House GOP advances measure limiting Wolf disaster authority

Pennsylvania

It's designed to stop requiring people on unemployment aid to look for work and to end social distancing rules

The American flag flies at the Pennsylvania State Capitol building Wednesday Oct. 24, 2018, in Harrisburg, Pa.

Pennsylvania Statehouse (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania state House committee is advancing legislation to keep portions of the governor’s coronavirus disaster emergency in place until October but end fast-track contracting rules and other provisions.

The resolution passed by Republicans on the State Government Committee on party lines Tuesday requires approval from both legislative chambers but not from Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

It’s designed to stop the use of no-bid contracts, require people on unemployment aid to look for work and end social distancing rules.

Wolf’s mitigation orders are currently being phased out, and on Monday the governor’s acting labor secretary outlined a schedule for resumption of job search requirements.

Wolf says lawmakers are acting before the election results have been certified.

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