Senate Republican Leaders: Governor’s Change in Spectator Rules a Good Step, Continuation of Sovereign Rule

(HARRISBURG) – Governor Wolf issued today another change to gathering restrictions across our Commonwealth.  Since COVID-19 began here in March, Senate Republicans have been actively working to help ensure our communities are safe while also providing stability and clarity for citizens. Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) issued the following statement:

“We appreciate that the Governor is moving in the right direction when it comes to allowing more people at events such as sports, weddings, funerals and other large gatherings.

“We maintain that these decisions should be entrusted to schools and communities who are best positioned to protect their students and neighbors. The Governor vetoed legislation that would have achieved that. During these challenging times Pennsylvanians need clarity and local decision-making power – not more confusion and ever-changing mandates dictated by the Governor’s Office.

“The Governor continues to act with sovereign rule instead of working with legislative leaders to protect citizens while moving our economy forward. As we have been saying for months, we remain willing to work with the Governor to contain the virus and strengthen our communities. The longer his go-it-alone approach continues, the longer our communities will suffer.”

Contact:               Kate Flessner (Scarnati) – kflessner@pasen.gov

                                Jenn Kocher (Corman) – jkocher@pasen.gov