REAL ID Extension Granted

E-Waste Collection Event Tomorrow

JVS Environmental will host an e-waste collection tomorrow (Saturday), Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lots of McKnight Elementary School and North Allegheny Intermediate School in McCandless.

Accepted items include computers, printers, copiers, scanners, cell phones, networking equipment, monitors, keyboards, cables, speakers and CD/DVD drives. Televisions will be accepted with a one television per car limit.

Although the new contract with Waste Management includes the “At Your Door” collection service for electronics, this event will be held to help residents who live in apartments and other residential complexes that are not a part of the town’s waste contract.

The collection is only for residents of McCandless and Ohio Township. Enter the collection site using the McKnight School entrance located at 500 Cumberland Road, Pittsburgh.
Pennsylvania Granted Extension for REAL ID

My House and Senate colleagues requested that Pennsylvania receive an extension by the federal government to comply with the requirements of the REAL ID Act until June 5, 2017. Thanks to non-stop hard work, the extension was granted.

This will allow Pennsylvania residents to continue using their driver’s licenses as identification to enter federal buildings through June. The extension gives state leaders more time to work cooperatively to fix state law to allow for federal REAL ID compliance and to ensure that it’s done in a reasonable and cost-effective manner.

Without the extension, residents would have needed additional photo ID, such as a passport, to gain access to federal buildings starting on Jan. 30. The air travel restriction is still in place for 2018, unless additional extensions are granted or the issue is addressed legislatively.

Over the years, the General Assembly and PennDOT have worked to enhance the security of Pennsylvania driver’s licenses, but federal law requires additional improvements.

For more information on the extension, click here.
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Applications Available Today

Forms for the state’s 2016 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program are available for download from the Department of Revenue’s website starting today (Friday, Jan. 20). Paper forms will be available in the coming weeks.

You do not need to pay a private entity for assistance in filing the forms. Copies of the forms, as well as assistance with filing them, are available at no cost at my district office. You should be prepared to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately. Applications are due by June 30.

Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2016. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.

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Veterans Registry Helps Put Vets in Touch with Services

I am pleased that area veterans have attended seminars at my district office in McCandless as representatives from the American Legion reach out to assist veterans and their families. The next seminar is Feb. 10.

Also, thousands of Pennsylvania veterans have been better connected to benefits, programs and services, thanks to an online registry launched a year ago by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA).

Registration is conveniently available by using a computer or mobile device and visiting Pennsylvania is home to nearly 900,000 veterans.