PRIOR PASSAGE - NONE
PRINTER'S NO. 1753
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
1166
Session of
2020
INTRODUCED BY K. WARD, DiSANTO, KILLION, MARTIN, ARNOLD,
BARTOLOTTA, ARGALL, MENSCH, STEFANO, PITTMAN, AUMENT,
SCARNATI AND CORMAN, JUNE 5, 2020
REFERRED TO VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS,
JUNE 5, 2020
A JOINT RESOLUTION
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Pennsylvania, in
the executive, providing for disaster emergency duration.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby resolves as follows:
Section 1. The following amendment to the Constitution of
Pennsylvania is proposed in accordance with Article XI:
That Article IV be amended by adding a section to read:
ยง 20. Disaster emergency duration.
The Governor may issue emergency declarations under
circumstances provided for by law for that purpose. The General
Assembly may by law grant the Governor certain enumerated powers
to address and abate the declared emergency. A declaration by
the Governor of an emergency shall not last longer than 30 days
unless extended by a concurrent resolution of the General
Assembly approving the continuation of the declaration. Upon the
expiration of the Governor's emergency declaration, the Governor
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may not declare a new state of emergency based upon the same or
substantially similar facts and circumstances without the
passage of a concurrent resolution of the General Assembly
expressly approving the new emergency declaration.
Section 2. (a) Upon the first passage by the General
Assembly of this proposed constitutional amendment, the
Secretary of the Commonwealth shall proceed immediately to
comply with the advertising requirements of section 1 of Article
XI of the Constitution of Pennsylvania and shall transmit the
required advertisements to two newspapers in every county in
which such newspapers are published in sufficient time after
passage of this proposed constitutional amendment.
(b) Upon the second passage by the General Assembly of this
proposed constitutional amendment, the Secretary of the
Commonwealth shall proceed immediately to comply with the
advertising requirements of section 1 of Article XI of the
Constitution of Pennsylvania and shall transmit the required
advertisements to two newspapers in every county in which such
newspapers are published in sufficient time after passage of
this proposed constitutional amendment. The Secretary of the
Commonwealth shall submit this proposed constitutional amendment
to the qualified electors of this Commonwealth at the first
primary, general or municipal election which meets the
requirements of and is in conformance with section 1 of Article
XI of the Constitution of Pennsylvania and which occurs at least
three months after the proposed constitutional amendment is
passed by the General Assembly.
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