HARRISBURG – State House lawmakers approved a bill that would permit county leaders to move their counties to a “green plus” phase of business reopening, based on the specific circumstances in their counties. House Bill 2549 would empower local communities and decision makers who are on the ground and are more accessible to local businesses to relieve them of COVID-19 restrictions when able. Bill supporters have criticized the lack of communication between the governor’s office, local officials, businesses, and health officials when regulations are put into effect, often times with short notice. According to the legislation, a county would be allowed to pass a resolution designating them as being in the “green phase” of reopening after being in the “yellow phase” of reopening for at least 21 days. The bill is supported by the National Federation of Independent Business which represents over 13,000 PA small-business members. The bill goes to the state Senate.