Known as Marsy’s Law, House Bill 276 (P.N. 284) / Senate Bill 149 (P.N. 127) proposes an amendment to Article I of the Pennsylvania Constitution to establish a crime victims’ ‘bill of rights.’ This resolution would grant crime victims comparable–and enforceable–rights to “justice and due process” equal to those provided to the accused and requires that their rights are “protected in a manner no less vigorous than the rights afforded to the accused” in criminal and juvenile proceedings. Proposals to amend the constitution require passage in two consecutive sessions before being placed on the ballot for voters to decide.

Marsy's Law on the ballot

On November 5th, Marsy's Law, a "crime victims bill of rights," is scheduled to appear as a ballot question in the general election. Voters will be asked to decide whether they want this language amended into the Pennsylvania Constitution. The ACLU of Pennsylvania has opposed the substance of Marsy's Law and has challenged the constitutionality of the ballot question. 

Sponsors

John P. Sabatina Jr.

Status

Will Appear as a Ballot Referendum

Session

2019 - 20

Bill number

Position

Oppose

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