More Than a Once Over for Pennsylvania’s Constitution

Posted by By at 16 May, at 14 : 16 PM Print

On any given day, its the sort of talk about governmental policies or lack of oversight that could make news in the bite of a Philly Cheesesteak.

The Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Constitutional Review Commission is back in action, holding a hearing in Doylestown. The commission is fielding the best and brightest thoughts for a long list of issues ranging from term limits, size of the General Assembly, as well as cost, and the budget process to name a few.

Attorney Carol Shelly is the vice- chairwoman of the state bar association and is chairwoman on the Structure of the General Assembly Subcommittee told the Intelligencer. “We should always be examining how our government functions,” Shelly said. “That’s what this commission is doing. We’ll be looking at how government works, comparing it to the constitution, to the constitution in other states, and whether to recommend changes that might be appropriate.”

It is certainly the type of hearing one would expect to find Rock The Capital. RTC’s Eric Epstein also took the opportunity to testify by way of invitation. Epstein noted the importance of eliminating lame-duck sessions, forcing the General Assembly to comply with the Open Records law and campaign finance reform.

The last constitutional convention in Pennsylvania was held in 1967. Epstein has been among a growing number of voices that have been calling for a constitutional convention since 2006.

“We are inventing a new political reality that must include a ‘”Roadmap to Reform”‘ that will restructure the General Assembly,” said Epstein.

(PCN is taping the hearing and you can view it starting at  8:30 pm on Tuesday.  For more information click on Rock The Capital.)

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