REAL ID Update: Get Your Docs Early
12/7/2017
Legislative Report 
The latest news from the State Capitol
                          
 
REAL ID Update: Get Your Docs Early

PennDOT has launched a public awareness campaign outlining the steps for residents who wish to get a REAL ID-compliant driver license.

Although the REAL ID products will not be available until 2019, PennDOT encourages residents who want them to obtain any required documents in plenty of time.

Those documents include birth certificates with the raised seal, Social Security card, proof of all legal name changes and two proofs of current Pennsylvania address. My office can help with obtaining copies of the birth certificates, which can take up to four to six months. (Contact information is at the end of this email.)

The federal government has extended the deadline for REAL ID compliance in Pennsylvania to Oct. 10, 2018, so current driver licenses and identifications are still accepted for domestic air travel and entry into certain federal facilities.

More information about REAL ID is available here and more information about birth certificates is available here
                
         
No Welfare for Dead People

To help prevent fraudulent use of state benefits, the House recently passed legislation to require more coordination between state agencies.

Currently, state departments share contact information of recipients for state programs and may send letters about other state programs or benefits for which they may be eligible. Unfortunately, that contact information may not be up-to-date and may contain information for people who are deceased.

House Bill 1588 would require the Department of Aging to cross reference its list of beneficiaries with death records maintained by the Department of Health on a monthly basis. This would help enhance the system and increase efficiencies by more promptly removing deceased persons from their database.

The bill now goes to the state Senate for consideration.

For the latest district event information and state government updates, visit RepBudCook.com and Facebook.com/RepBudCook.
                  
         
Protecting Ag Products from Invasive Species
  
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is warning residents about an invasive species of insect that can do substantial harm to the state’s agriculture and hardwoods industries – the Spotted Lanternfly.

Currently, several counties -- Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Schuylkill – are under a quarantine, meaning that residents should take caution to “look before you leave” to avoid spreading this bad bug.

The species was first discovered in Berks County in 2014, and to date, the insect has been found in the eastern and southeastern portions of the state.

Early detection of the insect, including adults or egg masses, is key to help stop the spread of this pest. Businesses that ship products in and out of the quarantine area must take steps to ensure they are not accidentally transporting adults or egg masses on their products.

Reports of the insect can be made by email to badbug@pa.gov or by calling the Invasive Species Report Line at 866-253-7189.

Additional details can be found here.
                  
Let's Get Connected

Connect on Facebook
Our District

Web Site


repbudcook.com