HARRISBURG – As efforts to reopen Pennsylvania businesses get underway, the House State Government Committee today approved House Bill 2419 by Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) to form a bipartisan COVID-19 task force to review how the pandemic was handled in Pennsylvania.
“This is certainly an unprecedented time, which saw nearly all aspects of Pennsylvania closed down as the result of the pandemic,” Grove said. “As we move to the recovery phase, it is important for all branches of government to have a voice and share opinions on what recovery should look like.”
The task force would also develop and submit a recovery plan to include a documented, structured approach on how the Commonwealth and its subdivisions can expeditiously resume mission-critical functions, including the restoration of housing, transportation, education and other public services and economic activity to levels equal to or better than before the pandemic. This would be done through a series of short-term, intermediate and long-term strategies and actions.
The task force would be comprised ofmembers of all three branches of government to conduct a transparent review of Pennsylvania’s response to COVID-19. The task force would also be able to establish advisory committees to review issues relating to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
“I believe we can always learn and improve. State government’s response to the pandemic is no different. Should a pandemic happen again, we should improve on what worked during the COVID-19 pandemic and fix what didn’t work,” Grove said.
House Bill 2419
was voted out of the State Government Committee on a party-line vote and now goes to the full House for consideration.
Representative Seth Grove
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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