Malagari to introduce legislation aimed at helping seniors

HARRISBURG, Sept. 19 – State Rep. Steve Malagari announced today his plan to introduce legislation to eliminate the one-time cost of $30 for obtaining a REAL ID for seniors 65 or older.

“Reducing the cost of REAL ID for our seniors is the right thing to do,” said Malagari, D-Montgomery. “As Pennsylvania began the process of implementing REAL ID, I’ve heard from my constituents concerned about yet another added cost for seniors planning to visit grandchildren, family, or friends. This can be an issue for our seniors living on a fixed income.”

Pennsylvanians will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or photo ID card, or another form of federally accepted identification (such as a passport) to board commercial flights, enter federal buildings that require IDs, or enter military installations after Oct. 1, 2020.

“Our state is home to one of the largest populations of seniors in the nation, and through the years Pennsylvania has done the right thing to enact senior-friendly policies,” Malagari said. “My hope is the General Assembly will once again act to make sure our seniors aren’t saddled with a financial burden.”

More information on Malagari’s legislation is available by contacting his office at 267-768-3671. Residents can also speak with Malagari at his Inaugural Senior Fair from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lansdale.   

Malagari is not the only lawmaker proposing legislation to cut the cost of REAL ID for seniors. State Sen. Maria Collett (D-Bucks/Montgomery) has circulated a co-sponsorship memo for future legislation that would also decrease the cost for seniors obtaining a REAL ID.