Sep. 22, 2020

HARRISBURG – Rep. Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny) today issued the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of House Bill 2787. The legislation would allow Pennsylvania’s local school districts to make decisions regarding fall sports and activities.

“House Bill 2787, which passed the General Assembly in a bipartisan vote, is about consistency and transparency. The governor has given school boards the authority to make decisions to keep their learning institutions open for in-class learning or online. The big question is, why won’t he allow our school boards to make this decision as well? It just doesn’t make any sense to me.

“I am very disappointed by the governor’s decision to continue to prohibit parents and families from the stands while their children play sports this year. For many of these students, this will be the last season they play competitively – their last time putting on a uniform.

“If the governor says it is permissible to attend the Carlisle Car Show, where thousands of people a day went through the turnstiles, then why can’t parents be allowed to watch their kids experience the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat?

“These children deserve to look into the stands and be met with love and support from their families while on the field.”

The General Assembly plans to hold a vote to override the governor’s veto as soon as possible.

Representative Valerie Gaydos
44th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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