The impeachment of Justice Rolf Larsen

With impeachment threats levied at Attorney General Kathleen Kane, The PLS Reporter takes a look at the last impeachment of a state official in Pennsylvania: the impeachment of Justice Rolf Larsen.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
House Majority Leader opens door to Kane impeachment

House Majority Leader opens door to Kane impeachment

A statement released Friday by House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) calling for Attorney General Kathleen Kane to resign left open the possibility of impeachment of the state’s top law enforcement officer if she refuses to step aside.

“It is time Attorney General Kane puts the interests of the people of Pennsylvania before her own. It is time for Ms. Kane to step aside," Rep. Reed said in Friday's news release. “We will be closely monitoring the case as it moves through the courts and weighing our options as a legislative body if there is no other action taken to remove her from office.”

He argued the gravity of the charges brought against Kane—which include obstruction of law, perjury, and official oppression—cannot be understated.

“The multiple allegations of misusing the office – which is directly related to the performance of her duties as Pennsylvania’s chief law enforcement officer – raise serious concerns about her ability to continue to serve the citizens of the Commonwealth, and make it virtually impossible for her to function in her current position," he said.

Friday, August 7, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Calls mount for Attorney General Kathleen Kane to resign

Calls mount for Attorney General Kathleen Kane to resign

After Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman brought criminal charges against Attorney General Kathleen Kane Thursday, calls for Kane to step down began to mount, even from within her own party.

"I am calling on her to step aside, step down as attorney general, because I think she cannot do what she has to do as the top law enforcement officer in Pennsylvania while she’s facing these serious charges," Gov. Tom Wolf said Thursday afternoon at a “Schools that Teach” tour event in East Stroudsburg.

Thursday, August 6, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Gov. Wolf names Marcus Brown as Director of Homeland Security

Gov. Wolf names Marcus Brown as Director of Homeland Security

Gov. Tom Wolf Thursday named Col. Marcus Brown as his Director of Homeland Security.

Col. Brown was once Gov. Wolf’s pick to lead the Pennsylvania State Police, but his nomination failed to be confirmed by the Senate in June.

Gov. Wolf names Col. Brown to the office that has been vacant since the end of the Corbett administration and is responsible for securing the Commonwealth against terrorist attacks and coordinating these efforts within agencies across state government and the federal government.

The director’s position is not subject to Senate confirmation.

According to the February 2012 executive order creating the office, "The Office of Homeland Security shall be managed by a Director, appointed by the Governor. The Director shall report to the Homeland Security Advisor and to the Governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Safety. The Director shall be assisted by personnel deemed necessary to allow the Office of Homeland Security to carry out its responsibilities."

Thursday, August 6, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
New pension reform bill could reshape the debate over system overhaul

New pension reform bill could reshape the debate over system overhaul

Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill) is resurrecting his hybrid pension reform plan that was discussed at length last session, but failed to gain enough support to bring the concept up for a vote on the House floor.

He’s hoping that with the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 1 and the vetting of a defined contribution pension reform plan that the time is ripe for this idea to clear the hurdles that were erected in front of his plan last session.

“After that bill in the last session had gone through the process of some agreed-to amendments, this is kind of the product that eventually came out of that effort,” Rep. Tobash told The PLS Reporter. “It’s the growing expectation of Pennsylvania citizens that we accomplish something in this regard.”

He said he hesitated to introduce the plan because multiple viable options would not be productive to the process.

“But with the veto of Senate Bill 1 and two bodies that have exhibited their ability to vote on meaningful pension reform, I think that alternative options at this point in time are helpful to the process,” he added. “It’s an important time to continue and further the conversation."

Thursday, August 6, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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