HARRISBURG –Rep. Josh Kail (R-Beaver/Washington) announced the House adopted his resolution today to create the investigative Select Committee on Restoring Law and Order as efforts continue to address skyrocketing crime rates in Philadelphia and impeach District Attorney Larry Krasner.
“Lives have been lost, properties have been destroyed and families have been crushed all as a result of inaction and willful dereliction of duty by DA Krasner,” said Kail.
“As a result, the House has no choice but to step in to restore law and order by ensuring the laws we have passed are enforced. Crime victims are pleading for help, and we have a duty to protect all Pennsylvanians and find solutions to the problem. Local officials like Krasner must be held accountable so our cities can be safe. I am pleased to see my colleagues on both sides of the aisle join me in supporting this critical measure.”
According to House Resolution 216
, the Select Committee on Restoring Law and Order will consist of five members selected by the Speaker of the House—three Republicans and two Democrats—and have subpoena power.
The Select Committee on Restoring Law and Order will examine the effect of Philadelphia’s failure to enforce criminal laws, how state public safety funding for Philadelphia has been used, and the extent to which victims’ rights are properly enforced.
In addition to impeachment, the Select Committee is also empowered to recommend potential legislative or policy changes that could be made to ensure public safety in Philadelphia is guaranteed.
Representative Joshua Kail
15th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives