The Senate on June 16th approved a House Bill that will ease the bureaucratic burdens that currently make it difficult for small communities to hold festivals, parades, and other events on PENNDOT maintained roadways, according to Senator Scott Hutchinson, who introduced a companion bill.
House Bill 765, which was introduced by Representative Brett Miller (R-45) and mirrors Senator Hutchinson’s bill, Senate Bill 615, now goes to the Governor for enactment into law.
The bill bars PENNDOT from requiring duplicative insurance for processions, special activities, or assemblages. If the bill is signed by the Governor, PENNDOT could no longer require that local governments, in addition to the event sponsors assume duplicative liability as a condition of issuing event permits.
“These events are crucial for smaller communities,” said Senator Hutchinson. “They help restore a shared sense of purpose and meaning to those who live there. We should be supporting these communities, not imposing burdens on them.”