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Bipartisan bill to recruit and retain volunteer first responders receives committee approval

June 4, 2014
FROM:     Don Konkle, Executive Director, PFESI
RE:          Bipartisan bill to recruit and retain volunteer first responders receives committee approval

HARRISBURG - Members of the Pennsylvania Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee today unanimously approved legislation aimed to help municipalities recruit volunteer first responders.

Senate Bill 1342, introduced by Senator Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne) and Senator Sean D. Wiley (D-Erie) will give municipalities the option to waive their local earned income tax for volunteer firefighters as well as volunteers at nonprofit emergency medical service (EMS) agencies.

"I would like to thank the chairmen, Senators Mensch and Solobay, for recognizing the importance of this piece of legislation and moving it swiftly through committee," said Senator Wiley.

"As the number of volunteers across the Commonwealth continues to drastically decrease, we must quickly provide municipalities with this recruiting tool to add the first responders needed to help keep their communities safe. I will continue to work with Sen. Baker and our colleagues toward final passage of this bill in the Senate," Wiley added.

Senate Bill 1342 has been referred back to the full Senate for second consideration.

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