Pennsylvania Fire & Emergency Services Institute
Legislative Alert – Call to Action
September 11, 2019
House VA & EP Committee Action
PFESI has been advised of the following House legislative activity that supports the recent SR 6 committee report
Please be advised that members of the Fire & EMS community should contact and meet with members of the House VA & EP Committee and advocate for the following:
Committee Vote – September 18th – 9:00 A.M.
HB 759 (Dush/Jozwiak)
Authorizes volunteer fire departments to bill for real and reasonable costs.
HB 1347 (Masser)
Requires insurance carriers to reimbursement ambulance companies directly that are not in the insurance carrier’s network.
HB 1673 (Farry)
Authorizes volunteer fire departments to use Volunteer Fire Relief Funds for Length of Service Award Programs (LOSAP), which are mini-retirement programs for volunteer firefighters.
HB 1705 (Gabler)
Authorizes school districts to provide a property tax credit of up to 100% for volunteer emergency responders.
HB 1773 (Struzzi)
Establishes the First Responder Tuition Assistance Program.
HB 1780 (James) – Exempts volunteer fire/EMS companies from the Right-to-Know Law
HB 1786 (Sainato)
First Responder College Loan Forgiveness Program.
SB 146 (Brooks)
Online training for firefighters.
The key is to CONTACT members of the House VA & EP Committee so they are aware and cannot make an excuse that they do not know about these bills!
How to identify Members of the House VA & EP Committee contact and district Information:
- Click on the members name
- Identify district on the Google Map
- If you live or your emergency services organization is in that district, this is your member.
- Contact the members District Office and set up a meeting or send message of support for the above legislation.
- Example Message to communicate:
- I wanted to contact you to ask you to support SR 6 bills that are coming out of the House VA&EP committee and will very likely be in front of the House for a full vote this Fall.
Example of Email that we are requesting you to send:
Chairmen and Committee Members of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee:
Both Pennsylvania Fire and Emergency Services Institute (PFSEI) and Firemen’s Association State of Pennsylvania (FASP) support the SR 6 bills that are on the committee’s agenda for Wednesday, September 18th. These important pieces of legislation will help to provide the much needed assistance fire and emergency services across the Commonwealth very much so need. Please vote in support of:
- HB 759 Dush, Cris Amends Title 35 (Health & Safety), in emergency management services, providing for emergency response payment.
- HB 1347 Masser, Kurt Amends the Insurance Company Law, in casualty insurance, further providing for billing.
- HB 1673 Farry, Frank Amends Title 35 (Health & Safety), in volunteer firefighters, further providing for definitions, for statement of purpose, for funds and for audits.
- HB 1705 Gabler, Matt Amends Title 35 (Health & Safety), in incentives for municipal volunteers of fire companies and nonprofit EMS agencies, further providing for definitions, for real property tax credit and for rejection and appeal.
- HB 1773 Struzzi, James (F) Amends Title 35 (Health & Safety), in emergency management services, providing for tuition assistance for active volunteers; & establishing the Active Volunteer Tuition Assistance Program & Fund.
- HB 1780 James, Lee Amends Title 35 (Health and Safety), in miscellaneous provisions, providing for exemption.
- HB 1786 Sainato, Chris Amends Title 35 (Health & Safety), in incentives for municipal volunteers of fire companies & nonprofit emergency medical services agencies, establishing the First Responder Loan Forgiveness Program; and making editorial changes.
- SB 146 Brooks, Michele Amends Title 35 (Health and Safety), in Commonwealth services, providing for online training for firefighters; and making a related repeal.
Thank you for your support!
Members contact information is below:
Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee
Stephen Barrar – Chair
Mark Gillen R. Lee James
Frank Farry Zachary Mako
Francis Ryan Natalie Mihalek
Stephanie Borowicz Timothy O’Neal
Lynda Schlegel Culver Todd Polinchock
Torren Ecker Jim Rigby
Chris Sainato – Democratic Chair
Dan Williams Isabella Fitzgerald
Carol Hill-Evans Anita Astorino Kulik
Joe Webster Jennifer O’Mara
Ryan Bizzarro Christina Sappey