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Wolf’s disaster declaration remains after court ruling

Harrisburg, PA (AP) — Pennsylvania’s high court has ruled against an effort by Republican state lawmakers to end Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s shutdown orders.

A divided court ruled Wednesday that a resolution passed with mostly GOP votes was a “legal nullity” because it wasn’t sent to Wolf to sign or veto.

The resolution would have ended Wolf’s emergency disaster declaration that led to the closure of “non-life-sustaining” businesses, bans on large gatherings and orders for people to isolate at home.

That disaster order currently remains in place.

Two senior Republican senators (including Senator Joe Scarnati, serving Jefferson County) sued to enforce their resolution, and the high court took up the matter and ruled without hearing oral argument.