Governor Wolf Vetoes SB 613; Signs SB 841

Gov. Wolf has vetoed SB 613 which would have used a Federal Standard to define essential/non-essential businesses vs the list established by the Governor and waiver process. The Governor did sign legislation for on-line notary and other similar services that will open up on-line sales of automobiles. Additionally, he announced limited construction we be allowed to re-open on May 8th, along with curbside liquor sales by PA State Stores that started today. We believe these decisions were largely based on plateauing new cases and COVID 19 hospitalization numbers. The Chamber & CREDC has been advocating for construction and other industries for many weeks.

Vehicle Sales May Be Conducted Online
The governor signed Senate Bill 841 that approves qualified Pennsylvania notaries public to perform remote online notarizations, which will allow auto dealerships to conducted limited car sales and leasing operations through online sales, as a notary is required to complete the transaction. Auto dealerships may continue to remain open for certain activities, such as repairs to passenger and commercial vehicles and sales of auto parts, but in-person car sales or leases are still considered non-life sustaining and remain prohibited at this time.

Construction With Strict Guidelines Resumes Friday, May 8
Public and private residential and non-residential construction may resume statewide starting Friday, May 8, in accordance with safety guidance that will be issued by the administration shortly. Construction projects already deemed life-sustaining may continue while adhering to social distancing, personnel limits and other guidance as announced by the administration.

PLCB Begins Limited Curbside Pickup
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today began accepting orders by phone for curbside pickup at 176 locations. Phone orders can be placed between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., or until reaching a store’s maximum order capacity each day. Curbside pickups will be scheduled from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. within a few days of order placement. Callers will be guided through each store’s unique inventory. There is a limit of six bottles per order, and credit cards are the only accepted form of payment. At pickup, customers will be required to present identification before the order is delivered.

We continue to monitor our state government for legislature that will impact our business community.