Friday, June 25, 2021

House Resolution to Call for Investigation of Schuylkill County Commissioner Halcovage Unanimously Passes House Judiciary Committee

On Friday, Reps. Jerry Knowles (R-Schuylkill/Berks/Carbon), Joe Kerwin (R-Dauphin/Schuylkill) and Tim Twardzik (R-Schuylkill) announced the unanimous passage of House Resolution 99, by the House Judiciary Committee.
The resolution calls upon the committee to begin an investigation of Schuylkill County Commissioner George F. Halcovage Jr. as to whether an impeachment or removal from office is required due to alleged misbehavior in office and violation of public trust.

“The House Judiciary Committee has taken the next step in the process of beginning the investigation of Schuylkill County Commissioner George F. Halcovage Jr.,” said the delegation. “While this is very rare for legislators to ask for an investigation of a public official, unfortunately, under the circumstances, we believe it to be necessary. We have an obligation to our constituents and all of Schuylkill County to determine the facts in this case and proceed accordingly.”

House Resolution 99 empowers the House Judiciary Committee and the Subcommittee on Courts to conduct an investigation of Halcovage to subpoena witnesses and other materials, and take testimony. The members of the committee will work in a bipartisan manner to ensure that the due process rights of everyone involved have been safeguarded.