HARRISBURG – A bill has been introduced changing the way emergency declarations are reauthorized in PA. Under Senate Bill 1160, the General Assembly would have the ability to reauthorize an emergency declaration every 10 days. A majority vote by the House and Senate would reauthorize it while a negative vote would rescind it. Taking no action during a 10-day period, the emergency declaration would end via default. Currently, emergency declarations, like the one for COVID-19, last for 90 days and the governor has sole authority to extend it. Sen. Doug Mastriano of Adams, Cumberland, and York Counties is partnering with Sen. David Argall of Berks and Schuylkill Counties in introducing the bill, which is before Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.

SEN. DAVID ARGALL

SEN. DOUG MASTRIANO