emergency powers

State Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) pitches voters on voting up a pair of constitutional amendments that would limit the governor's future emergency powers on Apr. 20, 2021.
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(Harrisburg) — Voters in the May 18 primary will get to weigh in on two ideas to change how different branches of state government could exercise their powers during an emergency.

Both of them would amend Pennsylvania’s constitution. One would limit a governor’s disaster proclamations to three weeks at a time, while another would make it easier for state lawmakers to vote them down.