Barrar to Again Lead House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee
HARRISBURG – Rep. Stephen E. Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) announced today that he again will serve as the majority chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.

“I am very excited to continue my service to Pennsylvania’s veterans and first responders,” said Barrar. “We accomplished many of the objectives we set last session, but there is still a lot of work to be done. I am ready to dig right in and get back to work on modernizing our state emergency management code and ensuring the health of the Pennsylvania Veterans Trust Fund, which provides for veterans benefits.”

Barrar noted the committee was very busy during the 2011-12 session and was able to achieve many of its priorities, including: 

        • Reauthorizing and providing a $5 million increase for the state grant program that 
            supports fire and ambulance public safety activities. 
        • Adopting the Turn Around, Don’t Drown law to protect first responders and 
            discourage motorists from ignoring road closure barriers. 
        • Fighting for the rights of veterans by enacting Act 76 of 2011, which requires one 
            of the three members of the State Civil Service Commission to be a veteran. 
        • Advocating for the establishment of a veteran’s designation on driver’s licenses 
            and other PennDOT-issued ID cards for individuals who have served in the U.S. 
            Armed Forces or National Guard, if he or she did not receive a dishonorable 

Barrar, who served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, has always been passionate about veterans issues.

“The men and women who fought to preserve our freedoms deserve to know that we have their backs here at home,” said Barrar. “The same can be said for our first responders who put their safety on the line to protect our lives and property.’

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives will formally open the 2013-14 session on Jan. 1, 2013. Barrar’s appointment as majority chairman of the committee will be made official when it is read on the House floor in January.

More information about Barrar and his work as committee chairman is available at and

Representative Stephen E. Barrar
160th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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