Pennsylvania State Rep. Russ Diamond plans a noon press conference on Wednesday, June 10, to address the vote on House Resolution 836 last night.
That vote on the concurrent resolution, per the Pennsylvania Constitution, is supposed to end the Disaster Emergency declaration originally signed by Governor Tom Wolf back in March and renewed last week.
You can watch that press conference here, starting at noon on Wednesday:
Pennsylvania Constitution states very clearly that a concurrent resolution between the state House and Senate can end any Disaster Emergency declaration. That’s what happened on Tuesday, with some Democrats breaking from their caucus to vote in favor of the measure. The next step is also clear: Wolf must sign a proclamation or executive order ending his Disaster Emergency.
However, late Tuesday night, Wolf indicated he would try to veto such a resolution, a power not granted to him anywhere in the state’s Constitution.
So, on Wednesday, as members of the House and Senate are urging Pennsylvanians to resume their lives and open the businesses, many remain confused on what to do. That’s likely because they’ve been conditioned by Wolf’s orders since the start of Pennsylvania’s pandemic response as he, and he alone, has commandeered the attention and authority from the public.