|Posted:||September 21, 2015 10:40 AM|
|From:||Representative R. Lee James|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Heritage Areas Program Legislation|
|I intend to re-introduce legislation that would create the Heritage Areas Program Act, which provides guidelines for how the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) administers the program and appropriates the ‘Heritage and other Parks’ line item funding.
This legislation was originally introduced during the 2014-2015 session and won unanimous floor support.
The Heritage Areas Program has been operating since 1989 without legislatively mandated guidelines. This legislation is an example of a bipartisan, good governance measure to provide fiscal and program accountability based on the funding allocated by the General Assembly and Administration.
Heritage Areas have been shown to stimulate community revitalization and economic development through recreation, tourism and other partnerships.
The National Heritage Areas Program was patterned after Pennsylvania’s program. Ohio, Maryland, Delaware, Colorado and New York are several states that have received and benefitted from Pennsylvania’s guidance and technical assistance.
The legislation will do the following:
If you have any questions regarding this proposed legislation, please do not hesitate to contact my office. Thank you for your kind consideration of this request.
SWANGER, MILLARD, BARRAR, STERN, GINGRICH, SAYLOR, HARPER, BOBACK, R. MILLER, LONGIETTI, BAKER, SCHREIBER, KAUFFMAN, GODSHALL, REED, MAJOR, QUINN, MARSHALL, GIBBONS, CARROLL, HAGGERTY, HEFFLEY, PETRI, PICKETT, FLYNN, HARHART, KAVULICH, REESE, FARINA, MURT, LUCAS, FLECK, REGAN, CALTAGIRONE, CAUSER, PAINTER, HENNESSEY, NEILSON, ROZZI, ROEBUCK, TOPPER, PEIFER, SONNEY and KORTZ
Introduced as HB1605