Sonney Supports Maritime Labor Legislation
HARRISBURG – Legislation co-sponsored by state Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Harborcreek) that would reduce a layer of government and free up additional revenue for businesses along Lake Erie has been passed by the House Labor and Industry Committee. House Bill 2081 may now be considered by the full House.

“This bill corrects a costly redundancy in insurance coverage,” Sonney said. “The resulting savings may be used by maritime employers to make additional investments in their workplace, such as hiring additional employees.”

Current law required maritime employers along Lake Erie, as well as the Delaware and Allegheny rivers, to provide dual workers compensation coverage under both the Federal Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and the state Worker’s Compensation Act. House Bill 2081 excludes their employees from state coverage.

“Since federal workmen’s compensation law, as well as the Merchant Marine Act, already covers these workers, the money saved by not having to pay twice for the same service is a bonus for employers, possible new hires and everyone who relies on the maritime industry for their livelihood.”

Questions about this or any legislative issue may be directed to Sonney’s Corry office at (814) 664-9126 or his Harborcreek office at (814) 897-2080.

Representative Curt Sonney
4th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Scott Little
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