Native lawmakers suggest laws to increase eviction moratorium – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A group of Democratic lawmakers want to help homeowners and those who need help with their rent.

So many people across the state are unable to pay their bills after losing their jobs or cutting wages due to the pandemic.

Legislators, including some from Allegheny County, wanted to do something about it.

Those local lawmakers are representatives Sara Innamorato and Summer Lee.

According to KDKA’s news partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, they have introduced a bill in the State House and Senate to extend an eviction moratorium 60 days after Governor Tom Wolf’s disaster declaration ends.

Currently, Governor Wolf’s disaster declaration is slated to end in late February, but he can extend it for another 90 days as that date approaches.

The purpose of the bill is to help tenants and homeowners in Pennsylvania who struggled to pay their bills during the pandemic.

State lawmakers say Pennsylvania expects around $ 850 million in funding for rental support from the latest relief package.

A spokesman for the governor’s office says the state is waiting for federal guidance before deciding on the distribution of the funds.

Keep in mind that the federal eviction moratorium will expire later this month, but this proposed legislation would maintain a ban here in Pennsylvania beyond that date.

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