John Finnerty

Both chambers of Pennsylvania’s General Assembly will return on Monday to the Capitol for an early start to the fall legislative session, and responding to Gov. Tom Wolf’s school mask mandate will likely be on lawmakers’ agenda, though legislative leaders are stopping short of saying exactly how they plan to respond.

Much of the information on Pennsylvania voters being sought by Senate Republicans through subpoenas issued to the Department of State is already available as public records that are routinely used by political campaigns to target voters.

The House Health committee has asked an obscure state committee to weigh in on whether Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam has the authority to order schools to mandate masks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Democrats dismissed the move as “political theater” attacking a necessary public health measure.

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