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New Jersey Business and Industry President Michele Siekerka.

NJBIA joins suit to limit Pennsylvania governor’s executive power

By Nikita Biryukov, January 13 2021 10:19 am

The New Jersey Business and Industry Association is wading into a lawsuit over executive power in Pennsylvania.

“We are not challenging any specific actions taken by governors during the pandemic,” NJBIA President and CEO Michele Siekerka said. “But we do believe good governance requires a series of checks and balances with more than one individual engaged in the decision-making process during a protracted emergency.”

The NJBIA filed an amicus brief in a federal suit over emergency health powers in the Keystone State. A U.S. District Court in September ruled Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf overstepped his authority when issuing orders limiting gatherings, mandating residents stay at home and closing businesses.

The state has appealed the decision.

“As long-term restrictions with untold impacts on people’s livelihoods continue, it is imperative that there is a transparent process, supported by established scientific facts, behind critical decisions,” Siekerka said. “That is what we are seeking with this action.”

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