Pennsylvania lawmaker seeking process to determine member’s fitness to serve amid Kevin Boyle investigation

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(WHTM) – The top Democrat in Harrisburg wants a process to determine whether or not a State Representative is fit to serve. This comes amid an investigation into State Representative Kevin Boyle (D-Philadelphia), who is wanted by Philadelphia Police for allegedly violating a restraining order.

House Majority Leader Matt Bradford says Boyle, who has had mental health challenges for years, is a friend but he’s concerned for his wellbeing.

On Thursday, Bradford introduced a resolution to create a committee that would decide whether to expel a member.

Despite the arrest warrant, Boyle’s votes by proxy were recorded on the House Floor on Wednesday. Boyle, the brother of Congressman Brian Boyle, has already had his security access at the State Capitol revoked and he’s facing a primary challenger in Philadelphia.

Boyle’s term runs through the year.

Video circulating on social media in February appeared to show State Representative Boyleintoxicated at a bar threatening to use his position to close the establishment.

The more than three minute video, which has been viewed tens of thousands of times on X, shows Boyle repeatedly refusing to leave the bar.

“I can f—— end this bar by the way,” Boyle said, later adding “this bar is done! Do you know who the f— I am? This bar is done tomorrow!”

Boyle, 44, also repeatedly calls patrons and staff “actors” and members of the military, threatening to “prevent (their) promotion.”

State lawmakers have said they hope their House colleague finds the help he needs.

Boyle has served in the State House since 2011 and is currently Chair of the State Insurance Committee. He won re-election for his 172nd House District seat in 2022 with 57% of the vote. Boyle has not yet filed petitions, which are due next week, to run in the 2024 election.

The 172nd District covers part of Philadelphia’s Fox Chase neighborhood near Cheltenham.

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