Rep. Russ Fairchild (R-Snyder/Union) opened a press conference on March 22 announcing a legislative package designed to help support Pennsylvania National Guardsmen, military reservists, first responders and their families. The bills prohibit insurance companies from canceling or eliminating premium discounts on the auto insurance policies of service people called to duty; permits service people to terminate rental agreements early when called to duty or reassigned; and ensures reservists who serve in active combat duty receive the same state benefits as their fellow soldiers. A final measure ensures families of first responders or service people are eligible for full death benefits if their loved ones suffer heart attacks or strokes within 24 hours of an emergency response. Under current law, such benefits are often denied. The package passed the state House on March 23 and has been forwarded to the Senate for consideration.