VAEP Committee Continues Title 35 Update Process

The Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee will meet on Monday (January 29) to continue the process to update the Emergency Management Sections of Title 35 (Health & Safety) and enhance Pennsylvania’s ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and manmade disasters, according to Committee Chairman Senator Randy Vulakovich.

Monday’s public hearing on Senate Bill 1019 will feature testimony from stakeholders including those representing first responders, county and municipal governments, the Keystone Emergency Management Association, the Director of Homeland Security, and the Director of PEMA. The meeting is set for 9:30 a.m. in Room 8E-B in the East Wing of the State Capitol Complex in Harrisburg.

This will be the committee’s second public hearing on the bill. PEMA Director Rick Flinn provided an overview of the legislation at the Committee’s January 22 meeting.

Title 35 has not been updated since 1996. Senate Bill 1019 will update the code to reflect the dramatic improvements in Pennsylvania’s emergency response network over the past 20 years and the lessons learned from the 9-11 terrorist attacks; Hurricanes Katrina, Irene, and Sandy; and other natural and manmade disasters.

“By overhauling and updating Title 35, we will improve the coordination of disaster preparedness and emergency management in Pennsylvania,” Senator Vulakovich said. “It also incorporates other changes designed to ensure that Pennsylvania keeps pace with new technology and newly emerging global threats.”


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