Davis Looks to Balance COVID-19 Protections, Enjoying School Sports

HARRISBURG, Sept. 23 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, released the following statement on today’s House vote to uphold Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of a bill that would allow school districts to decide how many fans attend high school sporting events amidst the COVID-19 pandemic:

“What took place in the House chamber today was not legislative by any means. It was simply an opportunity to take a jab at the governor and make an already difficult situation worse.

“It was a waste of taxpayer money, especially since county health and PIAA officials stand in unison and agree with the state’s current restrictions because they, too, understand the seriousness of how the virus could spread at a sporting event.

“There is no obvious answer or solution to this problem, otherwise we’d already have the proper mandates in place. But I do believe there is a middle ground and legislative compromise available, which is why in the near future I plan to introduce a sports-related bill that will address the wants, needs and safety of commonwealth residents in regard to sporting events amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m committed to working with everyone to find a way to compromise on this situation. It’s my hope that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle feel the same.”

Wolf’s veto of H.B. 2787 was sustained by a 130-71 vote in the state House. House members needed 135 votes to override the veto.