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Wolf to veto school sports bill; override attempt expected

September 21, 2020 News Extra

Gov. Tom Wolf will go through with a veto of a bill that would give school districts the sole ability to make decisions on sports, including whether and how many spectators to allow, he said Monday.

The Wolf administration's gathering limits of 25 people indoors and 250 people outdoors apply to youth sports, but legislation that cleared the state House and Senate would empower schools to make their own rules about the number of spectators permitted at games.

Wolf, a Democrat, said at a news conference that statewide gathering limits need to be applied consistently to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. He planned to veto the bill Monday, the last day he can do so before it automatically becomes law.

“I'm always amazed at politicians thinking that they can somehow wave a magic wand and suspend, sort of, reality,” Wolf said. “There's a virus out there, and that virus really likes it when you bring a lot of people together. That's what we know, and so you ignore that at your peril.”

Both chambers of the GOP-controlled General Assembly approved the bill by veto-proof two-thirds majorities, and lawmakers were expected to hold votes to attempt to override Wolf's veto.

Read more on how Wolf's decisions affect Butler County in Tuesday's Eagle.