Mensch: Gov. Wolf’s Veto of Bills Paving Way for Citizens to Safely Return to Work is a Missed Opportunity

HARRISBURG – Governor Tom Wolf’s veto of bills that would have provided county governments more control over letting residents return to work and allowed more employers to resume operations under state and federal safety guidelines was a missed opportunity, state Senator Bob Mensch (R-24) said today.

The bills, recently approved by the General Assembly and vetoed by the governor today, would have brought back more than 200,000 jobs across Pennsylvania.

“Governor Wolf had an opportunity to work with elected representatives to reduce the incredible burden on Pennsylvania families that his sweeping orders have imposed. Instead, he once again chose to act unilaterally,” Mensch said. “The citizens of Pennsylvania have been incredibly responsible during this emergency, working with others and adapting new approaches when circumstances warranted. It’s past time for the governor to follow their example and do the same.”

The following bills were vetoed by the governor:

Senate Bill 327 would have given county governments the option to develop and implement individual plans to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and allow residents to safely return to work. Any plan must comply with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health safety guidelines to protect workers and customers.

House Bill 2388 would have required the Department of Community and Economic Development to issue waivers to the governor’s business closure order to vehicle dealers, lawn and garden centers, cosmetology salons, barber shops, messenger and agent services, animal grooming services and manufacturing operations.

House Bill 2412 would have required waivers be issued to legal services and real estate sales activities to resume.

For more information on Senator Mensch’s legislation, visit www.senatormensch.com.  State updates can also be found on Senator Mensch’s Facebook at facebook.com/PASenatorBobMensch/ or Twitter @SenatorMensch.

CONTACT: Madison Scarfaro mscarfaro@pasen.gov  (215) 541-2388