Pennsylvania court turns down lawmakers' bid to end shutdown

The resolution would have ended Gov. Wolf's emergency disaster declaration.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's high court has ruled against an effort by Republican state lawmakers to end Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's shutdown orders. A divided court ruled Wednesday that a resolution passed with mostly GOP votes was a "legal nullity" because it wasn't sent to Wolf to sign or veto. The resolution would have ended Wolf's emergency disaster declaration that led to the closure of "non-life-sustaining" businesses, bans on large gatherings and orders for people to isolate at home. Two senior Republican senators sued to enforce their resolution, and the high court took up the matter and ruled without hearing oral argument. Republican Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (Centre County) tweeted, "The Court’s decision represents a titanic shift in power which is wrong. The Court has essentially granted the Gov King status."  House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody (Allegheny County) tweeted, "We welcome this decision."

By MARK SCOLFORO Associated Press

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