HARRISBURG – Rep. Jason Ortitay of Washington & Allegheny Counties has introduced five bills to help fire and ambulance companies, small businesses, frontline workers, those without broadband internet, and unemployment claim processing delays by using some of the $7.3 billion in recently approved federal stimulus funds the state is set to receive. House Bill 742 would allocate up to $1.5 billion to create a grant program for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. House Bill 743 would create the Fire and EMS Relief Program for volunteer fire, ambulance, and rescue companies that experienced a loss in revenue as a result of COVID-19. House Bill 1192 would create a grant program to essential employees who were unable to work remotely during the pandemic. House Bill 956 would establish a county-run program to provide grants to those who lack access to high-speed broadband service. Finally, House Bill 848 would allocate $40 million to hire temporary unemployment center staff to help process claims.

REP. JASON ORTITAY