Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee Approves Two Bills

The Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee approved two bills today according to Committee Chairman Senator Randy Vulakovich.

The Committee’s approval of Senate Bill 1019 is the latest step in the effort to update the Emergency Management Sections of Title 35 (Health & Safety) and enhance Pennsylvania’s ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and manmade disasters.

The Committee held two public hearings earlier this year on the measure, which was introduced by Senator Vulakovich.  Title 35 has not been updated since 1996.  Senate Bill 1019 reflects the dramatic improvements in Pennsylvania’s emergency response network over the past 20 years and the lessons learned from the 9-11 terrorist attacks; Hurricanes Katrina, Irene, and Sandy; and other natural and manmade disasters.

“By overhauling and updating Title 35, we will improve the coordination of disaster preparedness and emergency management in Pennsylvania,” Senator Vulakovich said. “It also incorporates other changes designed to ensure that Pennsylvania keeps pace with new technology and newly emerging global threats.”

The other bill approved by the Committee, House Bill 247, would allow monuments and memorials to be eligible expenses under the Veterans Trust Fund. The measure would allow for maintenance, completion and operation of monuments and memorials dedicated to Pennsylvania veterans and military units at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Gettysburg National Military Park and other Pennsylvania military sites as designated or recognized by Department of Military & Veterans Affairs.

 

Contact:         Nate Silcox     (717) 787-6538                       nsilcox@pasen.gov