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Thu May 13, 2021, 07:36 PM

Need help with Ballot issues for Primary on May 18th

Okay: I will be the first to admit I am slow on the uptake. I do try to educate myself as much as possible.
PA has 4 issues on the ballots. I believe I am understanding all of them and have an idea of how I want to vote but can use help Please.

PLAIN ENGLISH STATEMENT
STATEWIDE REFERENDUM – ACT 2020-91
MAKING MUNICIPAL FIRE AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES COMPANIES ELIGIBLE FOR LOANS
The purpose of the ballot question is to determine whether Pennsylvania voters authorize making municipal fire departments or companies with paid personnel and emergency medical services companies eligible to apply for loans from an already existing state loan program.

I believe I understand this not to make services private but they can seek additional funding= Loans from state funds. I believe if I am correct I will vote yes.


The Next 2 to me smell Republican in nature and trying to limit power of the next Democratic Governor.

JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 2021 – 1
Proposing separate and distinct amendments to the Constitution of Pennsylvania, in declaration of rights, providing for prohibition against denial or abridgment of equality of rights because of race and ethnicity; in legislation, further providing for action on concurrent orders and resolutions; and, in the executive, providing for disaster emergency declaration and management.'

PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT – ARTICLE III, SECTION 9
RELATING TO TERMINATION OR EXTENSION OF DISASTER EMERGENCY DECLARATIONS
Ballot Question
Shall the Pennsylvania Constitution be amended to change existing law and increase the power of the General Assembly to unilaterally terminate or extend a disaster emergency declaration—and the powers of Commonwealth agencies to address the disaster regardless of its severity pursuant to that declaration—through passing a concurrent resolution by simple majority, thereby removing the existing check and balance of presenting a resolution to the Governor for approval or disapproval?

I think I am leaning towards no if understand these two.

This last 1 seems straight forward but am I missing something?

PROHIBITION AGAINST DENIAL OR ABRIDGEMENT OF EQUALITY OF RIGHTS BECAUSE OF RACE OR ETHNICITY
Ballot Question
Shall the Pennsylvania Constitution be amended by adding a new section providing that equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged because of an individual’s race or ethnicity?

I found this information here:
https://www.dos.pa.gov/VotingElections/Pages/Joint-Resolution-2021-1.aspx

Can anyone help guide me?

( cross posting in PA group.)

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Response to PA_jen (Original post)

Thu May 13, 2021, 08:41 PM

1. In California, the state Democratic party provides explanations and positions on ballot items.

Check the PA Democratic Party site, they might have a cleaner explanation.

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Response to ShazamIam (Reply #1)

Thu May 13, 2021, 08:47 PM

3. The PA group linked me up to the website

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Response to PA_jen (Original post)

Thu May 13, 2021, 08:47 PM

2. Yes, no, no and yes

The two in the middle would allow the partisan legislature to override the executive in an emergency like a pandemic. Definitely no to both, and yes to last to ban no-knock search warrants and other safeguards on law enforcement. That first one was the hardest but I suppose allowing for quasi-public entities to take loans isn’t a bad idea.

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