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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: April 7, 2017 03:09 PM
From: Representative Jason Dawkins
To: All House members
Subject: Waiving Identification Card Fee for Homeless, Low-Income, and Disabled Individuals (Former HB 2033)
In the near future, I plan to reintroduce House Bill 2033 of the 2015-16 Legislative Session which would require the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to waive the $29.50 fee for an identification card for homeless, low-income, and disabled individuals.

The current fee for an identification card may represent a significant financial hardship for homeless and low-income individuals struggling to make ends meet. Furthermore, the lack of an identification card creates additional hurdles for individuals applying for assistance, enrolling in school, and gaining employment.

Therefore, my legislation would eliminate this monetary obstacle for our disadvantaged citizens.
Additionally, my bill would eliminate this fee for disabled individuals. As you may know, PennDOT currently waives the application fee for individuals surrendering their driving privilege due to health reasons that may affect their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. However, this courtesy is not extended to disabled individuals who may have never had a driver’s license. My proposal will correct this discrepancy.

Please join me in eliminating the fee for an identification card for homeless, low-income, and disabled individuals by offering your co-sponsorship to this important piece of legislation.

Introduced as HB1163