A state court in Harrisburg is trying to determine how to proceed now that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has thrown out a law that lets counties abolish the office of jury commissioners.
A hearing was being held Wednesday in Commonwealth Court about what to do regarding the May 21st primary elections.
The Supreme Court ruled on March 14 that a 2011 law violates the state constitution’s requirement that laws pertain to a single subject. A court filing earlier this week says that 42 of the 56 Pennsylvania counties which had jury commissioners have abolished the positions since the passage of the law. Those counties include Venango County.
Some state lawmakers, however, are considering a second attempt at passing the same law – this time upon its own merits.