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Vetoed: Wolf Calls School Sports Spectator Bill ’Entirely Unnecessary’

September 21, 2020 6:31 pm·
Author: Joanne Bauer
 

wolf-masks.pngHARRISBURG, Pa. (EYT) – As promised, Governor Tom Wolf today vetoed House Bill 2787 which would have given school districts the ability to set crowd limits at sporting events.

The bill, which would give school districts sole discretion to make decisions on sports, including the ability to set their own attendance limits, previously passed both the House and the Senate with more “yes” votes than the two-thirds majority required for an override.

According to Wolf, the state has been confronting extraordinary challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic and the health of Pennsylvanians needs to be given high priority.

“As we continue the fight against COVID-19, we need to continue to prioritize the health and welfare of Pennsylvanians and minimize public health risks. However, this bill does nothing to promote public health or ensure that our children have a safe learning environment,” Wolf said.

“This bill is entirely unnecessary. While I recommended against holding school sports before January 2021, it was a recommendation and neither an order nor a mandate. Local school governing bodies have maintained the authority to decide how extracurricular activities, including school sports, proceed at the local level. Furthermore, to the extent COVID-19 cases may rise and spread during the fall and through the upcoming cold and flu season, the Department of Health must maintain the critical authority to limit exposure to COVID-19. Minimizing this exposure is paramount.”

Wolf added that as we reopen our schools, we need to continue to be vigilant and take precautions to keep ourselves, our communities, and our children healthy, indicating that these efforts help keep our schools open.

In response to the veto, Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) made the following statement:

House Bill 2787 represents the good bipartisan work that has been done by the General Assembly to represent the voice of the people during this difficult time, despite the efforts of Gov. Wolf to stand in our way.

In vetoing this bill, Gov. Wolf stands directly opposed to children and families looking for some semblance of normalcy and to receive the numerous invaluable benefits of fully participating in school sports. In contradiction to his word, Gov. Wolf is once again going back on his self-proclaimed desire for educational decisions to be made at the local level.

Over the last six months, Gov. Wolf has upended lives and livelihoods with confusing and inconsistent dictates refusing to work with us to combat this virus. To once again stand up for children and families, the House will vote to override this ridiculous veto.

State lawmakers could override Wolf’s veto; however, the bill again needs to pass both chambers by a two-thirds vote.

Gov. Wolf’s HB 2787 veto message                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            https://www.explorejeffersonpa.com/vetoed-wolf-calls-school-sports-spectator-bill-entirely-unnecessary/

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1 hour ago, mr.d said:

Vetoed: Wolf Calls School Sports Spectator Bill ’Entirely Unnecessary’

September 21, 2020 6:31 pm·
Author: Joanne Bauer
 

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Over the last six months, Gov. Wolf has upended lives and livelihoods

Thank you for this article.   Governor Wolf did not cause the virus, nor did he mishandle the initial stages of the pandemic in January and February/March.----that was the White House.   No problem here with our award-winning governor.

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1 hour ago, lavender said:

If Wolf were king the guillotine would be set up before the capital in Harrisburg. No mask.......chop.   Too close........chop.  Birthday party for junior....chop.  Visit granny on her death bed.....chop. Look at Rachael funny.....chop. :rolleyes:

has anyone checked if he is burning witches in his backyard bonfires?

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11 hours ago, conservativeman633 said:

Thank you for this article.   Governor Wolf did not cause the virus, nor did he mishandle the initial stages of the pandemic in January and February/March.----that was the White House.   No problem here with our award-winning governor.

Trump didn't cause this virus either.  Did you forget about fancy Nancy parading around encouraging people to gather?  It's a virus.  If it were as virulent as so many have claimed all of us that don't wanna/can't wear a mask would be dead.  We aren't. 

The NY Times noticed about 10 hours ago that the advice on virus transmission vanished from the CDC website.  Where did it go?  Just my humble opinion:  everyone is trying so hard to be on the right side of history that common sense has completely vanished as well. When the facts can change they ARE NOT facts. 


"A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse." - Thomas Jefferson

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12 hours ago, conservativeman633 said:

Thank you for this article.   Governor Wolf did not cause the virus, nor did he mishandle the initial stages of the pandemic in January and February/March.----that was the White House.   No problem here with our award-winning governor.

Just because you keep saying the same thing over and over again does not make it true....

Didn't your "award winning governor" state that this is how life is going to be until a vaccine becomes available? Believe a few of your great Democrat governors stated the very same thing since it probably came from the DNC playbook. So if a vaccine is the only thing that will stop this just how could it of been stopped? Would ban flights from China stop... oops Trump did that on Jan. 31st 2020. Biden came out on February 1st and stated that Trump is Xenophobic and a fearmonger because of banning those flights. Pelosi tells everyone on TV that Trump is a racist and everyone should visit Chinatown. Then the Mayor of NYC & his health expert tells New Yorkers to use the subway, go to concerts and the CORONAVIRUS is no big deal on March 13th! So I would say you are full of ____!

 

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13 hours ago, conservativeman633 said:

Thank you for this article.   Governor Wolf did not cause the virus, nor did he mishandle the initial stages of the pandemic in January and February/March.----that was the White House.   No problem here with our award-winning governor.

At least you are consistently delusional in your thinking.

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2 hours ago, Jeff said:

Just because you keep saying the same thing over and over again does not make it true....

Didn't your "award winning governor" state that this is how life is going to be until a vaccine becomes available? Believe a few of your great Democrat governors stated the very same thing since it probably came from the DNC playbook. So if a vaccine is the only thing that will stop this just how could it of been stopped? Would ban flights from China stop... oops Trump did that on Jan. 31st 2020. 

 

?????  Well, yes.....Not sure who ever said otherwise, but thanks for your wisdom. appreciate it.

Trump basically admitted he allowed the spread of the virus to the famous author (on tape), and his leadership was horrendous in that he actually encouraged wrong behavior by his words and actions........just my opinion, but this is not the debate board so I really do not wish to "debate" it here, but it seems like a open & shut case to me at this point...........he did not stop flights from Europe, etc, etc, and so forth.... things he did and failed to do created this mess.   It was an interesting test for the president dealing with his first crisis, and by all indicators he failed.  Again, just my opinion, but this opinion is based on facts.......

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4 hours ago, disgruntled said:

Trump didn't cause this virus either.  Did you forget about fancy Nancy parading around encouraging people to gather?  It's a virus.  If it were as virulent as so many have claimed all of us that don't wanna/can't wear a mask would be dead.  We aren't. 

The NY Times noticed about 10 hours ago that the advice on virus transmission vanished from the CDC website.  Where did it go?  Just my humble opinion:  everyone is trying so hard to be on the right side of history that common sense has completely vanished as well. When the facts can change they ARE NOT facts. 

Do you remember where Nancy was when she told people to come out even though the virus was striking?     

CHINA-TOWN

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Pa. House Fails to Override Wolf’s Veto of Sports Spectator Bill

September 23, 2020 5:32 pm·
Author: Maxfield Lane
 

wolf-mask-1024x576.jpgHARRISBURG, Pa. (EYT) – House Republicans failed in their attempt to override Governor Wolf’s veto of a bill that would have allowed Pennsylvania school districts to determine their own capacity limits for sporting events.

On Wednesday, the House voted 130-71 to override Wolf’s veto, falling short of the necessary two-thirds majority.

Despite originally passing with the requisite two-thirds majority to override a veto, several House members changed their votes following the Governor’s veto.

House Bill No. 2787 was drafted by state Rep. Mike Reese, R-Westmoreland/Somerset after Gov. Wolf imposed restrictions that limited events to 250 people outdoors and 25 people indoors amid the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Reese issued the following statement in response to Wednesday’s vote:

“I am dumbfounded by the 24 members who decided loyalty to their governor was more important than our kids and their families,” Reese said. “All the students want is the opportunity to play and perform; all their loved ones want is the opportunity to watch their children shine and learn the many important lessons that go along with participating in team sports and group activities. The members who voted against the override — particularly those who initially supported the bill and now changed their vote — should be ashamed of the disregard they have shown to the people they were elected to represent.”

The future of mandated capacity limits in Pennsylvania is already in doubt, as a federal judge recently ruled Gov. Wolf’s gathering limits to be unconstitutional.

Several school districts across the state are already setting their own capacity limits as a result of the ruling.

“School districts, they’re going to do what they do, but there’s a virus out there and that virus really likes it when you bring a lot of people together,” said Wolf on Monday. “That’s what we know. And so you ignore that at your peril. Yeah, you could ignore reality. But that reality really is the virus is out to get us. As much as I hate that fact and as much as everybody hates that fact, it’s a fact.”                                                                                                                        https://www.explorejeffersonpa.com/pa-house-fails-to-override-wolfs-veto-of-sports-spectator-bill/

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I'm sure those democrats who flipped and voted against the veto override were informed of consequences by the democratic party if they went against the governor.  Lose funding for their next campaign or something like that, I'm sure.

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1 hour ago, Cacao said:

I'm sure those democrats who flipped and voted against the veto override were informed of consequences by the democratic party if they went against the governor.  Lose funding for their next campaign or something like that, I'm sure.

Most of them are in safe Districts and don't have anyone running against them.

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13 hours ago, Mahatma Kane Jeeves said:

Most of them are in safe Districts and don't have anyone running against them.

Yeah, but the overall look, bigger picture, would not be a good one for the democratic party.  Stay in line soldier!

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