HARRISBURG – Rep. Natalie Mihalek (R-Allegheny/Washington) has been appointed to serve as chairman of the Select Committee on the Publication of Constitutional Amendments. This committee will complete a study of how constitutional amendments in the Commonwealth are advertised.
House Resolution 91
calls for a committee to be created that will hold hearings, gather testimony and issue a report with recommendations. The legislation comes after the Pennsylvania Department of State (DOS) failed to properly advertise a constitutional amendment that would have allowed voters to decide if a two-year civil window should have been created to allow child sex abuse survivors to sue their alleged abusers.
“I am humbled by our speaker’s confidence in me to lead this committee and lead the public to the answers they deserve,” said Mihalek. “What happened is inexcusable and we must uncover the error to ensure nothing so egregious can ever occur again in this Commonwealth. I am eager to get started and will be working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle as we investigate this matter.”
“A better choice could not have been made to lead this committee,” said Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington/Allegheny), author of the resolution. “Since the news came out about this failure, we have received no further details on how it occurred. We want answers and Natalie will get the job done.”
Committee hearings will start soon to investigate issues in the DOS.
Representative Natalie Mihalek
40th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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