The Pennsylvania House
of Representatives passed a bill Dec. 3 that would put additional security
measures in place for drivers seeking hazardous materials hauling licenses.
HB2165, introduced by Rep. Richard Allen Geist (R-Altoona), requires applicants
to be fingerprinted and undergo a criminal background check.
The bill initially would
have required all CDL holders to be fingerprinted. Several lawmakers said
that was too extreme, pointing out that bus drivers and others deemed unlikely
to commit terrorist acts also would be required to submit to fingerprinting.
The bill, as amended
to restrict the fingerprinting measure to hazmat drivers only, passed easily
192-1. It has been referred to the Senate transportation committee.