Pennsylvania Amendment 2 (2001)
Amendment 2, 2001, was first approved by the Pennsylvania General Assembly during its 1998 session as Joint Resolution 1998-3, and was then approved by the General Assembly for the second time during the 2000 session as Joint Resolution 2000-1. It was one of two proposed amendments to appear on the May 15, 2001 ballot, the other being Amendment 1.
Text of the Ballot
The ballot question was, "Shall the Constitution of Pennsylvania be amended to provide that justices of the Supreme Court, judges and justices of the peace shall be retired on the last day of the calendar year in which they attain the age of 70 years, rather than on the day they attain the age of 70?"
The Pennsylvania Attorney General provided an explanation of Amendment 2 which said:
- The purpose of the ballot question is to change the mandatory retirement date for justices of the Supreme Court, judges and justices of the peace (now known as district justices).
- Presently, the Pennsylvania Constitution requires that a justice of the Supreme Court, judge or justice of the peace retire on his or her 70th birthday. The ballot question would change this mandatory retirement date to the last day of the calendar year in which the justice of the Supreme Court, judge or justice of the peace turns 70.
- The effect of the proposed amendment would be to extend the term of a justice of the Supreme Court, judge or justice of the peace beyond his or her 70th birthday to December 31st of the year in which that birthday occurs.
- The proposed ballot question is limited to setting the mandatory retirement date. No change is made to the mandatory retirement age, which remains 70 years.