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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Lawmakers Approve Legislation to
Help with the Search for Eric Frein

The Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives have unanimously approved legislation which will help provide the Pennsylvania State Police with additional help searching for Eric Frein, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).

Eric Frein is wanted by authorities for the alleged murder of Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) Corporal Bryon K. Dickson II, and the alleged attempted murder of PSP Trooper Alex Douglass in Pike County on September 12, 2014.

Scarnati, who strongly supported Senate Bill 720, explained that the bill was amended to extend the powers of arrest for out-of-state law enforcement personnel. This will allow State Police from surrounding states to help with the search for Frein, provided the Governor makes an emergency declaration.

“Pennsylvanians expect and deserve the assurance that state government is doing all that we can to bring Eric Frein to justice,” Scarnati said. “This legislation is an important way that we are working together to provide law enforcement with all the tools and resources they need to ensure public safety.”

Scarnati noted that SB720 was originally introduced only to establish a state-sponsored Small Disaster Assistance Program for local disaster relief.

“Senate Bill 720 is a strong bill that will also provide grants to cover damage from flash floods, fires, tornadoes, and other natural and manmade disasters that do not qualify for federal aid.”

Currently more than 20 states have some sort of state disaster assistance program, which is designed to fill the constantly increasing gap between private insurance and federal aid. Money from the program will be distributed through the municipality, borough or township that is impacted. The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) will be responsible for prioritizing projects and determining how the disaster funds are allocated.

Senate Bill 720 has been sent to the Governor for his signature.

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