Dec. 20, 2021

HARRISBURG – In light of Schuylkill County Commissioner George F. Halcovage Jr.’s refusal to resign in the face of allegations of misbehavior in office and violation of public trust, the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts, chaired by Rep. Paul Schemel (R-Franklin), will hold a meeting on Jan. 11 to launch an investigation into the matter. 

“The allegations against Mr. Halcovage are serious enough to warrant further investigation,” Schemel said. “Because he is an elected official, the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts will conduct an in-depth and thorough investigation of Mr. Halcovage to determine if he is liable for impeachment.”

House Resolution 99, passed by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in November, empowers the House Judiciary Committee and the Subcommittee on Courts to investigate Commissioner Halcovage, subpoena witnesses and other materials and take testimony. Members of the committee will work in a bipartisan manner to ensure the due process rights of everyone involved have been safeguarded.   

“It is a solemn responsibility of the subcommittee to review the underlying circumstances before a potential impeachment and prepare a report for the Legislature with recommendations,” Schemel said. “The subcommittee takes this task very seriously and recognizes that impeachment would result in the removal of an individual elected by the people of Schuylkill County.” 

The subcommittee meeting will take place in the Room 140 of the Capitol at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11.

Representative Paul Schemel
90th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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