“The handling of this pandemic by this administration has been a case study in how our current emergency authority laws can be exercised by any Pennsylvania governor to completely shred the rule of law and our legal norms.” House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff, R-Bellefonte
By Christen Smith The Center Square – 4 hrs ago
(The Center Square) – Unofficial election returns show that nearly 54% of voters in Pennsylvania support constitutional amendments that limit the governor’s emergency powers.
Some 1.9 million ballots have been counted, according to the Department of State, as of Wednesday morning. The official tally likely won’t come until next week as county election officials process 550,000 mail-in ballots. Turnout in prior primary elections in 2017 and 2019 ranged from 1.4 million to 1.6 million voters, the department said.
Still, supporters of the amendments began celebrating early Wednesday. Guy Ciarrocchi, president and CEO of the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry, released a statement on Twitter claiming victory for “regular citizens” on “Main Street” who “overcame the power of the governor’s mansion.