Pennsylvania voters impose new limits on governor's powers

Pennsylvania voters became the first in the nation to curb their governor’s emergency powers.
Pa. Governor Tom Wolf
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf addresses supporters before former President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally for statewide Democratic candidates on September 21, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Midterm election day is November 6th. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images) Photo credit Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images

POTTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania voters became the first in the nation to curb their governor’s emergency powers. They approved constitutional amendments proposed for a statewide referendum Tuesday by Republican lawmakers angry over Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's handling of the COVID-19 outbreak. The vote on Tuesday’s primary ballot came as Republican lawmakers across the country have sought to roll back the emergency powers governors wielded during the COVID-19 pandemic. With 73% of precincts reporting, the two questions led with almost 54% of the vote. Wolf had opposed them, but has no say in what proposals lawmakers choose to put on the ballot to amend the state constitution.