– The House completely terminated Gov. Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 disaster emergency declaration today and approved Rep. Torren Ecker’s (R-Adams/Cumberland) House Bill 854
which provides for the retention of emergency declaration records and extends the suspension of specific regulations found to be beneficial to businesses and residents.
“This spring, Pennsylvanians spoke loud and clear when they voted to give the Legislature the power to end the emergency declaration, and today I stood with my colleagues to terminate the order. This is how government is supposed to work—the people speak and we the elected officials act,” Ecker said.
With the emergency declaration officially over, Pennsylvania can turn its full attention to rebuilding its economy. As such, Ecker’s House Bill 854 keeps in place the initiatives that were most beneficial during the pandemic.
“My bill will allow for our business community to gradually enter the post COVID-19 world by not abruptly ending new policies such as allowing for restaurants and bars to offer cocktails to-go and improved access to medical treatment through telemedicine,” Ecker said. “This bill responsibly extends those directives.”
Ecker’s House Bill 854 was amended in the Senate and approved in the House on concurrence. It now goes to the governor for his signature.