1st ballot test of governor’s pandemic powers starts in PA

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania will take a unique place among states where Republican lawmakers across the country have tried to roll back the emergency powers that governors wielded during the COVID-19 pandemic, as they ordered businesses and schools shut and mask-wearing in public. On Tuesday, Pennsylvania’s GOP-controlled Legislature is taking its case to voters, in twin constitutional amendments on the primary ballot that would give lawmakers much more power over disaster declarations, whether another pandemic or a natural disaster. It’s the only way Republicans have of reeling in the authority of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf. Wolf calls the proposals a threat to a functioning society.

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