Bipartisan Center leaders denounce PA Senate Bill 106

CENTRAL COUNTY, Pennsylvania (WTAJ) — Pennsylvania Senate Bill 106 prompts a bipartisan group of Center County leaders to speak out against several proposed constitutional amendments.

PA House of Representatives candidate Paul Takac (D), Center County Commissioner Michael Pipe (D) and Ferguson Township Supervisor Jeremie Thompson (R) spoke out against the bill on Monday afternoon .

Takac said the bill could take away the hard-won rights of Pennsylvanians.

Among the amendments is the removal of the tax-funded abortion right or any other abortion-related right.

“As a legislator, my job is to make sure everyone has the resources they need to access the health care they want, not to limit their choices,” Takac said.

Another amendment would require in-person and mail-in voters to show valid ID and increase Pennsylvania residency from 30 to 90 days.

“Democracy is under attack,” Pipe said. “We are seeing an erosion of the right to vote freely in this society.”

“Another provision of Senate Bill 106 is the process by which we elect the lieutenant governor and it gives political parties the job of making a nominee,” Thompson said.

“Our constitutions are meant to be sacred. They lay the foundations of our democracy. They are not meant to be easily modified and weaponized against those who oppose powers seeking to revoke basic, democratic and personal rights,” Takac said.

Takac said the grouping of these amendments only maximized confusion for voters.

“I believe each of them, individually, is critically important,” Takac said. “After seeing again the abuse of the current SB106 process, I believe it is time to change the process to make it harder to change the constitution and easier to protect our rights against determined opposition that is not not above trying to win over the system in order to push through their extremist agenda.

Governor Tom Wolf has filed a lawsuit against the billciting an unconstitutional attempt to ban abortion in the Palestinian Authority.

Joint resolutions, however, do not require the governor’s signature.

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If passed by the legislature next year, the bill could end up in the 2023 ballot.

Norman D. Briggs