Pennsylvania Voters Can Approve Constitutional Amendment To Limit Governor’s Emergency Powers
Earlier this month, I blogged about legislation in New York that would limit the Governor’s emergency powers. In May, the voters of Pennsylvania will have an opportunity to claw back the executive’s authority. Jennifer Stefano summarizes the measures in the Wall Street Journal:
During the initial 90 days [starting in March 2020], the Legislature sent Mr. Wolf seven bills tailored to reopen certain businesses safely and establish consistent Covid-19 mitigation standards. He vetoed them all. Last summer, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which is dominated 5-2 by Democrats, sided with the governor and allowed him to veto the Legislature’s attempt to rescind his special powers and claw back control over emergency disaster declarations. Mr. Wolf has renewed his initial emergency declaration four times, most recently on Feb. 19.
Now the General Assembly is asking voters to approve two ballot measures that would return control over emergency declarations to the people’s representatives in the legislature. The first would limit the length of an emergency disaster to 21 day
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