Sch­wank in­tro­duces key leg­is­la­tion

Bill would pro­vide eq­ui­table state po­lice cov­er­age for mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties with­out po­lice

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - LOCAL NEWS - Sen. Sch­wank’s Of­fice

Sen. Judy Sch­wank pro­posed a bill to en­sure state po­lice have suf­fi­cient re­sources to pro­vide pub­lic safety ser­vices.

Sch­wank (D-Berks) said Se­nate Bill 382 would off­set funds the state pro­vides to mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties from mo­tor li­cense rev­enue in the same amount as the value of the state po­lice cov­er­age to any mu­nic­i­pal­ity with a pop­u­la­tion of 5,000 or more.

“My bill would amend the Liq­uid Fu­els Tax Mu­nic­i­pal Al­lo­ca­tion Law to re­duce Mo­tor Li­cense pay­ments to af­fected mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in a di­rect dol­lar-for-dol­lar re­la­tion to the costs to pro­vide state po­lice cov­er­age,” she said.

For ex­am­ple, if State Po­lice de­ter­mined the per capita statewide cov­er­age cost is $70, a mu­nic­i­pal­ity with a pop­u­la­tion of 5,000 that re­lies on State Po­lice for pri­mary cov­er­age would see its liq­uid fu­els fund­ing re­duced by $350,000. The off­set would re­main in the Mo­tor Li­cense Fund, where it could then be used to cover State Po­lice op­er­a­tions.

The bill is a rein­tro­duc­tion of SB841, which Sch­wank in­tro­duced in the 2013-2014 ses­sion. The bill was re­ferred to the Law and Jus­tice Com­mit­tee, but was not acted on.

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