Pa. State Home fails to override Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of faculty sports activities spectator invoice

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Pa. State House fails to override Gov. Tom Wolf's veto of school sports spectator bill

UPDATE: House Republicans lost an override vote Wednesday about Gov. Wolf’s veto of a bill that would have given school boards the ability to make decisions on sports and extracurricular activities, including whether and how many spectators to allow. It had passed the House earlier this month with 150 “yes” votes, but the override tally, 130-71, fell slightly short of the supermajority required.During floor debate, Minority Leader Frank Dermody warned that acting like the coronavirus is going away “is folly.”“This is about politics,” said Dermody, D-Allegheny. “This is not about the safety of our children. It’s not about the welfare of student-athletes.”The sponsor, Rep. Mike Reese, R-Westmoreland, called the proposal a return to common sense.Rep. Anita Kulik, D-Allegheny, said a high school athlete in her district suffered a broken arm last week, but the child’s parents were not at the game.“We hold parents responsible for the well-being of their children,” Kulik said. “I wholeheartedly believe that parents have inherent rights to be where their children are.”Although Democrats are in the minority in the House and Senate, Wolf has not lost an override vote since he became governor.PREVIOUS ARTICLE: Pennsylvania’s State House is scheduled to return to session Wednesday to consider a veto override of a bill that would allow school districts to decide how many spectators can attend sporting events.The measure passed overwhelmingly in Pennsylvania’s State House and State Senate.However, Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed the bill earlier this week.Both the State House and State Senate said they will vote to override the veto. The limits on spectators at sporting events was put in place amid the COVID-19 pandemic.A recent ruling from a federal judge effectively lifted the state’s ban on large gatherings, with the judge ruling Wolf’s orders were unconstitutional.State Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s efforts to keep the restrictions in place was later denied.

UPDATE: House Republicans lost an override vote Wednesday about Gov. Wolf’s veto of a bill that would have given school boards the ability to make decisions on sports and extracurricular activities, including whether and how many spectators to allow.

It had passed the House earlier this month with 150 “yes” votes, but the override tally, 130-71, fell slightly short of the supermajority required.

During floor debate, Minority Leader Frank Dermody warned that acting like the coronavirus is going away “is folly.”

“This is about politics,” said Dermody, D-Allegheny. “This is not about the safety of our children. It’s not about the welfare of student-athletes.”

The sponsor, Rep. Mike Reese, R-Westmoreland, called the proposal a return to common sense.

Rep. Anita Kulik, D-Allegheny, said a high school athlete in her district suffered a broken arm last week, but the child’s parents were not at the game.

“We hold parents responsible for the well-being of their children,” Kulik said. “I wholeheartedly believe that parents have inherent rights to be where their children are.”

Although Democrats are in the minority in the House and Senate, Wolf has not lost an override vote since he became governor.

PREVIOUS ARTICLE: Pennsylvania’s State House is scheduled to return to session Wednesday to consider a veto override of a bill that would allow school districts to decide how many spectators can attend sporting events.

The measure passed overwhelmingly in Pennsylvania’s State House and State Senate.

However, Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed the bill earlier this week.

Both the State House and State Senate said they will vote to override the veto.

The limits on spectators at sporting events was put in place amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

A recent ruling from a federal judge effectively lifted the state’s ban on large gatherings, with the judge ruling Wolf’s orders were unconstitutional.

State Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s efforts to keep the restrictions in place was later denied.

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