Governor signs Baker bill regarding natural disasters

First Posted: 10/30/2014

Gov. Tom Corbett has signed into law a first-time-ever state program for small disaster assistance, after the General Assembly overwhelmingly passed a bill authored by Sen. Lisa Baker, R-20.

Reacting to the devastation caused by floods, snowstorms, tornadoes and other natural and manmade disasters, Baker proposed the grant program to help counties and municipalities that become victims of disasters that fall below the $17.5 million threshold for federal aid to kick in.

The new law, which went into effect immediately after the governor signed it as Act 187 of 2014 on Oct. 27, also grants arrest powers to out-of-state police officers acting in Pennsylvania as part of a mutual aid compact during a governor-declared emergency – a provision deemed necessary as law enforcement continues to search for suspected state trooper killer Eric Frein in Monroe and Pike counties.

She thanked the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors for their advocacy and support.

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