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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: May 6, 2019 02:21 PM
From: Senator Michele Brooks
To: All Senate members
Subject: Handicap Placards in Legislative Offices
In the near future, I will be reintroducing Senate Bill 781 from last session, which will allow constituents to obtain handicap parking placards in their respective legislative district offices rather than waiting to receive them in the mail from PennDOT.

Under the current process for obtaining a handicap parking placard, a legislative office mails the constituent’s application and doctor’s note to PennDOT, who then mails the handicap placard directly to the constituent. Alternatively, the constituent may use an online application, which can take up to 6 to 8 weeks to process.

Often, constituents will have their notarized doctor’s note and application ready to submit; however, several weeks can pass before they even receive an actual handicap placard for their vehicle. For an individual with some type of disability, this waiting period can be very difficult and even detrimental to their health and safety.

This legislation will streamline the process, save money, and allow constituents to walk out of their legislative offices with their handicap placard on the same day they submit their application. Further, the requirement to have the notarized application with a doctor’s signature would remain unchanged. The constituent would just be able to receive them at our district offices rather than waiting for them to arrive by mail.

By enabling legislative offices to issue placards, it will ease the burden on so many of our constituents who will no longer have to wait to receive their placard.

Previous cosponsors of this legislation were Senators Dinniman, Greenleaf, Hutchinson, McIlhinney, Rafferty, Reschenthaler, Tartaglione, and Vulakovich. Please join me in cosponsoring this legislation.

Introduced as SB837