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    October 3, 2018
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. PUBLIC NOTICE . PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF PENNSYLVANIA The following is a true and correct copy of a joint resolution of the General Assembly regarding an amendment to the Constitution of Pennsylvania that was proposed in the General parole process, to provide information to be considered before the parole of the offender, and to be notified of the parole of the offender to reasonable protection from the accused or any person acting on behalf of the ac to reasonable notice of any relaseorescape of the accsed; to refuse an interview, deposition or other discovery request g the 2018 session. The proposed amendment was agreed to by a majority of the members elected to the Senate and the House of Representatives. Pursuant to Article XI, Section 1 of the Constitution, the Secretary of the Commonwealth has caused the proposed amendment to be published here. If this proposed amendment is agreed to by a majority of the Senators and Representatives elected to the General Assembly at the upcoming November 6, 2018 General Election, the proposed amendment so approved will be published again and then submitted to the voters of d or any person acting on behalf of the accused; full and timely restitution from the person or entity convicted for the unlawful conduct; ful and timely restitution as determined by the court in a juvenile delinquency proceeding to the prompt return of property when no longer n from unreasonable delay and a prompt and final conclusion of the case and any related postconviction proceedings to confer with the attorney for the government; and to be to voters voting on it, the corresponding amendment becomes part of the Constitution. If the proposed amendment is approved,ed of all rights enumerated in this section the words UNDERLINED in the joint resolution will be added b) The victim or the attorney for the government upon request of the victim may assert in any trial or appellate court, or before any other authority, with jurisdiction over the case, and have enforced, the rights enumerated in this section and any other right afforded to the victim by law. This section does not grant the victim party status or create any cause of action for compensation or damages against the Commonwealth or any political subdivision, nor any officer, employee or agent of the Commonwealth or any political to the Constitution. Anyone who needs help reading this advertisement or needs the text of the proposed amendment in an alternative format may call or write the Pennsylvania Department of State, Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation, Room 210 North Office Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120, 1-877-868-3772, ra-BCELØpa.gov Robert Torres, Acting Secretary of the Commonwealth of the court. (c) As used in this section and as further defined by the General Assembly, the term victim" includes any person against whom the criminal offense or delinquent act is committed or who is directly harmed by the commission of the offense or act. The term "victim" does not include the accused or a person whom the court finds would not Joint Resolution 2018-1 Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, providing for rights of victims of crime. ncom or incapacitated victim The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Section I. The following amendment to the Constitution That Article I be amended by adding a section to read: Section 2. (a) Upon the first passage by the General Assembly of this proposed constitutional amendment, the Secretary of the Commonwealth shall proceed immediately to comply with the advertising requirements of section 1 of Artile XI of the Constitution of Pennsylvania and shall transmit the required advertisements to two newspapers in every county in which such newspapers are published in sufficient time after passage s proposed constitutional amendment. a) To secure for victims justice and due process throughout the criminal and juvenile justice systems, a victim shall have the following rights, as further provided and as defined by the General Assembly, which shall be protected in a manner no less vigorous than the rights afforded to the accused: to be treated with fairness and respect for the victim's safety dignity and privacy to have the safety of the victim and the (b) Upon the second passage by the General Assembly of this proposed constitutional amendment, the Secretary of the to c the advertising requirements of section 1 of Article XI of the Constitution of Pennsylvania and shall transmit the required advertisements to two newspapers in every county in which ily considered in fixing the amount of bail and are published in sufficient time after release conditions for the a notice of and to be present at all public proceedings involving the criminal or delinquent conduct; to be notified of any pretrial disposition of the case with the exception of grand jury proceedings, to be heard in any proceeding where a right of the victim is implicated, including, but not limited to, release, plea, sentencing disposition, parole and pardon ccurs at least three months after the proposed constitutional to be notified of all of this proposed constitutional amendment. The Secretary of the Commonwealth shall submit this proposed constitutional amendment to the qualified electors of this Commonwealth at the first primary, general or municipal election which meets the requirements of and is in conformance with section 1 of Article XI of the Constitution of Pennsvlvania and which amendment is passed by the General Assembly PAID FOR WITH PENNSYLVANIA TAXPAYER DOLLARS. THIS ADVERTISEMENT IS FUNDED IN WHOLE BY THE GENERAL FUND.