Senate Leaders Applaud Courts Decision to Expedite Review of Ending Wolf’s Emergency Declaration

(HARRISBURG) – Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) today applauded the Commonwealth Court’s decision to expedite consideration of the emergency case filed to force Governor Wolf to comply with House Resolution 836, which was passed by the General Assembly with bi-partisan support. The Court issued an Order this morning mandating a response from the Administration on this matter by June 18. 

In the court filing from earlier this week, the leaders explained that despite a majority of the Senate and the House of Representatives adopting HR 836, Governor Wolf has refused to perform the mandatory and ministerial duty of issuing an executive order or proclamation ending the state of disaster emergency originally declared March 6, 2020 and amended and renewed on June 3, 2020.

            “We are pleased that the Court has recognized the urgency of this matter and will be expediting review of the case.  Protecting civil liberties is a crucial issue that impacts the lives of every Pennsylvanian.  Our Constitution established three equal branches of government to provide checks and balance. The unilateral decisions made by the executive branch are causing hardships for families and communities in every corner of the Commonwealth and it is time that balance is restored.” 

 

MEDIA CONTACTS: 

Kate Flessner (Senator Scarnati)      kflessner@pasen.gov
Jenn Kocher (Senator Corman)       jkocher@pasen.gov