HARRISBURG – As the anniversary of the Wolf administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic nears, House State Government Committee Chairman Seth Grove (R-York) announced today the committee will hold a series of hearings on how the administration addressed the pandemic.
“Because Gov. Tom Wolf, under the clock of Declaration of Emergency powers, acted unilaterally to formulate a statewide response to the pandemic, there was little to no opportunity to provide oversight on his actions when he sidestepped the Legislature,” Grove said. “Using our Legislature powers as a co-equal branch of government, we will take a deeper look into the governor’s polices and how it impacted the people of the Commonwealth.”
The hearings will kick off Tuesday, March 9, with a look at transparency issues within the administration. In the early months of the pandemic, the Wolf administration stopped answering Right-to-Know Requests, leaving residents and news reporters unable to obtain basic information, which put millions of Pennsylvanians in the dark. The hearing will be held in room G-50 of the Irvis Office Building in the Capitol Complex. Below is a complete list of hearing topics and dates:
• Lack of government transparency and RTKs during COVID-19 on March 9 at 1 p.m.
• Government telework policies and data during COVID-19 on March 15 at 9 a.m.
• Agency regulatory/statutory suspensions and innovation due to COVID-19 on March 22 at 9 a.m.
• PPE procurement, storage and distribution on March 29 at 1 p.m.
All hearings will be livestreamed at RepGrove.com
Representative Seth Grove
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Greg Gross