Jun. 13, 2022

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Jim Rigby (R-Johnstown) thinks authoring a bill to help emergency responders in Ukraine is a perfect fit for him.  

“Cambria County has a tremendous Ukrainian heritage, and I certainly haven’t forgotten what it means to be well equipped when serving the public,” said Rigby, a former Johnstown-area police chief and firefighter. “I’m glad my House colleagues also see this as an opportunity to help their fellow man.”

The state House has unanimously passed Rigby’s House Bill 2599, which would allow donations of gently-used police and fire equipment to be made by municipalities specifically to Ukraine without being surcharged or necessitating declaration of financial loss.  

 “Even in difficult times, we must realize we live in a country of excess,” added Rigby. “Donating these still-useful items is an example of good stewardship and a way to support Ukraine in its war with Russia.

“I simply saw an opportunity to help someone I can relate to who is a great distance from me while also giving our local municipalities a chance to do likewise,” Rigby said. “It’s just the right thing to do.”   

House Bill 2599 may now be considered by the state Senate. 

Questions about this or any legislative issue should be directed to Rigby’s district office at 814-536-9818.

Representative Jim Rigby
71st Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives