In this update:
Department of Health releases updated guidance on traveling and masks
On Tuesday, the Department of Health released updated “guidance” on traveling in and out of Pennsylvania as well as updated rules on wearing a mask. This updated “guidance” went into effect today (Nov. 20). You can find the department’s guidance here.
I raised concerns in a letter I submitted to the Department of Health seeking clarification as the new travel guidance impacts many residents in York County.
In my letter, I wrote: “Your guidance provides five exemptions to the department’s travel restrictions including: work, medical care, military, transit through the state and additional exemptions issued by the department.
Many residents who reside in communities along the Maryland border travel to Maryland for groceries, dry cleaning, fuel and other automotive services, as well as other goods and services.
York County also has several volunteer fire companies that provide fire and rescue mutual aid services to our Maryland neighbors. How does this guidance apply to volunteer firefighters who are asked to assist in calls across the Mason Dixon line?
Conversely, how will your guidance impact Marylanders who patronize businesses for goods and services, as well as first responders who assist in calls in York County and other border communities?
Under the department’s guidance, it is unclear how this guidance will impact York Countians.”
Read my full letter here.
As of 3 p.m. today (November 20), I have not received any information or updated guidance from the department…
Senate approves COVID-19 liability protections
On Thursday, the Senate approved legislation that would provide liability protections for many entities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
House Bill 1737, which incorporated a bill I sponsored, would provide COVID-19 liability protections for health care providers, small business owners, manufacturers of personal protective equipment (PPE), school districts, colleges, universities, non-profits and government service providers.
The measure will protect the abovementioned entities from facing lawsuits during the COVID-19 pandemic as long as those entities are following CDC guidelines for mitigation efforts.
The House passed this bill earlier today and is headed to the governor’s desk.
You can learn more about this legislation here.
Dominion Voting Systems backs out of public hearing at last minute
On Friday, the House State Government Committee was supposed to hold a public hearing with officials from Dominion Voting Systems, the vendor that provides the voting machines in York County.
At the last minute, Dominion canceled their appearance at the public hearing.
I have received many complaints and concerns from local residents on these machines. This hearing would allow those concerns to be answered (and hopefully refuted) in a public setting.
Their 11th hour cancellation is very concerning and raises more red flags.
Here is the deal (and I’ve received a ton of emails on this from many concerned citizens) – NO ONE is hoping to find any wrongdoing or misconduct.
Please keep in mind that our state has an Auditor General whose sole job is to go in and review state agencies, school districts, etc. to ensure the letter of the law is followed and they are complying with their legally mandated responsibilities. The Auditor General does not go in hoping to find wrongdoing, it is to assure taxpayers that their funds are being spent in accordance with the laws. Auditing our election is no different. The General Assembly and governor passed laws pertaining to our election last year. Those laws were changed by the state Supreme Court in the days leading up to the election. That matter is pending in the U.S. Supreme Court. As I’ve said: every LEGAL vote should count.
Auditing the election will ensure the integrity of our state’s elections process. If there was no wrongdoing or misconduct, then there should be no fear of an audit.
You can watch the news conference I attended earlier today that occurred in lieu of this public hearing below.
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