Senator Baker E-Newsletter

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May 2018

Motorcycle Safety Program Available

The warmer weather means more motorcycles on the roads. The free Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program offers training to PA residents and active duty military with a class Motorcycle Learner’s permit or motorcycle license. Training is offered for all levels of experience: aspiring new riders, semi-experienced, three-wheeled, and advanced riders. Motorcyclists taking PAMSP courses may receive insurance savings. For more information visit

Also, as a reminder, there is an easy way for motorcyclists to show their patriotism and support Pennsylvania veterans – the “Honoring Our Veterans” license plate.

This plate was created as a way for people to demonstrate their appreciation for the sacrifices our veterans have made. Sales help finance the Veterans Trust Fund, dedicated to helping needy veterans with food, housing, health care and other necessities.   

The plate costs $35, and $15 of the fee goes directly to helping veterans in need. Those renewing their vehicle registrations and driver’s licenses can also make a $3.00 donation through a voluntary check-off box. To date, more than $9.2 million has been raised. Grants totaling more than $3 million have been awarded to organizations serving veterans, and an additional $2.7 million has been provided to individual veterans and their families.

To apply for a plate visit PennDOT’s website or call Senator Baker’s office at (570) 226-5960.

Volunteering On Behalf Of Your State Parks And Forests

Since 1999, the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation (PPFF) has provided a place for dedicated volunteers to serve the 121 state parks and 2.2 million acres of state forest land that are a crucial part of Pennsylvania’s common wealth. Under the PPFF umbrella, 41 chapters or “friends of” groups have formed in individual state parks and forests, focusing their energy on the local park and forest in their neighborhood.

Here in our senate district, the Friends of Varden, Friends of Prompton and Friends of Salt Springs will welcome you to their events and volunteer activities. The Friends of Varden don’t have a website, but you can always find up to date volunteer information on the PPFF calendar of events. The Friends of Prompton and Salt Springs are both independent friends groups offering many ways to get involved. Get in touch with them to find out more.

Want to volunteer on your own schedule? Consider becoming a steward in the “Stewards of Penn’s Woods” program. To find out more (including available projects and forests), visit the PPFF website by clicking here.

The DCNR Conservation Volunteer program encourages individuals to align themselves with the parks or forests or volunteer activities of their choosing.

There is always work to be done – and joy to be experienced – in your role as a state park or forest volunteer.

Fish For Free Days

The Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, May 27, marks the first of two free fishing days in the Commonwealth. The second is Independence Day – Wednesday, July 4. Fish-for-Free Days allow anyone – residents and non-residents – to legally fish in Pennsylvania without a fishing license (or Trout/Salmon/Lake Erie permits.) All other fishing regulations apply. To make the fishing experience more convenient on the Fish-for-Free days, people can borrow equipment from dozens of fishing tackle loaner sites across the state.

Visit for more information.


Your ability to fly on a commercial airplane and enter a federal facility will soon require a passport or an enhanced drivers licenses or identification cards known as REAL ID. Pennsylvania will start offering REAL IDs in the spring of 2019, but I suggest those interested in obtaining one should start getting your documents together now.

The REAL ID Act, passed by the U.S. Congress in 2005, requires changes to state standards, procedures, and requirements for the issuance of driver’s licenses and identification cards, if they are to be accepted as identity documents by the federal government. Learn more at

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