See below proposed PA legislation that was introduced in April that may affect your industry. If you have questions and/or concerns about any of this proposed legislation, you should reach our directly to your PA Senator or PA Representative.

First Responders Week

April 9, 2021

Senator Mensch plans to reintroduce a resolution  designating the week of January 4th through 8th, 2021, as First Responder Appreciation Week in Pennsylvania. For more information, click here.

EMS Week -May 16-22

April 12, 2021

Senators Stefano and Muth plan to introduce a resolution designating May 16-22, 2021, as “Emergency Medical Services Week” in Pennsylvania. For more information, click here.

Expanding Public Utility Exemptions for Volunteer Fire Companies, EMS, Rescue Squads, and Senior Citizen Center

Representative Lewis plans to introduce legislation to expand the exemption that volunteer fire companies, nonprofit rescue squad or ambulance services, and nonprofit senior citizen centers enjoy with public utilities. Currently, §1511 of Title 66 (Public Utilities) allow these organizations to be charged a residential rate for electricity. Representative Lewis’ proposed legislation would take existing statute and broaden it to include any and all public utility services. For more information, click here.

9-1-1 Study

April 20, 2021

Senators Stefano and Mensch plans to introduce a resolution call on the Legislative Budget & Finance Committee (LBFC) to conduct a performance audit on the Pennsylvania’s 9-1-1 System and to prepare a report and make recommendations in advance of the Reauthorization of the 9-1-1 Law, which expires in January of 2024. For more information, click here.

Providing Financial Security to Families of First Responders who Die in the Line of Duty

April 22, 2021

Representative Webster plans to introduce legislation which would increase the one-time death benefit the Commonwealth pays to our first responders killed in the line of duty to $300,000. For more information, click here.

Workers’ Compensation for First Responders with PTSI

April 26, 2021

Senators Bartolotta and Regan plan to introduce legislation to change the standard that a first responder must meet in order to establish a workers’ compensation claim for a post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI). For more information, click here.

Protecting Those Who Protect Us

Representative Kail plans to introduce legislation that will allow municipal emergency service providers, such as our fire companies, emergency medical services, and municipal police departments to receive financial assistance to support tourism activities in the county in which they operate. For more information, click here.

Workers Compensation for Off-duty Emergency Personnel

April 30, 2021

Representative Sonney plans to introduce legislation which will amend Section 601 of the Workers’ Compensation Act to extend Worker’s Compensation (WC) protection to members of emergency medical services agencies when not officially on duty. For more information click here.

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