REAL ID Act compliance effort continues to advance in PA Senate

REAL ID Act compliance effort continues to advance in PA Senate

Legislation introduced by Sen. Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) that would begin the process of Pennsylvania complying with the federal REAL ID Act continued its advance Monday.

 

Passed in 2005, the federal REAL ID Act requires states to adopt specific, nationwide standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards in order to strengthen immigration enforcement and boost homeland security.

Monday, March 27, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Pennsylvania begins REAL ID compliance effort

Pennsylvania begins REAL ID compliance effort

Pennsylvania started the process of complying with the federal REAL ID Act Wednesday with the Senate Communications and Technology Committee advancing legislation to repeal Act 38 of 2012 and asking the US Department of Homeland Security for another extension of time to allow Pennsylvania to develop a compliant identification card.

 

Passed in 2005, the REAL ID Act requires states to adopt specific, nationwide standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards in order to strengthen immigration enforcement and boost homeland security.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Administrative errors, lack of communication caused funding losses for UC system

Administrative errors, lack of communication caused funding losses for UC system

Administrative errors and poor decision-making within the Department of Labor and Industry have caused Pennsylvania’s unemployment compensation system to lose out on past federal funding, a recent internal investigation by the Wolf administration revealed.

 

Though Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced last month that his office would be conducting an audit of the UC system under the department and the associated Service Improvement Infrastructure Fund (SIIF) at the heart of a dispute between the Wolf administration and Senate Republicans, the Wolf administration had taken upon itself to conduct a parallel internal review, according to a letter sent by Budget Sec. Randy Albright to the Auditor General on Friday.

 

According to the letter, that internal review found two critical errors within the department that have caused the UC system to lose out on millions of dollars in federal funding.

Saturday, February 4, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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DeNaples restrictions upheld by Gaming Control Board

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Wednesday denied a petition by Louis DeNaples, the one-time owner of Mt. Airy Casino, to have board-placed restrictions on his ability to do business with the casino removed and limit the scope of a background check so businesses he owns can serve as a vendor to the casino.

While the petition to remove the restrictions and limit the background check received a majority vote, it did not receive a “qualified majority vote,” which consists of at least one gubernatorial appointee of the board and all four legislative appointees voting in favor of a particular matter.

Board Chairman William Ryan and Commissioner Annmarie Kaiser voted against DeNaples’s petition. Both were appointees of Gov. Tom Corbett.

Richard Jewell, a June 2015 appointment of House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), was the dissenting legislative appointee.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Medicaid expansion moves into completion phase

Department of Human Services Sec. Ted Dallas Tuesday announced the end of the transition from Healthy PA to traditional Medicaid expansion—known as HealthChoices in Pennsylvania—as the last of the expansion insurance plans took effect.

According to Sec. Dallas, 440,000 Pennsylvanians are enrolled in Medicaid expansion insurance plans with the last group of enrollees coming out of Healthy PA’s primary coverage options into Medicaid expansion.

“With that last group of folks moving over, the Medicaid expansion is now complete,” Sec. Dallas told reporters.

He added with the full transition now complete, Pennsylvania is eligible for more federal funding and will realize a savings of $626 million from people moving off of state-funded care to fully federally funded Medicaid expansion.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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