PA Governor to Veto GOP Bill to Reopen a Broader Number of Businesses

From PennLive:

Gov. Tom Wolf has no plans to move forward with a broader reopening of businesses during the COVID-19 emergency.

His spokesman said he will veto the GOP-backed Senate Bill 613, which the General Assembly sent to his desk on Wednesday. The governor plans to continue his aggressive measures to stem the spread of the virus.

The bill would have required the governor to develop a plan using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and federal Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency guidelines in determining which businesses can be open during the coronavirus emergency disaster. Wolf has ordered the closure of all businesses that aren’t what his administration terms “life-sustaining.”

Republican senators who favored the bill argued it would provide transparency and clarity in determining which businesses can be open and require them to operate in a safe manner. They said Wolf’s list of life-sustaining businesses and the accompanying waiver process was confusing, chaotic and showed favoritism.

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