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Pennsylvania State Senate and House vote to end Gov. Wolf's emergency disaster declaration

The move comes after Pennsylvanians voted for two constitutional amendments in the May 18th primary election.

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania State House and Senate voted Thursday to end Gov. Tom Wolf's emergency disaster declaration.

The move comes after Pennsylvanians voted for two constitutional amendments in the May 18th primary election.

"This is what the people wanted, they wanted the legislature to have a seat at the table, that's what they voted for," State Senator Kim Ward, the senate majority leader, said. 

The constitutional amendments regarding the emergency disaster declaration include allowing the general assembly to unilaterally terminate disaster declarations and limit them to 21 days.

Jason Gottesman, press secretary for the House Republicans said this allows for less power in the hands of one person.

"People have been so tired of that over the last 16 months, of one person having this unilateral and complete executive control over their lives." Gottesman said. 

Senate Democratic leader Jay Costa told FOX43 he questions the process of Thursday's vote but adds they've reached a compromise.

"This allows us the opportunity to have an orderly and thoughtful transition through this period of time to get to a point where we can ease ourselves out of the reliance upon the emergency declaration and these waivers," Costa said.

Though there are now some changes, some Democratic lawmakers say much hasn't changed at all.

"All of the pieces of the declaration that most people understand, the mask mandate the limitations of restaurants and whatnot, those are actually contained under the secretary of health's authority which is a different section of the law," State Representative Jordan Harris said. 

Harris added he believes there are matters that remain unknown and crucial to Pennsylvanians.

"The snap benefits, help with unemployment, those things could possibly be in jeopardy," he said.

Waivers were previously in effect, such as certain health measures under the administration's disaster declaration, will remain until September 30.

The mask mandate will also continue.

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