PRIOR PASSAGE - NONE
PRINTER'S NO. 697
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
631
Session of
2021
INTRODUCED BY STEFANO, MARTIN, AUMENT AND SCHWANK, MAY 3, 2021
REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT, MAY 3, 2021
A JOINT RESOLUTION
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania, providing for removal of municipal officers.
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 Article IX be amended by adding a section to read:
ยง 15. Removal of municipal officers.
The General Assembly shall provide, by uniform general law or
by classification, for the removal of elected officers of a
municipality. Elected officers shall be removed only for cause
as defined by the General Assembly. Cause shall include
absenteeism from meetings and dereliction of duty. The
authorization provided by this section shall not preclude the
use of other provisions contained in this Constitution for the
disqualification, impeachment or removal of municipal officers.
Section 2. (a) Upon the first passage by the General
Assembly of this proposed constitutional amendment, the
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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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