WHAT: Rep. Russ Diamond (R-Lebanon), Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-Franklin/York/Adams), Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) and Sen. Mike Regan (R-Cumberland/York) will be holding a press conference on the passage of Diamond’s House Resolution 836 by the General Assembly. The resolution required by law that the governor must end the COVID-19 emergency declaration.
HARRISBURG - Rep. Stephen Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), who has served on the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Council for 10 years, voted against renewing Gov. Tom Wolf’s 90-day COVID-19 disaster declaration at a council meeting on Friday. The disaster declaration was to expire on June 4.
HARRISBURG—Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Delaware) today announced that the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) Council has voted to issue a disaster emergency declaration to allow Gov. Tom Wolf to use his authority to provide all necessary assistance to municipalities responding to violent protests in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Harrisburg.
WHAT: Rep. Stephen Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, will hold a voting meeting tomorrow to consider several measures including House resolutions honoring veterans, EMS providers, the American Red Cross and the 75th anniversary of VJ Day. The committee will also take up a concurrent resolution terminating Pennsylvania’s disaster emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
HARRISBURG – After weeks of working to safely and responsibly reopen businesses across the southeast and allow employees to once again start earning a paycheck, members of the Southeast House Republican Delegation are asking the governor to allow retail operators to offer curbside pickup for their customers.
HARRISBURG ? Chairman Stephen Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee (VAEP), held an informational meeting this week to update the committee on the role and readiness status of Pennsylvania’s National Guard in the statewide effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
WHAT: Rep. Stephen Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, will hold an informational meeting on the effects of COVID-19 on Pennsylvania Veterans Homes, the Pennsylvania National Guard and its mission status. Because the Capitol remains closed to visitors during the statewide emergency, the meeting will be held virtually with public access via LIVE webstreaming.
HARRISBURG - On Tuesday, the House voted unanimously to approve a bill co-sponsored by Rep. Stephen Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) that will relax staffing requirements for Basic Life Support Services across Pennsylvania and provide compensation and disability benefits related to COVID-19 to certain emergency responders and Pennsylvania National Guard personnel. The bill is now on its way to the governor’s desk.
WHAT: Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks) will hold a public hearing of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee (VAEP) to hear testimony on House Bill 1819. The bill would establish a Pennsylvania State Fire Commission to coordinate resources and services for fire and emergency services providers in the Commonwealth in accordance with the S.R. 6 Commission report.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Stephen Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) announced today that the Office of the State Fire Commissioner is awarding grants to fire, ambulance and rescue squads statewide, including several in Chester and Delaware counties.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Stephen Barrar (R-Delaware/Chester) was awarded the Civil Air Patrol’s highest non-valor award Tuesday at the state Capitol.
Rep. Stephen Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), majority chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, in conjunction with the central Pennsylvania chapters of Gold Star Mothers of America and Blue Star Mothers of America, and Wreaths Across America, will hold an event at the state Capitol in honor of U.S. military veterans and active duty personnel. The event is held annually, just prior to holiday wreath-laying activities at military cemeteries across the country. It aims to remember, honor and teach each generation of Americans about the duty and sacrifices of the men and women who serve and have served in our nation’s military.
HARRISBURG – It is bittersweet to announce my intentions to retire from the General Assembly at the end of my term in November of 2020 and I will not run for another term as a member in the General Assembly.
HARRISBURG – The National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) honored Rep. Stephen Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) with its annual Charles Dick Medal of Merit. Barrar received the award at the Pennsylvania National Guard Associations annual conference in Lancaster on Saturday.
WHAT: Rep. Stephen Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) and Sen. Tom Killion (R-Chester/Delaware) are co-hosting a veteran’s appreciation breakfast this Saturday in Glen Mills. The event, which is free to all area veterans and their spouses, will feature a choice of three seatings – 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.
HARRISBURG – This morning Rep. Stephen Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee (VAEP), joined House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) and other members of the VAEP committee in welcoming U.S. Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer and Dr. Peter Navarro, assistant to the president and director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, to the state Capitol.
HARRISBURG – On Tuesday, Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, held a voting meeting to advance the second batch of bills in two weeks stemming from recommendations of the Senate Resolution 6 Commission (SR6).
WHAT: Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness (VAEP) Committee, will hold a voting meeting at the state Capitol to consider a package of bills to benefit volunteer fire and ambulance companies and help in the recruitment, retention and care of first responders. Many of the bills under consideration stem from recommendations from a study by the SR6 Commission, which aims to ensure the viability of volunteer fire and EMS services in the Commonwealth.
HARRISBURG – The National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) recently announced it will honor Rep. Stephen Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) with its annual Charles Dick Medal of Merit at its national convention in Denver, Colo., on Labor Day weekend.
HARRISBURG – Representing a win for Pennsylvania National Guard members and their families, landmark legislation drafted by Reps. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) and Chris Sainato (D-Lawrence) was signed into law. It offers a free college education that can be shared with the member’s spouse and/or child in exchange for a Pennsylvania National Guard member’s six-year reenlistment.