Baker, Argall Issue Statement on Inspector General Report

(HARRISBURG) – Senator Lisa Baker (R-20) and Senator Dave Argall (R-29) have issued the following statement regarding the Inspector General report released today, on the Department of State’s Failure to meet its constitutional mandate concerning House Bill No. 963 of 2019.

“We are currently evaluating the report released today by the Inspector General, on the failure of the Department of State to advertise the constitutional amendment for the statute of limitations reform for child sexual abuse.  However, at this point it seems to have raised more questions than answers. 

“The devastation that this colossal failure has caused for countless victims cannot be dismissed without a full account of what took place. The public and the victims deserve transparency and the truth.  Classifying this as a personnel matter should not shield any public employee from accountability.

“We are appalled by the lack of oversight at the Department of State and stunned that a state agency did not have the core functions of government under control.  As chairs of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate State Government Committee, we will continue our bi-partisan pursuit to get to the bottom of what happened, and how it can be prevented from happening in the future.  The victims deserve better.”

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Kate Flessner (Senator Baker)  kflessner@pasen.gov (717) 787-7428
Fred Sembach (Senator Argall) fsembach@pasen.gov (717) 787-2637