Barrar, House Committee Move Measure to Protect Military Installations
HARRISBURG – The House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, chaired by state Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) today moved a measure which asks Congress to prohibit space-based satellite imaging companies from disseminating information pertaining to United States military installations. House Resolution 649 may now be taken up on the House floor.

“In researching the legislation, I was surprised and disappointed to see the detail in which our military bases may be viewed by the general public,” Barrar said. “In passing House Resolution 649, we are asking Congress to work with the Department of Defense and block video access to satellite imagery that could place our servicemen and women in harm’s way.

“Technology is a wonderful thing, when used with good intent. This type of technology, in the wrong hands, places soldiers’ lives in jeopardy,” added Barrar.

House Resolution 649 was one of five pieces of legislation unanimously passed by the committee as follows:

Senate Bill 403 – Attempts to increase recruitment and retention of military resident physicians in the Pennsylvania National Guard.
Senate Bill 707 - Would allow Volunteer Firefighters’ Relief Association funds to be used for emergency medical service training.
Senate Bill 923 – Would preserve and expand the Military Family Relief Assistance Program, which gives grants to service members who experienced a sudden loss of income as a result of military service, emergency child care needs, or natural or manmade disasters.
Senate Bill 1115 – Would make changes to the Pennsylvania National Guard Educational Assistance Program to help ensure proper distribution of federal and state financial aid.

Questions about this or any legislative issue may be directed to Barrar’s Chadds Ford district office at (610) 358-5925.

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

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