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A05121
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE BILL
No.
2386
Session of
2020
INTRODUCED BY MEHAFFIE, KAUFER, QUINN, SCHLOSSBERG, RADER,
STAATS, BURGOS, DeLUCA, STEPHENS, MALAGARI, RYAN, READSHAW,
DONATUCCI, NEILSON AND KEEFER, APRIL 6, 2020
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE, APRIL 6, 2020
AN ACT
Providing for COVID-19 disaster emergency business interruption
grants.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Short title.
This act shall be known and may be cited as the COVID-19
Disaster Emergency Business Interruption Grant Act.
Section 2. Definitions.
The following words and phrases when used in this act shall
have the meanings given to them in this section unless the
context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Business." Any business, industry or trade operating with a
physical location in this Commonwealth, regardless of whether
that physical location is open to the public.
"COVID-19 disaster emergency." The the proclamation of
disaster emergency issued by the Governor on March 6, 2020,
published at 50 Pa. B. 1644 (March 21, 2020), and any renewal of
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the state of disaster emergency.
"Department." The Department of Community and Economic
Development of the Commonwealth.
"Grant." A grant awarded under the COVID-19 Disaster
Emergency Business Interruption Grant Program established under
section 3(a).
Section 3. COVID-19 Disaster Emergency Business Interruption
Grant Program.
(a) Establishment.--The COVID-19 Disaster Emergency Business
Interruption Grant Program is established within the department
to provide funding for the continuing operation of businesses
during and after the COVID-19 disaster emergency. The department
shall award, to the extent that money is appropriated to the
department for the purpose, grants to eligible businesses as
provided under this section.
(b) Eligibility.--A business shall be eligible for a grant
under this section if:
(1) The business has submitted an insurance claim under
a business interruption insurance policy and the insurance
claim was denied prior to applying for a grant.
(2) The business demonstrates in its application that
the business has been adversely impacted by the COVID-19
disaster emergency.
(3) The business is based in this Commonwealth and
employs not more than 200 individuals.
(c) Grant amount.--A grant may not exceed the amount of the
insurance claim submitted by the business under subsection (b)
(1).
(d) Application.--A business may apply for a grant for the
duration of the COVID-19 disaster emergency and for 60 days
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after the COVID-19 disaster emergency is terminated by executive
order, proclamation or operation of law. The application shall
be in a form and manner determined by the department.
(e) Conditions.--If a business receives a grant, the
business must remain open and not lay off any employees for the
duration of the COVID-19 disaster emergency. If a business that
receives a grant does not comply with this subsection, the
business shall repay the amount of the grant plus 10%.
(f) Rules and regulations.--The department shall promulgate
rules and regulations necessary to implement the provisions of
this section.
(g) Annual report.--Within 90 days of the end of the fiscal
year, the department shall prepare an annual report to the
chairman and minority chairman of the Appropriations Committee
of the Senate and the chairman and minority chairman of the
Appropriations Committee of the House of Representatives. The
report, which shall be for the immediately preceding fiscal
year, shall include the number of businesses that applied for
the grant and the funds appropriated to each business.
Section 4. Effective date.
This act shall take effect immediately.
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