Pennsylvania Senate creates committee to look into attorney general Kathleen Kane

FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2015, file photo, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks during a news conference at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. Pennsylvania's highest court on Monday, Sept. 21, ordered the temporary suspension of Kane's law license, a step that could trigger efforts to remove her from office as she fights perjury, obstruction and other charges. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The Pennsylvania Senate has created a special bipartisan committee that could recommend removing embattled Attorney General Kathleen Kane under a constitutional provision never used in the modern era.

The Senate unanimously approved the formation of the committee Monday, and six senators were named to it.

They are Republicans John Gordner, Gene Yaw and Lisa Baker and Democrats Art Haywood, Judy Schwank and Sean Wiley. Minority Leader Jay Costa says the committee’s work should be as public as possible.

Senate officials say the group will have 30 days to report on Kane’s ability to continue as attorney general with a suspended law license.

The committee’s report could recommend the use of an obscure constitutional provision that allows the governor and two-thirds of the Senate to remove certain public officials.

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