In a statement released Tuesday night, State Sen. Dave Argall says the vote on concurrent House Resolution 836 ends the Disaster Emergency.
Argall said the Pennsylvania Constitution provides the General Assembly with the power to end any Disaster Emergency declaration with a concurrent resolution.
Argall Backs Concurrent House Resolution 836
“The people we represent did not consent to one man’s orders to remain locked up in their homes, limited to government handouts,” Argall says. “We all heard from many people who wanted to safely begin to return to work, small businesses wanting to reopen, just like their big business competitors down the street. And we’ve listened carefully to medical experts throughout this terrible experience.”
He continued, “In the past few weeks, many of us, and our constituents, have said the same thing, based on our experiences during this pandemic: The Governor is not a thug. He’s not a dictator. He’s a Governor, he’s not a King.”
According to a source we have inside a top-ranking House member’s office, here’s what will happen with the Concurrent Resolution passed last night by the House and Senate in Harrisburg:
The Secretary of the Senate will notify the Governor and provide direction for him to issue an executive order or proclamation ending the state of disaster emergency pursuant to Section 7301(c) of the Emergency Management Services Code.
Then, the Chief Clerk of the House will send copies of HR 836 to the Secretary of the Commonwealth and the Director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA).
Finally, the Chief Clerk of the House will publish a summary of HR 836 in newspapers of general circulation and send the resolution to the Legislative Reference Bureau for Publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.
At no point, as you see, will the resolution be sent to Governor Tom Wolf for him to veto it, which he said he’d do if he could.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Pennsylvanians got conflicting directions on what to do now:
At a noon briefing on the Capitol steps, Rep. Russ Diamond (with Argall standing two rows behind behind him) told business owners, “Open your doors. Mind your business.”