PA voters to decide whether to add protection against racial discrimination to state constitution


HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Pennsylvania voters will decide on May 18 whether to add protections against racial discrimination to the state constitution.

They’ll be asked the question, “Shall the Pennsylvania Constitution be amended by adding a new section providing that equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged because of an individual’s race or ethnicity?”

Senator Vincent Hughes proposed the constitutional amendment.

“Provides protection in the Constitution against discrimination based on race and ethnicity,” Hughes said.

If that sounds familiar it’s because the U.S. Constitution guarantees equal protections for all races.

Local attorney Lawrence Otter says this would add a layer on the state level.

“It would give residents of…

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