

“The state Attorney General’s law license has been indefinitely suspended by the Disciplinary Board of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

This key question must be confronted: Does the loss of her law license preclude her from effectively functioning as the state’s chief law enforcement officer?

A little-used constitutional provision presents the possibility of the state Senate, by a two-thirds vote, recommending to the governor that the attorney general be removed from office.  We need to determine if this power properly applies to the current situation, and if so, how due process is ensured should a vote for removal be warranted.

Pennsylvanians have an overriding interest in a review that is fair, thorough, responsible, and bipartisan.  My participation on this special committee will be faithful to that public interest and expectation.”

Andrew M. Seder
(570) 226-5960

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