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Potential Vote on Corbett's Handling of Sandusky Investigation Brings House to a Halt

Two local lawmakers blasted GOP leadership for putting the House in recess instead of dealing with the vote.

A group of state House representatives on Thursday attempted to force a vote on a resolution that would urge the U.S. Attorney to investigate then-Attorney General Tom Corbett’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky investigation.

State Rep. Jesse White, D-Cecil, posted on his Facebook page that the Republican majority “immediately stopped proceedings” and that many representatives on that side of the aisle had “fled the floor” despite the House still being in session.

“This is shocking and outrageous—what depths won't they go to in order to learn the truth?” the lawmaker wrote on his Facebook page.

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A procedural move was attempted by state Rep. Timothy Briggs, a Democrat, to force a vote on the resolution.

State Rep. Brandon Neuman who had attempted a similar move this past June said, "The majority party then decided that, instead of recognizing Rep. Briggs, they put us in recess. We don’t know if we are coming back today or not.”

Neuman added: “I think it’s important that we debate and talk about what everybody else is talking about. I believe if this resolution is brought to the House floor it will pass and the majority of people believe that an investigation into the Sandusky matter is in order.”

Lawmakers also noted that a session scheduled for tomorrow was also cancelled Wednesday. On the agenda for Thursday were changes to the controversial small games of chance legislation.

Insiders said there was speculation that Republican leadership would not rule out canceling every scheduled session date between now and the Nov. 6 election date—which means that the House would not come back into session until January.

Rick Pfeuffer October 04, 2012 at 03:04 PM
I would like to know what happened to District Atty Ray Gricar. He has been missing since 2005. Also, why is PSU constantly on TV every weekend? It's either they are being penalized or they are not. Where is all their TV revenue going for these TV appearances? Are the no other college football teams available that deserve to be on TV other than PSU? I hope any TV money they receive is going to settlements for the victims and to reimburse PA for all the money spent on legal fees, etc.
mako October 04, 2012 at 06:01 PM
jesse didn't introduce this legislation.
Barry Jones October 04, 2012 at 09:56 PM
"Why don't you investigate how to prevent this?"------To prevent this, you have to know how it happened, and how it was handled. This is what the resolution is for.When this is answered, only then it be prevented it from happening again.
NE12Ukid October 05, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Matthew5:58 pm on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 Hey...do something about the pension crisis...rising school taxes due to it..and quit trying to make Corbett responsible for what JERRY SANDUSKY did....>>> Matthew, just had a meeting with AFL-CIO about Corbett's plans to decimate many pensions--we already have seen what he did to the schools-- I say investigate his part in this scandal and maybe we can get him impeached before he ruins more.
NE12Ukid October 05, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Gricar was declared legally dead July 25, 2011

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