Tuesday, March 31, 2020

GOP lawmaker wants Pennsylvania businesses to reopen in the midst of spreading pandemic

A Republican state lawmaker from Adams County says he wants to send Pennsylvanians back to work -- despite a Wolf administration order mandating the shutdown of all "non-life sustaining" businesses, reported the Pennsylvania Capital-Star.

In a memo seeking support for his plan, Sen. Doug Mastriano accused Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf of picking "winners and losers" with his proposal, and said the waiver process the administration had set up allowing business owners to appeal the order is "flawed, ineffective, lacks accountability, has no oversight, and is riddled with unconstitutional powers."

As it's currently written, Mastriano's proposal would allow businesses to reopen their doors if they "[utilize] health and safety guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control, and the U.S. Dept. of Labor's Occupational Safety & Health Administration," he said in a statement.

“This legislation will allow all businesses to reopen if they agree to abide by Centers for Disease Control mitigation measures to contain the spread of the virus,” Mastriano said. 
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