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ARGUED: November 1, 2000

Petitioners Earl Nixon, Reginald Curry, Kelly Williams, Marie Martin, Theodore Sharp and Resources for Human Development, Inc. (RHD), a non-profit social service organization, filed in this Court’s original jurisdiction their petition for review in the nature of a complaint in equity on August 8, 2000. Petitioners seek a declaration from this Court that the criminal records provisions of Sections 501 – 508 of the Older Adults Protective Services Act (Act), Act of November 6, 1987, P.L. 381, as amended, added by Section 5 of the Act of December 18, 1996, P.L. 1125 (Act 169), 35 P.S. ��10225.501 – 10225.508, violate Article I, Section 1 of the Pennsylvania Constitution as applied to them. They also request the Court to permanently enjoin Respondents, the Department of Aging, the Department of Public Welfare and the Department of Health, from enforcing against Petitioners the unconstitutional provisions of the Act. Petitioners also filed their motion for summary relief pursuant to Pa. R.A.P. 1532(b). Respondents filed their preliminary objections in the nature of a demurrer asserting that the employment disqualification provisions of the Act do not violate the Pennsylvania Constitution.

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