The Pennsylvania House has voted to give the people of the Commonwealth the opportunity to decide how they wish to be governed during times of emergency. The action is in response to Governor Tom Wolf’s emergency declaration during the COVID-19 situation. Senate Bill 1166 would amend the constitution to limit an emergency declaration by the governor to 21 days, unless otherwise extended in whole or in part by a majority vote of the General Assembly. The legislation would also provide constitutional protections against racial discrimination. While current law states emergency declarations can last up to 90 days, a recent court ruling blocked the Legislature’s ability to end emergency declarations without the consent of the governor. The amendment now advances to the Senate for further consideration. It must pass both chambers of the General Assembly in consecutive sessions before it can be placed on the ballot for voters to consider.
Work on a resurfacing project on East Shirley Street (Route 2025) between Division Street (Route 747) and Route 522 in Mount Union Borough will start Monday (July 20th). Temporary work zone traffic patterns will be used for the length of the project. Motorists should use caution and expect delays. All work on the project is expected to be completed by the end of October.