• Constitutional Convention Breakfast

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    October 12, 2018
    Constitutional Convention Breakfast
    It’s been 50 years since the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has held a constitutional convention. With so many issues interfering with the ability of the state to reform things like the budgeting process, is it time to convene a constitutional convention aimed at making the state government more efficient and more accountable? Is it time to allow citizens to be part of the solution?
    Pennsylvania State Representative Frank Ryan will be visiting from Lebanon County to discuss the reason we need a constitutional convention and what we, as local citizens, can do to make it happen. Representative Rich Irvin will introduce the guest speaker Thursday, November 1 at the Huntingdon Country Club at a breakfast hosted by the Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce. The event is from 7:45 to 9:00 a.m. and registration is required. You can find the attendee fee and register at www.huntingdonchamber.com or by calling the Chamber at 814-643-1110.
    Senate Bill 867 and House Bill 1967 propose a limited convention to amend Pennsylvania’s Constitution. If passed by the Senate and House, and signed by the Governor, a referendum will be held at the next election which occurs at least 90 days from its passage. The referendum will ask voters if a Constitutional Convention should be called.
    Constitutional Conventions are not a new idea. The U.S. Constitution was written during the Philadelphia Convention - now known as the Constitutional Convention. Many states have rules that govern when the question of whether or not to convene a constitutional convention is placed on the ballot. Our current Pennsylvania Constitution does not have such a rule. Nevertheless, PA has held five constitutional conventions with the most recent being in 1968. This was when the current constitution was adopted.