Committee approves Phillips-Hill’s measure creating an accountable Constitutional amendment process

HARRISBURG – Legislation that would increase accountability and transparency was approved by the Senate State Government Committee, according to the measure’s sponsor, Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York).

Senate Bill 408, known as the Constitutional Amendment Accountability Act, was authored in response to the last administration’s failure to advertise a proposed constitutional amendment, as laid out in the state constitution. The measure would require the Secretary of State to post the entire Constitutional amendment process on a publicly accessible website.

“This measure will ensure that every Pennsylvanian can track – from start to finish – a process as consequential as a proposed constitutional amendment,” said Phillips-Hill.

The Department of State would also be required to detail each action by publishing a copy online of the notice of the proposed constitutional amendment, including which newspapers the notice was published in and the deadline required by our state constitution.

The measure now heads to the full Senate for consideration.



Contact:  Kiersten Laird 

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