Governor Wolf Signs Laws Creating Nonprofit Security Grant Fund, Keystone Tree Fund

November 07, 2019

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf signed into law House Bill 859 to assist non-profits with safety and security measures. The legislation was requested in response to attacks against the Jewish community, including the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

“Schools and other community institutions should be a safe place for every child and resident,” said Gov. Wolf. “I thank the bipartisan efforts that helped ensure safety and security funding was available for these non-profit, community institutions where people gather and should have peace of mind.”

Gov. Wolf also signed the following bills:

House Bill 374, which creates the Pennsylvania Keystone Tree Fund and allows citizens to make a voluntary $3 contribution by checking a box on the PennDOT driver’s license application and renewal form. The contributions will be used to fund programs within the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources that use trees to help filter pollutants from waterways.

House Bill 407, which creates a uniform definition for the term “blight” for legislation enacted in 1937 or later.

House Bill 510, House Bill 511, and House Bill 512, which support intergovernmental agreements between local municipalities.

House Bill 1085, which repeals the State Personal Property Tax Act, first enacted on June 22, 1935.

Senate Bill 694, which amends the Oil and Gas Lease Act to allow for cross unit drilling for unconventional wells.

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