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PRINTER'S NO. 1112
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
882
Session of
2021
INTRODUCED BY BOSCOLA, FONTANA, CAPPELLETTI AND BREWSTER,
SEPTEMBER 28, 2021
REFERRED TO STATE GOVERNMENT, SEPTEMBER 28, 2021
A JOINT RESOLUTION
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania, further providing for proposal of amendments
by the General Assembly and their adoption.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby resolves as follows:
Section 1. The following amendment to the Constitution of
Pennsylvania is proposed in accordance with Article XI:
That section 1 of Article XI be amended to read:
ยง 1. Proposal of amendments by the General Assembly and their
adoption.
Amendments to this Constitution may be proposed in the Senate
or House of Representatives; and if the same shall be agreed to
by a majority of the members elected to each House, such
proposed amendment or amendments shall be entered on their
journals with the yeas and nays taken thereon, and the Secretary
of the Commonwealth shall cause the same to be published three
months before the next general election, in at least two
newspapers in every county in which such newspapers shall be
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published; and if, in the General Assembly next afterwards
chosen, such proposed amendment or amendments shall be agreed to
by a majority of the members elected to each House, the
Secretary of the Commonwealth shall cause the same again to be
published in the manner aforesaid; and such proposed amendment
or amendments shall be submitted to the qualified electors of
the State in such manner, and at [such time] the next November
election that occurs at least three months after being so agreed
to by the two Houses, as the General Assembly shall prescribe;
and, if such amendment or amendments shall be approved by a
majority of those voting thereon, such amendment or amendments
shall become a part of the Constitution; but no amendment or
amendments shall be submitted oftener than once in five years.
When two or more amendments shall be submitted they shall be
voted upon separately.
(a) In the event a major emergency threatens or is about to
threaten the Commonwealth and if the safety or welfare of the
Commonwealth requires prompt amendment of this Constitution,
such amendments to this Constitution may be proposed in the
Senate or House of Representatives at any regular or special
session of the General Assembly, and if agreed to by at least
two-thirds of the members elected to each House, a proposed
amendment shall be entered on the journal of each House with the
yeas and nays taken thereon and the official in charge of
statewide elections shall promptly publish such proposed
amendment in at least two newspapers in every county in which
such newspapers are published. Such amendment shall then be
submitted to the qualified electors of the Commonwealth in such
manner, and at such time, at least one month after being agreed
to by both Houses as the General Assembly prescribes.
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(b) If an emergency amendment is approved by a majority of
the qualified electors voting thereon, it shall become part of
this Constitution. When two or more emergency amendments are
submitted they shall be voted on separately.
Section 2. (a) Upon the first passage by the General
Assembly of this proposed constitutional amendment, 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 this proposed constitutional amendment.
(b) Upon the second passage by the General Assembly of this
proposed constitutional amendment, 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
this proposed constitutional amendment. The Secretary of the
Commonwealth shall submit this proposed constitutional amendment
to the qualified electors of this Commonwealth 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 amendment is
passed by the General Assembly.
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