Weeks v. Dep’t of Hum. Serv. of PA

In Weeks v. Dep’t of Hum. Serv. of PA, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court reviewed preliminary objections filed by the Department of Human Services in response to a class action initiated by Pennsylvanians whose public assistance benefits were terminated by Act 12 of 2019. The plaintiffs claimed that the act violated the “single-subject rule” and the “original purpose rule” in the Pennsylvania Constitution. The plaintiffs alleged that amendments to the bill did not relate generally to a single unifying subject. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court already ruled against issuing a preliminary objection in the matter. Based in large part on the Supreme Court’s analysis, the Commonwealth Court sustained the preliminary objections and dismissed the petition for review.

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