HARRISBURG – York County Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill is joining with Blair County Sen. Judy Ward and Fayette County Sen. Pat Stefano to introduce a constitutional amendment to make clear that the PA Health Secretary’s powers to respond to emergencies stem only from an existing public health disaster emergency declaration. In May, voters approved an amendment to clarify that the Legislature can end or extend emergency declarations and that one person should not make unilateral decisions affecting Pennsylvanians. Despite the end of the emergency declaration related to COVID-19 in PA, Wolf and Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam issued a new masking mandate on PA students. The lawmakers say the mandate reneges on a promise made publicly known that the governor would not impose any additional statewide mandates, but allow mitigation decisions to be made at the local level. The lawmakers have issued a co-sponsorship memo seeking support of their proposal.

SEN. JUDY WARD

SEN. PAT STEFANO

SEN. KRISTIN PHILLIPS-HILL