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ARTICLE V, SECTION 13(b). AMENDMENT OF MAY 16, 1978

Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 1968 - Legislative History

Election of justices, judges and justices of the peace; vacancies

A vacancy in the office of justice, judge or justice of the peace shall be filled by appointment by the Governor. The appointment shall be with the advice and consent of two-thirds of the members elected to the Senate, except in the case of justices of the peace which shall be by a majority. The person so appointed shall serve for a term ending on the first Monday of January following the next municipal election more than ten months after the vacancy occurs or for the remainder of the unexpired term whichever is less. [Source: 1977 Pa. Laws 364, proclamation is in 1978 Pa. Laws. 1741]

Bill Histories

1976 Bill History 1976 Joint Resolution No.2

SB 898 By Senators DWYER, FRAME, HESS, ZEMPRELLI, HOWARD, HILL and LEWIS.

                                                     Printer's No. 999.

    A Joint Resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania providing for filling vacancies in the office
of justice, judge or justice of the peace.

    Referred to JUDICIARY, June 30, 1975
    Reported as committed, Nov. 17, 1975
    First consideration, Nov. 17, 1975
    Second consideration, Dec. 8, 1975
    Third consideration and final passage, Dec. 9, 1975 (47-1)
                              In the House
    Referred to JUDICIARY, Dec. 10, 1975
    Reported as committed, June 23, 1976
    First consideration, June 23, 1976
    Laid on the table, June 23, 1976
    Removed from table, June 28, 1976
    Second consideration, June 29, 1976
    Third consideration and final passage, June 30, 1976 (189-1)
                     Signed in Senate, June 30, 1976
                     Signed in House, June 30, 1976
    Filed in the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, July 1, 1976
                     Pamphlet Laws Resolution No. 2
                         Passed Sessions of 1976

1977 Bill History 1977 Joint Resolution No.3

SB 280 By Senators DWYER, LEWIS, ZEMPRELLI, HOWARD, FRAME, HESS, HILL and
    HOPPER.

                                                     Printer's No. 282.

    A Joint Resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania providing for filling vacancies in the office
of justice, judge or justice of the peace.

    Referred to CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES AND FEDERAL RELATIONS, Feb. 8, 1977
    Reported as committed, April 18, 1977
    First consideration, April 18, 1977
    Second consideration, April 26, 1977
    Third consideration and final passage, May 2, 1977 (46-0)
    (Remarks see Senate Journal Page 323),  May 2, 1977
                              In the House
    Referred to JUDICIARY, May 5, 1977
    Reported as committed, July 11, 1977
    First consideration, July 11, 1977
    Laid on the table, July 11, 1977
    Removed from table, Aug. 9, 1977
    Second consideration, Aug. 13, 1977
    Third consideration and final passage, Oct. 12, 1977 (188-2)
    (Remarks see House Journal Page 2842),  Oct. 12, 1977
                     Signed in Senate, Oct. 17, 1977
                     Signed in House, Oct. 18, 1977
    Filed in the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, Oct. 18, 1977
                     Pamphlet Laws Resolution No. 3
                    Passed Sessions of 1976 and 1977
     Approved by the Electorate, May 16, 1978 (1,000,662 - 192,059)