Senate GOP could decide Marcus Brown's fate today

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 8, 2015 4:41 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Marc Levy

Marcus Brown speaks before the state Senate Law and Justice committee during his confirmation hearing for State Police Commissioner on June 3, in Harrisburg. The Law and Justice Committee unanimously sent Brown's nomination to the full Senate, but without a recommendation that he be confirmed.

(Harrisburg) -- The Republican-controlled Senate is poised to reject Governor Tom Wolf's nomination of Col. Marcus Brown as commissioner of the State Police. 

The Senate GOP's vote is expected today, after Brown meets Republican senators in a closed-door question-and-answer session. 

It comes amid disputed circumstances, and Brown's rejection would mark a low point in the increasingly ugly relationship between Republican senators and the new Democratic governor.

Republicans say they must take the vote today, or risk seeing Brown confirmed automatically. 

But Democrats say Republicans can wait until tomorrow, the 25th session day after Brown's nomination was submitted.

That's when a new Democratic senator is being sworn in, but Republicans say it won't change the outcome. 

If he's rejected, Brown can continue serving as acting commissioner, as he has since January.  

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