Governor Wolf has indicated that he would veto the General Assembly’s reasonable attempt to begin to safely and transparently reopen the economy. The General Assembly still has the ability to end the emergency declaration without the Governor’s signature.
According to the PA Emergency Services Management Code (35 Pa C.S. § 7301(c)), “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.”
Legislation has been introduced in the House, HR 836, and Senate, SR 323, to terminate the disaster emergency. Governor Wolf’s actions under the current disaster declaration make clear that he will not voluntarily cooperate with the General Assembly to develop a set of transparent standards to apply to businesses to begin safely reopening the economy.
It is time for the General Assembly to assert its ability to check the Governor’s authority by using their legal power to terminate the state of disaster emergency. We would encourage you to contact your members of the General Assembly and ask them to take action immediately.