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Bill to Benefit Volunteer First Responders Receieves Support

November 12, 2015
FROM:     Don Konkle, Executive Director, PFESI
RE:         Barrar's Committee Supports Bill to Benefit Volunteer First Responders

HARRISBURG, PA - Led by majority chairman Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester, Delaware), the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee today approved legislation to improve the recruitment and retention of volunteer first responders.

"As the struggle to attract volunteer first responders worsens, the committee and I are pleased to support a bill that would provide municipalities the ability to give back to the heroes in our communities who protect us from natural disasters, extreme weather and other tragedies," Barrar said.

HB1683, sponsored by Rep. Ryan Warner (R-Fayette, Westmoreland), would allow municipalities to offer income and / or property tax credits to volunteer first responders as a way to address the issues of recruitment and retention.

The committee also approved SB490, sponsored by Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20), which would require the director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency to be confirmed by the Senate.

"Because this important position holds a greater responsibility following the September 11, 2001, attacks, the governor's proposed appointment should receive Senate review," Barrar explained. "We want to ensure that future PEMA directors are top-notch and able to handle all duties, even as they increase to meet the needs of the Commonwealth during times of crisis."

The legislation now is awaiting a vote in the House.

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