The decision is in response to new requirements enacted under Act 153 of 2014 to require criminal and abuse clearances every three years for employees and volunteers who are in contact with minors as a part of their duties.
Since the passage of Act 153, many legislators have worked to improve the law to alleviate some of this burden on volunteer organizations such as volunteer fire departments and EMS providers.
“I am proud to have worked with Governor Wolf to make sure that this vital action was taken," State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Ambridge, said in a news release. "By waiving the fees, we ensure that those who generously give their time to the children in our communities won’t be deterred from doing so because of cost."
According to Matzie, Wolf also said the Department of Human Services and the state police will be reducing the cost of both the child abuse and criminal history record checks from $10 to $8 for all other applicants.
"This move keeps the safety provisions of Act 153 firmly in place, without discouraging people from volunteering," Matzie said. "This is a great example of what can be accomplished when politics are put aside and the governor and the legislature work closely and diligently to solve real problems.”