HARRISBURG – Legislation that has cleared a PA House committee would give school districts the authority to decide whether student athletes must wear masks while playing. The House State Government Committee approved House Bill 1218 on a party-line vote. It would give “exclusive authority” to schools, recreational clubs, and similar groups to set masking policy for youth athletes. Republican lawmakers say they plan to mount a legislative response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s statewide mask mandate for schools. But so far, there has been no movement by the GOP on a wider mask mandate bill. The Wolf Administration’s masking order already exempts youth athletes from having to cover their faces during practice or games.