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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.

Matthew October 03, 2012 at 09:58 PM
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....In other words, quit using children as a political weapon. Absolutely stupid. People are tired of you NOT doing your jobs and playing politics. The house shouldn't shut down because of this I agree, but these pieces of legislation are designed to attack the Governor, not solve anything but gaining political points.
Ed Vicheck October 03, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Corbett was the one that sat on this until his election Matthew. He was the one that allowed it to go on. Corbett and the republicans should want this out in the open if in fact Corbett did nothing wrong.
pjr October 03, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Well i for one think that As attorney general, Corbett , could have done more to stop this destruction of children way before there were too many victims. He had 14 investigators following bill deweese around and only one looking into the jerry sandusky case?????????????come on......
Mana October 04, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Again shows how little jesse white has to do....he needs to find something productive to do...
Amanda Gillooly October 04, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Mana, Because he posted the info on Facebook?
Jesse White October 04, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Mana, by explaining what happened in the Legislature today? This wasn't my resolution, I didn't introduce the discharge resolution and I didn't shut down the government for purely political reasons today. So are you saying Corbett's role in how he conducted the Sandusky investigation shouldn't be investigated? Are you saying the Legislature shouldn't even vote on a simple resolution? Isn't that how Democracy supposed to work? Please knock off your negative personal attacks, especially under the cowardly veil of anonymity. It's pathetic.
Mana October 04, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Wasn't a personal attack, just an observation. The truth of the matter is, you only have so much time in a day. Myou can spend time on the 'would have, could have or should have' or spend time on legislation that will improve our lives. Chasing Gov Corbett is just grandstanding and each time you introduce a measure like this you are part of the problem and not a solution. Why don't you investigate how to prevent this? Even better, why not do something to celebrate coaches who are out the remake a difference? Let the courts take care of Sandusky...
Jet Miskis October 04, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I would like to know the entire extent of Corbett's handling (as then-Attorney General) of the Jerry Sandusky investigation. There are simply more questions than answers. After all, we all know the expression, "Follow the money"; so, let's see what 'the money' paid for? I commend PA state Representative Brandon Neuman's attempt last June. I commend state Representative Timothy Briggs for his procedural move attempt. And, I support and commend Representative Jesse White for his support, and his continued efforts of keeping the people informed and engaged (how many of our Representatives directly communicate to the at large public on a daily bases?). Isn't it interesting the extreme lengths the Republicans are will to go in order to avoid this discussion / investigation? The Republicans are all-to-willing to investigate, at unlimited costs, whatever they want to investigate. Remember, they rule the vote, they outnumber the Democrats; so, are they concerned that a few Republicans will actually support this investigation? What, exactly do they have to hide?
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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