Governor Wolf vetos three critical bills for reopening Pennsylvania

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On Tuesday May 19, 2020, Governor Wolf vetoed three bills which would have accelerated Pennsylvania’s reopening process.

Wolf stated that the bills “go against the administration’s measured plan for reopening the state safely” and claimed that each violated the state’s separation of powers principle.

Senate Bill 327 was intended to delegate authority to Pennsylvania’s county commissioners to determine whether businesses may reopen safely.

House Bill 2388 would have permitted specified businesses to reopen, including car dealerships, garden centers, salons, messenger/agent services, animal grooming and manufacturing operations.

House Bill 2412 would have permitted legal and real estate services to resume.