Argall Bill to Prevent Department of State Failures Sent to Governor

HARRISBURG – After an error by the Department of State delayed a bipartisan effort to bring justice to victims of childhood sexual abuse and led to the resignation of Secretary Kathy Boockvar, the Senate sent a bill to the governor to prevent future mistakes.

“We need to ensure that the impactful process of amending the Pennsylvania Constitution cannot be derailed by awful mistakes,” said Senator Argall. “The voters of Pennsylvania approved bringing justice to victims, and this justice was delayed by incompetence.”

Senate Bill 764 is based on the findings of an investigation undertaken by the Office of the Inspector General after the Department of State’s failure to advertise a proposed constitutional amendment. It would outline comprehensive procedures and training for the department to follow when advertising future constitutional amendments, ensuring these critical requirements never again are allowed to slip through the cracks.

The bill was approved with unanimous, bipartisan support in both the Senate and the House. It now heads to the governor for his signature.

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