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JK 362.9 .74 A5 1959

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PENNSYLVANIA COMMISSION ON CONSTITUTIONAL REVISION

SUITE 535-A. MAIN CAPITOL BUILDING

HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA

March 9, 1959

ROBERT E. WOODSIDE
CHAIRMAN

HORACE STERN
VICE-CHAIRMAN

To His Excellency, David L. Lawrence, Governor

and
To The Honorables, The Members of the General Assembly

of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

ROBERT D. FLEMING
SECRETARY

Gentlemen:

Pursuant to the Act of July 15, 1957, P.L. 927, the Commission on Constitutional Revision is pleased to submit for your consideration this report.

MILTON G. BAKER
GENEVIEVE BLATT
MATTHEW A. CRAWFORD
RICHARDSON DILWORTH
JEFFERSON B. FORDHAM
GEORGE R. LAMADE
MRS. MITCHELL MACCARTNEY
M. NELSON MCGEARY
MRS. ROBERT L. McGEEHAN
PHILIP PRICE
OSCAR J. TALLMAN
EDWIN W. TOMPKINS

The funds available to the Commission were not sufficient to pay for recording and printing its debates and discussions. Therefore, as chairman, I think it advisable to report some of my personal observations concerning the Commission's deliberations.

SEVERINO STEFANON
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Commissioners were faithful in attendance at both Commission and committee meetings. Although aided by an able staff, a considerable amount of detail work was done by the Commissioners themselves. The discussions demonstrated that the Commissioners gave extensive thought and study to the problems under consideration.

The deliberations were free from partisan approach. In spite of basic differences in governmental philosophy and the forceful presentation of conflicting views, there never were any expressions of acrimony or personal animosity to mar the decorum of the meetings. The presiding officer had no problems.

The individual members of the Commission will, if requested, be pleased to meet with the legislative committees which may be assigned the task of reviewing and implementing this report.

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"We do ordain, declare, and establish the following Declaration of Rights and Frame of Government, to be the Constitution of the commonwealth, and to remain in force therein for ever, unaltered, except in such articles as shall hereafter on experience be found to require improvement."

Constitution of 1776

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