It's Our Turn!
For too long, Pennsylvania's citizens have suffered some of the lowest standards of public integrity in America in a state government that has failed to meet basic requirements such as on-time passage of a state budget.
Despite the clear will of the people, our government has failed to improve itself. As a result, most people -- including reform advocates in the legisalture itself -- now believe that only a Constitution convention can fix all the problems with our state government. They want a convention where ordinary citizens can propose and debate changes with due deliberation and without undue delay.
Polling in January 2010 showed that 72% of PA voters believe we need a Constitution convention, up from just 24% in 2005. After witnessing scandal after scandal and missed budget deadlines year after year, citizens are eager to accept responsibility for creating a government they can believe in.
The first step on the road to a Constitution convention is a referendum. The petition below asks lawmakers to put the referendum on the ballot. In short, it says, "Let the people decide whether we need a Constitution convention and what aspects of government we want the convention to address."
If you agree, please sign the petition. It will take only a few minutes, but it will send a loud and unmistakable message to lawmakers: The citizens of PA deserve a chance to vote on whether to have a Constitution convention.
Remember: A Constitution convention cannot change the Constitution. It can only recommend changes. Changes can take effect only if voters approve the convention's recommendations at another referendum.
BECAUSE Pennsylvania has not had a general Constitution convention since 1873, despite many changes in society, technology and government; and
BECAUSE aspects of Pennsylvania's state government repeatedly have demonstrated an inability to function effectively and efficiently for the benefit of our citizens; and
BECAUSE scandals in state and local government are becoming more numerous and severe, evidencing widespread and systemic problems; and
BECAUSE the Constitution now lacks provisions for important aspects of governance such as filling a vacancy in the office of lieutenant governor and calling a Constitution convention;
Therefore, WE PETITION OUR LEGISLATORS to place a referendum on the ballot, asking citizens whether they wish to hold a Constitution convention; and
WE PETITION OUR LEGISLATORS to ensure that the method of selecting delegates to the Constitution convention results in a body of delegates that, in the aggregate, accurately represents the geographic, economic and demographic reality of Pennsylvania's citizenry; and
WE PETITION OUR LEGISLATORS to include in the referendum a method for letting citizens determine what parts of the Constitution, if any, they wish to exclude from consideration at a convention.
3973 Pennsylvanians have signed the petition!
|67 of 67||Counties Represented|
|194 of 203||House Districts Represented|
|50 of 50||Senate Districts Represented|
See if your legislator has signed the petition and see detailed counts: