Sunday, February 7, 2016

Kane's failed bid to reinstate law license opens the door to removal

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has denied state Attorney General Kathleen Kane's petition for ­reinstatement of her law license, reported The Legal Intelligencer.
The Supreme Court's order allows the Pennsylvania Senate to move forward with a vote on Kane's removal from office pursuant to Article VI, Section 7 of the state constitution. A special Senate committee on Jan. 27 concluded its investigation of Kane by recommending to the full Senate that it wait to vote until the high court ruled on her petition. The committee was reviewing whether Kane can fulfill her job duties with a suspended license.
Sen. Joseph B. Scarnati III, R-Jefferson, said in a statement Feb. 5 that the process can now move forward and he will begin meeting with the majority and minority leaders of the Senate to determine a date for the vote. A two-thirds vote in favor of removal would send the matter to Gov. Tom Wolf, who has called for Kane to step down but has not said whether he would approve her removal.
In a separate proceeding, the state House of Representatives is expected to vote as soon as Monday on a resolution that would authorize a committee to investigate Kane's ­conduct in office and determine if articles of impeachment are appropriate.
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