Right now you hold the power to decide who makes up our state courts. But a bill (HB 38) is being advanced in the Pennsylvania General Assembly to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to elect state court judges by gerrymandered districts setup by the legislature, just like the way they’ve gerrymandered districts for themselves. Water and air pollution don’t care about arbitrary political boundaries and neither should the courts that rule on our environmental laws.
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Pennsylvania Campaigns Director
"I urge you to vote NO on HB 38, a bill that would deprive Pennsylvania voters of their voice in selecting the judges that make up our statewide courts.
HB 38 is a solution to a problem that does not exist. Judges should serve as a check on other branches of government, but this plan would make them beholden to the legislature who is setting up the districts as well as the political special interests that operate within this districts. It would inject more partisanship into who comprises our courts instead of elevating those with the right temperament, experience and legal skills regardless of where they live. That partisanship would also get extended into their rulings which could have a drastic impact on how the state constitution’s Environmental Rights provision is interpreted and applied to law.
Never in our history has such an effort been made to disenfranchise voters and politicize the judicial branch. Statewide courts make statewide decisions that impact every resident of the Commonwealth. Therefore, they should serve all residents, not political or regional constituencies. Please keep our judicial branch independent by voting against this dangerous attempt to gerrymander our state courts.
Thank you. "