General Assembly Passes Resolution to Terminate COVID-19 Emergency Disaster Declaration
HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) today announced that the Pennsylvania General Assembly has passed House Resolution 106, a resolution he prime sponsored, that would immediately terminate Gov. Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 emergency disaster declaration.
“The people of Pennsylvania have spoken and our members have turned their vote on May 18th into action by exercising the will of the people to immediately terminate the COVID-19 emergency disaster declaration,” Benninghoff said. “With Pennsylvania rapidly returning to normal thanks to a legislative-led vaccine rollout and the need to keep our economy on a track to vigorously reopen, we did not want to wait a minute longer to terminate this emergency disaster declaration that has been responsible for so much economic devastation over the last 16 months.”
In a separate bill approved by lawmakers Thursday, existing regulatory flexibilities will be extended until Sept. 30, 2021.
“Over the past 16 months, Pennsylvania’s regulatory framework has been upended. As our economy continues to emerge from the effects of government-induced shutdowns and our health care community continues to be reliant on existing flexibilities, I was glad to see both chambers quickly come together to effectively manage the remaining days of the pandemic.”