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Updated: February 6, 2021 | 1:16 pm

House sponsors hope derailed sex abuse survivor rights amendment will get back on track

House Leaders Benninghoff and McClinton said Thursday they will try an emergency amendment process to get the measure before voters in the spring.

By Sam Dunklau

There’s another path for survivors of clergy sex abuse to get justice. It faces an uphill climb in the legislature.

Some survivors and their advocates believe the quickest way to remedy the problem is to abandon the time-consuming path of amending the state constitution, and instead approve the two-year window through regular legislation.

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA and Cynthia Fernandez/Spotlight PA

Survivors react to Pa’s botched sexual abuse amendment: ‘You’ve got to be kidding me’

The path for an amendment to become law in Pennsylvania is long. The language has to pass the legislature in two consecutive sessions, then go to voters for a referendum.

By Katie Meyer/WHYY

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Top Pa. election official to resign after agency bungled requirement for constitutional amendment

The Department of State did not advertise, as required, a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would open a two-year window for litigation by survivors of child sexual abuse who have aged out of the statute of limitations for suing.

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

House GOP advances plan to elect Pa. judges by region; opponents say it would ‘gerrymander the court’

The bill now advances to a vote in the full House and, if it passes, will repeat the process in the Senate. Republicans command majorities in both chambers. Unlike a normal piece of legislation, it cannot be vetoed by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

By Miles Bryan/Keystone Crossroads

Six changes to Pa.’s constitution are making their way through the legislature. Most could end up before voters.

The GOP-controlled state legislature is trying to get voters to decide on as many of these constitutional changes as possible during the primary in May.

By Sam Dunklau

Republicans’ judicial election amendment would make Pennsylvania an outlier

House Republicans have voted to elect appellate court judges in regional, partisan elections. Only two other states use similar methods.
By Katie Meyer

House votes to amend constitution to pick judges by district

The House voted 102 to 95 on Wednesday for the proposal that would have lawmakers draw the district lines for Supreme, Superior and Commonwealth courts.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Is Marsy’s Law constitutional? A judge will make the first decision soon. 

Opponents of the victims’ rights amendment say it’s too broad and would cause “immediate and irreparable harm” to the accused. Marsy’s Law backers firmly disagree.
By Katie Meyer
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