Senator Mensch’s Breast Cancer Checkoff Legislation Signed into Law by Governor

HARRISBURG – Senate Bill 445, sponsored by Senator Bob Mensch (R-24), was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf today as Act 23 of 2021 (June 25). This legislation would give individuals renewing either their vehicle registration or driver’s license an option to donate to the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition.

Statistics show that one in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. While not exclusive to women, breast cancer will count for over 276,000 new cases this year in the United States, and almost 50,000 cases in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, breast cancer will claim the lives of roughly 42,000 women nationwide, and an estimated 2,000 in Pennsylvania alone.

Senate Bill 445, also known as ‘Breast Cancer Checkoff’ legislation, will mirror similar processes set in statute which allow individuals renewing registrations or a driver’s license to include an optional $5 donation to the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition. There are currently options to donate to the Veterans’ Trust Fund, pediatric cancer research, and the Keystone Tree Restricted Account.

“We all know someone that breast cancer has affected – some in our Chamber, some in our home lives, some in our families, some in our districts,” Mensch said. “Luckily for the Commonwealth, the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition has been a guiding light for finding a cure for breast cancer since 1993. The coalition is led by the steadfast and inspirational Pat Halpin-Murphy, someone I have been honored to work side-by-side with on these important pieces of legislation. This Act will give Pennsylvanians renewing either their vehicle registration or driver’s license the option to donate $5 to the PBCC, assisting in the continuing research to foster innovation and development of an eventual cure.”

“We are so grateful to Senator Mensch, Governor Wolf, and to all of our Pennsylvania lawmakers for recognizing the desperate need for breast cancer research funding in our state,” said PA Breast Cancer Coalition President Pat Halpin-Murphy. “Today’s bill signing is a true victory for women and families facing breast cancer, and its impact will be felt for decades to come. The PBCC is proud to fight for legislation like SB445 that brings us closer to our ultimate goal of finding a cure for breast cancer now… so our daughters won’t have to.”

For more information on Senator Mensch’s legislation, visit www.senatormensch.com.  State updates can also be found on Senator Mensch’s Facebook at facebook.com/PASenatorBobMensch/ or Twitter @SenatorMensch.

 

CONTACT: Madison Scarfaro mscarfaro@pasen.gov  (215) 541-2388