Pennsylvania’s statutes on disaster emergencies are extremely expansive. The governor is granted the ability to suspend laws during a declared emergency. They can close businesses and restrict the movement and activities of citizens. The governor can shut down schools, compel evacuations, commandeer property, and arrest anyone who fails to comply with their orders. In the hands of the wrong person, these powers can inflict immense harm.

A single person should not have the ability to declare a disaster emergency and to renew it indefinitely. They should not be able to ignore the legislature’s request to end the emergency declaration. A single person should not have the ability to decide which businesses are essential and which ones will be ruined, nor should a single person dictate who can and who cannot work to feed their family. This is too much power for any one person!

The amendments on the May 18th ballot will maintain a governor’s ability to address emergencies quickly, but they will limit the duration of emergency orders to 21 days, and approval of the legislature will be required for a Governor to extend or re-issue the emergency order. These common-sense revisions will restore the proper checks and balances in Harrisburg.

Don’t be fooled by the wording of the ballot questions. The questions appear to be purposely written in a very biased and confusing manner. The amendments will protect the rights of all Pennsylvanians. Republicans, Democrats, and Independents should vote YES on May 18th to protect our freedom!

—Robert Minninger,

Spring City

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