BOOCKVAR TO STEP DOWN AFTER FAILURE

Gov. Tom Wolf said Monday that Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar will leave her position, effective Friday, after her department failed to advertise a proposed constitutional amendment as required for it to appear on the ballot this spring. The Department of State in a news release called it “simple human error” and apologized, saying the mistake was discovered late last week. Wolf said the process to amend the constitution must now start from the beginning, unless the General Assembly pursues the initiative through the bill process. The amendment would give those who say they were victims of child sexual abuse a retroactive two-year window in which to file civil lawsuits. Constitutional amendments must pass in both the Senate and House in two successive two-year sessions before going to voters in a referendum as the final OK. That had been expected to happen in the May 18 primary. The Department of State said it has instituted new policies to ensure the mistake isn’t repeated.

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