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ARTICLE I, SECTION 6. AMENDMENT OF NOVEMBER 3, 1998

Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 1968 - Amendments

Trial by Jury

Trial by jury shall be as heretofore, and the right thereof remain inviolate. The General Assembly may provide, however, by law, that a verdict may be rendered by not less than five-sixths of the jury in any civil case. Furthermore, in criminal cases the Commonwealth shall have the same right to trial by jury as does the accused. [Source: 1998 Pa. Laws 1328]

 Bill Histories

1996 Bill History  Joint Resolution No.1

SB 752 By Senators SHAFFER, RHOADES, BELL, HART, CORMAN and FISHER.

Prior Printer's No. 789.                                       Printer's No. 2065.

    A Joint Resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, further providing for trial by jury and waiver of this right.

    Referred to JUDICIARY, March 10, 1995
    Reported as committed, April 18, 1995
    First consideration, April 18, 1995
    Second consideration, April 24, 1995
    Third consideration and final passage, April 25, 1995 (29-21)
    (Remarks see Senate Journal Page 398), April 25, 1995
                              In the House
    Referred to JUDICIARY, April 27, 1995
    Reported as committed, April 30, 1996
    First consideration, April 30, 1996
    Laid on the table, April 30, 1996
    Removed from table, May 1, 1996
    Re-referred to APPROPRIATIONS, May 1, 1996
    Re-reported as committed, May 20, 1996
    Second consideration, May 20, 1996
    Third consideration, with amendments, June 3, 1996
    Final passage, June 3, 1996 (134-67)
    (Remarks see House Journal), June 3, 1996
                              In the Senate
    Referred to RULES AND EXECUTIVE NOMINATIONS, June 4, 1996
    Re-reported on concurrence, as committed, June 10, 1996
    Senate concurred in House amendments, June 11, 1996 (34-15)
    (Remarks see Senate Journal Page 2074), June 11, 1996
                     Signed in Senate, June 11, 1996
                     Signed in House, June 12, 1996
    Filed in the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, June 13, 1996
                     Pamphlet Laws Resolution No. 1
                         Passed Session of 1996

1998 Bill History Joint Resolution No.2

SB 555 By Senators GREENLEAF, HART, HECKLER, DELP and SALVATORE.

Prior Printer's No. 585.                               Printer's No. 1988.

    A Joint Resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, further providing for trial by jury.

    Referred to JUDICIARY, Feb. 28, 1997
    Reported as committed, April 21, 1998
    First consideration, April 21, 1998
    Second consideration, April 28, 1998
    Amended on third consideration, May 4, 1998
    Third consideration and final passage, May 4, 1998 (30-20)
    (Remarks see Senate Journal Page 1925), May 4, 1998
                              In the House
    Referred to JUDICIARY, May 5, 1998
    Reported as committed, May 5, 1998
    First consideration, May 5, 1998
    Laid on the table, May 5, 1998
    Removed from table, May 6, 1998
    Re-referred to APPROPRIATIONS, May 6, 1998
    Re-reported as committed, June 1, 1998
    Second consideration, June 1, 1998
    Third consideration and final passage, June 2, 1998 (110-83)
    (Remarks see House Journal Page 1340), June 2, 1998
                     Signed in Senate, June 3, 1998
                     Signed in House, June 8, 1998
    Filed in the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, June 9, 1998
                    Pamphlet Laws Resolution No. 2
                    Passed Sessions of 1996 and 1998
     Approved by the Electorate, Nov. 3, 1998 (1,496,894 - 684,204)