House votes to amend constitution to pick judges by district

Thursday, December 18, 2019, The Associated Press

HARRISBURG — Majority Republicans in the state House on Wednesday took the first step to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution so that appeals court judges would be elected by district rather than statewide.

The House voted 102-95 for the proposal that would have lawmakers draw the district lines for Supreme, Superior and Commonwealth courts.

In order to be enacted, the bill must still pass the Senate, then be approved by both chambers in the 2021-22 legislative session, before going to voters for final approval as a referendum.

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