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ARTICLE V, SECTION 13(b). AMENDMENT OF NOVEMBER 6, 1979

Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 1968 - Legislative History

Election of Justices, Judges and Justices of the Peace; Vacancies

(b) 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, except in the case of persons selected as additional judges to the Superior Court, where the General Assembly may stagger and fix the length of the initial terms of such additional judges by reference to any of the first, second and third municipal elections more than ten months after the additional judges are selected. The manner by which any additional judges are selected shall be provided by this section for the filling of vacancies in judicial offices. [Source: 1979 Pa. Laws 581]

Bill Histories

1978 Bill History 1978 Joint Resolution No.2

SB 1239 By Senators EARLY, McKINNEY, ROMANELLI, STAPLETON, GEKAS, SCANLON   
    and KELLEY.

                                                        Printer's No. 1522.

    A Joint Resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, providing for retention election of justices
of the peace.

    Referred to CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES AND FEDERAL RELATIONS, Dec. 7, 1977
    Reported as committed, Feb. 14, 1978
    First consideration, Feb. 14, 1978
    Second consideration, March 1, 1978
    Third consideration and final passage, March 6, 1978 (35-10)
    (Remarks see Senate Journal Page 183),  March 6, 1978
                              In the House
    Referred to JUDICIARY, March 13, 1978
    Reported as committed, June 1, 1978
    First consideration, June 1, 1978
    Laid on the table, June 1, 1978
    Removed from table, June 6, 1978
    Re-referred to APPROPRIATIONS, June 6, 1978
    Re-reported as committed, June 19, 1978
    Second consideration, June 20, 1978
    Third consideration and final passage, June 26, 1978 (153-41)
    (Remarks see House Journal), June 26, 1978
                     Signed in Senate, June 26, 1978
                     Signed in House, June 27, 1978
    Filed in the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, June 27, 1978
                     Pamphlet Laws Resolution No. 2
                         Passed Sessions of 1978

1979 Bill History Joint Resolution No.1

SB 3 By Senators EARLY and SCHAEFER.

                                                           Printer's No. 3.

    A Joint Resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by providing for additional judges for the
Superior Court, changing certain provisions relating to initial terms, and
further providing for the president judge of the Superior Court.

    Referred to CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES AND FEDERAL RELATIONS, Jan. 16, 1979
    Reported as committed, Feb. 6, 1979
    First consideration, Feb. 6, 1979
    Second consideration, Feb. 13, 1979
    Re-referred to APPROPRIATIONS, Feb. 20, 1979
    Re-reported as committed, March 5, 1979
    Third consideration and final passage, March 12, 1979 (47-0)
    (Remarks see Senate Journal Page 284),  March 12, 1979
                              In the House
    Referred to RULES, March 19, 1979
    Reported as committed, March 19, 1979
    First consideration, March 19, 1979
    Second consideration, March 20, 1979
    Third consideration and final passage, March 26, 1979 (107-89)
                    Signed in Senate, March 27, 1979
                    Signed in House, March 27, 1979
       Filed in the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth,
                             March 27, 1979
                     Pamphlet Laws Resolution No. 1
                    Passed Sessions of 1978 and 1979
      Approved by the Electorate, Nov. 6, 1979 (793,474 - 703,736)