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State house passes resolution to terminate part of disaster declaration

May 29, 2020 News Extra

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A resolution dubbed as the Republican's “nuclear option” was passed in the House of Representatives Thursday.

“I don't know who is calling it that, but if you saw the vote last night, it was bipartisan,” said state Rep. Marci Mustello, R-11th.

House Resolution 836 passed late Thursday evening by a vote of 117-85. The resolution would terminate the part of Gov. Tom Wolf's disaster declaration that segregates businesses based on the designation of essential and nonessential as part of his response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The declaration would remain in place and allow for the state to continue collecting federal funding.

Eight Democrats joined unanimous Republican support for the resolution.

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