|Posted:||April 10, 2020 07:29 PM|
|From:||Senator Michele Brooks and Sen. Camera Bartolotta|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Utilization of Federal Standards for Determining Essential Businesses|
|In the near future, we plan on introducing legislation that will change the way the Commonwealth determines which businesses are deemed to be essential and life-sustaining for future disaster declarations.
Specifically, when a formal disaster declaration affecting the Commonwealth is made, whether it is a national disaster declaration or a more geographically limited one, the Commonwealth will adopt the federal definitions governing what employees, businesses, social services, etc. are deemed “life-sustaining.” This will include definitions included in guidance from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) published by the United States Department of Homeland Security.
This bill will help provide a uniform process for determining life-sustaining and essential status, as well as provide more continuity, clarity, and guidance for our businesses that could potentially be affected.
I hope that you will join us in cosponsoring this important piece of legislation. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office staff.