HARRISBURG, PA (CBS) — The state Senate has sent a bill to the House seeking relief from deadlines in the federal “Real ID” program and repealing a law that forbids state participation in the program.
Pennsylvania has until June 6th to commit to compliance with Real ID. During a hearing last month, an expert told senators that failure to comply means as many as 100,000 Pennsylvanians would be affected in several ways, including access to their workplace.READ MORE: Philly Police Identify Suspect, Edward Prince, Wanted In Fatal Hit-And-Run That Dragged 60-Year-Old Feet Nearly 300 Feet
And in January, millions would not be able to use their driver’s licenses to fly.Police Investigating ATM Robbery At Northeast Philadelphia Convenience Store
Even though the expert told senators another extension from the feds seems unlikely, a bill passed by the Senate Tuesday seeks another delay of the deadline. The bill also repeals a 2012 state law prohibiting participation in Real ID.
Steve Miskin a spokesman for the House majority leader said, “We need to repeal that law just to allow the Wolf Administration to talk to the federal government.”MORE NEWS: Fire Crews Rush To Battle 2-Alarm Blaze At New Castle County Apartment Complex
Miskin says he expects the House to consider the Senate Real ID bill “relatively soon.”