HARRISBURG –Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) recently announced the introduction of legislation to increase fines and penalties against those who intentionally vandalize or attack critical infrastructure in Pennsylvania.
Under Senate Bill 819, those who willfully damage, destroy, vandalize, deface, or tamper with equipment in a critical infrastructure facility will face a minimum of 3rd degree felony charges and a fine of no less than $10,000, along with the potential to face civil suits for damages to personal or real estate interests.
“Destabilizing the power grid comes with huge national security risks and doing so should not be taken lightly,” Yaw said. “Purposeful damage to these facilities can have a far-ranging impact. We need to send a message to those who would attempt to destroy vital infrastructure and hold these bad actors accountable.”
Yaw sponsored the measure after attacks last year at two electrical substations in Moore County, North Carolina. Law enforcement reports gunfire at the sites cut power to nearby communities, leaving most of the rural region without electricity for days. The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security also warned of increasing threats to the power grid from terrorists both foreign and domestic.
“Losing power not only disrupts our day-to-day activities, but can take lives, especially among our most vulnerable populations,” Yaw said. “We need to do all we can to discourage these criminal acts before tragedy strikes.”
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