– Two pieces of legislation authored by Rep. Will Tallman (R-Adams/Cumberland) that bring state law into compliance with federal standards were passed by the state House this week. The bills may now be taken up by the state Senate.
“In both instances, Pennsylvania law is out of step with federal law and, in one case, is short changing a constituent who lost a loved one,” Tallman said. “I appreciate the support of my House colleagues and hope the Senate will quickly move these bills to Governor Wolf’s desk for his signature.”
Tallman’s House Bill 127
would give military recruiters the same access to the names of 11th grade students in Pennsylvania’s public schools that institutions of higher education have. According to current state law, recruiters may only access the names of 12th- grade students.
Also passed was House Bill 152
, which would amend the Emergency and Law Enforcement Personnel Death Benefits Act to extend the filing period for the benefit from 90 days to three years.
“I was contacted by the mother of a law enforcement officer who was killed in the line of duty,” added Tallman. “She pointed out the inconsistency with federal law, which allows three years to file for benefits. I am proposing the change with my bill, which would also make the act retroactive so others who may have had the window of time close on them may also have an additional opportunity.
“I’m hoping we can get this signed into law before April 28, as the constituent who brought this issue to my attention will have the three-year window close if we don’t.”
Questions about this or any legislative issue may be directed to Tallman’s Abbottstown district office at (717) 259-7805 or 1-87-480-9525.
Representative Will Tallman
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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