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pennsylvania house approves investigation into schuylkill county commissioner George Halcovage

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a resolution launching an investigation into Schuylkill County Commissioner George Halcovage.

No one opposed House Resolution 99 during a roll call vote on the House floor Wednesday. By approving it, the House is instructing its Judiciary Committee to investigate alleged wrongdoings by Halcovage during his time as Commissioner. Specifically, Halcovage is accused of sexual harassment of 4 female County employees.

The vote on Wednesday is another step on the part of the House of Representatives toward possible impeachment of Halcovage and his removal from office. HR 99’s prime sponsor is Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-123).

Pennsylvania House Approves Halcovage Investigation

Wednesday’s vote comes a day after State Sen. Dave Argall (R-29) introduced legislation in the Pennsylvania Senate that, if approved, would create a Special Committee there to conduct its own investigation into Halcovage.

Halcovage has denied allegations against him and rejected calls for him to resign from office and avoid possible impeachment and forcible removal from his job as Schuylkill County Commissioner.

Allegations of inappropriate conduct on the part of Halcovage first came to light last year when a Courthouse investigation determined he violated several workplace policies, specifically infractions related to sexual harassment.

Halcovage did step aside as Chairman of the County Commissioners soon after that but it wasn’t until earlier this year that the heat got turned up on him when a federal civil lawsuit detailed how he allegedly sexually harassed 4 Courthouse employees, including allegations of sexual assault.

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