Test Drive Our New Site! We have some improvements in the works that we're excited for you to experience. Click here to try our new, faster, mobile friendly beta site. We will be maintaining our current version of the site thru the end of 2024, so you can switch back as our improvements continue.
Legislation Quick Search
07/16/2024 06:40 AM
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Home / House Co-Sponsorship Memoranda

House Co-Sponsorship Memoranda

Subscribe to PaLegis Notifications

Subscribe to receive notifications of new Co-Sponsorship Memos circulated

By Member | By Date | Keyword Search

House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: December 1, 2022 04:34 PM
From: Representative Craig T. Staats
To: All House members
Subject: Transparency Update to the Disease Prevention and Control Act of 1955 (Former HB 1893)
The Disease Prevention and Control Act of 1955 currently provides, under Section 15 of the Act, a provision which allows the Department of Health to not release disease-related data.  Under Act 77 of 2020, this data is required to be treated as disclosable under the Right-to-Know Law during emergency declarations.  While the adoption of Act 77 of 2020 was a positive step to bring greater transparency into a very untransparent process, the emergency declaration for COVID-19 is over, but the Department of Health is still using this old and antiquated law to hide pertinent health information from the residents of Pennsylvania.
I will shortly be introducing legislation which repeals Section 15 of the Disease Prevention and Control Act of 1955 and replaces it with a simple provision that all disease information under this Act is under the Right-to-Know Law.  This ensures citizens have full access to government information while protecting the personal information of our citizens.
Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation to bring more transparency for our residents.

Previous co-sponsors:  Kauffman, Ryan, Hamm, James, R. Brown, Gillen, Grove, Bernstine, Keefer, Gleim, Farry, Rowe and Jones.

Introduced as HB326