Monday, January 31, 2011

Another Push For Constitutional Convention in PA

A lot of politicians voiced their support for a constitutional convention during last year’s campaign.
Now, government reform advocates want the legislators to follow through on their promises.
A bill starting the process of overhauling state government has been introduced in the House.
Eric Epstein of reform group Rock The Capital voices some changes he’d want the convention to consider.

"Where we acquire a waiting period of at least 72 hours – preferably two weeks – between final amendment and final passage of legislation in each chamber. Obviously the perks, I think we can all agree, need to go or be curtailed."

Epstein says he’s encouraged by meetings he’s had with House leaders about their support for a convention, though Majority Leader Mike Turzai, a Republican from Allegheny County, isn’t backing the idea.

"I’m not sure that we’re going to need it. I think it obviates the need because I think we’re going to move forward with the governor on a lot of the things we think will improve Pennsylvania."

Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi and Governor Tom Corbett have both voiced support for a limited constitutional convention.

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