Saylor Selective Service Legislation Passes House
HARRISBURG – Legislation authored by House Majority Whip Stan Saylor (R-York) to allow Pennsylvanians to more easily comply with federal law passed the House of Representatives Wednesday by a strong bipartisan vote of 170-26.

The bill would permit automatic registration in the federal Selective Service System when a male 18 to 25 years of age applies for a Pennsylvania learner’s or driver’s permit. The applicant’s signature would indicate that the person either has already registered with the Selective Service, or that he authorizes PennDOT to provide the information needed for Selective Service to register the individual.

The bill also provides an opt-out, where the license applicant can indicate in a check-off box that he does not consent to automatic registration.

“Federal authorities have not been vigorous in prosecuting those who fail to register, but many Pennsylvanians not aware of the requirement have been denied student loans, mortgages, and other opportunities of which federal money is a part,” Saylor said. “By allowing an easy avenue to compliance, this legislation will ensure our state’s residents have access to all the education and homeownership programs offered by the federal government.”

The Selective Service is commonly referred to as the “military draft.” Though there has been no draft in the United States since 1973, failure by American male citizens or immigrant non-citizens to register for Selective Service is a federal crime bringing fines up to $250,000 and up to five years in prison. In addition, applications for programs such as Pell Grants and Federal Housing Administration mortgages can be rejected if one has failed to register.

House Majority Whip Stan Saylor
94th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Charles Lardner 
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