Sep. 23, 2020

HARRISBURG – Rep. Jack Rader (R-Rader) today voted to override Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of House Bill 2787, legislation that would ensure decisions about school sports and activities, including policies regarding spectators, are made at the local level. However, the override attempt did not garner the required two-thirds majority for passage.

Rader issued the following statement on the failed override vote:

“Three weeks ago, the House passed this bill with a bipartisan, veto-proof majority. But today, 24 Democrats who originally voted ‘yes’ flipped to a ‘no’ vote.

“This legislation would give control over school sports and activities to local officials and parents who know full well what is in the best interest of their communities. It just makes sense that a limited number of spectators can watch a game in a stadium that seats thousands while following all the federal and state guidelines.

“Once again, the governor has made a unilateral decision, choosing instead to ignore the voices of families across Pennsylvania who believe sports activities can safely take place. However, we listened and tried to make that possible with the attempt to override the governor’s veto.

“Unfortunately, our effort fell short today. But this was not the end, as we intend to bring this up again for another vote.”

Representative Jack Rader
176th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives