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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: November 12, 2019 04:14 PM
From: Representative Michael J. Puskaric
To: All House members
Subject: Repeal the Pennsylvania Civil Disorder Authority
 
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation to repeal the PA Civil Disorder Authority and property insurance assessment to pay for Authority bonds. The Authority was created to assist PA in sharing the potential losses due to civil unrest, which was prevalent in 1968. The Authority also was to act as a pass-through for federal assistance dollars. This Authority never came into existence, so there have never been assessments or bonds issued by the authority.

In 2019, The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Council would convene under the Emergency Management Services Code to prepare for and coordinate planning and preparation between local and State government support agencies. The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is also responsible for coordinating acceptance and delivery of federal assistance.

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) is the primary disaster recovery agency for the commonwealth; however, Pennsylvania does not have a state disaster assistance program. The damage assessment process is required to consider requesting federal assistance.

In Pennsylvania, many acts and regulations were passed several decades ago and have never been re-examined and evaluated as to their relevance and appropriateness in today’s society. The Commonwealth does not undertake a regular and systematic independent review of existing statutes and regulations. This body of law from 1968 is not used and is outdated and needs to be repealed.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.



Introduced as HB2106