HARRISBURG – Wednesday, the House State Government Committee approved House Resolution 1032, which creates the House Select Committee on Election Integrity to provide oversight of the 2020 election to inform possible legislation before and after the Nov. 3, 2020, General Election.
The Select Committee, which has subpoena power, is an exercise of the General Assembly’s constitutional prerogative to determine the time, place and manner of elections, and create committees to help it carry out its legislative functions.
In response, Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) made the following statement:
“By legislating from the bench, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently issued a ruling that injected chaos into the General Election by creating election procedures not found anywhere in current law and ensuring Pennsylvania—and thereby the nation—will not have reliable results on Election Day.
“Given that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s election law changes raise serious questions about the security and integrity of our upcoming election, the House Select Committee on Election Integrity is an integral measure that ensures the Legislature can continue to exercise its constitutional prerogative and act as a check on this hijacked process.
“I look forward to seeing the work of this committee as we strive to guarantee the security and integrity of this and future elections.”