PRIOR PRINTER'S NO. 1739
PRINTER'S NO. 1826
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
1182
Session of
2020
INTRODUCED BY BROOKS, BARTOLOTTA, PITTMAN, STEFANO, SCHWANK AND
J. WARD, JUNE 4, 2020
AS AMENDED ON THIRD CONSIDERATION, JUNE 30, 2020
AN ACT
Amending the act of July 8, 1986 (P.L.437, No.92), entitled "An
act providing for grants to agricultural societies and
associations to develop and improve agricultural fairs;
establishing an advisory committee in the Department of
Agriculture; and making repeals," providing for COVID-19
Emergency Agricultural Fair Grant Program.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. The act of July 8, 1986 (P.L.437, No.92), known
as the Pennsylvania Agricultural Fair Act, is amended by adding
a section to read:
Section 8.2. COVID-19 Emergency Agricultural Fair Grant
Program.
(a) Establishment.--The COVID-19 Emergency Agricultural Fair
Grant Program is established and shall be administered by the
department. Grants provided under the program shall be used to
assist county agricultural societies, independent agricultural
societies or other organizations impacted by the COVID-19
disaster emergency as provided under this section.
(b) Eligibility.--The following shall apply:
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(1) Notwithstanding any other provision of this act, a
county agricultural society, independent agricultural society
or other organization which conducts an annual agricultural
fair that cancels its annual agricultural fair in the
calendar year beginning January 1, 2020, due to the COVID-19
disaster emergency, resulting in ineligibility for other
grants under this act, shall be eligible for a grant under
this section . AND SHALL BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR CAPITAL
IMPROVEMENT GRANTS AVAILABLE UNDER SECTION 5(1)(II).
(2) If a county agricultural society, independent
agricultural society or other organization holds its annual
agricultural fair in the calendar year beginning January 1,
2020, it shall not be eligible for a grant under this section
but shall remain eligible to apply for all other grants
available under section 5.
(c) Amount.--The amount of a grant under this section shall
be the same amount that the eligible county agricultural
society, independent agricultural society or other organization
received in grants under section 5 5(1)(I), (III) AND (IV) for
the calendar year beginning on January 1, 2019.
(d) Application.--The application for a grant shall be in a
form and manner as prescribed by the department.
(e) Expiration of authority.--The authority of the
department to award grants under this section shall expire when
all available funds are disbursed for grants provided under the
program .
(f) Definition.--As used in this section, the following
words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this
subsection unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
"COVID-19 disaster emergency." The proclamation of disaster
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emergency issued by the Governor on March 6, 2020, published at
50 Pa.B. 1644 (March 21, 2020), and any renewal of the state of
emergency.
Section 2. This act shall take effect in 60 days.
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