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As primary nears, Wolf administration campaigns against emergency powers ballot questions

Gov. Tom Wolf himself hasn’t talked about the measures recently, but that hasn’t stopped agency leaders from making their own cases against them.

By Sam Dunklau

‘The next chess move:’ Emergency powers ballot questions set the stage for a balance-of-power showdown

Voters could hand more emergency power to Pennsylvania’s legislature if they approve one or both ballot questions that deal with it.

By Sam Dunklau

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House poised to vote on abuse survivor amendment, but time runs short

Unless the Pa. House votes on the emergency constitutional amendment by next Wednesday, the Senate may not have enough time to weigh in –– and the idea to give survivors of sexual abuse another two years to sue would be sidelined. Again.

By Sam Dunklau

Proposal giving more time to sue over childhood sexual abuse to get second chance in Harrisburg

Lawmakers may begin re-considering the measure as early as Monday. It’s likely to come before voters as an emergency constitutional amendment.

By Sam Dunklau

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

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
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