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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: August 22, 2019 10:56 AM
From: Senator Patrick J. Stefano
To: All Senate members
Subject: Eliminating Lame Duck Sessions
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation in order to eliminate regular lame duck sessions in the General Assembly.

My legislation would amend Article II of the Pennsylvania Constitution to eliminate sine die session. Through the years, these sessions have been criticized because legislators and the governor are less accountable to voters during this period of time. It is my belief that eliminating the possibility of this voting period will increase confidence in state government and also bring more transparency to the work we do in the Capitol.

Whether it be votes for tax increases or borrowing, too many important and controversial votes have been taken up in the eleventh hour during lame-duck periods.

I sincerely hope that you will join me in co-sponsoring this legislation. If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact Jake Gery in my office at jgery@pasen.gov.

Introduced as SB882