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State House votes to end governor’s pandemic disaster declaration

House Democrats said the majority Republicans were playing games with people’s health and well-being.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

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Pennsylvania voters backed curtailing Gov. Tom Wolf’s emergency powers in a win for Republican lawmakers

The ballot questions were widely seen as a referendum on the Wolf administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

By Sarah Anne Hughes/Spotlight PA

Updated: May 19, 2021 | 12:50 pm

Pennsylvania voters impose new limits on governor’s powers

With 75% of precincts reporting, the two questions led with almost 54% of the vote. More than 2 million ballots were cast.

By Marc Levy/The Associated Press and Michael Rubinkam/Associated Press

As primary nears, Wolf administration campaigns against emergency powers ballot questions

Gov. Tom Wolf himself hasn’t talked about the measures recently, but that hasn’t stopped agency leaders from making their own cases against them.

By Sam Dunklau

‘The next chess move:’ Emergency powers ballot questions set the stage for a balance-of-power showdown

Voters could hand more emergency power to Pennsylvania’s legislature if they approve one or both ballot questions that deal with it.

By Sam Dunklau

State lawmakers tee up May referendum on disaster emergency limits

They voted 116-86 for the GOP-backed proposal that would end emergency disaster declarations after 21 days, unless lawmakers approve an extension through a majority vote.
By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Updated: November 19, 2020 | 4:42 pm

Wolf to veto bills on carrying, selling guns amid disasters

Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat who has advocated for broader gun control measures, opposes the bills.

By Marc Levy/The Associated Press
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