Senator Judy Ward: Pennsylvanians’ Made Their Voices Heard with ‘Yes’ Vote will Bring Communication, Collaboration to Long-Term Emergencies

HARRISBURG – State Senator Judy Ward (R-30) today applauded Pennsylvania voters for voting yes on two amendments to the Pennsylvania Constitution in Tuesday’s Primary Election.

The two amendments to the Constitution were designed to improve the way the state responds to future emergencies. One limits an emergency declaration to 21 days unless the General Assembly approves a longer duration. The other clarifies that the governor will not be able to unilaterally veto legislative action that ends the declaration, as Governor Wolf has done.

Senator Ward issued the following statement:

“Pennsylvania voters had their say in shaping the way our Commonwealth addresses future crises and disasters. With the passage of these amendments, the General Assembly as the voice of the people, will have a greater say in the response to long-term emergencies in the state.

“The passage of the amendments makes certain that Pennsylvania avoids the negative consequences of one person making all of the decisions during a long-term emergency.”