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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: December 27, 2022 11:59 AM
From: Senator Tracy Pennycuick
To: All Senate members
Subject: Low-Impact Home Based Businesses
In the near future, I plan to reintroduce legislation to allow for temporary low-impact business relocation during a declared emergency.
The COVID-19 pandemic shifted the way many businesses conducted operations throughout the Commonwealth. In my district, a constituent who does electrical contracting and computing relocated a portion of his business to his home, so he could continue to provide for his family. However, when he did this, his municipality threatened him with fines and even jail time if he did not desist his business at his home.

Currently, individuals can operate what are deemed “no impact home businesses” from their residential properties. My legislation would amend the Municipal Planning Code to expand this provision to allow low-impact home businesses to operate during any future declared disaster emergency or natural disaster that renders operation of the business at its location unsafe and impossible.

Please join me in supporting business owners who want to temporarily move their businesses to their homes, so they can continue to conduct business during an emergency or natural disaster.
If you have any questions, please contact Matt Szuchyt from my office at 215-541-2388 or mszuchyt@pasen.gov.

Introduced as SB195