According to a representative, the House in Pennsylvania approved a resolution that would end the democrat governor’s ‘emergency declaration.’
The move comes as massive protests throughout the country have totally disregarded any “COVID” shut downs. In fact, the only people still actually following the arbitrary and unconstitutional regime orders are law-abiding business owners.
In Pennsylvania however, the legislative body has had enough.
According to Franklin County Representative Paul Schemel, the House passed a resolution tonight to end the governor’s COVID-19 emergency declaration. This was done on a 121-81, bipartisan vote. The Senate has already passed the same resolution.
Under the Pennsylvania Constitution, the General Assembly has the authority to terminate a state of disaster emergency at any time by concurrent resolution. Upon adoption of the resolution, the governor must issue an executive order or proclamation ending the state of disaster emergency. Today’s House vote completes the concurrent resolution process.
Now, let’s see what lawless Governor Tom Wolf will do. Keep in mind that there is already a resolution of impeachment seeking sponsors in the House.
Many people expect him to do what democrats always do… talk a lot but then do nothing.
All Pennsylvania businesses may or may not reopen without any COVID-19-related restrictions. Gov. Tom Wolf’s red, yellow, green reopening plan may or may not now be part of the state’s history. People may or may not gather in large congregant settings.
If that leaves you confused, welcome to the current state of affairs in Pennsylvania. We now live in uncharted waters.
The GOP-controlled General Assembly on Tuesday passed a concurrent resolution that directs Wolf to issue a proclamation or executive order to end the COVID-19 disaster emergency that the governor issued on March 6 and renewed on June 3.
While Republican lawmakers are adamant that the governor has no power to veto the resolution, that is exactly what Wolf has vowed to do when it is presented to him.
“Until then, no action will be taken,” said Wolf spokeswoman Lyndsay Kensinger. “The disaster proclamation has not been terminated by the House or Senate’s actions. Only the governor can terminate the disaster emergency.”
Bruce Ledewitz, a Duquesne Law professor who teaches Pennsylvania constitutional law, said the General Assembly will try to hang its hat on a 1985 Superior Court decision on similar language on state criminal sentencing guidelines, that let the Legislature rescind or modify them by concurrent resolution.
In that case, the court found the legislature’s action on the guidelines wasn’t a lawmaking action that would be submitted to the governor for approval. It was instead the execution of a power reserved to the Legislature by the underlying law. The governor, if he wanted to stop it, would have had to have vetoed the law creating that process.
Among other legal arguments Republicans made to defend their authority to repeal the emergency, they said the state’s 1978 emergency management services law is intended to give the governor temporary extraordinary powers to deal with a crisis, not permanent ones.
And after 13 weeks under the COVID-19 emergency even some Democratic lawmakers in both chambers agreed with their GOP counterparts, it’s time to restore the role of the Legislature, a co-equal branch of government, in governing decisions.
The actions show that Pennsylvania is ready to reopen, whether the leftist controlling governor likes it or not, but most likely, there will be legal battles waged over the votes.