May Argall Report: Voters Will Decide on Potential Changes to the Constitution

HARRISBURG – The May edition of the local TV program hosted by Senator David G. Argall (R-Berks/Schuylkill) focuses on three ballot questions that eligible voters in Pennsylvania will be able to vote on during the May 18th Primary Election.

“All eligible voters whether they be Democrat, Republican, Independent, or any other affiliation will have the ability to vote on these three questions,” said Senator Argall. The way the Wolf Administration worded two of these questions has been roundly criticized as confusing and biased, so it is absolutely critical for all voters to understand what the questions really mean before casting their votes.”

The first question asks whether the General Assembly should be allowed to terminate an emergency declaration if a governor continues to wield emergency powers long after the disaster has passed. A YES vote means the General Assembly could serve as a check on the governor’s power during an emergency to protect the rights of Pennsylvanians.

The second question asks whether future emergency declarations should be limited to 21 days unless extended by the General Assembly. A YES vote means the governor would be prohibited from maintaining unilateral control for an indefinite period of time during an emergency.

The third question asks whether new protections should be added for Pennsylvanians based on race or ethnicity. A YES vote means the rights of all state residents would be protected – regardless of an individual’s race or ethnicity – and the new protections at the state level would match those provided by the U.S. Constitution.

“These questions are about restoring our checks and balances and ensuring equal protection for all state residents,” Senator Argall continued. “The final decision rests in the hands of the people because all power is derived from the people – not the Governor, not the legislature, not the courts. I strongly encourage all voters to do their civic duty by showing up to the polls on May 18 and remember this KEY fact: All registered voters are permitted to vote on these three questions during the Primary Election, Independents and members of all political parties.”

This edition of the Argall Report will air on:

  • Blue Ridge Communications (Channel 13) every Monday at 10 a.m. and every Wednesday at 10:30 p.m.
  • Berks Community Television (Comcast – Channel 15 and Service Electric – Channel 19) on Thursday at 8 p.m. and Friday at 6 p.m.
  • Service Electric Cablevision:  Hazleton, Mahanoy City; Shenandoah – on Hazleton’s WYLN TV 35 Channel 507 and MetroCast Communications Channel 10.  Please check local listings for air times.

Senator Argall’s show is also available online at


Contact: Jim Brugger    717.787.2637

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