Barrar Committee Advances Bills to Protect Public, Aid Veterans
HARRISBURG – The House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, chaired by Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), advanced three bills that address prescription drugs for veterans, dispatching for emergency towing and recovery crews, and permitting first responders to solicit funds from motorists.

House Resolution 901, sponsored by Barrar, calls on Gov. Tom Corbett to re-examine a pilot program for third-party emergency dispatch services in Pennsylvania.

“As chairman of the committee, I held a public hearing on the issue last month after members of the Pennsylvania towing industry complained they were being shut out of the process,” said Barrar. “Concerns were also raised about using an out-of-state vendor to handle critical services that could be better handled by current 911 dispatchers.”

Senate Bill 1224 would extend the current prescription drug authorization for long-term care, which benefits veterans, to include both assisted living residences and personal care homes. The measure would enable veterans, regardless of where they reside, to take advantage of the cost savings they receive in obtaining their prescription drugs from the Veterans’ Administration by permitting assisted living residences and personal care homes to repackage the drugs in singe-unit doses as required by state law.

House Bill 2349 authorizes and protects volunteer first responder organizations that solicit contributions from occupants in vehicles along Pennsylvania roads and highways. While volunteer fire and emergency medical services organizations rely heavily on public contributions, it is currently unlawful to solicit donations in this manner. This legislation makes an exception for first responder organizations provided they first obtain the proper insurance, permission from the host municipality and limit solicitations to a controlled intersection.

All three bills now go to the full House for consideration.

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

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