By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – State House Republican leaders shut down yesterday’s session as Democrats tried to force a vote on a resolution calling for a federal probe of the way the Jerry Sandusky case was handled.

State House Democrats are pushing a resolution that would ask the Justice Department to investigate why then Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett did not bring charges against Jerry Sandusky sooner.

“There may be a lot we don’t know,” Allegheny County Democrat Frank Dermody, the house minority leader said. “Let’s put this to bed for once and for all.”

When Democrats attempted a parliamentary maneuver to force debate on the resolution, the speaker, Republican Sam Smith, shut down the session. Smith’s spokesman, Stephen Miskin, says calling for an investigation of a successful prosecution is “senseless.”

“Obviously, they’re putting partisan politics over substance.”

Democrats say they’ll continue their efforts to force a vote on the resolution even if Republican leaders respond by shutting down the House on the handful of days that remain in the current two-year session.

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