Wolf vetoes bill to require Senate approval of PEMA chief

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Wolf is vetoing a bill to give the Republican-controlled Senate a role in appointing the director of the state agency charged with preparing for and responding to disasters.

In his veto message Friday, Wolf said it’s imperative that the director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency have a clear path to direct emergency management operations.

The Democrat says the bill to require a majority vote of the Senate to confirm a PEMA director’s appointment would unnecessarily encroach upon the sole authority granted exclusively to the governor more than three decades ago.

Sen. Lisa Baker, the Luzerne County Republican who sponsored the bill, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

The veto was Wolf’s ninth.c

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