Senate Passes Legislation to Allow Local Officials to Authorize Reopening of Businesses

HARRISBURG – The Senate has passed legislation that would allow leaders in Pennsylvania counties to implement plans for business recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Senator John R. Gordner (R-27).

Under Senate Bill 327, all businesses identified by Governor Tom Wolf or the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) as essential infrastructure would be allowed to operate.  Counties would have the option to allow additional employers to open if it is safe to do so, and with proper mitigation measures in effect.

“During the systematic shutdown of counties across our state, Governor Tom Wolf rightfully went county-by-county as conditions warranted in each individual location,” said Senator Gordner.  “This bill authorizes our counties to open up businesses as conditions allow in each area and as long as they comply with the CDC’s and CISA’s expert guidance.”

SB 327 provides an option for local officials and would not require them to implement a localized plan.

“Recently, Governor Tom Wolf indicated that he would rely on input from Governors in other states like New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island to determine when to reopen our state economy,” added Senator Gordner.  “I believe that we should instead entrust local elected officials and Pennsylvanians to figure out what is right for our own people, and not Governors from other states not elected by our residents.

The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for its concurrence.


CONTACT: Mike Stephens