Flood Relief Bills Fast Tracked through Senate, Heads to House

HARRISBURG – The flood relief package, consisting of Senate Bills 1264, 1266, 1267, 1268, 1269, 1271, 1297 and 1323, passed today in the State Senate.

Senator David G. Argall, who represents communities greatly impacted by storm damage and a co-sponsor of the legislation, applauded Senate leaders for prioritizing the bills that will provide much-needed relief for affected Pennsylvanians.

“I’m pleased to see the Senate work together in a bipartisan manner to help our families and businesses who have experienced this horrible tragedy with flooding,” said Argall. “After touring numerous homes and businesses in Schuylkill County that were hit the hardest, these bills represent the state’s commitment to helping local residents rebuild their lives.”

The eight bills aimed at flood relief will address the following areas: Infrastructure repair and maintenance, small business repair through low-interest loans, agriculture repair through low-interest loans, and home and individual relief not covered by federal or other state assistance programs.

Most of the funding comes from already appropriated funds designated in the 2011-2012 fiscal year state budget. Funding is also provided through long-term, low-interest bonds strictly designated for those impacted by the storms.

Contact: Jon Hopcraft
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