Governor Wolf Vetoes Unnecessary Encroachment on Executive Responsibility to Ensure Public Safety

December 04, 2015

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today vetoed Senate Bill 490, which stripped the vested, sole authority of the governor to appoint the director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency established more than three decades ago.

“Senate Bill 490 unnecessarily encroaches upon this longstanding gubernatorial authority without providing a sound basis for doing so, which could disrupt PEMA’s ability and responsibility to ensure public safety in emergencies,” Governor Wolf said in a message to Senators. “Given PEMA’s unique mission concerning preparing for and responding to disasters, it is imperative that its leader’s path to directing emergency management operations not be unduly obstructed following his or her appointment. Any impediment or disruption could have a detrimental impact on public safety and the welfare of the commonwealth and its citizens during an unforeseen crisis.”

Governor Wolf also signed two bills into law today:

Act 71 – House Bill 735, sponsored by Rep. Sue Helm, designates a bridge over the Wisconisco Creek on State Route 147 in Millersburg Borough, Dauphin County, as the Private Warren Snyder Memorial Bridge.

Act 72 – Senate Bill 130, sponsored by Sen. John Gordner, prevents a person sentenced to or required to perform community service from purchasing credit in lieu of performing the community service.


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