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Pennsylvania GOP Votes to End Gov Wolf’s COVID Emergency Declaration

Pennsylvania GOP lawmakers voted to end Governor Tom Wolf’s Coronavairus emergency declaration which he just renewed on June 3. The move sets up a court battle between the Republican controlled legislature, and the Democrat Governor. The restrictions were set in place by PA Health Secretary Rachel Levine and under her authority.

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L- Governor Tom Wolf, R- Senator Jake Corman

“The Senate voted on a resolution to end Governor Wolf’s statewide shut down, which has been hurting families and doing irreparable harm to employers. People need to have the freedom to return to normalcy and decide for themselves the level of engagement with society that they are comfortable doing… It is time to allow people the freedom to decide for themselves – to control their actions and decisions.” Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman

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Keep in mind that the shutdowns have cost the United States billions in terms of job losses, businesses lost, upticks in emotional disturbances including suicides, and total confusion over the “science” of the COVID-19 virus.

The resolution has caused the power hungry Governor to fight back and claim that they have no authority to countermand his emergency order. His statement is based on one Pennsylvania law, while the Pennsylvania GOP holds to another law.

The GOP cites this law: “The General Assembly by concurrent resolution may terminate a state of disaster emergency at any time. Thereupon, the Governor shall issue an executive order or proclamation ending the state of disaster emergency.” Pennsylvania Law

The Governor cites the State Constitution, which says that anything the legislature does requires his signature (hint –  he’s not about to give it).

“Every order, resolution or vote … shall be presented to the Governor and before it shall take effect be approved by him, or being disapproved, shall be repassed by two-thirds of both Houses according to the rules and limitations prescribed in case of a bill.” Pennsylvania Constitution

Then a Democrat Senator, Jay Costa said that the resolution does nothing and will not affect the emergency restrictions anyway.  So there you have it: Pennsylvania trying to get out from under the rigid virus restrictions is becoming a nightmare for its citizens. It is likely that the situation weill have to be settled in the courts.

H/T Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children

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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. All of her posts on Conservative Firing Line are also posted on Uncle Sam's.

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