Openness the right call for Kane committee proceedings in Senate

  • Nov 06, 2015

The state Senate committee reviewing the functioning of the Attorney General's office after the emergency temporary suspension of Kathleen Kane's law license will hold its first public hearing on Monday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m., in Hearing Room 1 of the North Office Building.

The bipartisan committee is chaired by Sen. John Gordner (R-Columbia), and members include: Sens. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne), Art Haywood (D-Montgomery), Judy Schwank (D-Berks), Sean Wiley (D-Erie) and Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming).  Among other things, the committee is expected to take testimony from county district attorneys on issues that have developed with attempts to refer cases to state prosecutors. It is also awaiting information from Kane to support her statements that the OAG can run effectively during the time of her license suspension.

Pennsylvania’s Sunshine Act requires legislative hearings where testimony is taken to be public, and the PNA appreciates the Senate committee’s commitment to openness in this matter of statewide – and even national - public interest.  The committee’s website,, furthers the goal of transparency in government by including audio and video links for future public meetings and hearings.

Kane’s license was suspended by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in response to charges pending against her. The panel is scheduled to deliver its report to Senate leadership by Nov. 25.

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