HARRISBURG – Senator Bob Mensch (R-24) joined his colleagues to highlight the importance of voters knowing “what a YES vote means” for the May 18 ballot questions. The group of senators today cited the need to protect lives and livelihoods while restoring critical checks and balances in Harrisburg.
The senators encouraged Pennsylvanians to learn about the three proposed Constitutional amendments and one ballot measure up for consideration during the primary election and how a YES at the ballot box means voters favor:
- Protecting the education of our children;
- Supporting small employers in our local communities;
- Prohibiting discrimination; and
- Providing funding for fire companies.
“I think it’s critically important that citizens come out to consider the amendments that are on the ballot that would restrict the power of the governor as it relates to his authority for an emergency declaration,” Mensch said. “It needs to be noted that this isn’t about this particular governor, this is about every governor moving forward. There are three co-equal branches of government and currently the power that the governor has been able to assume makes him essentially the only person making decisions regarding the pandemic. We, the legislature, are the representatives of the people and we need an equal seat at the table with the governor. This would put the citizens of Pennsylvania back in the conversation when making decisions.”
Senator Mensch voted to approve the three potential amendments to the Constitution, which will appear on the ballot for voters in the spring primary, including one question to prohibit discrimination based on race or ethnicity and two questions designed to improve the way the state responds to future emergencies.
The Department of State is responsible for drafting the questions in a way that is fair and easy to understand. However, the Wolf Administration has been widely criticized for wording the emergency response questions in a way that is deeply confusing.
Rather than taking the issue to court and delaying potential enactment of the amendments, lawmakers have placed their faith in the people of Pennsylvania to make the right decision at the polls for the spring primary.
The fourth ballot question asks voters to decide if the Commonwealth should expand its loan program for volunteer fire and emergency medical services companies to provide municipal departments with loans for facilities, equipment, etc. The question was among several steps authorized by the legislature to aid first responders.
Senator Mensch has more information available on his website to better explain what the proposed amendments would accomplish. The Senator also is continuing to share materials through social media, traditional media, and other outreach efforts to ensure voters understand ‘what a YES vote means.’
Watch the full news conference here.
For more information on Senator Mensch’s legislation, visit www.senatormensch.com. State updates can also be found on Senator Mensch’s Facebook at facebook.com/PASenatorBobMensch/ or Twitter @SenatorMensch.
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