Sep. 23, 2020

HARRISBURG – Rep. Barb Gleim (R-Cumberland) Rep. Barb Gleim (R-Cumberland) issued the following statement today after an effort to override Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of House Bill 2787, legislation to support parents and students failed by a vote of 130-71:

“House Bill 2787, which would ensure decisions about school sports and activities, including policies regarding spectators, are made at the local level, originally passed the House with 155 ‘yes’ votes, more than enough to meet the two-thirds majority necessary to override the governor’s veto.

“Ultimately, Wolf’s heavy-handed tactic resulted in 24 Democrat members deciding loyalty to their governor was more important than our kids and their families being together, and they flipped their votes today. Decisions regarding school sports and spectators, like all other school activities in Pennsylvania, are to be made by local school boards rather than by the decision of one person.”

“I have heard from many constituents on this issue and overwhelmingly they think that no one person has the authority to order parents separated from their children, under any circumstances. Also, for many of these students in their senior year, these will be the last games they play – their last times putting on a uniform for the schools, teams and sports that mean so much to them.”

“To school parents and student athletes who had hoped for a different outcome, a Reconsideration Motion was filed, and we intend to bring this up again. There will be continued pressure on this matter, so that the majority of constituents can be heard.”

Representative Barbara Gleim
199th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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