HARRISBURG (May 14, 2020) — State Senator Andy Dinniman provided comments today on his votes on House Bills 2388 and 2412, which focus on reopening up car dealerships and real estate agencies respectively.

“It is imperative that we find the safest, most efficient way to both combat this virus and ensure the citizens of Pennsylvania have reasonable routes to survive financially,” Dinniman said. “Surrounding states have opened up car dealerships and real estate agencies with safety precautions in place, and it’s time we not only look to their example, but work together to do so.”

House Bill 2388 passed the Senate by a vote of 31-17. The bill calls for the Secretary of Community and Economic Development to issue a waiver to Governor Wolf’s COVID-19 business closure order for vehicle dealers, lawn and garden centers, cosmetology salons and barber shops, messenger service and agent service activities, animal grooming services, and manufacturing operations.

House Bill 2412 passed the Senate by a vote of 33-17. The bill adds legal services, residential and commercial real estate services, and settlement services to the above list of business activities to be issued a waiver.

“In this time, partisanship will only lead to more suffering throughout our state,” Dinniman said. “So let’s work with another and help our state survive and prevail.”

House Bills 2388 and 2412 have since passed the House as well, with votes of 123-79 and 134-68 respectively.