Senate Republican Leaders Issue Statement on Passage of Constitutional Amendments on Emergency Declarations

HARRISBURG – Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman (R-Bellefonte) and Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) issued the following statement today in response to passage of two constitutional amendments that will improve the way the state responds to emergencies:

“The primary election results demonstrate our system of government works better when we work together. We took our case to the people of Pennsylvania, and the people voted ‘yes’ to restore liberty and ensure the fundamental principles of our democracy remain in place even during times of an emergency.  This decision by the people is not about taking power away from any one branch of government, rather it’s about re-establishing the balance of power between three equal branches of government as guaranteed by the constitution.

“Pennsylvanians have made their choice clear – they want to see more collaboration and better results from their state government when responding to emergencies. This is a responsibility that the Senate Republican Caucus takes seriously, and as leaders we are all committed to working together in the best interests of our Commonwealth. In the weeks ahead, we encourage Governor Wolf to come back to the table and discuss not only how we can better manage emergencies like the current pandemic, but also how we can help our state recover from COVID-19.”

CONTACT:           Erica Clayton-Wright (Ward)

                                Jason Thompson (Corman)