Corman: Governor’s Request for Emergency Legislation on Evictions is Result of Ruling by Executive Order

(HARRISBURG) – Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) issued the following statement on a letter from Governor Wolf on the need for emergency legislation on evictions:

“What you are seeing here is the aftermath of ruling by Executive Order. For six months we have been expressing concerns over the Governor exercising such broad authority to lay down the law of the land without the involvement of the actual lawmakers.  

“Yesterday’s letter is the first we heard of the need for emergency legislative action to bail out the Governor from his previous decisions. We are trying to figure out how, on one hand, the governor says he has the authority to limit the number of patrons in a restaurant but, on the other hand – all of a sudden – he no longer has the authority to continue his eviction moratorium policy that he enacted in May and has adjusted twice since then.

“As he did with his earlier release today, the Governor’s about-face is playing politics to cover legislative Democrats who are reeling politically from supporting his positions which have resulted a much higher unemployment rate than the national average. We continue to be open to productive discussions on this and other issues that deserve legislative attention.”

CONTACT: Jenn Kocher jkocher@pasen.gov