21 September 2022- By a vote of 189-11, legislation authored by Rep David Rowe passes the PA House to restore opportunities for veteran-owned businesses to receive prime consideration in contracting opportunities. The Bill restores the resources directed to the businesses that they lost in 2015 when Governor Wolf unceremoniously yanked funding for the opportunities. The bill is not out of the woods yet, with consideration pending in the Senate. Full release from Rep Rowe is below.


Legislation authored by state Rep. David H. Rowe (R-Snyder/Union) that would restore contracting opportunities for small, veteran-owned businesses passed the House today.

“Prior to 2015, veteran-owned, small businesses in Pennsylvania enjoyed prime contracting opportunities with the Commonwealth under the Department of General Services’ Small Diverse Business program. However, in September 2015, Gov. Tom Wolf yanked those opportunities away from our veterans without any warning or explanation, leaving in a lurch countless small businesses owned and operated by veterans across Pennsylvania,” Rowe said.

House Bill 2682 would amend Title 51 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, to include language that would specify veteran-owned businesses are not required to seek separate small business verification to be considered a small, diverse business by the Commonwealth. This status would allow those businesses to be eligible for certain contracting opportunities with the Department of General Services.

“Our veterans have given so much for us and restoring the entrepreneurial benefits they enjoyed prior to Wolf’s executive order would allow them to continue to create jobs that fuel economic growth. It would also allow them to invest in our communities in the same way they’ve invested in protecting and preserving our freedoms with their service,” Rowe added.

Questions about this bill or any other state-related matter can be directed to Rowe’s office at 570-966-0052.