Rep. Christina Sappey Secures Victory for Climate Action and Preservation in Pennsylvania

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PENNSYLVANIA — Rep. Christina Sappey is celebrating the successful passage this week of the bipartisan bill H.B. 1231 in Pennsylvania. The bill strengthens the state’s commitment to preserving its history while addressing climate change challenges. By adding representatives from PEMA and PHMC to the State Planning Board, the legislation aims to improve flood control and strategic planning. Sappey believes this will enhance the board’s reports and recommendations, preparing Pennsylvania’s communities for climate change-induced storms.

“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.

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