Kortz voted “yes” to override governor’s veto of bill allowing school districts to make decisions on sports, activities

HARRISBURG, Sept. 23 – An effort to override the governor’s veto of H.B. 2787, a measure that would have given school districts the authority to decide what sports and activities are allowed, including practices, games and spectator rules, failed in the PA House today, state Rep. Bill Kortz announced.

Kortz voted to override the veto.

“Our school districts know best, and while today’s vote was extremely disappointing, I still believe we can and must support our districts to do what’s right and make their own decisions,” said Kortz, D-Allegheny, who was a co-sponsor of the bill. “The governor doesn’t know our school district facilities or communities and he should not have the final say on this. It doesn’t matter if it’s football, band, cheerleading, cross-country or choir, it’s time we let local officials make local decisions without infringement.”

Kortz has supported several bills to reopen Pennsylvania, including measures introduced earlier this year to allow sportsmen clubs, shooting ranges, golf clubs and other recreational facilities to reopen utilizing health and safety guidelines and social distancing.