Bill to reopen some Pa. businesses vetoed by Gov. Wolf

Many Pennsylvania businesses remain shuttered and won’t reopen as soon as some lawmakers had hoped after Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a bill aimed at doing so.

Senate Bill 613 would have required Wolf to create guidelines, based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, for certain businesses to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic.

Wolf said the decision to veto the bill wasn’t easy, but he believes it is the right course of action for Pennsylvania. He said a move to reopen “tens of thousands of businesses too early will only increase the spread of the virus, place more lives at risk, increase the death tolls and extend the length of the economic hardships created by the pandemic.”

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Lawrence Tabas, Chairman of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, previously released a statement that said: “Hardworking Pennsylvanians have participated faithfully, and they deserve to see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Although Wolf vetoed Senate Bill 613, he signed Senate Bill 841 to allow remote public meetings and document notarization, which means online vehicle sales can restart. The bill also provides flexibility on property tax deadlines, among other things.

For more information about Senate Bill 841, CLICK HERE.