– With the November General Election a little more than three months away, Rep. Seth Grove (R-York), chairman of the House State Government Committee called on the Department of State to complete publication requirements for several constitutional amendments approved by the General Assembly.
State laws dictates that proposed amendments must be advertised in two publications in each county no more than three months from the next General Election. Under the timeline, the five proposed amendments included in the recently approved Senate Bill 106
and the amendment in House Bill 14
must be published by Aug. 8.
To encourage the department to meet the timeline, Grove sent Acting Secretary Leigh Chapman a letter.
“With respect to publication of Senate Bill 106 and House Bill 14, in order to meet the Nov. 8 General Election timeline, I would anticipate publication of those proposed constitutional amendments to begin soon,” Grove wrote.
Grove also asked for an update on the department’s progress in preparing publication statements, text of the questions electors would see on the ballot, the dates the statements will be published, or dates they have been published, among other questions.
“In light of the department missing the deadline to publish the ballot questions proposed in House Bill 963
of last session pertaining to child sex abuse, I believe it is important we, as legislators, make sure these issues don’t happen again,” Grove said. “As such, I am personally following up with the Department of State to make sure it is fulfilling its obligations to voters.”
A copy of the letter is attached