Aug. 31, 2021

MANHEIM – In reaction to Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement of a statewide mask mandate for K-12 public schools in Pennsylvania, Reps. Mindy Fee (R-Manheim), Keith Greiner (R- Upper Leacock), Dave Hickernell (R-West Donegal), Brett Miller (R-East Hempfield), and Dave Zimmerman (R- East Earl) released the following statement:

“All through the summer, Gov. Wolf made public statements that school districts and local leaders would be making determinations on masking policies in schools.

In this year’s primary election, Pennsylvania voters made it clear that they wanted the days of ‘one person’ control of decisions related to emergency declarations in the Commonwealth to end. But now the governor has found an avenue, via the Department of Health, to revert back to his ways of being the sole decision-maker on masking mandates for our students.

Schools are now open in every Lancaster County school district, and our school boards and district officials have been diligent in listening to parents and medical officials to make decisions, community by community, based on the feedback they received. We stand behind our local school boards and support the decisions they make on behalf of their students, families, and staff.

After all of these months of the pandemic, and after constitutional amendments passing that restrict his ‘lone wolf’ style of leadership, the sad reality remains that Gov. Wolf just cannot release his grasp on unilateral control.”

Representative Mindy Fee
37th Legislative District

Representative Keith Greiner
43rd Legislative District

Representative David Hickernell
98th Legislative District

Representative Brett Miller
41st Legislative District

Representative David Zimmerman
99th Legislative District

Pennsylvania House of Representatives