Kulik’s bill looks to provide assistance for landslide-prone victims

HARRISBURG, Oct. 22 – In hopes of creating a safety net for commonwealth residents affected by and prone to landslides, state Rep. Anita Astorino Kulik, D-Allegheny, currently has a bill in the House of Representatives geared toward creating a Landslide Insurance and Assistance Program.

Kulik’s measure is a companion bill to S.B. 1131, which was introduced by state Sen. Jay Costa, D-Allegheny.

“Landslides are a significant geological hazard throughout the commonwealth and have caused millions of dollars in damage this year alone to western Pennsylvania,” Kulik said. “Sadly, this type of disaster typically is not covered by most insurance policies and can leave families with insurmountable financial and emotional damage. It’s because of this that I’ve introduced a bill that calls for the establishment of the Landslide Insurance and Assistance Program, which would give victims the help they need.”

Kulik’s H.B. 2743 looks to establish the Landslide Insurance and Assistance Program within the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. It is intended to provide sound insurance coverage to homeowners, as well as assistance to local governments that wish to mitigate the risk of landslides within their communities.

Her bill was referred to the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.

Costa’s bill also looks to establish the Landslide Insurance and Assistance Program in Pennsylvania. Under his measure, funding would be administered by the Landslide Insurance and Assistance Board using the Landslide Insurance Fund and the Landslide Assistance Fund.