Senate Leaders Respond to Governor Wolf’s Call for Special Session

(HARRISBURG) – Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-39) and Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman (R-41) issued the following statement:

“In August, the Senate reaffirmed with Gov. Wolf our commitment to take the next step in the constitutional amendment process for victims of childhood sexual abuse in this legislative session, just as we have in previous legislative sessions, and consistent with the multiple legislative actions already taken to protect children and families. Gov. Wolf’s call of a special session a week before his term ends is an attempt by him to prioritize one issue while there are equally important issues that deserve the same consideration among the voters.

“The Senate has fully organized our chamber for the 2023-2024 legislative session and have put in place a robust session schedule, during which we plan to consider several constitutional amendments in the normal course of legislative session. It is imperative that we work together to ensure constitutional amendments for voter identification, legislative review of regulations, election audits and statute of limitations for child sexual abuse survivors, can all be presented to voters. A special session is unnecessary to address constitutional amendments.”

 

CONTACTS:

Erica Clayton Wright (Senator Ward) ewright@pasen.gov

Kate Eckhart Flessner (Senator Pittman) kflessner@pasen.gov