Sep. 11, 2020

BELLE VERNON – Rep. Bud Cook (R-Washington/Fayette) is demanding that Gov. Tom Wolf sign the bill that would allow sports to resume with attendees. House Bill 2787 would ensure decisions about school sports and activities, including policies regarding spectators, are made at the local level.

“It’s time that Gov. Wolf, the same man who refuses to even step foot in the 49th District despite multiple standing invitations, quits messing with our Friday night lights. He needs to stop micromanaging the state from Harrisburg based on his own whims and instead let school boards make the call,” Cook said.

The bill would grant the governing authority of schools with exclusive authority to determine whether to hold school sports and extracurricular activities.

“Just today, I was talking to a father whose daughter is a cheerleader and has been practicing for football season. Not only are she and the other cheerleaders not allowed to cheer at the game, they’re not even allowed to attend!” Cook added. “That’s ridiculous, and it has to end. Wolf can’t steal their childhood forever.”

School districts would be responsible to establish safety protocols consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Considerations for Youth Sports and limit gatherings for indoor and outdoor sports so social distancing can be maintained.

As the bill was sent to the governor today for his consideration, he now has 10 days to sign or veto the bill.

Representative Bud Cook
49th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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