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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: June 19, 2019 01:51 PM
From: Representative Jason Ortitay
To: All House members
Subject: Police Vehicle Accident Reports for Fire Company Insurance Billing
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation to help our volunteer fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) companies, who struggle financially to provide a very necessary service.

Under current law, vehicle accident reports conducted by local and State Police are furnished for a fee or to certain individuals or entities. In the case of a PA State Police report, a fee of $22 per copy is required to be submitted by the requesting party. My proposal will exempt both volunteer fire and EMS companies from the payment of this fee.

For municipal police accident reports, current law restricts the furnishing of these reports to the following entities:

A person involved in the accident and the person’s attorney or insurer
The Federal Government
Branches of the military service
Commonwealth agencies
Officials of political subdivisions
Agencies of other states and nations and the political subdivisions of other states and nations

My legislation adds volunteer fire and EMS companies to the list above, which will go a long way in assisting fire and EMS companies that bill insurance companies for real and actual costs of responding to vehicle accidents. For volunteer fire companies, its a means of recouping some of the costs associated with responding to traffic incidents.

Please consider joining me in sponsoring this legislation.

Introduced as HB1758