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House passes bill limiting Philly DA to two terms

By: - April 26, 2022 5:11 pm

District Attorney Larry Krasner (Jared Piper/Philadelphia City Council/City & State Pa.).

A Republican-authored bill limiting Philadelphia’s elected district attorneys to two four-year terms passed the House on Tuesday. 

The measure, sponsored by state Rep. Martina White, R-Philadelphia, cleared the lower chamber by a vote of 115-88. 

The bill, which now goes to the Senate for a vote, would limit the top prosecutor in Pennsylvania’s largest city – and only in Philadelphia – to two four-year terms. The proposal appears to take aim at Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, a Democrat, who has been a target for GOP lawmakers.

In a brief floor exchange before the vote, state Rep. Greg Vitali, D-Delaware, asked White: “So Krasner would be term limited under your bill?”

“That’s correct,” White said. 

In January, Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, R-Centre, who’s seeking the GOP nomination for governor, called for Krasner to be impeached over an increase in violent crimes in the commonwealth’s largest city. 

Krasner, who is currently serving his second term, was reelected last November after defeating Republican challenger Chuck Peruto.

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Cassie Miller
Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry.