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Politics Pennsylvania Senate votes to end governor's emergency declaration for COVID-19

22:50  10 june  2021
22:50  10 june  2021 Source:   thehill.com

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Pennsylvania's Senate on Thursday voted to end Gov. Tom Wolf's (D) COVID-19 emergency declaration, following a move earlier this week by the state's House.

Tom Wolf wearing a hat: Pennsylvania Senate votes to end governor's emergency declaration for COVID-19 © The Hill Pennsylvania Senate votes to end governor's emergency declaration for COVID-19

Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled legislature also ended Wolf's ability to close businesses, implement occupancy requirements or initiate stay-at-home orders.

At the same time, the Senate passed legislation that extends waiver protections initially put into effect during the COVID-19 pandemic to hold until Sept. 30.

The move to end the governor's emergency declaration comes only a month after a majority of Pennsylvanians voted in favor of two ballot constitutional amendments that would curb the governor's pandemic response.

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"Today we delivered on our promise to the citizens of Pennsylvania who voted yes to end the state of emergency at the ballot box in the primary," said State Sen. Kim Ward (R).

But some Pennsylvania Democrats were upset over the move to end the emergency declarations.

"While I disagree with the decision to end the emergency declaration in HR106, I will be supporting HB854 which extends many important protections of such a declaration through Sept. 30," the Pennsylvania Senate Democrats said in a tweet.

"This is a compromise that will preserve much of the Governor's emergency declaration, and I am hopeful that it will not put our constituents at risk or harm the industries that have struggled in the last year," they added.

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