Republican Pennsylvania State Senate President-Pro-Tempore Jake Corman joined “The Ingraham Angle” on Thursday – two nights after Keystone State voters approved two landmark state constitutional amendments curbing emergency powers of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and future executives.
For more than 13 months, Wolf largely acted alone in issuing socioeconomic coronavirus restrictions under his emergency powers, as well as via the state’s 1955 Disease Prevention and Control Act, which irked the legislature and many Pennsylvania businessowners affected by the lockdowns and the at-times abrupt nature of new, additional restrictions.
The first new amendment essentially provides the legislature the ability to end emergency declarations by majority vote, while the second requires the governor to return to the legislature to seek renewal of emergency orders at the 21-day mark.
Corman, R-Centre, told host Laura Ingraham that his branch, the legislative branch, is the “voice of the people” and that the Founders did not intend for a governor to wield such power, independent of the General Assembly.
“To be shut out for this period of time is unacceptable. It’s not what the framers had intended… I believe other states will follow,” he said.