Senate Adopts Temporary Emergency Rules to Continue Operating During Coronavirus Mitigation

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania state Senate took an important step today to continue its operations safely by passing a resolution allowing members to vote remotely, according to Senator Gene Yaw (R-23).

The temporary emergency rules included in Senate Resolution 318 will ensure the Senate can continue voting even when Senators cannot be physically present at the Capitol Building in Harrisburg due to coronavirus mitigation efforts that are ongoing statewide.

The resolution creates a mechanism for members to file bills electronically and to participate in committee meetings and session through the use of communications technology. The emergency powers are scheduled to expire July 31, 2020 or 10 days following the expiration of the governor’s emergency order, whichever is sooner.

In order to ensure transparency, session was announced well in advance and streamed live for the public at  Future meetings and/or votes will also be announced.

For more state-related news and information, visit Senator Yaw’s website at or on Facebook and Twitter @SenatorGeneYaw.



Rita Zielonis, Chief of Staff
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