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House of Representatives
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: February 5, 2013 01:01 PM
From: Representative Martin T. Causer
To: All House members
Subject: Income level adjustment for discounted vehicle registration
I soon will be introducing legislation proposing to raise the income level for senior citizens to be eligible for the discounted $10 fee to register a motor vehicle in the Commonwealth.

Currently, any person who is retired and receiving social security or other pension and whose total annual income does not exceed $19,200 is eligible to be exempt from the normal fee for registering a vehicle in Pennsylvania and is required to pay only a $10 processing fee to register their vehicle. My legislation would increase that income level to $23,500.

The income eligibility level that I am proposing is comparable to the current income eligibility level in place for the PACENET drug assistance program.

It should be noted that the last time the income eligibility level for the discounted vehicle registration fee was raised was 1998. Over the past 15 years, senior citizens have received COLAs or other adjustments to their retirement plan that have elevated their income just barely over the eligibility limit for this program. I believe it is time for another increase to ensure that deserving senior citizens continue to be eligible for the program.

Introduced as HB823