Commonwealth Court rules Marsy's Law unconstitutional
In a challenge brought by ACLU-PA, a state court ruled that the Marsy's Law ballot question violated the Pennsylvania constitution's requirement for voters to consider multiple changes as separate questions.
Senate Bill 10 (P.N. 2096) removes decision-making power from local law enforcement by prohibiting certain immigration-related policies while also mandating potentially discriminatory and unconstitutional compliance with federal immigration agencies. The bill grants standing to residents to sue a municipality with a prohibited policy (as defined under SB 10). If a municipality is sued and loses, localities must also pay steep fines. If a municipality is sued for due process or Fourth Amendment violations, the Attorney General's office must represent the municipality and the state will indemnify the municipality for all costs, damages, and fees.