Pennsylvania Votes on Governor’s Powers as Pandemic Dims

May 18, 2021, 10:39 AM

Pennsylvanians could drastically curtail the governor’s executive powers Tuesday as they vote on ratifying constitutional changes spurred by Gov. Tom Wolf’s coronavirus shutdowns.

The measures, placed on the ballot by the Republican-controlled Legislature, would make it easier for lawmakers to end disaster declarations. Wolf (D) has urged voters to reject both proposals.

“These two amendments actually, ironically, remove accountability that should be a centerpiece of our current Constitution,” Wolf said at a May 12 news conference.

Municipal primary elections in odd-numbered years generally draw lower turnouts than the state and national elections in even-numbered years.

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