On May 18th, Voters Will Get to Vote on Amendments that if Passed, Will Change Our Constitution

PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT-ARTICLE III, SECTION 9 RELATING TO TERMINATION OR EXTENSION OF DISASTER EMERGENCY DECLARATIONS

Ballot Question:

"Shall the Pennsylvania Constitution be amended to change existing law and increase the power of the General Assembly to unilaterally terminate or extend a disaster emergency declaration-and the powers of Commonwealth agencies to address the disaster regardless of its severity pursuant to that declaration- through passing a concurrent resolution by simple majority, thereby removing the existing check and balance of presenting a resolution to the Governor for approval or disapproval?"

VOTE NO

PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT- ARTICLE IV DISASTER EMERGENCY DECLARATION AND MANAGEMENT

Ballot Question:

 "Shall the Pennsylvania Constitution be amended to change existing law so that: a disaster emergency declaration will expire automatically after 21 days, regardless of the severity of the emergency, unless the General Assembly takes action to extend the disaster emergency; the Governor may not declare a new disaster emergency to respond to the danger facing the Commonwealth unless the General Assembly passes a concurrent resolution; the General Assembly enacts new laws for disaster management?"

Recommended Position: NO

VOTE NO

PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT-ARTICLE I PROHIBITION AGAINST DENIAL OR ABRIDGEMENT OF EQUALITY OF RIGHTS BECAUSE OF RACE OR ETHNICITY

Ballot Question:

Shall the Pennsylvania Constitution be amended by adding a new section providing that equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged because of an individual's race or ethnicity?

VOTE YES

MUNICIPAL FIRE AND EMS SERVICES LOANS MEASURE

ACT 2020-91

Ballot Question:

Do you favor expanding the use of the indebtedness authorized under the referendum for loans to volunteer fire companies, volunteer ambulance services and volunteer rescue squads under 35 PA.C.S. 7378.1 (related to referendum for additional indebtedness) to include loans to municipal fire departments or companies that provide services through paid personnel and emergency medical services companies for the purpose of establishing and modernizing facilities to house apparatus equipment, ambulances and rescue vehicles, and for purchasing apparatus equipment, ambulances and rescue vehicles, protective and communications equipment and any other accessory equipment for the proper performance of the duties of the fire companies and emergency medical services companies?

VOTE YES