PRINTER'S NO. 1647
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
1122
Session of
2020
INTRODUCED BY PITTMAN, PHILLIPS-HILL, DiSANTO, KILLION, ARGALL,
ARNOLD, BAKER, BARTOLOTTA, LANGERHOLC, MENSCH, A. WILLIAMS,
J. WARD, BREWSTER, MASTRIANO, MARTIN, K. WARD, SCHWANK, YAW,
VOGEL, SCAVELLO, STEFANO, GORDNER AND COSTA, APRIL 17, 2020
REFERRED TO VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS,
APRIL 17, 2020
AN ACT
Amending Title 35 (Health and Safety) of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes, in grants to fire companies and
emergency medical services companies, providing for COVID-19
Crisis Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant
Program.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Chapter 78 of Title 35 of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes is amended by adding a subchapter to read:
SUBCHAPTER C.1
COVID-19 CRISIS FIRE COMPANY AND
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES GRANT PROGRAM
Sec.
7823.1. Establishment.
7823.2. Publication and notice.
7823.3. Award of grants.
§ 7823.1. Establishment.
The COVID-19 Crisis Fire Company and Emergency Medical
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Services Grant Program is established and shall be administered
by the agency. Grants provided under the program shall be used
by fire companies and EMS companies to provide services during
the novel coronavirus pandemic as identified in the proclamation
of disaster emergency issued by the Governor on March 6, 2020,
published at 50 Pa.B. 1644 (March 21, 2020), and any renewal of
the state of disaster emergency.
§ 7823.2. Publication and notice.
The agency shall transmit notice of the COVID-19 Crisis Fire
Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program
availability to the Legislative Reference Bureau for publication
in the Pennsylvania Bulletin within 30 days of the effective
date of this section .
§ 7823.3. Award of grants.
(a) Authorization.--The agency shall make a grant award from
the COVID-19 Crisis Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services
Grant Program to:
(1) Each eligible fire company that received a grant
award in fiscal year 2019-2020 under section 7813 (relating
to award of grants) for the purposes under section 7813(a)
and (a.1) .
(2) A fire company that did not apply for or receive a
grant award in fiscal year 2019-2020 under section 7813 and
that applies for a grant under this subchapter for the
purposes under section 7813(a) and (a.1).
(3) Each eligible EMS company that received a grant
award in fiscal year 2019-2020 under section 7823 (relating
to award of grants) for the purposes under section 7823(a) .
(4) An EMS company that did not apply for or receive a
grant award in fiscal year 2019-2020 under section 7823 and
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that applies for a grant under this subchapter for the
purposes under section 7823(a).
(b) Amount of award.--The amount of the grant award under
this subchapter shall be the same amount of the grant award for
fiscal year 2019-2020 to:
(1) An eligible fire company under section 7813.
(2) An eligible EMS company under section 7823.
(c) Application not required.--
(1) Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (2), no
additional application shall be required for a grant under
this subchapter.
(2) A fire company under subsection (a)(2) and an EMS
company under subsection (a)(4) must file an application for
a grant under this subchapter.
Section 2. Title 35 is amended by adding sections to read:
§ 7832.2. COVID-19 Crisis Fire Company and Emergency Medical
Services Grant Program.
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the sum of
$30,000,000 shall be allocated from money received by the
Commonwealth under the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and
Economic Security Act (Public Law 116-136) for purposes of
making grants under Subchapter C.1 (relating to COVID-19 Crisis
Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program). The
following shall apply:
(1) The sum of $27,000,000 of the amount allocated shall
be expended for the purpose of making grants to eligible fire
companies.
(2) The sum of $3,0 00,000 of the amount allocated shall
be expended for the purpose of making grants to eligible EMS
companies.
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(3) Notwithstanding paragraphs (1) and (2), the agency
may use up to $200,000 of unencumbered funds from the amount
allocated for administrative costs for the implementation of
Subchapter C.1.
§ 7841.1. Expiration of authority relating to COVID-19 Crisis
Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant
Program.
The authority of the agency to award grants under Subchapter
C.1 (relating to COVID-19 Crisis Fire Company and Emergency
Medical Services Grant Program) shall expire six months after
the effective date of this section.
Section 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
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