Session: 2021-2022

ACLU-PA Position: Supports

SB 738 would establish a useful, transparent mechanism to publicly monitor the status of the procedural steps required for a proposed amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution after the General Assembly passes the amendment in a second consecutive session and before it appears on the ballot for voters to approve or reject.

SB 738 would require that, in addition to the publication of a proposed constitutional amendment and its plain English statement, the Secretary of the Commonwealth must post to the Department of State’s website:

  1. A detailed account of each action taken to publish the proposed constitutional amendment;
  2. A copy of the notice and constitutionally required deadline;
  3. A listing of the newspapers in which the notice was published and the date of publication; and
  4. The earliest election date on which the proposed constitutional amendment may be voted on by the electors.

Sponsors

Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill

Status

Passed committee

Session

2021 - 2022

Bill number

Position

Support