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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: December 10, 2018 04:33 PM
From: Senator Mike Regan
To: All Senate members
Subject: Heart and Lung Act Expansion
 
In the near future I plan to reintroduce Senate Bill 1073, as passed unanimously by the Senate, with one addition. The bill, sponsored last session by Senator Randy Vulakovich, expands the Enforcement Officer Disability Benefits Law (Heart and Lung Act) to include entities not currently protected under the act.

The legislation will extend coverage to:
  • Campus police officers employed by a participating university
  • DCNR Rangers, DCNR Ranger Supervisors, DCNR Ranger Operations Specialists and DCNR Ranger Trainees employed by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
  • Members of the Fort Indiantown Gap Police
  • Investigative staff of the Office of Inspector General
  • Members of the Allegheny County Port Authority Police
  • Members of the Allegheny County Housing Authority Police
  • Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Bureau of Investigations and Intelligence Commissioned Police Officers

It is important to note, my proposal adds the Department of Corrections’ Commissioned Police Officers, which are sworn law enforcement officers responsible for conducting criminal investigations and arrests for crimes committed in and against Corrections property.

The duties of all of these individuals require them to place themselves in harm’s way, and they deserve the same protections already afforded to others under the Heart and Lung Act.

I hope you will join me in helping to protect additional members of law enforcement by signing onto this important piece of legislation.

Co-sponsors of SB1073: BARTOLOTTA, BLAKE, BREWSTER, COSTA, FONTANA, HUGHES, RAFFERTY, RESCHENTHALER, STEFANO, TARTAGLIONE, VULAKOVICH, and K.WARD.



Introduced as SB439