“After consultation and discussion with legislative leaders, I believe we share the view that we can make the most profound and positive impact for the people of Pennsylvania by dealing with this issue as part of the remainder of the 2015-16 Legislative Session through a Joint Session, rather than calling a Special Session,” said Governor Tom Wolf.
“I want to thank the House and the Senate for their dedication to ensuring that those suffering from the disease of addiction are getting the treatment that they need. However, we can and should, do more. I look forward to continuing to work with the legislature to continue to address this epidemic that we all care deeply about.”
The Governor decided to ask for a joint session instead of a special one because a special session would’ve required bills to be re-introduced.
Mark Nicastre, the Governor’s Communications Director, wrote a more detailed explainer on Gov. Wolf’s action which you can read here.