Department of Homeland Security Extends REAL ID Enforcement Grace Period for Pennsylvania
Applies to Residents’ Access to Federal Facilities Through January 22, 2018
Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced a REAL ID enforcement grace period through January 22, 2018, which means that Pennsylvania residents will not face access issues when entering federal facilities through at least that date.
This grace period goes into effect today, Wednesday, October 11, and applies to jurisdictions currently under compliance extensions set to expire yesterday, October 10. In addition to Pennsylvania, there are 27 total jurisdictions with extension requests still under review.
PennDOT submitted an extension request to DHS in early September and is currently awaiting DHS response.
The enforcement grace period applies only to entrance to federal facilities.
There is no enforcement on commercial air travel until January 22, 2018.
PennDOT has begun work on the implementation of REAL ID, and estimates REAL ID-compliant driver licenses and identification cards will be available at the customer’s option in March 2019. This will allow ample time for customers who want a REAL ID product to get one before the final DHS effective date of October 1, 2020.
Information on REAL ID in Pennsylvania, including frequently asked questions, is available at www.dmv.pa.gov.
PA State Budget Update
Lawmakers returned to Harrisburg this week amid a three-month-old budget stalemate. A “loose” agreement was struck between House and Senate Republican leaders and Democratic Governor Tom Wolf late last week. However, that loose agreement continues to unravel as House leaders struggle to find the tax votes for a $2.2 billion revenue package.
The latest proposal would double the state hotel tax to 11 percent from 6 percent. It developed quickly after a wave of opposition sunk a proposed tax on warehousing and House GOP leaders stalled a tax on Marcellus shale drilling.
Combined with local hotel taxes, the increase would give Philadelphia and Pittsburgh the nation’s first and second highest hotel taxes, at 20.50 percent and 19 percent, respectively.
As fast as the plan emerged, it was quickly adopted as an omnibus amendment to the budget-related Tax Code vehicle (HB 542) by the House Rules Committee.
House Democratic and Republican leaders say they’re continuing to work to secure enough support to pass the plan as early as tomorrow. But, optimism is fading.
Governor Wolf isn’t saying whether he’ll support the new proposal. His office said this evening that a tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas production is the most responsible source of recurring revenue to help balance the budget.
Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a $32 billion budget bill at the end of June, but still haven’t been able to agree on how to fully fund it.
The revenue package also leans heavily on borrowing, one-time fund transfers and expanded gambling. The House amendment that was adopted this evening removes the controversial Senate-inserted new and hiked taxes on utilities (home heating, electricity, phone service). In addition, the gut-and-replace amendment provides clarification for digital downloads, renews several tax checkoffs for Personal Income Tax, inserts trigger language for the net operating loss deduction in the corporate net income tax, and adds clarification for certain programs and the entertainment production tax credit.
We’re reviewing the language and will send a summary as soon as one is available. We will continue to keep you posted. If you have any questions, please let us know.
Catharine M. Conner
Milliron & Goodman, LLC Government Relations
200 North 3rd St – Suite 1500
Harrisburg, PA 17101
PMHA’s New Website
Just wanted to let you know our new and improved website is finally done. Be sure to check it out at www.pmha.org! Please, let us know if you have any questions, comments or suggestions.
Now we will work on expanding our Members Only sections and we will keep you updated on our progress.
MHI HOUSING ALERT
September 14, 2017
MHI Increases Bipartisan Support for Manufactured Housing Financing
House of Representatives Defeats Amendment to Strip Access to Financing for Manufactured Homes
The U.S. House of Representatives has again voted to support manufactured housing by defeating an amendment that would strip important language from the Fiscal Year 2018 Financial Services Appropriations bill that would make necessary changes to the Dodd-Frank Act to ensure financing is available for consumers of manufactured housing. By defeating this amendment, the language to strengthen access to financing for manufactured housing is included in the spending package.
MHI’s government affairs team worked tirelessly on Capitol Hill with Appropriations Committee members, House leadership, and H.R. 1699 cosponsors to defeat the Ellison amendment. The grassroots calls from MHI members and state executive directors were instrumental in helping Representatives understand the importance of this provision to their own constituents – more than 300 calls were made and over 1,200 emails were sent. MHI is working hard to broaden bipartisan support for the bill – the vote received additional Democratic votes than in prior years.
The defeated amendment, introduced by Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN), would have eliminated the section of the spending bill that was modeled after the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act. This bill modifies the definition of “high-cost” loans so that manufactured home loans are not unfairly swept under this designation simply due to their small size. It also excludes manufactured housing retailers and sellers from the definition of a loan originator, so long as they are only receiving compensation for the sale of the home and not engaged in financing the loans.
MHI commends the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act’s bill sponsor Representative Andy Barr (R-KY) for strongly arguing against this amendment in a speech on the House floor. He was joined by the Chairmen of the Subcommittees of Jurisdiction – Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) and Tom Graves (R-GA) – in speaking out in strong opposition to the amendment. It is important to note that the only person who spoke in favor of the amendment was Rep. Ellison. To watch the debate on this amendment, please click here.
MHI thanks the 33 House members who worked to include this language in the appropriations bill (see letter here) and the hard work of the 53 cosponsors of H.R. 1699, particularly Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL), to educate their colleagues about the importance of the provision.
MHI will continue to work with Congress to get the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act to the President’s desk for his signature as soon as possible. The approach is multi-pronged and includes moving the language as a part of larger legislative vehicles. Another recent example of MHI’s successful strategy is the inclusion of the language as a part of a financial reform package (H.R. 10), which passed the House of Representatives in June.
To date, MHI has succeeded in having the House of Representatives vote in favor of this language numerous times with bipartisan support. Additionally, the language is supported by the Mortgage Bankers Association, the National Association of REALTORS®, National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions, and others. The number of successful votes in Congress on this provision, and the inclusion of this language in the House Financial Services Committee Chairman’s Dodd-Frank reform package and the Fiscal Year 2018 Appropriations package, are the result of MHI’s persistent efforts. As the only trade association in Washington, DC that is registered to lobby on behalf of the manufactured housing industry, MHI is able to cultivate relationships with policymakers in Congress and identify opportunities for the language to be included in legislative vehicles that are moving. Our momentum in Congress continues to increase with each of these successes, and MHI will continue to update members about how they can help expedite completion of the legislative process so these changes become a reality as soon as possible.
If you have any questions, please contact MHI’s Government Affairs Department at 703-229-6208 or MHIgov@mfghome.org.
MHI will be Arranging a Conference Call with FEMA to Discuss Manufactured Housing’s Role in Recovery Efforts
In light of recent events, MHI has been working closely with FEMA to determine how the manufactured housing industry can best assist in the recovery efforts for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Based on past disasters, MHI knows that members are eager to help FEMA assist those impacted by these storms and help these families start to rebuild their lives. Once the conference call has been rescheduled we will let the membership know of the date and time.