PA House of Representatives take measures to embrace“social distancing”

Written by on March 18, 2020

PA House of Representatives take measures to embrace“social distancing”

By Ed Mahon

March 18, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people should avoid gatherings of 50 or more people.

Now, PA Post’s Ed Mahon reports, the 203-seat Pennsylvania House of Representatives has taken formal action to help legislators embrace “social distancing.”

On Monday, with the state Capitol closed to the public, State Representative Joanna McClinton noted another big change.

“Democratic members, please expect a telephone conference line as we are not supposed to gather more than 50 members in one space,” said McClinton.

In the afternoon, House lawmakers approved rule changes to allow nearly all members to vote from home. 

House Speaker Mike Turzai said changes would allow members to vote on important issues throughout the coronavirus epidemic.

“We want everybody to do their best to get us through this crisis,” said Turzai.

The House canceled its session plans for this week, but lawmakers remain on call. The same is true for the Senate.

Ed Mahon, PA Post, Harrisburg


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