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File #: 11816-21    Version: Name:
Type: Motion Status: Approved
File created: 3/19/2021 In control: Chief Clerk
On agenda: 3/23/2021 Final action:
Title: Motion of the Council of Allegheny County expressing the sense of Council urging the General Assembly to consider and approve Pennsylvania HB 625 with all deliberate speed in order to allow for the placement of discreet information upon Commonwealth-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards in order to aid first responders in more effectively assisting individuals with disabilities.
Sponsors: Patrick Catena
Attachments: 1. 11816-21.pdf
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Motion of the Council of Allegheny County expressing the sense of Council urging the General Assembly to consider and approve Pennsylvania HB 625 with all deliberate speed in order to allow for the placement of discreet information upon Commonwealth-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards in order to aid first responders in more effectively assisting individuals with disabilities.

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WHEREAS, it is well-known that some individuals with disabilities may have a difficult time communicating with others, particularly in emergency situations; and

WHEREAS, while emergency services personnel have taken significant steps to increase training and awareness of such situations, challenges continue to arise insofar as it is simply not always self-evident that an individual has a disability that may materially impact how a first responder assists them; and

WHEREAS, on March 3, 2021, Pennsylvania Representative Dan Miller introduced HB 625, a bill which would allow for an optional, discreet designation to be placed on a person’s driver’s license or state issued identification card which would identify them as a person with a disability, and thereby facilitate a more positive and informed interaction with any first responders assisting them; and

WHEREAS, specifically, HB 625 would amend §1510 of Title 75 (Vehicles) by adding a section allowing for persons with medical professional-verified disabilities request that a discreet identifier symbol be placed on the face of their driver’s license or state-issued identification card; and

WHEREAS, the identifier contemplated by HB 625 would not specify the type of disability, but it would provide key insight to the emergency responder as to how to approach assisting and communicating with the individual; and

WHEREAS, Representative Miller was joined in co-sponsoring HB 625 by Representatives Sanchez, Kinsey, Hill-Evans, McNeill, Freeman, Guenst, Schlossberg, A. Davis, Hohenstein, Galloway, Madden, O'Mara,...

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