Thursday, June 25, 2015

Pa. Constitution - legislative procedure - single subject, change of original purpose

Leach v. Commonwealth – Cmwlth. Court – June 25, 2015 – en banc 7-0



Held: Act 192 violates Pennsylvania Constitution Article III, Section 1 and Section 3, relating to original purpose and single subject.


Act No. 192 of 2014, which began as a two-page bill establishing criminal penalties for the theft of secondary metals.   In the final stages of enactment, it became an act that also created a civil cause of action for a broad class of individuals and organizations seeking to challenge municipal firearm legislation, and it authorized an award of attorney fees to successful challengers in the newly-created civil action.