Mar. 25, 2021

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin), in conjunction with a number of House committee chairs, sent letters to various Wolf administration cabinet secretaries this week seeking an update on regulatory and enforcement matters that have been suspended, waived or otherwise changed during the COVID-19 emergency.

This undertaking was a recommendation of the Economic Recovery Task Force and has been a priority of Benninghoff since becoming House Republican leader in June of last year.

“As we look to advance economic recovery legislation, informed regulatory reform must be part of that discussion,” Benninghoff said.

“During this pandemic, agencies have suspended, waived and altered regulatory and enforcement provisions to adjust to the changing circumstances of the global pandemic. As we continue to emerge from the effects of the virus, it is important to see what exactly has been suspended, waived or changed; what needs to be reimplemented; what can be changed further; and what regulations Pennsylvania can do without permanently.”

Agencies receiving letters requesting information about regulatory changes made during the pandemic include:
Office of Administration (with Chairman Jim Cox)
Department of Aging (with Chairman Gary Day)
Department of Banking (with Chairman Brad Roae)
Department of Education (with Chairman Curt Sonney)
Department of Labor and Industry (with Chairman Jim Cox)
Office of Inspector General (with Chairman Stan Saylor)
Department of State (with Chairman Seth Grove)
Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (with Chairman Frank Farry)
Department of Health (with Chairman Frank Farry, Chairman Kathy Rapp, and Chairman Karen Boback)
Department of Human Services (with Chairman Frank Farry, Chairman Kathy Rapp, Chairman Gary Day, and Chairman Sheryl Delozier)
Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (with Chairman Karen Boback)
Department of Revenue (with Chairman Mike Peifer)
Department of Transportation (with Chairman Tim Hennessey)

“I look forward to hearing back from these agencies as we continue our review of what executive actions took place during the pandemic and how we can make government more friendly and more efficient for taxpayers and job creators throughout Pennsylvania,” Benninghoff said. “Legislative oversight of executive action is critical to our separation of powers and the proper administration of government.” 

Representative Kerry Benninghoff
Pennsylvania House Majority Leader
171st Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives