Sappey bill bolstering State Planning Board passes House

HARRISBURG, June 29 – Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, is recognizing the successful passage of H.B. 1231, an important bipartisan bill that would enhance Pennsylvania's commitment to preserving its rich history while effectively addressing the escalating challenges posed by climate change.

This legislation, spearheaded by Sappey, would add a representative from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and the Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission to the State Planning Board.

“The inclusion of these knowledgeable representatives will provide invaluable expertise in flood control and strategic planning, enabling comprehensive and informed decision-making within the State Planning Board,” Sappey said. “By adding representatives from PEMA and PHMC, the board would enhance the effectiveness of its reports and recommendations, ensuring that Pennsylvania's communities are well prepared for the increasing frequency and intensity of storms caused by climate change.”

The State Planning Board plays a crucial role in guiding land use regulations, safeguarding historical heritage and governing the physical development of communities across Pennsylvania. Sappey said the addition of PEMA and PHMC representatives would reflect the board’s growing role in combatting climate change and protecting the historical legacy that makes Pennsylvania unique.

The Local Government Commission, consisting of a bipartisan collection of members from both the House and Senate, assisted in crafting H.B. 1231 to ensure it focused on issues facing communities across the Commonwealth.

Sappey said she introduced the bill because her constituents have highlighted historic preservation and innovation to counter and prevent climate change as a priority.

Reflecting its importance, H.B. 1231 was reported out of committee unanimously and passed the House with strong bipartisan support. It now heads to the Senate for consideration.