HARRISBURG – A constitutional amendment limiting the governor’s disaster declarations will be reintroduced in the upcoming legislative session. The amendment would limit the duration of declarations issued by the governor to no more than 21 days unless extended by the General Assembly through the passage of a concurrent resolution. The governor would not be permitted to issue a new emergency declaration on the same issue or circumstances as a previous one without the General Assembly’s approval. Lancaster County Sen. Scott Martin is once again one of the measure’s prime sponsors. Martin said the General Assembly would be given the ability to end an emergency declaration at anytime also through the passage of a concurrent resolution which would not have to be presented to the governor for his approval.

SEN. SCOTT MARTIN