HARRISBURG – The Senate State Government Committee advanced legislation by Rep. Torren Ecker of Adams & Cumberland Counties to protect vital records relating to the COVID-19 pandemic from being destroyed before they can be fully examined. Ecker said his House Bill 854 would shine a brighter light onto how exactly the Wolf Administration handled the pandemic. Serious questions have been raised, such as how the administration selected which businesses are considered “life sustaining” and what criteria was used to allow certain businesses to receive waivers to remain open. He added we must find out what worked and learn from mistakes that may have occurred, so we are better prepared should a similar event occur. The bill requires that state agencies and their contractors retain COVID-19 records for 10 years after the current emergency declaration relating to the pandemic, which has been in place for over a year, comes to an end. The bill now goes to the full Senate for consideration.