Meeting to consider SB 1152, SB 1286, HB 397, HB 1867 and HB 2412

Senate Veterans and Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 | 10:00 a.m.

East Wing, Hearing Room 8EA

Agenda

Meeting to consider SB 1152, SB 1286, HB 397, HB 1867 and HB 2412

Schedule

Call to Order

Consideration of Legislation

*SB 1152 (Mastriano) (Overdose Mapping Act)

  • Amendment 04872 (Stefano) Changes to a 48-hour reporting timeline (rather than 24); removes the Overdose Map as an option for entering overdoses; and adds a reporting requirement for ER staff when the overdose victim was not transported by EMS
  • REPLACEMENT AMENDMENT 04962 (Stefano) Changes to a 72-hour reporting timeline (rather than 24); removes the Overdose Map as an option for entering overdoses; and adds a reporting requirement for ER staff when the overdose victim was not transported by EMS

*SB 1286 (Muth/Stefano) (Title51/Military Affairs: PA National Guard Pay Increase)

*HB 397 (Owlett) (Title 35/Health & Safety:  Permits Resolutions for First Responder Tax Credit)

*HB 1867 (Boback) (School Code:  Purple Star Schools)

  • Amendment 03953 (Stefano) Replaces the language of HB 1867 with the Senate passed version, SB 1028, which permits Private School Participation 

*HB 2412 (C. Williams) (Title 51/Military Affairs:  Permits PA National Guard to assist state agencies with Cyber Security)

Adjournment

Civil Air Patrol briefing

Joint Informational Meeting

Senate AND House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committees

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 | 9:00 a.m.

East Wing, Room 60

AGENDA

Civil Air Patrol Briefing

Schedule

Civil Air Patrol Briefing by Col. Kevin Berry, Wing Commander 

Swearing in of Legislative Squadron by Kevin Berry, Wing Commander

Joint informational meeting with the Pennsylvania National Guard Associations (PNGAS), who will cover their Legislative Agenda, PNGAS Job Board, Employers hiring Veterans and Guard members, and introduction of the PNGAS leadership team

Joint Informational Meeting

Senate AND House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committees

Monday, June 13, 2022 | 11:30 a.m.

East Wing, Room 60

AGENDA

Joint informational meeting with the Pennsylvania National Guard Associations (PNGAS), who will cover their Legislative Agenda, PNGAS Job Board, Employers hiring Veterans and Guard members, and introduction of the PNGAS leadership team

11:00 Registration, Brunch and Networking

11:30 Call to Order and Legislative Welcome: Joint Meeting of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Meeting

  • House Chairman Karen Boback
  • House Chairman Chris Sainato
  • Senate Chairman Patrick J. Stefano
  • Senate Chairman Katie J. Muth

11:40 Pennsylvania National Guard Update – Brigadier General Michael J. Regan Jr., Deputy Adjutant General – Pennsylvania Air National Guard

11:45 PNGAS Updates

  • Ronda Fawber, Chairman, PNGAS Board of Directors,
  • Kelly Lewis, Consultant, PNGAS and PNGAS Job Board
  • PNGAS Legislative Agenda, PNGAS Job Board, Employers Hiring Veterans & Guard Members  

11:55 Closing Remarks – Chairman Boback, Sainato, and Chairman Stefano, Muth

11:59 Adjournment

Stefano: Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee Moves Four Measures

HARRISBURG – Today, the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee reported four bills to the full Senate, according to Sen. Pat Stefano (R-32), committee chairman.

Senate Bill 1016, sponsored by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33), would permit the awarding of military decorations to members of strategic allies.

“Pennsylvania has had a long-standing relationship with Lithuania [since 1993] through the National Guard’s State Partnership Program. As military tensions arise across the globe, it’s important for us to be able to recognize strategic allies, like Lithuania, and their exemplary service that they have provided to our Commonwealth,” said Sen. Stefano.

Senate Bill 1027, sponsored by Sen. Stefano, would permit junior firefighters, aged 17, to train on live fires – with their parent’s permission and local fire chief’s permission.

“This legislation, which is a result of discussions with my local fire companies, is important for recruitment and retention purposes as it will help our junior firefighters complete their training prior to turning 18,” said Sen. Stefano.

Senate Bill 1028, sponsored by Sen. Stefano and Sen. Devlin Robinson (R-37), would establish the Purple Star School Program for military-connected students. 

“The Purple Star School Program is a state-sponsored recognition designed to acknowledge a public or charter school that has committed to supporting the unique educational and social-emotional needs of military-connected students,” said Sen. Stefano.

Senate Bill 1047, sponsored by Sen. Chris Gebhard (R-48), expands the State Armory board’s ability to rent or lease out building and allows the board to oversee the utilization of its 89 readiness centers and 18 field maintenance shops.

“This legislation modernizes the State Armory Board statute and clarifies the powers and authority of the Adjutant General in conjunction with the State Armory Board to ensure greater collaboration,” said Sen. Stefano.

Having received unanimous support from the committee, all four bills now advance to the full Senate for consideration.

Click here for a link to the video of the hearing. 

CONTACT:  Nathan Silcox, 717-787-7175, nsilcox@pasen.gov

Stefano and Senate Committee Pass Bills Supporting Veterans

HARRISBURG – In honor of the brave Americans who defended our country and the approaching holiday celebrating their sacrifices, Chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee Sen. Pat Stefano (R-32) held a committee meeting to consider three bills to benefit veterans.

House Bill 491 would exempt 100% of a veteran’s federal disability compensation benefits or pension from income calculations for Commonwealth programs. It would also extend the exclusion of the veteran’s compensation benefits to his or her unmarried surviving spouse.

House Bill 995 would codify into law the “VETConnect” program, which is aimed at connecting veterans to the programs and services they need.

House Bill 1421 would increase the amount of the burial benefit to those who perform burial details for deceased veterans at any of the three national cemeteries. The rate would increase from $150 to $250 a day, which would be the first increase in more than 20 years. The bill would also allow the Pennsylvania National Guard to perform the burial functions when veterans’ groups are not available.

During the meeting, the committee also passed two bills that would impact health care professionals.

Senate Bill 861, which Sen. Stefano sponsored, would facilitate the day-to-day movement of EMS personnel across state boundaries in the performance of their duties as assigned by an appropriate authority without jeopardizing public safety.

“Pennsylvania is really struggling to recruit and retain licensed EMS providers, and my bill would help to make our state more attractive to out-of-state EMS personnel. In addition to helping with staffing during emergencies, our military families would be able to more quickly move from state to state,” Sen. Stefano said.

Senate Bill 927 would allow more health professionals, including dentists and physician assistants, to participate in the Medical Officer & Health Care Officer Incentive Program. The program, which initially began to address a lack of health care providers in the National Guard, offers a tuition reimbursement incentive to those who qualify through their time in the armed service.

Having received unanimous support from the committee, all five bills now advance to the full Senate for consideration.

Click HERE for a link to the video of the hearing.

 

CONTACT:  Nathan Silcox, 717-787-7175, nsilcox@pasen.gov

 

Senate and House Joined to Announce Planned Advancement of Bills Benefitting Veterans

HARRISBURG – Sen. Pat Stefano (R-32), as chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, and Senator Devlin Robinson (R-37) partnered with their colleagues in the House of Representatives at a news conference on Monday, Nov. 8, at 11 a.m., at Soldiers’ Grove, Main Capitol Complex, and highlighted legislation to benefit Pennsylvania’s veterans.

The event is being held in conjunction with the House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee.

Senate Bill 849, which Sen. Stefano sponsored, would add an exemption for those with a disability discharge and would ensure that veterans with medical discharges receive preference with seeking careers within the Commonwealth. It is expected to receive support in the Senate this week.

Bills focused on veterans that are anticipated to advance in the House include legislation that would remove licensing barriers for veterans’ family members, increase the monthly pension amounts for specific veterans, protect military discharge papers stored by county courthouses, enhance life insurance offered to members of the Pennsylvania National Guard and honor the sacrifice made by our brave veterans.

Also, the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, will be holding a committee meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m. to consider five bills, including:

  • Senate Bill 861, which would facilitate the day-to-day movement of EMS personnel across state boundaries in the performance of their duties as assigned by an appropriate authority without jeopardizing public safety.
  • Senate Bill 927, which would allow more health professionals to participate in the Medical Officer Health Incentive Program.
  • House Bill 491, which would exclude veterans’ compensation benefits from income calculations for Commonwealth programs.
  • House Bill 995, which would create a peer outreach and support program for veterans and their families.
  • House Bill 1421, which would increase the amounts for veterans’ burial details from $150 to $250 a day. 

CONTACT:  Nathan Silcox, 717-787-7175, nsilcox@pasen.gov

Meeting to consider SB 861, SB 927,  HB 491, HB 995, and HB 1421

Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 | 11:00 a.m.

East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-A


AGENDA

Meeting to consider SB 861, SB 927,  HB 491, HB 995, and HB 1421

Schedule

Call to Order

Consideration of Legislation

SB 861 (Stefano) (Emergency Medical Services Personnel Licensure Interstate Compact) 

SB 927 (Hutchinson) (Title 51/Military Affairs:  Medical Officer or Health Officer Incentive Program Enhancements)

              Amendment 02902 (Stefano) Adds an additional eligibility requirement 

HB 491 (Boback) (Title 51/Military Affairs:  Excludes Veterans compensation benefits from income calculations for applying for Commonwealth programs) 

HB 995 (Kaufer) (Title 51/Military Affairs:  Expands Veterans Outreach)

Amendment 02856 (Brooks) would codify DMVA’s “Vet Connect” program into law 

HB 1421 (Thomas) (Title 51/Military Affairs:  Increases the amounts for Veterans Burial Details)

Adjournment

Media Advisory – Senators Stefano & Muth to Host Female Veterans Roundtable on Nov. 1

HARRISBURG – Sen. Pat Stefano (R-32) and Sen. Katie Muth (D-44), chairs of the Pennsylvania Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, are hosting a Roundtable Discussion with female veterans about their military experience on Monday, Nov. 1, from 1-3 p.m. at Fort Indiantown Gap, Building #8-63 (Counter Drug Classroom), located on Trooper Street in Annville (Lebanon County).

The roundtable will highlight how a military background can prepare women for future leadership roles. There will also be discussion about the opportunities and challenges for females in a historically male-dominated field.

Participants will include federal, state, county, and local veterans, including:

  • Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan (D-6)
  • Stacy Garrity, State Treasurer
  • Adjutant General Mark Schindler
  • Former Adjutant General Jessica Wright
  • Maureen Weigl, Deputy Adjutant General for Veterans Affairs
  • State Rep. Nancy Guenst (D-152)
  • State Rep. Natalie Mihalek (R-40)
  • State Rep. Tracy Pennycuick (R-147)
  • Judge Cheryl Austin, Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas
  • Lisa Kaye, Director of Monroe County Director Veterans Affairs

Watch live at SenatorStefano.com, veterans.pasenategop.com,

www.SenatorMuth.com/live or www.facebook.com/SenatorMuth.

CONTACTS: Nathan Silcox, 717-787-7175, nsilcox@pasen.gov

Jeff Cavanaugh, 610-792-2137, Jeffrey.Cavanaugh@pasenate.com

Roundtable discussion with female veterans

Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee

Monday, November 1, 2021 | 1:00 p.m.

Ft. Indiantown Gap, Annville, Lebanon County


AGENDA

Roundtable discussion with female veterans