Court says Senate GOP can't challenge Wolf on care workers

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 29, 2016 4:31 PM

(Harrisburg) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is preventing Republican state senators from joining a lawsuit over an order by the Democratic governor giving home health care aides new tools to improve their wages and working conditions.

The high court voted 5-to-1 on Tuesday to prevent the leaders, on behalf of all Republican senators, from intervening in the pending Commonwealth Court challenge to an order issued by Gov. Tom Wolf shortly after he took office last year.

The majority opinion says lawmakers can only have standing to sue under limited circumstances, as when their ability to vote or exercise official authority has been affected.

The court's lone Republican, Chief Justice Thomas Saylor, says the senators are claiming Wolf's action impinged on legislative branch powers, so he would let them join the lawsuit.

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