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Friday, March 7, 2014

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Friday, March 07, 2014 The latest news from the State Capitol

Veterans Designation Now Available on PA Driver Licenses, ID Cards

Pennsylvania’s servicemen and servicewomen are now able to have their veteran status included on their state-issued driver licenses or non-driver identification cards. With the designation, veterans will be able to more easily demonstrate their veteran status and to take advantage of special offers and discounts available from businesses that choose to offer them. The designation on the license/ID card is more convenient and safer for veterans than carrying cumbersome documents that may include sensitive personal information. However, further documentation will still be required to obtain VA benefits. The veterans designation is available to eligible veterans at no charge at the next date of renewal of their license or ID card. If veterans want the designation prior to their next renewal, they will have to pay a fee for a duplicate license. The fee for a basic duplicate driver’s license is $13.50; fees for other types of licenses vary. For additional information, please contact my offices in Bradford (814-362-4400) or Coudersport (814-274-9769) or visit my website.

Sewer, Water Grant Awarded to Liberty Township

The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has awarded a $1.54 million grant to Liberty Township, McKean County, for much-needed infrastructure improvements that will help promote job growth in the area. This grant came about as the result of a joint effort among Liberty Township and Port Allegany Borough officials, the McKean County commissioners and local business leaders. The grant will help fund the extension of sewer and water services from Port Allegany Borough to portions of Liberty Township, including the Portage Industrial Park and surrounding residential and commercial properties. It also will support replacement of existing infrastructure in Port Allegany to increase capacity at the borough’s treatment plant. Read more about it here.

DPW Outlines Savings From Combating Welfare Waste, Fraud and Abuse

The state Department of Public Welfare (DPW) recently detailed nearly $2 billion in savings from its efforts to combat waste, fraud and abuse. According to DPW Secretary Bev Mackereth, the department has worked with the state’s Office of Inspector General on several cost-avoidance measures, including investigations of high-risk applications, client overpayment recoveries and savings from program disqualifications. Additional savings have come through program integrity efforts and measures to prevent fraud and abuse, such as assuring Medicaid is the payer of last resort, the recipient restriction program and Managed Care Organization reviews. Welfare reform has been a priority in the House, with several measures enacted to save taxpayer dollars and promote greater integrity in the system, while also ensuring assistance is available to those who truly need it.

Don’t Forget to Spring Ahead!


Daylight Saving Time officially begins this weekend on Sunday, March 9. Don’t forget to turn your clock ahead one hour before going to bed on Saturday night.

This is also a great time to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. 

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