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Coronavirus threat: Pa. House needs to pass public health emergency bill, Senate Dem Costa says

By February 28, 2020 No Comments
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Pa. Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, talks to reporters after Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address to a joint session of the state House and Senate on Tuesday, 2/4/2020 (Capital-Star photo by John L. Micek)

By John L. Micek
For the Pittsburgh Current
info@pittburghcurrent.com

With the threat of a widespread coronavirus outbreak rattling the stock market, the state Senate’s top Democrat is calling for a legislative response to the emerging public health crisis.

While COVID-19 has yet to arrive in Pennsylvania, Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, says his bill authorizing the creation of a public health emergency declaration should be a part of those preparation efforts.

The declaration envisioned by Costa is similar to the emergency declaration that we use for natural disasters now. But it’s “better suited to a medical crisis,” his office said in an email.

The Senate has already passed the bill. It’s been sitting in the House Health Committee since last June.

Costa sent a letter Thursday to House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny; House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, and Health Committee Chairwoman Kathy Rapp, R-Warren, urging them to take up the bill, arguing that it “may help us prevent a crisis.”

With the threat of a widespread coronavirus outbreak rattling the stock market, the state Senate’s top Democrat is calling for a legislative response to the emerging public health crisis.

While COVID-19 has yet to arrive in Pennsylvania, Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, says his bill authorizing the creation of a public health emergency declaration should be a part of those preparation efforts.

The declaration envisioned by Costa is similar to the emergency declaration that we use for natural disasters now. But it’s “better suited to a medical crisis,” his office said in an email.

The Senate has already passed the bill. It’s been sitting in the House Health Committee since last June.

Costa sent a letter Thursday to House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny; House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, and Health Committee Chairwoman Kathy Rapp, R-Warren, urging them to take up the bill, arguing that it “may help us prevent a crisis.”

John L. Micek is the editor of the Pennsylvania Capital-Star where this story first appeared

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