Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee Sends Legislation to Senate

Harrisburg –   State Sen. Bob Mensch (R-24) recently held a Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee Meeting to consider Senate Bill 1342 (Baker), Senate Bill 1377 (Mensch), and SR 397 (Mensch).  “This successful meeting allowed us to consider more legislation that will benefit our emergency responders and our veterans,” said Mensch.  “I would like to thank Senator Baker and the other members of the Committee for expressing their support on these important matters.”

Senate Bill 1342 (Baker) amends Title 35 (Health and Safety) to provide for incentives for municipal volunteers of fire companies and nonprofit emergency medical services agencies.

Senate Bill 1377 (Mensch) extends the sunset for Title 35 (Health and Safety), Chapter 53 titled “Emergency Telephone Service” from June 30, 2014 to June 30, 2015. “This legislation is imperative to continue the funding for 911 call centers next year,” said Mensch.

Senate Resolution 397 (Mensch), urges the President of the United States and the Congress to consider and pass H.R. 3930 which establishes the National Commission on the Structure of the Army and also puts a freeze on any cuts to the National Guard.

Both bills and the resolution were sent to the Senate for full consideration.  For more information on the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, please visit

Senator Mensch also introduced SR 398 which designates the week of June 9 to 15, 2014 as the 23rd annual “State Veterans’ Homes Week” in Pennsylvania.

“State Veterans’ Homes Week” is designed to encourage citizens to visit the American heroes currently being cared for in one of the state’s six veterans’ homes, thank them for their sacrifices and service, and thank the staff and volunteers who provide exceptional care every day.

“For more than a century, the Commonwealth has tended to the needs of aging, ill and injured veterans in these state-supported homes,” said Mensch.  “Under the auspices of the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, the staff provides personal care, skilled nursing care, domiciliary care and dementia care to more than 1,600 veterans and their spouses.”

Constituents can also follow Senator Mensch on Facebook and Twitter.


Sarah Stroman
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