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Title: Dick Thornburgh Papers, Series VI. Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention
Collection Number: AIS.1998.30.06
Creator: Thornburgh, Dick, 1932-

Collection Dates: 1967-1968
Extent: 8.75 linear feet

Language: English

Governor Raymond P. Shafer made constitutional reform a priority and voters were asked in the May 1967 primary to call a limited Constitutional Convention (Con Con). Dick Thornburgh's successful campaign for delegate and subsequent participation at the Constitutional Convention are well documented here. The four areas for which constitutional amendments were considered were: finance and taxation, the judiciary, legislative reapportionment, and local government. Thornburgh has continued to be an active proponent of merit-selection and home rule. The files are in twelve sections: Background reports and articles; Campaign for and delegate to Con Con; Convention opening and procedures; Convention Committees; Judiciary Committee working files; Judiciary Committee Subcommittees; Delegate Thornburgh's Files; Clippings, Editorials and Bulletins; Home Rule; Efforts to Implement Judiciary Article; Thornburgh's working copies of manuals, proposals and hearings; and Hardcover publications of Con Con. Digital reproductions of portions of the collection are available online.