Tomorrow, the Pennsylvania House is expected to take up SB 613 which, in pertinent part, adds a COVID-19 Emergency Mitigation Plan For Businesses to The Administrative Code of 1929.
As currently provided by SB 613, it would add a Section 2101-C, which declares:
(A) GENERAL RULE.–NOTWITHSTANDING 35 PA.C.S. PART V (RELATING TO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SERVICES), THE GOVERNOR SHALL DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A PLAN TO MITIGATE THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 FOR BUSINESSES IN THIS COMMONWEALTH PURSUANT TO SUBSECTION (B). THE PLAN SHALL BE PUBLISHED ON THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT’S PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE INTERNET WEBSITE WITHIN SEVEN DAYS OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION.
(B) MITIGATION PLAN FOR BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY.–THE PLAN UNDER SUBSECTION (A) SHALL BE DEVELOPED USING RECOMMENDED GUIDANCE FOR MITIGATING EXPOSURE TO COVID-19 FROM THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION AND SHALL CONFORM TO THE MARCH 28, 2020, ADVISORY MEMORANDUM ON IDENTIFICATION OF ESSENTIAL CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKERS DURING COVID-19 RESPONSE, AS PUBLISHED BY THE UNITED STATES CYBERSECURITY AND INFRASTRUCTURE SECURITY AGENCY (CISA).
Although the current CISA list includes “[w]orkers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and shooting ranges,” we believe it is necessary that an additional provision be included that declares:
Notwithstanding any law or regulation to the contrary now existing or enacted in the future, consistent with the inviolate rights enumerated by Article 1, Sections 21 and 25 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, shooting ranges, and hunting facilities, inclusive of their employees and agents, shall always constitute life-sustaining businesses in the Commonwealth, which shall never be shuttered or limited in their ability to produce, provide, sell, or otherwise offer firearms, ammunition, firearm accessories, their component parts, and all services and training related to firearms and hunting.
Please contact both your Representative and Senator TODAY and demand that the above provision be included in SB 613! You can find your Pennsylvania Representative and Senator here – https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator.
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