State Capitol Roundup
4/20/2012

Voter ID Law Will Be Phased in for Primary Election

 

Administration officials are reminding voters who are coming to the polls for the April 24 primary election that they will be asked to present photo ID as the Department of State embarks on a “soft rollout” of the state’s new voter ID law.  While ID will not be required for the April 24 primary election, it will be necessary for voters in the November general election.  People who arrive at the polls in November without valid ID will have the opportunity to vote by provisional ballot and present identification within six days to the appropriate county board of elections.  Act 18 of 2012 requires registered voters to present valid photo identification every time they appear to vote and also requires those using absentee ballots to submit proof of identification.  Valid forms of identification must include a name, photo and expiration date, except when an individual presents a military identification card.  A driver’s license or identification card issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, military identification cards, cards issued by an accredited Pennsylvania higher education institution and licensed long-term care facility will all be accepted.

 

Pro-Jobs Bill for Veterans Introduced

 

In an effort to help veterans land civilian careers more quickly, legislation was introduced this week to aid Pennsylvania’s servicemen and servicewomen.  House Bill 2321 would ensure that a veteran’s military education and training are taken into consideration for the purpose of fulfilling requirements for obtaining a civilian job that requires a license or certification from a state agency.  In addition, the bill would prevent the duplication of training and education of a veteran who already has relevant education and experience, requiring an issuing state agency to consider whether a veteran’s military service, education, training and service experience satisfies certain or all licensing or certification requirements.  The bill has been referred to the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee for consideration.

 

Lawmakers and Industry Leaders Call for Action

on Transportation Funding

 

Following the recent passage of legislation in the House to establish public-private partnerships (P3s) for transportation, legislators and Pennsylvania business, industry and labor leaders this week held an event in Harrisburg to call for additional action to be taken to rebuild and repair the state’s roads and bridges.  Representatives from Associated Pennsylvania Constructors, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Associated Pennsylvania Contractors and others were present at the event.  The passage of the P3 bill marked the start of the process of following the recommendations made by the 2011 Transportation Funding Advisory Commission.  The implementation of P3s has the potential to generate $2.7 billion in revenue over a five-year period to deal with the repair and replacement of nearly 5,000 structurally deficient bridges in Pennsylvania, the highest number in the nation.  A 2010 study by the State Transportation Advisory Committee indicated an additional $3.5 billion per year is needed to fully meet Pennsylvania’s transportation infrastructure needs.

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