CHAMBERSBURG — Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-89, was presented the Guardian of Victims’ Rights Award last week at his Chambersburg office.
The award is given to people who have served as advocates and ambassadors for crime victims across the state, working to ensure that they are treated with dignity and respect.
It was presented by representatives of Marcy’s Law for Pennsylvania, an organization working to provide equal rights to crime victims in Pennsylvania by ensuring constitutional protections.
Kauffman is one of the co-sponsors of Marsy’s Law legislation, which is seeking an amendment to ensure that the Pennsylvania Constitution enumerates rights for victims of crime.
“The survivors of crime should always be foremost in our minds when we look at legislation impacting our criminal justice system. As Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, the rights of victims are preeminent in the work of our Committee this legislative session.” Marsy’s Law is a critical step in respecting and honoring the victims of crime in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. I am pleased to be part of this effort and honored by the recognition of Marsy’s Law for PA!”Rep. Rob Kauffman – Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 89
The award was presented to Rep. Kauffman on June 13 during a meeting with Marsy’s Law for Pennsylvania and Women In Need, Inc. At Kauffman’s local office.
Although the state constitution lays out rights for individuals accused and convicted of crimes, Pennsylvania is one of only nine states that does not afford the same protections to crime victims, according to advocates of the legislation.
Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) introduced House Bill 276 for Marsy’s Law, which was approved by the House of Representatives on April 8. Sen. John Sabatina (D-Philadelphia) is sponsoring the bill in the Senate during this legislative session.
For the state constitution to be amended, legislation must pass in two consecutive legislative sessions before being added to the ballot for voter approval. During the 2017-18 legislative session, Marsy’s Law passed unanimously in the state Senate and House.
ABOUT MARSY’S LAW FOR PA
Marsy’s Law for Pennsylvania is a grassroots effort seeking to amend the state constitution to provide victims of crime equal rights that are already afforded to the accused and convicted.
Pennsylvania is currently one of only nine states that does not provide constitutional protections for crime victims. While the accused and convicted have numerous rights codified in the Pennsylvania Constitution, crime victims have only statutory protections.
Marsy’s Law for PA elevates the statutory and common law rights afforded to crime victims in Pennsylvania.
For more information about Marsy’s Law for PA, visit www.marsyslawforpa.com