PRINTER'S NO. 144
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
167
Session of
2017
INTRODUCED BY WAGNER, BARTOLOTTA, VULAKOVICH, DiSANTO, FOLMER,
WHITE, ALLOWAY, AUMENT, SCARNATI, MARTIN, REGAN,
EICHELBERGER, CORMAN AND RESCHENTHALER, JANUARY 20, 2017
REFERRED TO STATE GOVERNMENT, JANUARY 20, 2017
A JOINT RESOLUTION
Proposing integrated amendments to the Constitution of the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, prohibiting the Executive
Department and school districts from making payroll
collections of dues, fees and political contributions.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby resolves as follows:
Section 1. The following integrated amendments to the
Constitution of Pennsylvania are proposed in accordance with
Article XI:
(1) That Article IV be amended by adding a section to read:
§ 20. Payroll collection of dues, fees and political
contributions.
No agency in the Executive Department may use its payroll
system to collect membership dues, nonmembership fees or a
political contribution from an employee. A provision in a
collective bargaining agreement which authorizes collection in
violation of this section is void.
(2) That section 9 of Article IX be amended to read:
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§ 9. [Appropriation for public] Public purposes.
(a) The General Assembly shall not authorize any
municipality or incorporated district to become a stockholder in
any company, association or corporation, or to obtain or
appropriate money for, or to loan its credit to, any
corporation, association, institution or individual. The General
Assembly may provide standards by which municipalities or school
districts may give financial assistance or lease property to
public service, industrial or commercial enterprises if it shall
find that such assistance or leasing is necessary to the health,
safety or welfare of the Commonwealth or any municipality or
school district. Existing authority of any municipality or
incorporated district to obtain or appropriate money for, or to
loan its credit to, any corporation, association, institution or
individual, is preserved.
(b) A school district may not use its payroll system to
collect membership dues, nonmembership fees or a political
contribution from an employee. A provision in a collective
bargaining agreement which authorizes collection in violation of
this subsection is void.
Section 2. (a) Upon the first passage by the General
Assembly of these proposed constitutional amendments, the
Secretary of the Commonwealth shall proceed immediately to
comply with the advertising requirements of section 1 of Article
XI of the Constitution of Pennsylvania and shall transmit the
required advertisements to two newspapers in every county in
which such newspapers are published in sufficient time after
passage of these proposed constitutional amendments.
(b) Upon the second passage by the General Assembly of these
proposed constitutional amendments, the Secretary of the
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Commonwealth shall proceed immediately to comply with the
advertising requirements of section 1 of Article XI of the
Constitution of Pennsylvania and shall transmit the required
advertisements to two newspapers in every county in which such
newspapers are published in sufficient time after passage of
these proposed constitutional amendments. The Secretary of the
Commonwealth shall submit the proposed constitutional amendments
under section 1 of this resolution to the qualified electors of
this Commonwealth as a single ballot question at the first
primary, general or municipal election which meets the
requirements of and is in conformance with section 1 of Article
XI of the Constitution of Pennsylvania and which occurs at least
three months after the proposed constitutional amendments are
passed by the General Assembly.
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