With “unlimited power to destroy businesses” and “create new classes of criminals”.
“It is striking that the principle of checks and balances between branches of government has been so deeply tarnished in the very state where the U.S. Constitution was created and just days before we celebrate Independence Day,” Charles Mitchell, president and CEO of the Commonwealth Foundation
“Unfortunately, in a devastating blow to representative democracy, the court today ruled that crises are grounds for ignoring our constitution, trampling the voices of the people expressed through their elected representatives, and granting one person sole and unlimited power to destroy businesses, create new classes of criminals, and endanger livelihoods,” Matthew J. Brouillette, president & CEO of Commonwealth Partners Chamber of Entrepreneurs, Inc.
Updated Jul 01, 2020; Posted Jul 01, 2020
The state Supreme Court sided with Gov. Tom Wolf in his battle with the General Assembly over the state’s emergency declaration due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The high court ruled Wednesday the state General Assembly can’t act unilaterally to end Wolf’s emergency declaration. The court said the legislature can’t use unconstitutional means to overturn the governor’s decision to suspend laws, since the General Assembly already gave that power to the governor.
Supreme Court Justice David N. Wecht wrote the majority opinion; Justices Max Baer, Debra Todd and Christine Donohue joined the ruling. Chief Justice Thomas G. Saylor and Justice Sallie Updyke Mundy dissented with the ruling. Justice Kevin Dougherty filed a separate opinion, concurring and dissenting with aspects of the majority opinion.