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06/19/2024 10:43 PM
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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: December 5, 2022 10:38 AM
From: Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr.
To: All Senate members
Subject: Safe Exchange Zone Program
 
In the near future, I plan to re-introduce Senate Bill 881 that will establish a Safe Exchange Zone Program.
 
Following a tragic death in Cambria County, the Johnstown Police Department created a Safe Exchange Zone. The intent of the zone is to provide a safe place in public view and close proximity of law enforcement to effectuate either exchanges of goods purchased on FB Marketplace or other online entities.  Also, this area can be used to transfer custody of children by parents involved with custody agreements.
 
This is not the first of its kind in the Commonwealth as other areas have been afforded with very positive reviews.
 
My legislation would create a grant program for municipalities and counties to establish more Safe Exchange Zones, similar to the one in Johnstown, across the Commonwealth. These locations will continue to make our communities safer and prevent future tragedy.
 
Previous co-sponsors to this legislation were: Phillips-Hill, Vogel, Costa, Cappelletti, Muth, and Mastriano. Senate Bill 881 unanimously passed the Senate on April 5, 2022.
 
Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation.
 



Introduced as SB173