Governor Tom Wolf releases statement after veto override fails in state House

On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives failed to get enough votes to override the governor's veto of House bill 2787.

That bill would have given school districts teh ability to determine for themselves how many fans can attend high school sporting events.

The The House didn't have the two-thirds majority it needed. The vote count stood at 130-71.

Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement Wednesday evening thanking his fellow democrats for havng his back.

“I am thankful to the House Democrats for continuing to stand with me and showing a commitment to working collaboratively to protect the people of Pennsylvania during this ongoing public health crisis. Pennsylvanians should be thankful as well.

“Throughout this pandemic, my administration has maintained that school districts should have local control on decisions over school sports and extra-curricular activities and has no intention of changing course on this recommendation. Important mitigation measures such as face coverings and consistently maintaining social distancing of at least 6 feet must continue to be implemented to help contain the spread of the virus.

“The bill would have done nothing more than create legislation for something that already exists. Instead of wasting time on a veto override attempt on a superfluous bill, the Republican legislature needs to start taking this pandemic seriously by focusing on the health and safety of our children, staff, and teachers in their learning environments, minimizing exposure to COVID-19, and preventing the spread of this deadly virus.

“The Republican legislature should take action on my plan to help Pennsylvania and instead of taking votes on meaningless bills, should provide funding for child care, fund hazard pay for frontline workers, pass legislation to give sick leave to Pennsylvanians and legalize adult-use cannabis to provide funding for businesses impacted by the pandemic.”

The Wolf administration also sought a stay to a federal court judge's ruling out of Pittsburgh that invalidated gathering limits and earlier business closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic on Constitutional grounds.

That request was denied by a federal judge on Tuesday.

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