Kulik reintroduces landslide insurance legislation

Lawmaker hopes to provide financial assistance to those prone to landslides

HARRISBURG, May 9 – Looking to provide relief to commonwealth residents whose homes are affected by and prone to landslides, state Rep. Anita Kulik, D-Allegheny, on Tuesday introduced legislation that would create a Landslide Insurance and Assistance Program.

“Unpredictable weather is most often accompanied with unpredictable natural disasters. In western Pennsylvania, we deal with landslides, which sadly is a disaster that typically is not covered by most insurance policies, leaving families with insurmountable financial damage,” Kulik said. “It takes an emotional and financial toll on families, which is why I am introducing a bill of this manner that will provide the necessary financial assistance to those in need.”

Kulik’s bill, H.B. 1433, looks to establish the 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 want to mitigate the risk of landslides in their communities.

Kulik introduced similar legislation last session as a companion bill to S.B. 1131, which was introduced by state Sen. Jay Costa, D-Allegheny.

House Bill 1433 has been referred to the House Insurance Committee.