Pennsylvania receives extension for REAL ID

(Oct 11, 2018)

Pennsylvania has been granted a REAL ID enforcement extension by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through August 1, 2019. This extension means that Pennsylvania residents will not face access issues when entering federal facilities or boarding domestic commercial aircraft through at least that date. REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and photo ID cards will be available from PennDOT at the customer’s option beginning March 2019. PennDOT is encouraging customers to pre-verify for REAL ID the required documentation as soon as possible, giving them ample time to prepare. More information about what documents will be required is available on PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website . More information about REAL ID, including frequently asked questions , can be found at www.dmv.pa.gov . Read more

 

Bridge to happiness

(Sep 12, 2018)

A news conference took place on Sept. 7 in the park, followed by a ribbon cutting on the road. Driscoll was joined by state Sen. John Sabatina Jr.; state Rep. Ed Neilson; City Councilman Bobby Henon; PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards; city Departments of Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams; and representatives of Lt. Gov. Mike Stack, state Sen. Tina Tartaglione and U.S. Rep. Bob Brady. Read more

 

Driscoll introduces bill to strengthen consumer protections in contracts

(Aug 08, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 8 – State Rep. Mike Driscoll, D-Phila., has introduced legislation that would ensure Pennsylvanians don't fall prey to deceptive contracts and would strengthen protections for consumers. House Bill 929 would create penalties for companies that place false or misleading information in contracts intending to defraud customers. By adding deceptive practice language into current law, companies found guilty would be liable for penalties and damages reimbursements, allowing customers to reclaim lost assets. New Jersey currently has similar regulations in place, and Driscoll hopes to extend these protections to Pennsylvania consumers. “Pennsylvanians enter into contracts every day,” Driscoll said. “Whether it is a contract for cell phones, cable television, home improvement or another contract, full disclosure is necessary. But too often, companies use misleading language to take advantage of vulnerable communities and exploit their intentions. Protecting consumers from deceptive practices is one of my top legislative priorities, and this legislation to hold companies accountable for the contracts they draw up is among the reforms I continue to seek.” Driscoll has worked throughout his legislative career to protect consumer rights, sponsoring and co-sponsoring several pieces of consumer-friendly legislation. Act 27 of 2018 was signed into law this June, and allows contractors to suspend their work if they are not paid Read more

 

Driscoll legislation would make more seniors eligible for Property Tax Freeze

(Jun 25, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 25 – State Rep. Michael Driscoll, D-Phila., announced today that he has introduced legislation to modify the eligibility guidelines for the Philadelphia Property Tax Freeze Program. “The Philadelphia Property Tax Freeze Program has undeniably been a godsend to senior citizens living in our commonwealth’s largest and most expensive city. However, it hasn’t been responsive to changing economic conditions,” Driscoll said. “Today, many seniors face living on fixed incomes that haven’t risen as health care and living costs have.” Under current law, the eligibility for the program is tied to the income limits established for the state's PACE and PACENET prescription-drug programs, which have not been updated since 2006. H.B. 529 would set income eligibility to 225 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. “While working closely with the majority leader, City Councilman Bobby Henon, we felt this legislation would be an attractive avenue to help the seniors in our districts. Councilman Henon was extremely helpful,” Driscoll said. Driscoll said that using the federal guidelines as a basis for property tax relief eligibility would ensure the requirements reflect current economic conditions and help direct relief to those who need it most. The bill has been referred to the House Finance Committee. Read more

 

Driscoll, Santora bill to protect families financially becomes law

(Jun 15, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, June 15 – State Rep. Mike Driscoll, D-Phila., witnessed the signing of legislation that minimizes financial uncertainty and encourages fairer treatment for contractors and subcontractors in Pennsylvania. House Bill 566, signed into law as Act 27 of 2018, allows contractors to suspend their work if they are not paid per contract terms. “This law will significantly impact the lives of many Pennsylvania families. Contractors and subcontractors often face a greater risk of going unpaid because they are compensated in full after the services are provided,” said Driscoll, co-sponsor of the bill. “I think our legislation will strike the right balance in making sure contractors are paid for the work they do. Consequently, we’ll help support families who depend on that income.” Under the new law, contractors and subcontractors will be able to stop working on a project if payment is not received per contract guidelines. To be eligible to suspend work, 30 days from the end of the billing cycle must pass. Then, they would have to provide written notice via mail or email and wait an additional 30 days. If payment is not received, they would have to provide at least 10 calendar days of notice by certified mail. If payment is not received during those 70 days, work may be suspended without penalty. The law becomes effective in 120 days. Read more

 

Bill to Protect Families Financially Awaits the Governor’s Signature

(May 23, 2018)

HARRISBURG, May 23 – Today, the House voted on concurrence on a bill drafted by Reps. James R. Santora, R-Delaware, and Michael Driscoll, D-Phila., to permit contractors to suspend their work if they are not paid per contract terms. It now heads to the governor for his signature. “Because contractors and subcontractors are not paid in full before they provide their services, they face a much greater risk of going unpaid than is typical for other workers. This impacts families who depend on payments that are rightfully owed for goods and services that were provided,” Santora said. “Our bill works to minimize that uncertainty and encourage fairer treatment for contractors and subcontractors.” Under the bill, contractors and subcontractors would be able to stop working on a project if payment is not received per contract guidelines. To be eligible to suspend work, 30 days from the end of the billing cycle must pass. Then, they would have to provide written notice via mail or email and wait an additional 30 days. If payment is not received, they would have to provide at least 10 calendar days of notice by certified mail. If payment is not received during those 70 days, work could be suspended without penalty. Before being amended by the Senate, the bill stated that contractors and subcontractors could suspend their work if at least 60 days have passed since the end of the billing period and seven calendar days’ notice was given of their Read more

 

Driscoll announces grant for solar PV system installation at Northeast Philadelphia business

(Mar 19, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, March 19 – State Rep. Mike Driscoll, D-Phila., announced today that Marano Truck Lines and Warehouse Inc. will receive a $210,000 grant for the purchase and installation of a rooftop solar photovoltaic system on its facility in Northeast Philadelphia. “Universal access to sustainable energy is essential to support our communities and develop a sustainable city,” Driscoll said. “I’m glad to see businesses transitioning to clean energy and creating a framework to bolster energy independence and security across the commonwealth.” The funding will go towards the purchase and installation of a rooftop solar PV system that will generate 100 percent of the building’s energy consumption. The total project cost is $419,900, with Marano Truck Lines and Warehouse Inc. providing matching funds. The Solar Energy Program provides financial assistance in the form of grant and loan funds to promote the use of solar energy in Pennsylvania. The program is administered jointly by the Department of Community and Economic Development and the Department of Environmental Protection under the direction of the Commonwealth Financing Authority. The CFA is charged with identifying and supporting projects to improve the quality of life and financial health in communities around the state. To find out more about CFA programs, visit www.newpa.com . Read more

 

House passes Driscoll, Ellis consumer protection bills

(Mar 13, 2018)

HARRISBURG, March 13 – A bipartisan pair of bills to help Pennsylvania consumers affected by data breaches passed the state House on Tuesday. These bills are sponsored by Commerce Committee Chairman Brian Ellis, R-Butler, and Rep. Mike Driscoll, D-Phila. Ellis’ H.B. 1846 would amend the Breach of Personal Information Act to further define “breach of security of the system” and “personal information” for clarification. The bill would require notice to Pennsylvania residents whenever there is a breach of security of the system. The notice would have to be in plain language, and include the date of the breach, the type of information subject to the breach and toll-free numbers to credit reporting agencies. This notice would have to be made within 45 days of learning of a breach. In addition, the breach would have to be reported to the Bureau of Consumer Protection in the Office of the Attorney General. If a state agency is the subject of a breach, the agency would have to provide notice of the breach to Pennsylvania residents without unreasonable delay. An agency under the governor’s jurisdiction would have to provide notice of the breach to the governor’s Office of Administration. If a county, school district or municipality is the subject of a breach, it would have to provide notice of the breach to residents without unreasonable delay as well. A county, school district or municipality would have to report its breach to the Read more

 

Driscoll introduces Irish-American Heritage Month resolution

(Mar 13, 2018)

HARRISBURG, March 13 – State Rep. Michael Driscoll, D-Phila., announced he has introduced H.R. 706 , designating March 2018 as “Irish-American Heritage Month” in Pennsylvania. “Since the founding of this great nation, American citizens of Irish descent have been responsible for many significant contributions both within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States. Today, they continue to thrive and excel in many spheres of human endeavor, from academia to business and beyond,” Driscoll said. Celebration of Irish heritage is a long-standing tradition in the commonwealth, which hosts among the largest and oldest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the country each year. Irish heritage will be celebrated from Philadelphia, where the city's parade first took place in 1771, to Scranton, which hosts the second-largest St. Patrick’s parade in the country. “As a proud Irish-American myself, it is an honor to co-sponsor a resolution recognizing the impact Irish-Americans have been making since before our country’s founding. Thank you to my co-sponsors for their show of support and for extending their best wishes to the Irish community with House Resolution 706,” Driscoll said. The resolution’s co-sponsors include Reps. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, and Tim Hennessey, R-Chester/Montgomery. Read more

 

Driscoll: Budget Invests in Education, Human Services

(Feb 08, 2018)

In response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal, Pa. state Rep. Mike Driscoll supports investing in education, workforce development and human services for a stronger Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Driscoll: Wolf budget proposal is good for Philadelphians

(Feb 06, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 – State Rep. Michael Driscoll, D-Phila., highlighted how Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal for the 2018-19 fiscal year would provide Philadelphia residents with much-needed relief. “I would like to thank Governor Wolf for presenting us with a common-sense budget proposal that will help protect Philadelphia residents,” Driscoll said. “This includes investing in education, providing the necessary funding for successful workforce development initiatives, as well as increasing our resources to tackle the opioid epidemic that has impacted our city.” Wolf’s 2018-19 budget proposal includes: $120 million increase in basic and special education; $40 million investment to develop 21st-century job skills; $10 million for career and technical education; and $26.5 million investment in federal Cures Act funding to expand treatment to address the opioid drug epidemic. Driscoll added, “With these funding increases, we can finally give our constituents the break they deserve, without any broad-based tax increases.” ### Read more

 

Ellis, Driscoll consumer protection bills advance to full House

(Oct 16, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 16 – A bipartisan pair of bills to help Pennsylvania consumers affected by data breaches has advanced out of the House Commerce Committee to the full House of Representatives. The bills are sponsored by Commerce Committee Chairman Brian Ellis, R-Butler, and Rep. Mike Driscoll, D-Phila. Ellis said, "It is my hope that future massive data breaches do not occur, but if they do, the safeguards in these pieces of bipartisan legislation will help protect and assist consumers after a breach happens." Driscoll said: "I believe our bipartisan cooperation bodes well for passing this legislation and making real progress on this issue that affects millions of Pennsylvanians. I am pleased to work with Chairman Ellis and Attorney General Josh Shapiro to move forward on this." Ellis' bill ( H.B. 1846 ) would require notification of a breach from the entity where the breach occurred to the affected consumer. The notification would include the date the breach occurred, the type of information subject to the breach, a toll-free number and the address of credit reporting agencies. This notice would have to be made available within 30 days of the breach of the system. Additionally, an entity with a breach would have to notify the state Attorney General’s Office. The entities also would have to develop policies to safeguard and discard personal consumer information. Driscoll’s bill ( H.B. 1847 ) would waive the current credit Read more

 

Background on Equifax data breach incident

(Oct 04, 2017)

Detailed information on how PA residents can protect themselves after the Equifax data breach. Read more

 

Driscoll Fighting ID Theft

(Oct 03, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Mike Driscoll has introduced legislation as part of a package to protect consumers and their sensitive personal information in the event of an online data breach, like the Equifax breach in the summer of 2017. Read more

 

Driscoll Honors St. Hubert Cheerleaders

(Jun 12, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Mike Driscoll congratulates the St. Hubert Catholic High School cheerleaders, who recently won the National High School Cheerleading Championship in Orlando, Florida. Read more

 

Driscoll Supporting Fallen Firefighters Survivors

(May 08, 2017)

In a move to support the survivors of some of the community's most important people, Pa. state Rep. Mike Driscoll sponsored a House Resolution designating the week of May 8-14, 2017, as "Fallen Firefighters Survivors' Week" in Pennsylvania; and designating May 12, 2017, as "Fallen Firefighters Survivors' Day" in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Driscoll’s fallen firefighters survivors resolution adopted by House

(May 08, 2017)

HARRISBURG, May 8 – State Rep. Michael Driscoll, D-Phila., said adoption this week by the House of Representatives of the fallen firefighters survivors resolution he introduced recognizes the brave men and women who play one of the most important roles within our communities. “Throughout the Commonwealth, thousands of firefighters put their lives at risk with each emergency response they make. Tragically, not all who respond to such calls make it back to the station alive,” Driscoll said. “It is fitting that we honor them, helping their survivors and recognizing the valuable contribution they make to our lives every day.” House Resolution 194 designates May 8-14 as "Fallen Firefighters Survivors' Week" and May 12 as "Fallen Firefighters Survivors' Day" in Pennsylvania. Driscoll said the resolution also recognizes the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation for being a pioneer in providing support programs and scholarships to the survivors. The organization offers preventative training to fire departments across the country with the goal of reducing line-of-duty firefighter deaths by 25 percent in five years. “I’m proud to honor and thank those who help us, and express our gratitude for all the sacrifices made not only by the firefighters, but the sacrifices made by their families, as well,” he said. Driscoll said it is extremely important to provide support to and empower the survivor Read more

 

Driscoll to host free shredding & e-recycling event on May 20

(May 05, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, May 4 – State Rep. Mike Driscoll, D-Phila., will sponsor a free shredding event for residents of Northeast Philadelphia from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 20, at the Linden Avenue Boat Launch, located at Linden Avenue and the river. "Identity theft remains a constant threat in our modern world," Driscoll said. "That is why I am pleased to host this event again this year to offer a convenient way to safely dispose of confidential documents." Unwanted items that should be shredded include credit card statements, credit card applications, bank statements, canceled checks, income tax information, insurance records and retirement or pension fund information. Documents will be shredded on-site, and all material collected will be recycled. Residents are also encouraged to bring old televisions, computer monitors or other electronic equipment to be recycled in an environmentally friendly manner. More information is available by calling Driscoll's office at 215-281-3414 or email RepDriscoll@pahouse.net . Read more

 

Driscoll’s Irish-American Heritage Month resolution introduced

(Mar 13, 2017)

HARRISBURG, March 13 – State Rep. Michael Driscoll, D-Phila., announced he has introduced H.R. 143, designating March 2017 as “Irish-American Heritage Month” in Pennsylvania. The resolution’s co-sponsors include Reps. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, and Tim Hennessey, R-Chester/Montgomery. “Irish Americans have made immeasurable contributions to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and our nation as a whole,” Driscoll said. “They have been and continue to be political, religious, cultural and artistic leaders. In American history, soldiers who were born in Ireland or of Irish descent were major contributors the Continental Army under George Washington’s command during the American Revolution, while an Irish immigrant, John Barry, is credited as the Father of the American Navy for his service as captain of the Continental Navy.” Celebration of Irish heritage is a long-standing tradition in the commonwealth, which hosts among the largest and oldest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the country each year. Irish heritage parades will be celebrated from Philadelphia, where their parade has taken place since 1791, to Scranton, which hosts the second-largest St. Patrick’s parade in the country. “As a proud Irish-American myself, it is an honor to co-sponsor a resolution recognizing the impact Irish-Americans have been making since before our country’s founding. Thank you to my Read more

 

Driscoll Condemns Cemetery Vandalism

(Mar 01, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Mike Driscoll condemns the criminal vandalism that occurred at the Mount Carmel Cemetery in Northeastern Philadelphia. Read more