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Pa Court Rules on School Mask Mandate

A state court is throwing out an order by Pennsylvania’s acting health secretary that requires masks inside public schools.

Commonwealth Court ruled that said the mask mandate didn’t comply with rules for setting regulations and was adopted without an existing disaster emergency declared by the governor.

Commonwealth Court sided 4-1 with the ranking Republican in the state Senate and others who sued to challenge the masking order that took effect in early September.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday announced he’ll return authority over masking decisions to local school districts in January.

Wolf’s Press Secretary Elizabeth Rementer said The Department of Health has directed counsel to file an appeal that, if accepted, would immediately stay the Commonwealth Court’s decision.

“The Secretary of Health’s authority is clearly outlined in existing law,”

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