THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
INTRODUCED BY WARD, BRUBAKER, BAKER, ERICKSON, YAW, EARLL, SMUCKER, MUSTO, GORDNER, WASHINGTON, ALLOWAY, M. WHITE, TOMLINSON AND BOSCOLA, DECEMBER 17, 2009
REFERRED TO PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE, DECEMBER 17, 2009
Amending the act of April 9, 1929 (P.L.177, No.175), entitled
"An act providing for and reorganizing the conduct of the
executive and administrative work of the Commonwealth by the
Executive Department thereof and the administrative
departments, boards, commissions, and officers thereof,
including the boards of trustees of State Normal Schools, or
Teachers Colleges; abolishing, creating, reorganizing or
authorizing the reorganization of certain administrative
departments, boards, and commissions; defining the powers and
duties of the Governor and other executive and administrative
officers, and of the several administrative departments,
boards, commissions, and officers; fixing the salaries of the
Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and certain other executive
and administrative officers; providing for the appointment of
certain administrative officers, and of all deputies and
other assistants and employes in certain departments, boards,
and commissions; and prescribing the manner in which the
number and compensation of the deputies and all other
assistants and employes of certain departments, boards and
commissions shall be determined," establishing the Essential
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. The act of April 9, 1929 (P.L.177, No.175), known
as The Administrative Code of 1929, is amended by adding a
section to read:
Section 1107. Essential Programs Fund.--(a) The Essential
Programs Fund is established as a separate fund in the State
Treasury. The moneys of this fund are hereby appropriated on a
continuing basis to carry out the provisions of this section.
(b) If legislation providing an appropriation for programs
relating to essential programs is not enacted by August 15, the
State Treasurer shall periodically transfer unappropriated,
unrestricted General Fund moneys, to the extent that such funds
are available, to the Essential Programs Fund. The transfers
shall be up to such dollar amounts and at such times as
necessary to meet the requirements under subsection (c).
(c) If the Governor fails to certify revenue estimates under
section 618 for the current fiscal year, the Secretary of
Revenue shall certify to the State Treasurer each time a
transfer is needed under subsection (a) that there are adequate
unappropriated, unrestricted General Fund moneys to make the
(d) (1) The Secretary of Public Welfare shall draw a
warrant on the State Treasurer in favor of each essential
program for the payment provided under subsection (c).
(2) Payments shall be made up to ninety percent (90%) of the
amount as the previous fiscal year to the essential programs.
Payments shall be adjusted pursuant to the program's
appropriation in the enacted budget.
(e) Transfers provided under this section shall only be in
effect during the time in which no appropriation has been
enacted and shall be made only in the amount necessary to meet
each payment for the essential programs.
(f) For the purposes of this section "essential programs"
include, but are not limited to:
(1) Subsidized child care providers.
(2) Transitional food and shelter providers.
(3) Foster care and adoption subsidizers.
(4) Protective care providers.
(5) Access-to-care providers.
Section 2. This act shall take effect immediately.