Brief Synopsis of Constitutional Amendments Moved Forward in the General Assembly Details on the Constitutional Amendment Process - Constitutional amendments return the power to the people. - If passed in identical form during two consecutive legislative sessions, the people will decide the fate of these amendments via a voter referendum. - The people hold the right to decide how they are governed. - Constitutional amendments cannot be stopped by an executive veto. The Constitutional Amendments Included in Senate Bill 106 1. Party’s Nominee for Governor Selects the Lieutenant Governor • Establishes unity between the governor and lieutenant governor, thereby strengthens the ticket for both parties. • Instills public trust for the executive branch and avoids ideological division and friction. • This constitutional amendment was previously passed with bi-partisan support during the 2019-20 Legislative Session. If passed this session, it would be placed on the ballot for voters to decide. 2. Asserting Legislative Authority to Disapprove Regulations • Solidifies checks and balances and strengthening citizens’ voices. • No branch of government should have unchecked authority. • Ensures that no administration has the authority to issue regulations against the voice of the people. 3. Abortion Constitutional Clarification • Neither the U.S. nor PA constitutions provide a right to an abortion or require that taxpayer funds be used towards abortion. • The proposal does not change current law whatsoever - contrary to lots of fear-mongering talking points distributed on this action. • The amendment would simply protect the status quo in Pennsylvania - that it is up to the people through their state legislators, not the courts, to decide how best to regulate abortion. 4. Requiring Voter Identification at Elections • Election fraud is a proven concern, and enhancing voter identification requirements helps prevent illegal votes from being cast. • Poll after poll has demonstrated that requiring voter identification is supported across party lines and by most Pennsylvanians. • Identification cards are easily obtainable by all Pennsylvanians and required to access government services and the purchase of goods and services. 5. Auditor General Must Conduct Election Audits • The auditing of elections became a major issue to demonstrating confidence in election results. • Current election audits lack transparency and are difficult to understand. • It makes sense that election audits be performed by Pennsylvania’s chief auditor, who already applies standard auditing practices to promote good government and instill constituent confidence.