Pennsylvania Constitution

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A proposed constitutional amendment that would drastically alter Pennsylvania’s judicial system advanced Wednesday with the blessing of the House Judiciary Committee.

Judge Stops State Plan To Take $200 Million Out Of Malpractice Fund

May 17, 2018
Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

A federal judge is blowing a $200 million hole in Pennsylvania's $32 billion state budget by throwing out a law that appropriated the surplus from a state-created medical malpractice insurer of last resort.

GOP Lawmakers Seek To Impeach Judges Over Congressional Map

Mar 20, 2018
Keith Srakocic / AP

Twelve Republican state legislators in Pennsylvania have signed on to resolutions seeking to impeach four Democratic justices on the state Supreme Court over rulings in a congressional redistricting case.

Montgomery County

A state judge is ordering a candidate off May's primary ballot for lieutenant governor because he won't meet the state's constitutional age threshold of 30.

Gene J. Puskar / AP

The constitutional amendment that Pennsylvania voters approved Tuesday could eventually lead to reductions in the state's heavy dependence on property taxes, but it is only a tiny step in that direction.

The amendment gives the General Assembly the authority to pass a law authorizing local governments to exclude up to the full value of residents' homes that they own from taxation.

The new language does not by itself change anything, however.

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Two lawmakers are looking to introduce legislation that would force Pennsylvania to reevaluate its constitution.

The process is known as a constitutional convention.

Such initiatives crop up every few years in the legislature—typically after some form of public outcry. This effort was largely prompted by the commonwealth’s stalled budget.

Senator John Eichelberger of Blair County and Representative Stephen Bloom of Cumberland County—both Republicans—submitted proposals for the convention in their respective chambers.