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ARTICLE IV, SECTION 17. AMENDMENT OF MAY 16, 1978

Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 1968 - Legislative History

Contested Elections of Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General; when succeeded.

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court shall preside upon the trial of any contested election of Governor, Lieutenant Governor or Attorney General and shall decide questions regarding the admissibility of evidence, and shall, upon request of the committee, pronounce his opinion upon other questions of law involved in the trial. The Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General shall exercise the duties of their respective offices until their successors shall be duly qualified. [Source: 1977 Pa. Laws 365]

Bill Histories

1976 Bill History Joint Resolution No. 3

SB 1273 By Senators NOLAN, SMITH and MESSINGER.         

                                                                                     Printer's No. 1521.

    A Joint Resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania providing for the election of the Attorney
General and providing for his qualifications.

    Referred to RULES AND EXECUTIVE NOMINATIONS, Feb. 2, 1976
    Reported as committed, Feb. 10, 1976
    First consideration, Feb. 10, 1976
    Second consideration, March 1, 1976
    Third consideration and final passage, March 8, 1976 (41-8)
                              In the House
    Referred to JUDICIARY, March 10, 1976
    Reported as committed, June 16, 1976
    First consideration, June 16, 1976
    Laid on the table, June 16, 1976
    Removed from table, June 21, 1976
    Re-referred to APPROPRIATIONS, June 21, 1976
    (Remarks see House Journal) , June 21, 1976
    Re-reported as committed, June 29, 1976
    Second consideration, June 29, 1976
    Third consideration and final passage, June 30, 1976 (183-7)
                     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. 3
                         Passed Sessions of 1976

1977 Bill History Joint Resolution No. 4

HB 84 By Representatives DOYLE, CIMINI, GIAMMARCO, MRKONIC, PITTS, POLITE,
    PRATT, ZELLER, ZORD, MELUSKEY, PRENDERGAST, BUTERA, O'CONNELL,
    F. TAYLOR, BRANDT, MANDERINO, MORRIS, LEVI, COLE, FREIND, DORR, BROWN,
    RYAN and CALTAGIRONE.

                                                          Printer's No. 94.

    A Joint Resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, providing for the election of the Attorney
General and providing for his qualifications.

    Referred to JUDICIARY, Feb. 7, 1977
    Reported as committed, Feb. 15, 1977
    First consideration, Feb. 15, 1977
    Laid on the table, Feb. 15, 1977
    Removed from table, March 1, 1977
    Re-referred to APPROPRIATIONS, March 1, 1977
    Re-reported as committed, April 18, 1977
    Second consideration, May 23, 1977
    Third consideration and final passage, June 1, 1977 (184-12)
    (Remarks see House Journal Page 902-906) , June 1, 1977
                              In the Senate
    Referred to CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES AND FEDERAL RELATIONS, June 6, 1977
    Resolution to discharge committee from further consideration of this
       bill defeated, July 28, 1977 (19-30)
    Reported as committed, Oct. 31, 1977
    First consideration, Oct. 31, 1977
    Second consideration, Nov. 14, 1977
    Third consideration and final passage, Nov. 15, 1977 (38-11)
    (Remarks see Senate Journal Page 1090-1091),  Nov. 15, 1977
                     Signed in House, Nov. 16, 1977
                     Signed in Senate, Nov. 16, 1977
    Filed in the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, Nov. 21, 1977
                     Pamphlet Laws Resolution No. 4
                    Passed Sessions of 1976 and 1977
     Approved by the Electorate, May 16, 1978 (1,017,830 - 206,528)