The unelected “fourth branch of the government”


Pennsylvania Voters Opt to Strip Gov. Wolf of Emergency Powers


“Staying at home doesn’t mean making a daily stop at the grocery store because you need to get out of the house. Staying at home means you must stay at home.” – The unelected Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine

Beginning at 8 PM, April 1, 2020 all of Pennsylvania “ordered to stay at home” by Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine


This comes after Pennsylvanians voted in favor of a constitutional amendment that would limit the governor’s emergency declaration powers to 21 days.

Parents, schools question legality of Pa. mask mandate

Jack Reinhard Sep 6, 2021

BERKS COUNTY, Pa. — Pennsylvania’s mask order is set to take effect Tuesday, requiring students, teachers and staff to mask up regardless of vaccination status.

Meanwhile, a group of parents from a handful of schools — including some in the Wyomissing Area School District — and the Republican leader of the Pennsylvania Senate have filed a lawsuit in Commonwealth Court in an attempt to overturn the order, stating it does not comply with state law.

The court has scheduled a hearing for Sept. 16.

The school mask mandate was announced last Tuesday by Alison Beam, the state’s acting health secretary, in response to what she described as “steep increases in cases, hospitalizations and deaths due to COVID-19,” as well as a rise in cases among children.

Attorney Joel Ready with Cornerstone Law Firm in Blandon said, however, that courts may question whether the mandate is actually Gov. Tom Wolf’s authority being invoked.

This comes after Pennsylvanians voted in favor of a constitutional amendment that would limit the governor’s emergency declaration powers to 21 days.

“There’s no fourth branch of the government for the Department of Health or other state agencies, so I don’t think that really changes anything,” Ready said. “I think it’s still going to be viewed by the courts as an order of the executive branch.”

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“The liberties protected by the Constitution are not fair-weather freedoms — in place when times are good but able to be cast aside in times of trouble,” U.S. District Judge William Stickman ruling that Pennsylvania’s pandemic restrictions were unconstitutional.

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