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HB 55 - Limits Governor Emergency Declaration Powers - Pennsylvania Key Vote

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Title: Limits Governor Emergency Declaration Powers

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that limits governor emergency declaration powers to no more than 21 days unless extended by the General Assembly.

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  • Amends Article I of the Constitution of Pennsylvania to ensure protections against the denial of equality on the basis of race or ethnicity (Sec. 1).

  • Requires the Governor specify the nature of a disaster emergency, each area threatened by the disaster and the conditions of the disaster when issuing an emergency declaration (Sec. 1-2B).

  • Specifies that a disaster emergency declaration can only take effect for 21 days, unless extended by a concurrent resolution of the General Assembly (Sec. 1-2C).

  • Prohibits the Governor from declaring a new disaster emergency after 21 days have passed, without concurrent resolution of the General Assembly expressly approving the new declaration (Sec. 1-2D).

Title: Limits Governor Emergency Declaration Powers

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