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Senator Don White

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Animal Abuse Bill Signed into Law

6/28/17 - Libre's Law Bill Signing

It was truly an honor to attend a special ceremony at the Capitol on June 28 where Governor Wolf signed House Bill 1238. The new law, now known as Act 10 of 2017, updates and clarifies the existing animal abuse statute and increases the penalties for abusing any animal.

Senator White

Fair Guide Lists Events Across Pennsylvania

Fair season is now well underway in Pennsylvania and anyone looking for a midway near them can access an online guide to find family-friendly destinations across the commonwealth.

The 2017 Pennsylvania Fair Guide offers information on 109 county and community fairs across Pennsylvania. The guide is available at travel plazas and legislative offices across the state as well as online at by searching “fair guide.”

Enjoy Our Local Fairs

One of the best parts of summer around here is the opportunity to spend the day at one of our local fairs. Several of these great events will be held in our area over the next few weeks: Butler County Fair (now through July 7); Dayton Fair (August 13-19); Westmoreland Fair (August 18-26); Indiana Fair (August 26-September 2); Ox Hill Fair (September 4-9); and Cookport Fair (September 10-16).

I encourage everyone to come on out with your friends and neighbors and enjoy a local fair.

Straight Talk Recaps Student Government Seminar

July 2017 - Student Government Seminar

Highlights from my recent student government seminar are featured in the current edition of my television show, “Straight Talk with Senator Don White.” A total of 144 students and advisors from 12 secondary schools across the 41st Senatorial District had the opportunity to get a first-hand look at legislative and state government operations during the event that I hosted in the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The attendees interacted with students from other high schools, elected officials and people in government relations while developing and voting on legislation as they served as members of the General Assembly.

PENNDOT Issuing New Driver’s License, ID Cards

Senator White

PENNDOT recently started issuing new driver’s licenses and ID cards with enhanced security features. The new products will be phased in over the next four-year renewal cycle and will replace existing products.

The new cards are not REAL ID-compliant. PENNDOT anticipates that REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and ID cards will be available upon request in 2019.

The cards have enhanced security features, which improve fraud prevention and protect from counterfeiting and alteration including:

  • Larger primary portrait and smaller ghost portrait
  • 2D barcode, which contain data from the front of the card unique to the cardholder
  • Laser perforation — The keystone outline with "PA" is embedded into the cardstock and can be observed by holding the card up to any light source
  • Laminate — Each card is laminated with an optically-variable pattern with the state motto, "Virtue, Liberty, Independence;" Keystone outline; and "1787," the year when the U.S. Constitution was ratified by Pennsylvania.

In addition to those changes, the magnetic strip has been eliminated on the back of the cards.

Unpaid Toll Violations May Result in Registration Suspension

Senator White

As of August 4, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will be able to request that PENNDOT suspend registrations of vehicles with unpaid toll violations totaling $500 or more.

Before the law takes effect, a partial amnesty program will allow motorists with toll violations that have not been placed with a collection agency to settle by paying all tolls for any violations or invoices, and the Commission will waive all administrative fees. More information is available at:

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