May. 29, 2020

HARRISBURG – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) joined a bipartisan majority of her colleagues in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives late Thursday in supporting a measure that would eliminate Gov. Tom Wolf’s widespread COVID-19 business restrictions. House Resolution 836 would end the governor’s executive order to shut down certain businesses through a waiver process that has proven to be inconsistent and unfair.

Toohil issued the following statement regarding the resolution, which must now be passed by the Senate to take effect:

“For 11 weeks now, industrial plant employees have gone to work, while many small business owners were forced to close their doors by the governor. However well-intentioned, his executive order has created gross inequality between mom-and-pop shops and large corporations. To add insult to injury, there has been no due process for these small businesses.

“The governor’s executive power is broad, but it is temporary for a reason. The nonsensical standards that have resulted in economic devastation for many small businesses, while large, politically connected companies are granted waivers, simply cannot continue.

“While a large percentage of our local workforce has had to toil away with no Department of Health intervention, employees at small businesses who could work with a risk of less spread have been idled involuntarily. But those small business owners do not have the same legal resources as the large corporations to litigate the merits of such a closure. So, the inequality and unfairness has grown for more than two months now, sending 28% of our workforce onto the welfare rolls or into a failed unemployment compensation system.

“House Resolution 836 would address this issue, allowing all businesses to be treated fairly and conduct economic transactions equally, as long as it can be done safely.

“To be clear, the resolution is business related. All of us, especially seniors and individuals with underlying health issues, need to remember that COVID-19 still exists, and the recommended precautions, such as masking, social distancing and disinfecting, should continue to be taken.”

Representative Tarah Toohil
116th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office
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