The State Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a bill that would support Pennsylvania’s network of community-based nonprofit organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Senate Bill 1314, sponsored by Senator Judy Ward (R-30) would create the Nonprofit Economic Emergency Delivery System (NEEDS) Grant Program with $200 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The competitive grant program would provide a lifeline for the more than 8,500 nonprofit organizations that provide human services, including childcare centers and food banks. Under the program, maximum allowable grants would not exceed $500,000.
The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) is urging the state General Assembly to adopt legislation that would offer commonsense legal protections for farms that invite the public onto their property for “agritourism” activities such as corn mazes and hay rides. The PFB has voiced support for House Bill 1348, which would grant farms reasonable protection from lawsuits that arise from circumstances beyond their control. To receive the protections, farms would have to warn visitors of potential risks by either having them sign a waiver or printing a disclaimer on a ticket. Over the past decade, agritourism has surged in popularity. House Bill 1348 has already been approved by the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee and may be considered by the full chamber this month.
Authorities are investigating a residential shooting in Juniata County. According to State Police, the incident occurred September 5th on Route 35 South in Port Royal. Two bullets struck the residence. One was recovered from the driveway.
A $100,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) will help add a critical fire suppression system in the East Broad Top Railroad (EBT) machine-shop complex. The grant will also help the railroad overhaul its historic water network to ensure adequate supply. The upgrades will make it possible to use the shops both for public demonstrations and for essential repairs so the railroad can resume operations. The grants were awarded through PHMC’s Keystone Historic Preservation Grant program.