Committee Votes to Exempt Out-of-State Businesses Assisting in Pennsylvania Disaster Relief, Barrar Says
HARRISBURG – Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, held a voting meeting this morning at which the committee gave its unanimous approval to a bill to exempt out-of-state businesses and their employees from Pennsylvania’s taxes, fees and registration requirements when they assist in disaster emergencies declared by the governor or president.

Several areas of the state were particularly hard hit by last winter’s storms that left thousands of Pennsylvanians without electric power for days. House Bill 2377 would enable out-of-state companies and workers to perform disaster emergency-related work for up to 10 days prior to an emergency and for as many as 60 days after the end of a declared disaster without being subject to Pennsylvania’s taxes and fees, especially if the work performed is done so in several different municipalities or counties in a very short period of time.  

“This legislation would enable Pennsylvania to get outside help in disaster situations when our resources are overwhelmed,” said Barrar, who co-sponsored the bill.  “When our critical infrastructure – such as our communications network, electric generation, transmission and distribution system, gas distribution system and water pipelines - is impaired or destroyed, this will enable these businesses and employees to both pre-stage resources and provide us with the help we need to restore service to our citizens more quickly.”

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

The following are two additional measures that were unanimously voted out of committee today:

House Resolution 942 calls on the president to intervene to secure the release of U.S. Marine Andrew Tahmooressi, who has been held in a Mexican prison for more than 90 days.  Social media updates on this situation may be found at #FreeOurMarine.

Senate Bill 1423 would make a necessary adjustment to the Volunteer Loan and Assistance Program.  The bill clarifies that loans up to $300,000 may be used for “heavy duty rescue trucks.”

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

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