HARRISBURG (AP) – Gov. Tom Wolf is asking state lawmakers to return to Harrisburg to extend a statewide disaster emergency intended to help stem the opioid addiction crisis. In a letter to the General Assembly, Wolf said he plans an Aug. 5 renewal of the disaster emergency declaration first issued in January 2018 and wants lawmakers to consider extending it by Aug. 26. The governor can no longer unilaterally extend the 90-day disaster emergency declaration, something he had done more than a dozen times, following approval by the voters of a state constitutional amendment curbing the emergency powers of a PA governor.

GOV. TOM WOLF