State Supreme Court Sides with Governor on Emergency Disaster Declaration

The state Supreme Court tossed out an effort from GOP lawmakers to end Gov. Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 emergency disaster declaration, terminating a month-long standoff between the legislative and executive branch over the matter and handing the governor a victory in his attempts at managing the pandemic. The 5-2 ruling held that the legislature does need to present concurrent resolutions passed under the Emergency Management Code to the governor to either approve or reject, brushing away arguments from Senate and House Republicans that the resolution, HR 836, would not require Wolf’s consent.