Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention Question (2014)

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A Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention Question will not appear on the May 20, 2014 ballot in Pennsylvania as a constitutional convention question. The measure would have called for a constitutional convention to prepare amendments to Section 14 of Article III and Sections 1 and 2 of Article VIII of the Pennsylvania Constitution. The proposed amendments would have been submitted to voters for ratification.[1]

Section 14 of Article III is related to the public school system.

Sections 1 and 2 of Article VIII is related to taxation.

Text of measure

Ballot title

The proposed ballot text read as follows:[1]

Shall a constitutional convention be called in accordance with and subject to the limitations and requirements contained in the Constitutional Convention Act of 2014, to prepare for submission to the electorate proposals for the revision of the following provisions of the Constitution of Pennsylvania as provided in section 10 of the Constitutional Convention Act of 2014:
section 14 of Article III;
sections 1 and 2 of Article VIII?




The following officials supported the proposed measure in the legislature:[1]

Path to the ballot

See also: Calling for a Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention

Pennsylvania does not have rules for how a constitutional convention can be called but, nevertheless, the state has held five such conventions, with the latest in 1968.

Senate Bill No. 1285, the bill that would require the constitutional convention ballot question, was introduced into the Pennsylvania Senate on March 14, 2014.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Pennsylvania Legislature, "Senate Bill No. 1285," accessed April 17, 2014
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Pennsylvania Legislature, "Senate Bill 1285 Information," accessed April 17, 2014