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Proposed Constitutional Amendments advertised

The Secretary of the Commonwealth has advertised notice of three proposed Constitutional Amendments.  These ballots will NOT appear on the November ballot.

A Constitutional Amendment must be passed to two sessions of the General Assembly before they can be submitted to the voters for approval.  These measures have only passed the General Assembly for the first time.

The proposed Constitutional Amendments would:

(1)  Abolish the Philadelphia Traffic Court as a Constitutional Court.  The Philadephia Traffic Court has already been abolished by legislation.

(2)  Raise the mandatory retirement age of Judges from 70 to 75.

(3)  Give the General Assembly the power to define the qualifications of a public charity for purposes of a tax exemption.   Click for proposed Constitutional Amendments.

Legislation proposed to bar felons from lobbying.

The proposal would cover legislators and staff convicted of corruption.  Click for report from TribLive.

Bill proposed to decriminalize purchase of liquor out of state

Click for report from CitizensVoice

Session schedule

The House will meet September 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24;  October 6, 7, 8, 14, 15; and November 12.   The Senate will meet September 15, 16, 22, 23, 24;  October 6, 7, 8, 14, 15; and November 12.  The term of the General Assembly expires on November 30.  (Source:  Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest)

Public hearing

September 8– Senate Transportation and Judiciary Committees hold a joint hearing on the inadequacy of existing DUI laws.  Millersville University’s Ware Center, Lancaster. 10:30 a.m. (Source:  Crisci Associates PA Capitol Digest)






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