House OKs constitutional change to remove no-show officials

June 26, 2019 GMT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A proposed constitutional amendment is moving ahead to direct Pennsylvania lawmakers to develop a means of removing elected municipal officials for just cause, including absenteeism or dereliction of duty.

The bill passed 195 to 6 by the House Wednesday was prompted by Republican state Rep. Justin Walsh’s concern about a mayor in his district missing city council meetings since taking office last year.

Monessen Mayor Matthew Shorraw says the proposal goes against the process of democratic elections.


The Democratic mayor says lawmakers should look into what he describes as “blatant corruption” that he’s been trying to address.

As a constitutional amendment, the proposal will have to pass the Senate by the end of 2020, and then both chambers in the following two-year session before going to voters.