Harrisburg, March 27, 2018 — State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement today after the passage of Senate Bill 748, the Public Safety Facilities Act, in the Senate.
“Today’s vote in the Senate is an important step toward establishing a transparent process for any future prison closures in the Commonwealth. By reforming the way our public safety facilities are closed, we are ensuring that our citizens and the communities affected are given the opportunity to have their voices heard,” said Senator John Yudichak.
Senate Bill 748 (Argall) is bipartisan legislation that establishes a clear process for consideration of proposed closures of state correctional institutions as well as other structures that house state law enforcement staff. This includes establishing a list of stakeholders who must be notified at least 12 months before a proposed closure is intended to occur and requires the overseeing state agency to gather information from stakeholders. The bill also requires the overseeing state agency to hold at least one public hearing at least 120 days prior to any closure.
Senate Bill 748 will now go to the House of Representatives for consideration.