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Friday, June 11, 2021

Pa. General Assembly votes to terminate Wolf’s COVID-19 emergency declaration

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For the first time in 15 months, Pennsylvania is no longer operating under a COVID-19 emergency declaration.

Using its newly expanded emergency powers, the GOP-controlled Legislature voted to end Gov. Tom Wolf’s pandemic disaster declaration this week. With a 30-20 Senate vote and 121-81 House vote, Wolf has no power to veto the resolution.

“For all practical purposes, the state of emergency in our commonwealth is over,” Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward, R-Westmoreland, said on the floor. “Our businesses are open 100 percent. We have had less than 500 cases a day on the average over the past two weeks.”

All statewide COVID-19 restrictions, except the mask mandate, were lifted before Thursday’s vote. But the final vote brings to the end a long, running conflict between Pennsylvania’s elected chief executive and the elected legislature over how to address the pandemic.

On Wednesday, the Senate passed a “vaccine passport” bill that would ban the health secretary from enacting stay-at-home orders, mask mandates, and business closures. 

It would also prevent local and state government agencies and schools from enforcing the so-called “vaccine passports,” which document proof of a COVID-19 vaccination. It was sent to the House for consideration.

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ignorance shoots itself in both feet once again.

Anonymous said...

Less than 500 cases a day average over the last 2 weeks ? You suck at math...

Anonymous said...

I don’t understand all of these GQP bills to prohibit the vaccine passports. I can understand a bill that would not make them mandatory, as that’s an imposition on the individuals, but to pass a bill that prohibits them completely seems too heavy handed in the opposite direction. So if I got the vaccine, and I would like a way to validate and prove that I’m vaccinated, it is illegal for there to be a system for that. NYS has a passport system, and it’s completely voluntary; if you want it fine, or if you don’t want it, also fine. But PA, along with a bunch of other GQP states, want to make it illegal to have the option. It makes no sense. If other countries open travel restrictions, but end up requiring some kind of verification to travel to them from the US, I guess I’ll just have to say, “Sorry, other foreign country that I want to travel to; I’m from PA and we choose to be willfully ignorant.” But then that’s probably a poor example, because most of the GQP who support this stupid bill, live within 25 miles of the high school they should have graduated from, so they don’t like them foreign countries anyways.