Dec. 16, 2021 / Press Release
Fighting to ensure the balance of power and election integrity in the Commonwealth, Rep. Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny) voted with a majority in the House today to advance proposed constitutional amendments to address these issues by providing the people with the opportunity to exercise their voice in government.
In order to uphold the integrity of each vote cast, one proposed constitutional amendment outlined in Senate Bill 106
would require voters to present identification each time they cast a ballot. A second election-related amendment would initiate an auditing process to confirm the accuracy of election results.
Two additional constitutional amendment proposals seek to reinstate the balance of power between the legislative and executive branches of state government. One would limit executive orders to 21 days unless extended by the General Assembly while the other would allow for legislative disapproval of regulations without endorsement by the governor.
The final constitutional amendment would allow gubernatorial candidates to select their running mates in the same manner that presidential candidates select their vice presidential running mates. As of this moment, Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governors are elected independently.
“My constituents have made it crystal clear that we must do everything to restore power to the people and provide faith in our elections by eliminating government intrusion into people’s daily lives,” said Gaydos. “We have specific guidelines outlined in our Constitution and each branch of government must abide by those specifications. However, the governor’s administration has overstepped its authority on numerous occasions. It is wrong and must come to an end.”
In order to implement these proposed constitutional amendments, they will need to be passed in identical form in two consecutive legislative sessions. They would then be placed on the ballot for voters to have the final say.
Representative Valerie Gaydos
44th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Rick Leiner