Governor Vetoes School Sports Measure, Senate Plans to Override

HARRISBURG – Yesterday, the Governor vetoed House Bill 2787, a bill that would allow school districts to develop their own health and safety plans for sports, extracurricular activities, and spectators, according to  Sen. Bob Mensch (R-24), who supported the bill.

House Bill 2787 would allow school districts to develop their own health and safety plans that reflect the realities facing schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety plans would be required to be posted online and submitted to the Department of Education. The bill would prohibit any individual who has COVID-19 in a transmissible stage from participating in any sporting event or extracurricular activity.

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) reiterated that the Senate will vote to override Governor Wolf’s veto of the bill. Under the Constitution, because the bill originated in the House, the chamber must first gain a two-thirds majority vote in order to override the Governor’s veto. It would then go to the Senate for consideration, where a two-thirds majority vote is also needed.

In the original passing of House Bill 2787, the House voted 155-47, with 135 votes needed to override a veto. The Senate originally passed the bill by a vote of 39-11, with 34 votes needed for an override.

Most recently, Governor Wolf abruptly called for the cancellation of all fall sports this year. However, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association later voted to allow school sports to continue after discussing the issue at length with all stakeholders.

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