Court Validates Senate Republicans’ Assertions that Governor Wolf’s Actions Are Unconstitutional

(HARRISBURG) – Following a ruling by U.S. District Judge William S. Stickman IV that said “the Constitution cannot accept the concept of a ‘new normal’ where the basic liberties of the people can be subordinated to open-ended emergency mitigation measures,” Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) called on Governor Wolf to work with the General Assembly to develop a plan to move Pennsylvania forward.

“The courts have validated what we have been saying all along – Governor Wolf’s arbitrary and open-ended decisions violate the Constitution. The founding fathers established a system of checks and balances that – even in an emergency – can and do function within the bounds of the Constitution.

“By his own statement, the Governor has indicated that we are returning to a ‘new normal’ and we have long questioned his ability to do without the involvement of the legislature. The federal court has upheld that the laws of this country do not provide for a Governor to create his ‘new normal,’ rather the law provide for three separate but equal branches of government who have sworn to uphold the Constitution.

“The General Assembly proved that time and again as we acted in a bipartisan manner to pass dozens of pandemic-related bills. Including efforts to reopen the state, extending necessary resources to vulnerable populations and nursing homes, ensuring our state’s children are educated and hold the administration accountable for unilateral actions.

“While we work to protect lives, we cannot disregard the civil liberties of Pennsylvanians. We hope that this ruling will signal to the Governor that he must no longer spurn attempts by the General Assembly to provide input through legislation.

“We remain open and willing to work with Governor Wolf on a real plan to that puts Pennsylvania first.  It is far past time for him to abandon his go-it-alone approach and come to the table to work with the General Assembly on real solutions.”

 

CONTACT: Jenn Kocher – jkocher@pasen.gov