HARRISBURG – Legislation authored by Rep. John Lawrence of Chester & Lancaster Counties to ensure transparency and accountability with the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 response on broad based coronavirus testing was signed into law. House Bill 2455, now Act 70 of 2020, requires the governor to submit comprehensive, federally required state-level COVID-19 testing plans to the General Assembly for review. In addition, the PA Department of Health must provide biweekly reporting on technology and testing supplies procured by the state, the number of positive and negative tests processed by the state laboratory in Exton, demographic data on test results, and limitations experienced by the state lab, including lack of chemical reagents or other testing components. A second COVID-19 related bill authored by Lawrence, House Bill 2540 passed the House with broad bipartisan support. The bill establishes the State Epidemiology Advisory Council, to bring together the top infectious disease doctors in the state, and would be responsible for providing the General Assembly and the governor with policy recommendations in response to the coronavirus pandemic. House Bill 2540 has been referred to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee for further review.

REP. JOHN LAWRENCE