The Senate voted unanimously in favor of Senate Bill 104.  The bill would put restrictions on the use of state vehicles and establish more transparency.   The measure requires state vehicles assigned to employees to have license plates identifying “official use.” Employees performing undercover law enforcement duties would not have to follow this law.  The bill also requires the Department of General Services and the respective state agency assigning vehicles to post employees’ names and titles as well as the year of the vehicle.

The bill is now in the House State Government Committee.

The Senate passed Senate Bill 621 with a unanimous vote. The measure, known as the REAL ID Nonparticipation Act would exempt Pennsylvania from participating in the program.  The REAL ID program was enacted by Congress in 2005.  The intent of the program was to specify identification documents for certain federal purposes, including boarding an aircraft or entering a federal facility, unless meeting numerous criteria.

The bill is now in the House.

Senate Bill 954 approved by a unanimous vote.  The measure would permit the Approved Private Schools and Charter Schools for the Deaf and Blind to apply for emergency hiring permits.  Currently, these schools are required to apply to their local school district superintendents for these permits, leading to delays in hiring for these schools.

The bill is now in the House.

The Senate voted unanimously in favor of Senate Bill 1057. This bill changes the Board of Vehicles Act to add definitions for licensure and changes the membership composition of the State Board of Vehicle Manufacturers, Dealers and Salespersons.

The State Board of Vehicle Manufacturers, Dealers and Salespersons consist of 17 members.  Currently four members of the general public with no connection to the vehicle business are on the board.  This bill removes one member of the general public and adds a mobility vehicle dealer who has been working in the business for five years.

A licensed dealer that is classified only as a mobility vehicle dealer may not offer for sale or sell vehicles which are not mobility vehicles, under the bill.  The measure also defines Mobility vehicle dealer as a person engaged in the business of buying, selling or exchanging mobility vehicles for commission, compensation or other consideration.

The bill now goes to the House.

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