Bloomberg Law
April 14, 2020, 2:00 PM

Pennsylvania Covid-19 Rules Survive Constitutional Challenges

Bernie Pazanowski
Bernie Pazanowski

The business closures Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) imposed to protect the people of the state from the spread of Covid-19 are constitutional, the state supreme court said.

A Republican candidate for the Pennsylvania Legislature, a real estate agent, and a golf club didn’t prove that the restrictions violate their takings, due process, equal protection or speech and assembly rights, the opinion by Justice Christine Donohue said.

The petitioners claimed that the executive order violates the takings clause of the U.S. Constitution because it completely prohibits them from using their property. Disagreeing, the court said the closures are an appropriate ...

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