HARRISBURG – Members of the York County Republican delegation are questioning the timing and business acumen of Gov. Tom Wolf, who on Thursday announced an effort to address the financial struggles of Pennsylvania’s restaurants, bars and taverns during the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor, who this week vetoed legislation that would have removed certain operating restrictions on the hospitality industry, is pushing to have standard liquor licensing fees waived for the 2021 calendar year.
HARRISBURG – The House today approved legislation, which includes a measure to create a statewide commerce court. Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover), who authored the bill to create the business court, issued the following statement:
The citizens of the Commonwealth have been through so much over the past several months, from economic lockdown to struggling with receiving unemployment compensation from the Department of Labor and Industry. While Pennsylvania has been reopening, thanks to the work of House and senate Republicans, there are still two important pieces of COVID-19 policy the Legislature must address prior to the election: fraud and civil immunity. Currently in the House, House Bill 2352 is ready for action. This bill would create a state false claims act and provide civil immunity protections from COVID-19.
HARRISBURG – To ensure the Commonwealth’s taxpayers are protected from fraud, the House State Government Committee today amended and approved House Bill 2352 by Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) to create the Pennsylvania False Claims Act.
HARRISBURG – Legislation by Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) sets hefty, yet achievable, goals of saving taxpayers $150 million over next few fiscal years through targeted savings for the Medicaid outcome-based program, all while improving health care outcomes. It was approved by the House Health Committee today.
HARRISBURG – Seeking answers to Gov. Tom Wolf’s policy of allowing patients who tested positive to COVID-19 to be allowed to return to long-term care facilities, many of which were hotbeds of the virus, Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) filed a Right-to-Know (RTK) request with Wolf’s Department of Health.
Like so many of you, I am frustrated and infuriated with Gov. Tom Wolf’s policies he formed unilaterally and without input of Pennsylvanians or the Legislature. Understandably, I have been asked why I have not signed the Declaration of Suspension, which falsely claims to be a tool to end the governor’s State of Emergency Declaration. Let be clear, it does not have any legal standing. It has a zero chance of doing anything.
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Office of Open Records today ruled Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine cannot use the Disease Prevention and Control Act as a shield from honoring a Right-to-Know request for information on decisions they’ve made during the COVID-19 pandemic. State Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover), chairman of the House Government Oversight Committee and author of Act 77 of 2020, issued the following statement in reaction to the announcement:
HARRISBURG – Reps. Seth Grove (R-York) and Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon) are calling on Gov. Tom Wolf’s Office of Administration to answer questions it failed to respond to when previously asked.
HARRISBURG – In response to a federal judge ruling that Gov. Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 restrictions are unconstitutional, the York County House Republican Delegation, which includes House Appropriations Chair Stan Saylor (R-Red Lion) and Reps. Mike Jones (R-York Township), Kate Klunk (R-Hanover), Seth Grove (R-Dover), Dawn Keefer (R-Dillsburg) and Keith Gillespie (R-Hellam), issued the following statement:
HARRISBURG – Continuing his efforts to bring more transparency to state government, Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) released today a wealth of data used in the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic obtained through the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
HARRISBURG – In its response to a Right-to-Know (RTK) request submitted by Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover), the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) said it has no public health data or models to substantiate an update to Gov. Tom Wolf’s guidance that high school and recreational sports should be canceled until 2021.
HARRISBURG – In response to a Right to Know Law request filed by Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) after the governor’s “strong recommendation” that interscholastic and club sports be cancelled until January 2021, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) confirmed there is no supporting data to justify their recommendation.
HARRISBURG – Earlier today, Department of Health Secretary Rachael Levine told reporters no “granular data” was used in making the decision to recommend extracurricular and recreational sports be halted until 2021. In response, Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) issued the following statement:
HARRISBURG – With most state agency’s office still closed in response to COVID-19, Reps. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon) and Seth Grove (R- York) sent to the Office of Administration a letter requesting information in regard to residents having trouble contacting employees about core government services.
HARRISBURG – On the heels of Gov. Tom Wolf’s sudden recommendation for schools to suspend sports until Jan. 1, Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) filed a series of Right-to-Know (RTK) requests with the Department of Health and Department of Education. The requests seek the data Wolf used to make his decision.
HARRISBURG – A recent ruling in federal district court highlights the need for Pennsylvania to enact its own False Claims Act, said Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover), who spearheaded an initiative to ensure taxpayer dollars are not being used fraudulently or misspent.
HARRISBURG – In a sternly worded letter to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) urged Secretary W. Gerard Oleksiak to get the unemployment compensation (UC) system fixed as millions of Pennsylvanians continue to file for unemployment benefits.
HARRISBURG – Transparency legislation, House Bill 2463, which unanimously passed the Legislature, will become law without the governor’s signature, Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) said.
HARRISBURG – The number of media outlets and organizations that support Rep. Seth Grove’s (R-Dover) House Bill 2463, which received unanimous support in the Pennsylvania Legislature, to ensure Right-to-Know (RTK) requests are answered has grown exponentially.