Jun. 03, 2015

HARRISBURG – Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) is pleased with the advancements of three of his bills this week. They are all bills that passed through the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, of which is he the majority chairman.

“This week has been very productive with three of my bills taking the next step to becoming law,” Barrar said. “I am pleased that a great deal is getting accomplished before all of the focus is directed to the budget later this month.”

On Tuesday, House Bill 911, which would prioritize the development of next-generation 911 technology by allowing for an updated surcharge, was voted out of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. As House Bill 911 has passed the committee as amended, it now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

House Bill 339 was moved to second consideration in the House on Tuesday. The bill would allow emergency medical services to bill health insurance companies when an individual receives emergency treatment from an ambulance, but was not transported to the hospital. House Bill 339 will be presented to the House on final consideration for a vote on Monday, June 8.

House Bill 131, which would provide in-state tuition rates at community colleges and state-related/state-owned institutions for veterans, their spouses and dependent children was voted out of the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday with technical amendments. It now moves to the full Senate for a vote prior to June 30, which is the final day that colleges and universities can become compliant with the federal law before the federal government will refuse to send education benefit money to noncompliant schools for veterans—including those who are already enrolled and using their education benefits.

Representative Stephen E. Barrar
160th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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