Aug. 26, 2021

HARRISBURG – Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) issued the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s request that the Legislature return to session to implement a statewide masking mandate in schools:

“This issue was really decided back in May when the majority of Pennsylvanians voted to end the statewide, unilateral mandates of Gov. Wolf. 

“As such, decisions about masking are already being made at the school district level by local leaders who are in the best position to assess the interests of their students, parents and faculty. They are in an equally good position to adjust those decisions if needed as challenges evolve.

“The governor has been saying for weeks that masking is an issue for school boards to decide, and he even questioned why Pennsylvania should mandate something that isn’t mandated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. His abrupt change in direction on the topic strikes me as disingenuous. 

“I’m pleased the speaker of the House and president pro tempore of the Senate are in agreement that COVID-19 mitigation efforts and policies are best handled at the local level.”

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Representative Doyle Heffley
122nd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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