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PA Ballot Measures are amendments to the PA constitution (see below). This is your only chance to vote on them.
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The ballot wording can be confusing, so remember to vote YES! See more information below.
A ‘Yes’ vote means you support the elected representatives of the people having a voice in state government allowing a bipartisan, cooperative response to an emergency.
Empowers the legislature to extend or terminate a emergency declaration by resolution.
Why vote YES to Question #1:
This proposed amendment comes in response to the governor’s veto of House Resolution 836 of 2020, which would have put an end to the COVID-19 disaster declaration and the governor’s unilateral authority to handle it. While state law authorizes the General Assembly to end disaster declarations with a resolution, the governor insisted – and the court agreed – that resolution was subject to his approval or veto. Under this constitutional amendment, a concurrent resolution terminating or extending a disaster emergency declaration need not be presented to the governor for his signature. Read more on question 1
Addresses the governor's emergency powers, including requiring legislative approval to continue beyond 21 days.
Why vote YES to Question #2:This proposed amendment comes in response to the TWO extended disaster emergency declarations under which we are currently operating. Under this constitutional amendment, disaster declarations would be limited to no more than 21 days, allowing time for the General Assembly to be called into session and meet possible emergency needs. If a governor believes the declaration should last longer, he or she would have to gain approval of the General Assembly by sharing information and data to prove the need for extending the declaration. Under current law, a governor can declare a disaster emergency for a period of up to 90 days and can renew it as often as he or she likes. More on Question 2
Prohibits denial or abridgement of rights on account of an individual's race or ethnicity.
Why vote YES to Question #3: Generally, inclusion of this amendment within the Pennsylvania Constitution signifies that freedom from discrimination based on race or ethnicity is an essential principle of liberty and free government. This amendment applies to all Pennsylvania state, county and local governmental entities, and guarantees equality of rights under the law. The amendment, if enacted, will become a part of the Pennsylvania Constitution. As such, its provisions must be applied consistent with the other provisions of the Constitution.
This equal right to be free from racial or ethnic discrimination will exist independent from any such rights under the United States Constitution or corresponding federal law. Read more on Ballotpedia here