Rep. McClinton comments on Inspector General’s report

HARRISBURG, May 26 – House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton made this statement after today’s release of a report by the state Inspector General about the Department of State’s failure to advertise a constitutional amendment in the summer of 2020 which halted a ballot question from being put to voters this year:

“I want to thank the inspector general for this thorough and complete report. It answers the questions we had about what occurred and I applaud Governor Wolf for making sure it is public.

“We were frankly surprised to learn that, throughout multiple administrations since the Pennsylvania Constitution outlined a process for amendments, it appears there were never any written procedures in place to ensure that amendments are advertised. I know the Wolf administration has already implemented policies and procedures to make sure that such an omission is never repeated.

“As we are taking stock of this, I call on the Senate leadership to speedily bring up and pass House Bill 951 sponsored by Rep. Mark Rozzi. This is a statutory solution that will end the needless suffering still being endured by so many adult victims of childhood sexual abuse who are simply waiting to have their day in court.”