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Sears v, Wolf

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

June 19, 2015

SHERYL SEARS; RONALD J. GUINEY; FLORENCE SPANOS; BARBARA L. MILLER; RANDELL DEVLIN; KATHLEEN DEVLIN; SALLYE FISCUS; NICHOLAS BALANDIAT; LORETTA E. MAIERHOFER; MARY GALLAGHER; DANIEL CECCHETTI; MICHELE YAMSHON; VICKI L. MAZZAFERRO; MADELINE MARTUCCI; GARY CARPINELLO; KAREN CARPINELLO; DIANE HOLBERT; ARTHUR W. CUNNINGHAM, JR.; DANA CUNNINGHAM; DOLORES LOBIONDO; MICHAEL LOBIONDO; CAROL KUHNS; TAMMY BEVAN; ALICIA RAGER; TERESA LIBERATO; VALERIE BENKO; JOHN C. EGAN; TAMMY GROSS; BLANCHE HOOVER; JOSEPH D. STEINER; CYNTHIA BRAZEN; SUSAN ANTOSZEWSKI; ANGELA STETZ; BONNIE ZUZO; CAROL WEISS; LINDA SAUNDERS; LOUISE SCHNEIDER; LINDA GORSUCH; ALEX J. DERITIS, SR.; SHARON THIR; BECKY THIR; BARBARA SIMS; FRANK SIMS; CAROL L. DEVERS; DEBBIE A. KRAFT; DEBORAH A. MCGRADY; JEFF C. MILLER; DAVID LIPSTEIN; BONNIE LIPSTEIN; THOMAS R. HABERMAN; WILLIAM A. ROTH; DAVID DAWSON; VICTORIA D. HARTSEK; JEANINE RICHARDS; KELLY RICHARDS; WILLIAM AINSWORTH; WILLIAM BRIGGS; LORRAINE CAPALBO; CHRIS IAMS; RONALD KAPLAN; JOAN O'SHEA; KIMBERLY THOMAS; BIANCA WILLIS; SHAWN WILLIS; PAMELA R. ALWINE; BARBARA A. BEAM; BEVERLY A. CORCORAN; JAMES J. CORCORAN; KRISTYN L. CORCORAN; BILLYE GLENN; DAVID MCKEE; CHRISTINA A. MILLER; PARTICIA VARGULISH; DORA M. ALEXANDER; AND JODA L. SCHENA, ON BEHALF OF THEMSELVES AND ALL OTHERS SIMILARLY SITUATED
v.
TOM WOLF AS GOVERNOR OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA; RANDY ALBRIGHT AS SECRETARY OF BUDGET OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA; HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA; MIKE TURZAI AS SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE; SENATE OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA; JOSEPH B. SCARNATI, III, AS PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE OF THE SENATE; AND DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA; APPEAL OF: MIKE TURZAI AS SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE; SENATE OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA; JOSEPH B. SCARNATI, III, AS PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE OF THE SENATE; SHERYL SEARS; RONALD J. GUINEY; FLORENCE SPANOS; BARBARA L. MILLER; RANDELL DEVLIN; KATHLEEN DEVLIN; SALLYE FISCUS; NICHOLAS BALANDIAT; LORETTA E. MAIERHOFER; MARY GALLAGHER; DANIEL CECCHETTI; MICHELE YAMSHON; VICKI L. MAZZAFERRO; MADELINE MARTUCCI; GARY CARPINELLO; KAREN CARPINELLO; DIANE HOLBERT; ARTHUR W. CUNNINGHAM, JR.; DANA CUNNINGHAM; DOLORES LOBIONDO; MICHAEL LOBIONDO; CAROL KUHNS; TAMMY BEVAN; ALICIA RAGER TERESA LIBERATO; VALERIE BENKO; JOHN C. EGAN; TAMMY GROSS; BLANCHE HOOVER; JOSEPH D. STEINER; CYNTHIA BRAZEN; SUSAN ANTOSZEWSKI; ANGELA STETZ; BONNIE ZUZO; CAROL WEISS; LINDA SAUNDERS; LOUISE SCHNEIDER; LINDA GORSUCH; ALEX J. DERITIS, SR.; SHARON THIR; BECKY THIR; BARBARA SIMS; FRANK SIMS; CAROL L. DEVERS; DEBBIE A. KRAFT; DEBORAH A. MCGRADY; JEFF C. MILLER; DAVID LIPSTEIN; BONNIE LIPSTEIN; THOMAS R. HABERMAN; WILLIAM A. ROTH; DAVID DAWSON; VICTORIA D. HARTSEK; JEANINE RICHARDS; KELLY RICHARDS; WILLIAM AINSWORTH; WILLIAM BRIGGS; LORRAINE CAPALBO; CHRIS IAMS; RONALD KAPLAN; JOAN O'SHEA; KIMBERLY THOMAS; BIANCA WILLIS; SHAWN WILLIS; PAMELA R. ALWINE; BARBARA A. BEAM; BEVERLY A. CORCORAN; JAMES J. CORCORAN; KRISTYN L. CORCORAN; BILLYE GLENN; DAVID MCKEE; CHRISTINA A. MILLER; PARTICIA VARGULISH; DORA M. ALEXANDER; AND JODA L. SCHENA, ON BEHALF OF THEMSELVES AND ALL OTHERS SIMILARLY SITUATED
v.
TOM WOLF AS GOVERNOR OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA; RANDY ALBRIGHT AS SECRETARY OF BUDGET OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA; HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA; MIKE TURZAI AS SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE; SENATE OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA; JOSEPH B. SCARNATI, III, AS PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE OF THE SENATE; AND DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA; APPEAL OF: TOM WOLF AS GOVERNOR OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA; RANDY ALBRIGHT AS SECRETARY OF BUDGET OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA; ERIC WEISBLATT, INDIVIDUALLY AND ON BEHALF OF ALL OTHERS SIMILARLY SITUATED
v.
HONORABLE TOM WOLF, AS GOVERNOR OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA; HONORABLE RANDY ALBRIGHT, AS SECRETARY OF BUDGET OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA; APPEAL OF: HONORABLE CHRISTOPHER CRAIG, AS ACTING TREASURER OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA; AND DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA APPEAL OF: HONORABLE TOM WOLF, AS GOVERNOR OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA; HONORABLE RANDY ALBRIGHT, AS SECRETARY OF BUDGET OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA; ERIC WEISBLATT, INDIVIDUALLY AND ON BEHALF OF ALL OTHERS SIMILARLY SITUATED, Cross Appellant
v.
HONORABLE TOM WOLF, AS GOVERNOR OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA; HONORABLE RANDY ALBRIGHT, AS SECRETARY OF BUDGET OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA; HONORABLE CHRISTOPHER CRAIG, AS ACTING TREASURER OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA; AND DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, Cross Appellees

Argued November 19, 2014

22 MAP 2013

Appeal from the Order of the Commonwealth Court at No. 121 MD 2011 (consolidated with No. 157 MD 2011) dated 3/4/13 exited 3/5/13. Other Court Judge: Dan Pellegrini, President Judge.

23 MAP 2013

Appeal from the Order of the Commonwealth Court at No. 121 MD 2011 dated March 4, 2013, exited March 5, 2013.

24 MAP 2013

Appeal from the Order of the Commonwealth Court at No. 157 MD 2011 dated March 4, 2013, exited March 5, 2013.

31 MAP 2013

Appeal from the Order of the Commonwealth Court at No. 157 MD 2011 dated March 4, 2013, exited March 5, 2013.

22 MAP 2013

For Weisblatt, Eric, PARTICIPANTS: Robert Samuel Kitchenoff, Esq. Weinstein Kitchenoff & Asher, L.L.C.; Edward Skipton, Esq. Weinstein Kitchenoff & Asher, L.L.C.; David H. Weinstein, Esq. Weinstein Kitchenoff & Asher, L.L.C.

For Samuel Smith, Speaker of the House of Rep. & Joseph Scarnati, President Pro Tempore of the Senate, APPELLANT: Jonathan F. Bloom, Esq. Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young, LLP; Thomas Walter Dymek, Esq. Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young, LLP; Ian Michael Long, Esq. Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP; Karl Stewart Myers, Esq. Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young, LLP.

For Tom Corbett, Governor & Charles Zogby, Secretary of Budget, APPELLEE: Linda Cadden Barrett, Esq. PA Office of General Counsel

For Sheryl Sears, et al, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, APPELLEE: William R. Caroselli, Esq. Caroselli, Beachler, McTiernan & Conboy, L.L.C.; Lauren C. Fantini, Esq. Caroselli, Beachler, McTiernan & Conboy, L.L.C.; Susan A. Meredith! Esq. Caroselli, Beachler, McTiernan & Conboy, L.L.C.; David Samuel Senoff, Esq.

For McCord, Robert M,, APPELLEE: Kathryn Maria Cerulli, Esq. Pennsylvania Treasury Department; Jennifer Langan, Esq. PA Department of Treasury; Craig S. Schwartz, Esq. PA Treasury Department

For Tom Corbett, Governor & Charles Zogby, Secretary of Budget, APPELLEE: Kathleen Granahan Kane, Esq. PA Office of Attorney General; Sean Andrew Kirkpatrick, Esq PA Office of Attorney General; John G. Knorr III, Esq. PA Office of Attorney General

For Zogby, Charles, APPELLEE: Brian D. Zweiacher, Esq. PA Governor's Office of General Counsel

23 MAP 2013

For Weisblatt, Eric, PARTICIPANTS: Leila Elizabeth Ely, Esq. Weinstein Kitchenoff & Asher, L.L.C.; David H. Weinstein, Esq. Weinstein, Kitchenoff & Asher, L.L.C.

For Tom Corbett, Governor & Charles Zogby, Secretary of Budget, APPELLANT: Linda Cadden Barrett, Esq. PA Office of General Counsel; Kathleen Granahan Kane, Esq. PA Office of Attorney General; Sean Andrew Kirkpatrick, Esq. PA Office of Attorney General; John G. Knorr III, Esq. PA Office of Attorney General; Brian D. Zweiacher, Esq. PA Governors Office of General Counsel

For Samuel Smith, Speaker of the House of Rep. & Joseph Scarnati, President Pro Tempore of the Senate, APPELLEE: Jonathan F. Bloom, Esq. Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young, LLP; Thomas Walter Dymek, Esq. Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young, LLP; Ian Michael Long, Esq. Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP; Karl Stewart Myers, Esq. Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young, LLP

For Sheryl Sears, et al, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, APPELLEE: William R. Caroselli, Esq. Caroselli, Beachler, McTiernan & Conboy, L.L.C.; Lauren C. Fantini, Esq. Caroselli, Beachler, McTiernan & Conboy, L.L.C.; Susan A. Meredith, Esq. Caroselli, Beachler, McTiernan & Conboy, L.L.C.; David Samuel Senoff, Esq.

For McCord, Robert M., APPELLEE: Kathryn Maria Cerulli, Esq. Pennsylvania Treasury Department; Jennifer Langan, Esq. PA Department of Treasury; Craig S. Schwartz, Esq. PA Treasury Department

24 MAP 2013

For Tom Corbett, Governor & Charles Zogby, Secretary of Budget, APPELLANT: Linda Cadden Barrett, Esq. PA Office of General Counsel; Kathleen Granahan Kane, Esq. PA Office of Attorney General; Sean Andrew Kirkpatrick, Esq. PA Office of Attorney General; John G. Knorr Ill, Esq. PA Office of Attorney General; Brian D. Zweiacher, Esq. PA Governor's Office of General Counsel

For McCord, Rob, APPELLEE: Kathryn Maria Cerulli, Esq. Pennsylvania Treasury Department; Jennifer Langan, Esq. PA Department of Treasury; Craig S. Schwartz, Esq. PA Treasury Department

For Weisblatt, Eric, APPELLEE: Robert Samuel Kitchenoff, Esq. Weinstein Kitchenoff & Asher, L.L.C.; Edward Skipton, Esq. Weinstein Kitchenoff & Asher, L.L.C.; David H. Weinstein, Esq. ...


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