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Stefano Sponsored Bills Passed Out of Committee
Three bills I sponsored to assist cash-strapped municipalities passed key Senate committees this past week.
Each bill awaits consideration before the full Senate and I look forward to advocating for them on the Senate floor so that Pennsylvania’s struggling municipalities are given the tools to improve their communities.
Somerset Senior Expo a Success
Thank you to all the constituents and vendors who came out for our third Somerset Senior Expo. We had over 300 seniors from all over Somerset County come to receive information from agencies and organizations aimed at assisting the senior population. I enjoyed the opportunity to meet everyone and hear from each of you directly about your concerns about the direction of the Commonwealth. Thanks to all who made the day a success!
Important Update on Real I.D. Act
The House last week passed a bill that enables Pennsylvania to begin the process of compliance with the Department of Homeland Security’s Real I.D. Act. The Governor has signaled his intent to sign this legislation.
For constituents concerned with what this means for them, the passing of this bill grants Pennsylvania an extension to comply with the standards set forth by DHS. That means that PA licenses will still be acceptable for the time being as proof of identification for all domestic flights as well as for entrance into a federal building or military base.
The bill then gives residents the option to obtain a driver's license or other ID that comply with DHS standards once Pennsylvania resolves compliance issues with the Federal Government. Constituents may also choose an option for a noncompliant, traditional driver's license or ID, but these constituents would need a passport for entrance into all federal facilities and in order to fly on domestic flights. Residents who choose the compliant ID will not need a passport for identification purposes in those cases.
Around the 32nd District
Appreciated the opportunity to visit Boswell and learn about the issues they are dealing with by touring the borough with some of the leaders. I did these walking tours last year in Smithfield, Meyersdale, Somerset, and Windber. Keep an eye out this week for me on tours like this one in Redstone Township, Uniontown, Salisbury, Confluence, and Masontown.
I was honored to participate in Monday's Memorial Day Observances in Dunbar this year. Thanks to all who worked to put on the parade and ceremony at the memorial. The Connellsville Area Middle School band sounded great, as did several vocalists from Geibel Catholic High School. A beautiful tribute to those who have fallen while in service to our country.
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