Report: Wolf asks Pa. Supreme Court to uphold COVID emergency order

    Gov. Tom Wolf introduces his police reform plan during a news conference on Thursday, 6/4/20 (screen capture)

    Gov. Tom Wolf has asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to uphold his COVID-19 emergency declaration.

    The York County Democrat and Republicans who control the General Assembly have spent months fighting over the legitimacy of Wolf’s order, which closed down businesses and kept people confined to their homes as the state tried to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Wolf, Senate Republicans headed to state court in fight over COVID-19 emergency order repeal

    From the Associated Press:

    Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph B. Scarnati III, Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, and the Senate Republican Caucus are seeking a court order forcing Wolf to file a proclamation ending the state of disaster emergency.

    The court filing says the state Constitution requires the General Assembly to present the resolution to Wolf for his approval or disapproval. Wolf is asking the court to rule that the resolution has no legal force if it is not presented to him.

    The court filing says shutdown orders have helped stem the rise of COVID-19 infections.

    The “resolution seeks to upend the Commonwealth’s carefully planned reopening process,” the court filing claims. The court filing said ending the emergency would end protections such as long-term care facilities and food banks being able to use National Guard support to supplement staff.

    The resolution would “inhibit the Commonwealth’s ability to protect the health and lives of its citizens,” the court filing claims.

    The court filing says the General Assembly trying to pass a resolution unilaterally threatens the state’s system of checks and balances.

    John L. Micek
    John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. He's been covering Pennsylvania politics for more than 20 years and most recently served as Opinion Editor at PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. Micek's commentary is syndicated to more than 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. And he's a regular contributor to a host of broadcast outlets in Pennsylvania and abroad.