Pennsylvania Ballot Questions Aim to Limit PA Governor’s Emergency Declaration Powers


Pennsylvania State Representative Mike Paskaric sent out an email to constituents explaining what the ballot questions on the 18 May 2020 election ballots represent. There are four ballot questions, the two most important have to deal with efforts to curtail “emergency measures” that a governor could put in place without any input from the legislators elected to make laws for Pennsylvanians. This has happened in other states as well, where mostly Democrat governors have put in place unpopular restrictions that many voters feel infringe on their federal and state constitutional rights. Other PA legislators have also reached out via email to their constituents as well.

The Pennsylvania legislature – with a Republican majority in both houses – voted to remove Governor Wolf’s (D) emergency declaration which has caused economic havoc to the state in June, 2020. Governor Wolf vetoed the legislature’s bill to end the emergency restrictions Wolf put in place. PA Republicans thus far have not utilized their most constitutionally protected avenue to counter Wolf’s one-man edict on his emergency declarations (and calls for increased taxes) by refusing to fund Wolf’s budget requests.

Paskaric’s email notes:

Voters registered as Republicans, Democrats, Independents, other third parties or no party affiliation are all eligible and encouraged to take part in the May 18 primary election, where you’ll have the opportunity to vote on four important ballot questions. 

Two of the ballot questions propose amendments to the state Constitution to address the state’s handling of future disaster emergency declarations. I (Rep. Paskaric) voted to put these questions on the ballot because I believe they will restore the foundational system of checks and balances that have been missing over the past year during the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure you, the people, have a voice in how we deal with similar situations in the future. 

PA Rep. Mike Paskaric

In essence, his message is VOTE YES on ballot questions 1 and 2…