Pennsylvania Lawmakers Seek to Block Gov. Wolf from Joining Multi-State Climate Agreement

Pennsylvania lawmakers have reloaded legislation from last year that would prohibit their governor from imposing carbon taxes in combination with new climate change regulations without the approval of the General Assembly. The bill was referred to the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee in February just a few days after an independent commission called for a one-year moratorium on the implementation of Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed climate change regulations. In their comments, the commissioners also raised questions about the governor’s authority to implement regulations that would trigger carbon taxes without legislative approval. Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a similar bill last fall that attracted bipartisan support and fell just one vote shy of a veto proof majority in the Senate. The current bill is cosponsored by two of Wolf’s own Democrats: Reps. Pam Snyder, who serves in the 50th District covering Greene, Fayette and Washington counties and Chris Sainato who represents …

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