HARRISBURG – The PA Legislature is taking another step in the drive to strip future governors of some of their constitutional authority under emergency declarations, and give lawmakers more control over the declarations. The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee approved Senate Bill 2. The bill would limit emergency declarations to 21 days unless the General Assembly approves a longer duration. Currently, a governor’s emergency declaration can last up to 90 days and be renewed by the governor indefinitely. Passage by both the House and Senate before Feb. 18 can ensure that it gets on PA’s May 18 primary ballot when it can go to voters for a final decision in a statewide referendum. The measure arises from Republican lawmakers’ strident disagreement with how Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf has handled the coronavirus pandemic.