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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: December 3, 2020 11:33 AM
From: Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill and Sen. Patrick J. Stefano, Sen. Doug Mastriano
To: All Senate members
Subject: Protected Business Operations during COVID-19
Over the past few months, we have received hundreds of complaints and concerns from constituents regarding Governor Wolf’s order to close all non-life sustaining businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. The extreme lack of clarity and consistency with the business waiver process has caused chaos and confusion among Pennsylvania’s stressed small business owners. Businesses and licensees face uncertainty and frustration on whether or not they are permitted to continue business operations and fear potential penalties and sanctions they could face. 
Therefore, in the near future we will reintroduce Senate Bill 1161 that will help alleviate this concern for many businesses and licensed professionals in Pennsylvania. Our legislation will provide security for individuals and licensees by ensuring immunity from civil and criminal liability and from imposition of administrative sanctions, including those by a professional or occupational licensing board or commission, if an individual is engaged in a protected business operation during a declared disaster emergency and does not cause any actual harm.  
We hope you will join us in co-sponsoring this important legislation. 

Previous co-sponsors of this legislation were Senators Arnold, Argall, Mensch, DiSanto, Scavello, and J. Ward.

Introduced as SB211