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Pennsylvania ballot initiative news

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One statewide ballot question on November 2008 ballot

The Sewer Bond Question is the only statewide ballot proposition facing Pennsylvania voters on November 4, 2008. If it passes, it authorizes the state government to borrow $400 million to grant or loan to municipalities for sewer and water improvements.

Lancaster County ballot question on home rule

Lancaster County voters will vote on November 4, 2008 on whether to adopt a new home rule charter for the county government. The Home Rule Charter would increase the number of commissioners from three to five, would replaced the county manager an appointed executive, and would reduce the number of row offices.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Amends Commonwealth Court on Fees and Costs

On Tuesday, November 20, 2007 the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered the Commonwealth Court to issue a final written order breaking down the costs by category and a statement explaining the rationale behind the imposition of the costs. The amended order clarifies the rationale requiring Luzerne County Green Party co-chair Carl Romanelli to pay more than $80,000 in legal fees stemming from his failed effort to make the ballot in last year’s U.S. Senate race. This amended final order will give future candidates clarity with respect to what actions on their part might justify the imposition of fees and costs, the Supreme Court order stated.[1]