HARRISBURG – The House today passed legislation authored by Rep. Tim O’Neal (R-Washington) that would require PennDOT to create a Blue Star Family license plate for family members of military service members.
“Some families of service personnel hang a Blue Star Banner in their home’s window to signify that their loved one is currently serving to protect our country’s freedom,” O’Neal said. “This license plate would extend this ability to their vehicles in order to honor their loved one. In addition, it would allow the public to recognize the service and sacrifice of the family. PennDOT already offers a Gold Star Family license plate. This new license plate would be a good addition.”
House Bill 1486
would require PennDOT to issue a Blue Star Family license plate to any family member of a person who is an active-duty military service member, including those in the reserve or National Guard. The plate would cost an additional $23 on top of the registration fee. Plates would not have to be returned once the family member no longer serves on active duty. A family member would include a spouse, mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister, stepmother, stepfather, stepson, stepdaughter, mother or father through adoption, foster mother or father in loco parentis, son and daughter by adoption, half-brother, half-sister, grandfather and grandmother.
The bill now goes to the Senate for its consideration.
The 48th Legislative District in Washington County includes the city of Washington; Chartiers, North Franklin, North Strabane and South Strabane townships; and Canonsburg, East Washington and Houston boroughs.
Representative Tim O’Neal
48th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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