Sep. 24, 2020

HARRISBURG – Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) voiced his extreme displeasure as House Democrats voted to uphold Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of a bill that would have allowed Pennsylvania’s local school districts to make decisions regarding fall sports and activities.

The measure did not receive the two-thirds majority vote necessary to override the governor’s veto.

House Bill 2787 would ensure local control over school sports and spectators. In addition, the legislation would require schools to create guidelines for marching bands and other extracurricular activities. This would transfer the authority and the decision-making ability from the state to these local officials.

“Today, the override of House Bill 2787 failed because of several Democrats switched their original affirmative vote to support their party rather than their constituents. In so doing, the individuals below took away the opportunity for parents and fans to see their youth play and for many indoor sports, the small number of 25 makes it almost impossible to compete.

• Rep. Austin Davis - (D-Allegheny)
• Rep. Daniel Deasy – (D-Allegheny)
• Rep. Frank Dermody – (D-Allegheny)
• Rep. Dan Miller – (D-Allegheny)
• Rep. Adam Ravenstahl – (D-Allegheny/Beaver)
• Rep. Tina Davis – (D-Bucks)
• Rep. John Galloway - (D-Bucks)
• Rep. Wendy Ullman – (D-Bucks)
• Rep. Melissa Shusterman – (D-Chester)
• Rep. Dan Williams – (D-Chester)
• Rep. Patty Kim – (D-Dauphin)
• Rep. Mike Zabel – (D-Delaware)
• Rep. Patrick Harkins – (D-Erie)
• Rep. Robert Merski - (D-Erie)
• Rep. Peter Schweyer – (D-Lehigh)
• Rep. Jeanne McNeill – (D-Lehigh)
• Rep. Michael Schlossberg – (D-Lehigh)
• Rep. Eddie Pashinski – (D-Luzerne)
• Rep. Steve Samuelson – (D-Northampton)
• Rep. Robert Freeman – (D-Northampton)
• Rep. Michael Driscoll – (D-Philadelphia)
• Rep. Ed Neilson – (D-Philadelphia)
• Rep. Neal Goodman – (D-Schuylkill)
• Rep. Carol Hill-Evans – (D-York)

“These Democrats are not worthy of your trust. They should not be your voice in Harrisburg. I predict the same thing will happen by the passage of House Bill 2513, legislation to help revive our struggling bars and restaurants by signing House Bill 2513, which allows restaurants to operate at 50% capacity, and removes the requirement that a meal must be purchased in order to purchase alcohol.

“Unfortunately, too many Democrats cannot make up their minds. One minute they vote yes, the next minute they vote no. Our elected leaders need to be decisive.

“House Republicans will continue to put forward a legislative agenda that stands up for children, families and small businesses.”

Representative Bob Brooks
54th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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