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Pa. Voters To Decide Extent Of Governor's Emergency Powers


February 11, 2021

Voters in Pennsylvania will soon decide the extent of the governor’s emergency powers.

A constitutional amendment requiring the governor to seek legislative approval before extending disaster declarations beyond 21 days cleared the last hurdle Feb. 5 after the House voted, 116-86, to send the question to voters via a ballot referendum in the upcoming primary election scheduled for May 18.

Senate Bill 2 also includes another amendment that expands discrimination protections on the basis of race or ethnicity. The third says the General Assembly can overturn a disaster declaration without pr...

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