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.
HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Wolf plans to veto a transparency bill that received unanimous support in the Legislature, continuing his attempts to quash the right of the public and press to question state government officials. In response, local House Republicans from York and Adams counties, which include Reps. Seth Grove (R-Dover), who authored House Bill 2463; Kate Klunk (R-Hanover); Dawn Keefer (R-Dillsburg); Dan Moul (R-Gettysburg); Torren Ecker (R-Abbottstown); Mike Jones (R-York Township) and House Appropriations Chairman Rep. Stan Saylor (R-Red Lion) issued the following statement:
HARRISBURG – In response to comments made by Gov. Tom Wolf about a transparency bill passed by the Legislature with unanimous support, Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) issued the following statement:
HARRISBURG – With the looming threat of Gov. Tom Wolf vetoing his unanimously-passed Right-to-Know (RTK) legislation, state Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) hosted a Facebook Live discussion Monday with Melissa Melewsky, media law counsel with the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association.
WHAT: While making threats to veto legislation to increase transparency during an emergency declaration, Gov. Tom Wolf and his staff have made incorrect and untrue statements about what House Bill 2463 - which passed the House and Senate unanimously (252-0) - would do. To set the record straight, Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) will host a virtual, honest and open conversation with a media law professional.
HARRISBURG – To keep Pennsylvanians abreast of the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure they have a better understanding of the number of virus cases, Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) sent Dr. Rachael Levine, secretary of the Department of Health, a letter seeking information on data the department has collected and its internal policies to provide clarity on the information the general public is receiving.
YORK – A former feed mill in York County, once used as a prop for Gov. Tom Wolf’s severance tax tour, is being torn down despite the absence of a severance tax on Pennsylvania’s natural gas consumers. To date, York County has received nearly $3.5 million dollars, including more than $378,000 it received today, in impact fees from taxes on unconventional gas wells in Pennsylvania despite there not being a well in the county.