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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: January 26, 2015 01:50 PM
From: Senator John N. Wozniak
To: All Senate members
Subject: Disaster Relief

In the near future, I plan on re-introducing legislation creating a Disaster Relief Fund in Pennsylvania using funds from the Johnstown Flood Tax. This bill was introduced last session as SB 675 and was co-sponsored by Senators BREWSTER, BROWNE, MENSCH, FONTANA, YUDICHAK, COSTA, and BOSCOLA.

Under this legislation, the first 20% of revenue derived from the flood tax would be deposited into the Disaster Relief Fund.

The first $250 million deposited in the fund during a fiscal year may be used to provide disaster relief grants or loans to the citizens of this Commonwealth who sustained property damage as a result of a disaster emergency as was declared by the Governor. Any remaining moneys deposited in the fund or the interest that accrues in the fund during a fiscal year in excess of the first $250 million may be used by the Governor to repair roads and bridges that failed their most recent inspection by the Department of Transportation.

If you have any questions please contact Josh Myers of my staff at 787-5400 or by email to jmyers@pasenate.com. Thank you for your consideration.

Introduced as SB627