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State House Votes to End Wolf’s COVID-19 Emergency Declaration

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UPDATE: On June 9, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted to adopt concurrent House Resolution 836 to formally end Gov. Tom Wolf coronavirus Disaster Emergency order. Read more: It’s Over – Pennsylvania General Assembly Votes to End Governor’s Coronavirus Disaster Emergency

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Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives voted Thursday night to end Governor Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 Disaster Emergency.

House Resolution 836 passed the State House by a 117-85 at 10:48 p.m.

No Republicans voted against the resolution. And 8 Democrats in the House also voted in favor of the legislation.

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Locally, Reps. Jerry Knowles (124th District) and Mike Tobash (125th) voted in favor of HR 836. Democrat Rep. Neal Goodman (123rd) voted against the resolution. This resolution was introduced weeks ago by Rep. Russ Diamond of Lebanon County.

Pennsylvania House Votes to End Wolf’s Disaster Emergency

The State Senate will now take up a similar piece of legislation known as Senate Resolution 323. That was introduced, in part by State Sen. Dave Argall, who represents Schuylkill County and part of Berks County, back on April 13.

If SR323 passes the Senate as it’s expected to do, it will force Gov. Wolf to issue an executive order or proclamation that would end the Disaster Emergency declaration he issued back on March 6.

When these pieces of legislation were introduced, they were done so as a potential last resort. It was hoped that Wolf would work with the General Assembly in response to the health and economic disaster created by the Chinese virus pandemic.

However, since declaring the Disaster Emergency back in March, Wolf and his unelected bureaucrats have acted unilaterally in response to the pandemic. In many cases, their actions have been disastrous to Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens and to its many small businesses.

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Some of those decisions include the mind-boggling order from the Dept. of Health Secretary Rachel Levine to send COVID-19 positive patients from a hospital into nursing homes, potentially infecting thousands of senior citizens with the deadly virus.

Nearly 70% of all Pennsylvania’s reported deaths attributed to the virus have been in nursing homes.

And then there’s been the secretive business waiver list. Although Wolf declared that only so-called life-sustaining businesses could remain open throughout the pandemic response, waivers were granted to others.

However, the state’s Dept. of Community and Economic Development has kept that process secret. Only under pressure of subpoena did DCED release a list of businesses that were granted waivers. But, the list didn’t include why they were allowed to remain open. And DCED failed to release a list of businesses that were denied waivers and the reasons why they were denied.

Pennsylvania House Resolution 836

Read HR836 in full:

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HR 836

Pennsylvania Senate Resolution 323

Read SR323 in full: SR323


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  1. Linda H

    May 29, 2020 at 6:54 am

    Well, seems like good news for a change.
    Next move is to remove Levine.

  2. coalregion12

    May 29, 2020 at 9:39 am

    Thank God Goodman is leaving! This lockdown has destroyed Schuylkill’s already fragile economy.
    Someone should ask Neal why he voted against the bill.

    • admin

      May 29, 2020 at 9:45 am

      Rumor has it he’s in line for a nice little job with the state. Now’s not the time to go bucking party leadership.

  3. Linda H

    May 29, 2020 at 10:31 am

    Hmmmm, I was just told this. NOW! I did not say this, nor can I verify! But was told this . . . Could well be a nasty rumor about Wolf or it could be valid. Can anyone verify or prove it incorrect!?

    Just heard something disturbing.
    Marcus Riddle was just on the Ken Matthews radio talk show and revealed that Gov. Wolf has been in Florida since April and has been videotaping from there. Marcus states that he got the information from the PA State Police who provides protection for the Governor. Just want to put this out there. He has abandoned his office and left the state. Now, if this is the case then we can get him on leaving his post during an emergency declaration. So this is why nobody has seen him at the capital.

    • admin

      May 29, 2020 at 10:37 am

      Thought he was in Delaware.

      • PTFloridians

        May 29, 2020 at 11:29 am

        What a disgrace…no accountability scum…if he left the state, to ANY other state, he has effectively abandoned his office and responsibility. I HOPE this becomes national news, like Tricky Dick’s escapades and nursing home policy blunder and coverup…these actions, edicts and behaviors by our PA state “leaders” should concern EVERYONE. They’ve been coddled and enabled by the Hussein Obama cartel for years…they think nothing of their lawless behaviors.

    • Deb Fiore

      May 30, 2020 at 12:04 pm

      I’ve read the same thing that he has been in his house in Florida

    • Linda M.

      May 30, 2020 at 11:43 pm

      I heard that very same thing today. He has declared an emergency, promises dire consequences if people or businesses don’t comply, yet he chose to leave the state and while he “talks” to us from Florida??

    • Robyn

      May 31, 2020 at 2:31 pm

      Isn’t that interesting. Who is Marcus Riddle? I know who Ken Matthews is

  4. Linda H

    May 29, 2020 at 10:57 am

    I think I saw him at Redner’s Fredericksburg, buying three cans of spam, even though the limit is two. Looked a bit uncomfortable swiping the SNAP card.
    Maybe it was his sister . . . sure looked a lot like him, the dress was a bit confusing. Did notice some facial hair, sticking out of the mask and the brown, curly hair, wig looked nasty.

  5. Kalee910

    June 5, 2020 at 10:54 am

    Everyone, please be sure to call your representatives and have them vote for the Senate Resolution Bill 323. Make sure your voices are heard.

    • PTFloridians

      June 5, 2020 at 1:52 pm

      Called Argall and Goodman.
      Thanks for the tip.
      Everyone please get on board and end this madness.

  6. Linda H

    June 5, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    Can I put a FB link here . . .
    If not just remove it . . . This is what happened in Lebanon Co this morning.

    I (think) certainly HOPE the representatives know where we stand, as residents, and business owners, here in PA. But it sure does not hope to let your voice be heard, saying please vote YES!

    • admin

      June 5, 2020 at 3:27 pm

      Thanks for sharing that. Was in the process of watching that when you shared. Reps. Diamond and Ryan are good guys. Diamond has a great story to tell of his own journey into office. Glad to see these folks backing small business owners in PA. They desperately need a voice on their side.

  7. Samim

    August 26, 2020 at 11:39 am

    Thanks for sharing the declaration.Very helpful.

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