“Who’s in charge here?”


Wolf’s counsel suggests the PA secretary of health might be in charge.

Levine and Wolf

The PA Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine answers a question submitted by the media and then read by a PA state employee during an episode of the Levine & Wolf Show covered by the media with no media present. Wolf is visible in the background.

Wolf’s counsel asserts that even if the legislature’s bipartisan efforts to void Wolf’s emergency declarations are successful, the no large gatherings, the stay-at-home, the business closures, etc. will remain in effect under the parallel orders issued by the PA secretary of health.

Coronavirus becomes latest battleground in power struggle between Pa. governor, Legislature

Updated Jun 11, 5:37 AM

By Charles Thompson | cthompson@pennlive.com

Pennsylvania is having a real “Who’s in charge here?” moment, thanks to coronavirus.

Tuesday night, the state legislature voted to shred Gov. Wolf’s public health emergency disaster declaration on separate Senate and House votes which, mostly Republican supporters said, would have the main effect of ending the state’s top-down COVID-19 restrictions on businesses, schools and public gathering spots, and let people make their own decisions about living in the pandemic.

Wednesday, Wolf and his top lawyer said the resolution isn’t worth the paper it’s written on without the governor’s approval, which he will not give.

And that was followed, Wednesday afternoon, with a filing by top GOP lawmakers asking Commonwealth Court to order the governor to comply.

As for the rest of us? Technically, Wolf’s orders remain in full effect at the moment.

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