Schlossberg applauds Wolf for fee waiver, urges colleagues to pass change into law

ALLENTOWN, June 11 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, commended Gov. Tom Wolf during a news conference today for his move to waive background check fees for volunteers while calling on his colleagues in the General Assembly to follow suit by codifying the exemption into law. 

"Governor Wolf should be applauded for this change. He heard the voices of the many volunteers affected by burdensome fees and he acted to protect the great tradition of community service found throughout this commonwealth," Schlossberg said. "Now it is time for the General Assembly to finish the job by officially enshrining this exemption for volunteers into law."  

At the news conference, Schlossberg stood with volunteer firefighters from the Greenawalds and Woodlawn fire departments, fire department officials, EMS providers, and officials from South Whitehall Township to voice their support of Wolf's administrative move and their support for a permanent legislative fix.

"Our volunteer firefighters and EMS responders are ready and willing to put their lives on the line every day for people in the community they may not even know. Frankly, this is the least we can do for them," Schlossberg said. "Governor Wolf did the right thing by waiving the fee, but it is up to the General Assembly now to ensure that protection remains by putting it into law."

Schlossberg also applauded Wolf's move to reduce the cost of child abuse and criminal history record checks from $10 to $8 for individuals seeking employment for work with children and others legally required to obtain them.

Schlossberg said it’s important to note that volunteers working with children will still be required to obtain the clearances; under Wolf’s move, they just won’t have to pay for them.