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

Meeting to consider SB 1194 and HB 803

Senate Veterans and Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 | 12:00 noon

East Wing, Hearing Room 8EA

Agenda

Meeting to consider SB 1194 and HB 803

*SB 1194 (Mensch) Establishes the Military College of Pennsylvania Educational Assistance Program

  • Amendment 04169 (Stefano) Makes two minor edits

*HB 803 (O’Neill) Establishes a Special Account for the Keystone Youth Challenge Program

  • Amendment 02118 (Stefano) Permits DMVA to adopt Rules and Regulations

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

Confirmation hearing for DMVA promotions and consideration of bills

Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee

Monday, June 6, 2022 | 12 noon

North Office Building, Hearing Room 1

Agenda

Confirmation hearing for DMVA promotions and consideration of bills

Schedule

Call to Order

Consideration of the following PA National Guard Officers for promotion:

Colonel to Brigadier General

  • Col Leland Blanchard (PA Army National Guard) – introduced by Sen. Stefano
  • Col Raymond Hyland (PA Air National Guard) – constituent of Sen. Hutchinson
  • Col Richard McMullen (PA Air National Guard) – constituent of Sen. Langerholc

Brigadier General to Major General

  • BG Terrence Koudelka (PA Air National Guard) – constituent of Sen. Aument
  • BG James McCormack (PA Army National Guard) – constituent of Sen. Gordner
  • BG Carl Reese (PA Army National Guard) – constituent of Sen. DiSanto
  • BG Michael Wegscheider (PA Army National Guard) – constituent of Sen. Mensch

Consideration of Legislation

  • *SB 1141 (Gebhard) (Administrative Code:  Re-use of the former Lt. Governor’s Residence)
  • *SB 1265 (Stefano) (Title 35/Health & Safety:  Fire Course Registry)
  • *HB 2097 (Hamm) (Title 35/Health & Safety:  Extends EMS Staffing Waiver)
  • Amendment #04407 (Stefano) Extends for 5-Years 

Adjournment

 

 

Stefano, Others Highlight Solutions to EMS Struggles

HARRISBURG – Sen. Pat Stefano (R-32), chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, hosted a press conference to highlight legislation that would address issues faced by the emergency medical services (EMS) community on Monday, June 6, at 11 a.m. in front of the Emergency Responder Plaza along North Street in Harrisburg.

In February, the General Assembly passed Senate Bill 739, now Act 10 of 2022, which provided $25 million to our EMS providers. 

House Bill 2097 would make permanent a COVID-19 waiver, which would enable emergency responders to help more people. It would allow certified emergency personnel – such as first responders with specific first aid, CPR and emergency vehicle training – to drive ambulances with an emergency medical technician (EMT) on board. While it was permitted a few years ago, regulations have since been changed to increase the number of EMTs required per ambulance.

House Bill 2434 would increase the reimbursement rates under Medicaid for EMS providers, who have received only two increases in reimbursement for transporting individuals covered by Medicaid in the last two decades.

Speakers included:

  • Sen. Pat Stefano, chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee,
  • Sen. Katie Muth (D-44), minority chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee,
  • Rep. Martin Causer (R-67), prime sponsor of House Bill 2434,
  • Barry Albertson, past president of the Ambulance Association of Pennsylvania,
  • David Jones, president of the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council, and
  • Anthony Deavae, Board Member, Pennsylvania Fire and Emergency Services Institute.

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

**MEDIA ADVISORY** Stefano to Host Working Animal Appreciation Day on May 24

Live stream begins at 12 p.m.

HARRISBURG – Sen. Pat Stefano (R-32), chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, is hosting a Working Animal Appreciation Day on Tuesday, May 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and Soldiers Grove at the Capitol Complex.

The Senate of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania State Working Animal Foundation are recognizing the police and military K-9s, search and rescue dogs and horses, service dogs and therapy animals that work for people.

The press conference will begin at noon in Soldiers Grove. The event will also include demonstrations every half hour:

  • 9:30 a.m.: Summit Search and Rescue
  • 10 a.m.: PA Department of Corrections
  • 10:30 a.m.: The Capitol Police
  • 11 a.m.: Canine Partners for Life
  • 11:30 a.m.: York County Sheriff’s Office
  • Noon: press conference
  • 12:45 p.m.: Pennsylvania Canine Search and Rescue
  • 1:15 p.m.: Middle Creek Search and Rescue

There will be a special appearance by K-9 Detective Briggs, who has worked with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, local police departments, the U.S. Marshal and Secret Service agencies and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The K-9 is credited with assisting in the apprehension of arson and armed robbery suspects.

Exhibits and demonstrations will include the following organizations from around the Commonwealth: Alpha Bravo Canine, Caring Hearts Pet Therapy, Carlisle Police Department, Crisis Response Canines, Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Harrisburg Police K-9 Unit, KPETS-Keystone Pet Enhanced Therapy Services, Leg Up Farm, Life Changing Service Dogs for Veterans, Loving Eyes Seeing Eye Puppy Club, Pennsylvania Canine Search and Rescue, Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team, Pennsylvania State Police Mounted Section, Pennsylvania State Working Animal Foundation, Penn Vet Working Dog Center, Special Unit 66 Search and Rescue, Summit Search and Rescue and Tails of Valor.

Additional support for the event is provided by the Fraternal Order of Police, Pennsylvania Lodge, Pittsburgh Firefighters and the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association.

The PA Dairyman’s Association’s Milkshake on the Moove Truck will also be present to serve its famous milkshakes. You can purchase a delicious milkshake for $5. Proceeds benefit agricultural scholarships, youth programs and educational programs across the state.

The event is open to the public.

Watch the press conference at noon live at SenatorStefano.com and veterans.pasenategop.com.

 

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

Meeting to consider HR 188

Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee

March 30, 2022 | Off the Floor

Rules Conference Room

 

Agenda

Meeting to consider HR 188

Schedule

Call to Order

Consideration of Legislation

*HR 188 (Hennessey) (Extends the Governor’s Emergency Declaration for the Forbes Avenue/Fern Hollow Bridge Collapse until September 30, 2022)

Adjournment

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