Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Coal Region Canary
Coal Region CanaryCoal Region Canary

Coronavirus in Pennsylvania

Knowles, Tobash Back Bill to Re-Open Real Estate Businesses in PA – Goodman Says No

real estate business reopen pennsylvania coronavirus

A bill allowing real estate businesses to re-open in Pennsylvania passed the State House of Representatives.

The vote on House Bill 2412 was 125-77 and mostly split along party lines. The bill is likely to pass a Senate vote but could be vetoed by Gov. Tom Wolf.

Pennsylvania is 1 of 2 states that currently banned real estate transactions amid the Chinese virus pandemic response.

PA House Votes to Allow Real Estate Businesses to Re-Open Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Every Republican voting today said real estate businesses should be allowed to re-open amid the state’s coronavirus pandemic response. Another 16 Democrats also backed the bill.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Locally, Schuylkill County representatives Jerry Knowles (R-124) and Mike Tobash (R-125) backed the bill. Neal Goodman (D-123) voted against the bill.

Here’s a look at the roll call vote results:

reopen real estate business coronavirus pennsylvania

This bill is just one example of House and Senate Republicans, mostly, who feel Governor Tom Wolf’s response to the pandemic, especially the decision to close tens of thousands of businesses, reaches too far.

With each measure they’ve taken to try to re-open some businesses in defiance of the Governor’s orders, they say these businesses can safely re-open and follow social distancing guidelines as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

House Bill 2412 – Vote to Re-open Real Estate in Pennsylvania

Closing real estate businesses has had some awful consequences, especially for one Lebanon County family whose home was destroyed by fire in mid-March.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Rep. Russ Diamond shared their story on the House floor today.

And remember, after you hear this, realize that Rep. Goodman heard this story, too. He still decided to toe the party line and vote against this bill.

Imagine if it were you in this Lebanon County family’s situation and you couldn’t find suitable housing because your local politicians didn’t think it was safe to complete real estate transactions. Sad.


Subscribe to Coal Region Canary

Get email updates from Coal Region Canary by becoming a subscriber today. Just enter your email address below to get started!

News Tips?

Let us know of news happening in your area. Use our NEWS TIPS ENTRY FORM
Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.
Click to comment

You May Also Like

Local News

Several Schuylkill County residents say they recently found bizarre printed messages inside packages of items purchased at local grocery stores. The Canary spoke with...

Local Weather

How much are we really going to get? Some say it's still too soon to tell.

Local Weather

Slightly more snow expected for Schuylkill County.

PA News

Flights arriving in the cover of night to NEPA.

Local News

If convicted, Hall faces up to 10 more years in prison.

Local News

  A new trial date has finally been set for Magen Hall, who faces a mandatory life sentence, if she’s found guilty of murdering...