Pennsylvania Court Introduces Governor’s School Mask Authorization – CBS Philly
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Associated Press) — A state court on Wednesday delivered an order from the acting Pennsylvania health secretary requiring masks inside public schools, saying it lacked authority. The Commonwealth Court sided 4-1 with the prominent Republican in the state Senate and others who sued to challenge the disappearance order that went into effect in early September.
The judges said Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam’s mandate did not comply with state laws on reviewing and approving regulations and was adopted without the current catastrophic emergency declared by the governor.
The judge wrote that the state’s disease control law does not give health trustees “the blanket authority to make new rules and regulations out of the cloth, provided they are in some way related to disease control or can be described as disease control measures.” Christine Vesano Cannon, Republican, for the majority.
Governor Tom Wolfe announced Monday that he will return authority over masking decisions to local school districts in January. His spokeswoman said Wednesday that a comment from the Democratic governor is being prepared.
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