Pennsylvania received a limited extension through June 6 to update driver’s licenses to meet requirements under the federal REAL ID Act of 2005, but the General Assembly must still act quickly to comply. Without action, Pennsylvanians could be denied access to federal facilities and eventually even airline travel. Specifically, Pennsylvanians will need federally approved ID for air travel beginning Jan. 22, 2018, and with the limited extension we will need a federally approved ID to access federal buildings, nuclear power plants and military bases beginning June 7, 2017. Rest assured, I am following this issue very closely and am doing everything possible to ensure that we pass comprehensive changes to comply with the federal government. Please visit https://www.dhs.gov/real-id/pennsylvania for the most up to date information on the requirements and remember that my office can help you obtain a birth certificate or driver’s license. Read more
Get more info on what you can do now that several Unemployment Compensation Service Centers have closed and longer wait times are being experienced by those looking for help. Read more
All dogs three months or older must be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year. Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs. An annual license is $8.50 and a lifetime license is $51.50. If the animal is spayed or neutered, the annual fee is $6.50 and lifetime is $31.50. Discounts are available to older adults and people with disabilities. The small license fee helps the millions of dogs in the state by funding the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement. Dog licenses are available from your local county treasurer and other licensing agents. Reasons for dog licensing: It’s the law. All dogs three months or older must have a current license. If your dog gets lost, a license is the best way to get him back. A license helps animal control and shelters identify your dog and get him back home safely. The cost of a license is less than the penalty for being caught without one. Owners who fail to license their dogs could face a fine of up to $300 for each unlicensed dog. License fees support animal control. The annual fee you pay to license your dog helps keep shelters running and supports the work of the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, which is responsible for ensuring the welfare of dogs, regulating dangerous dogs and overseeing annual licensing and rabies vaccinations. Read more
The myCOMPASS PA online app is now available for download on the Apple and Google Play app stores for use on iPhones and Android smartphones. Among other features, myCOMPASS PA will allow individuals to take photos of necessary documents and upload them directly to their case files through a secure, safe environment. Other key features include: Users will be able to view benefits details after logging in to their myCOMPASS account; Individuals can view their processing status of their applications; and Update case-related information such as address, phone number, email address, and voter registration. In the two weeks after it launched in the Apple store, 4,669 users downloaded the app with 13,680 clients viewing the status of their benefits, 1,568 documents were uploaded, and the app received a 5-star rating. myCOMPASS PA is estimated to save an average of $3.2 million per year by reducing mail processing time, manual information entry, call center calls, postage and printing. Read more
State Reps. Tina Davis and John Galloway applaud state grants totaling almost $2 million to help the St. Mary Medical Center build a primary and urgent care center in Levittown and to extend water and sewer lines to vacant and underutilized industrial properties in the Route 13 Industrial Area. The Bucks County Democrats thanked Gov. Tom Wolf for approving the RACP grants of $900,000 for St. Mary and $1 million for the Route 13 line extensions in Bristol Twp.
Rep. Tina Davis reports that she will sponsor her annual Senior Expo and shredding event in September. Davis’ sixth annual Senior Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 8 at Lower Bucks Hospital, Bristol. Her shred event will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sept. 17 at Ben Franklin Middle School, Levittown.
The new state chapter of Emerge is designed to teach Democratic women how to campaign and get elected. The inaugural class was graduated Thursday in Harrisburg. Reps. Tina Davis, D-Bucks County, and Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery County, wanted to start it for years, and Davis has said numerous times that "government just doesn't work when the majority is all men and all Republicans."
Mae Krier spotted the news on Facebook and immediately started making phone calls. The telephone was the best way to let the women in her life know that Monday was declared “Rosie the Riveter Day” in Pennsylvania.
Rep. Tina Davis reports that first responders in the 141st Legislative District are receiving state grants totaling over $125,000 -- crucial funding for those striving to protect us. Rep. Davis also reports that the House recently voted to extend the grant program through June 2010. Read more
State Rep. Tina Davis is sponsoring a free community shredding event Saturday, April 23, for the safe disposal of unwanted, confidential documents. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon April 23 at the Ben Franklin Middle School, 6403 Mill Creek Road, Levittown.
Rep. Tina Davis reports that she has introduced legislation that would prohibit public officials and candidates in Pennsylvania from accepting any gift valued at more than $25. “People want reform – I want reform – but the fact is that true reform requires eliminating the gifts special interests lavish on government officials.”
Pennsylvanians at a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing call for the government to step in and create oversight of the private houses for individuals who are recovering from drug or alcohol addiction. "We couldn't wait any more," said state Rep. Tina Davis, D-141, of Bristol Township, who drafted House Bill 1884 to address deficiencies in current regulations. Read more
Rep. Tina Davis reports that a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on her House Bill 1884, which would provide for standards, monitoring and inspection of recovery houses, produced heart-wrenching testimony and a desperate need for oversight.
State Rep. Tina Davis, D-141, of Bristol Township, said that introducing the topic [of sexual assault] to younger kids is vital but parents don’t always want to have that talk with their children, and many don’t want it talked about in the classroom.
Another obstacle to resolving the issue is the differences on how colleges and law enforcement handle reports of sexual assault. Colleges have 60 days to look into an incident, but police can take much longer to bring charges. And colleges often are not equipped to ask the right questions, unlike trained law enforcement, Davis said.
The House Democratic Policy Committee will hold a public hearing 11 a.m. Monday, April 4, on Rep. Tina Davis' legislation, H.B. 1884, which would provide needed oversight and safeguards on recovery houses used by patients rehabbing from drug and alcohol addictions. The Bucks County Democrat says the hearing in Room 418 in the state Capitol will be streamed live at www.pahouse.com/live and likely will be broadcast on PCN at a later time. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Tina Davis stood surrounded by her female House colleagues in the House Chamber to celebrate the designation of March 2016 as National Women's History Month in Pennsylvania. Read more
Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2015 tax year are available at my district office – and my staff is ready to help you file yours for free!The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650.Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2015 and meet all other eligibility criteria.The deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2015 is Dec. 31, 2016, and the rebates normally are distributed by the Department of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more
PACE, PACENET and PACE plus Medicare are Pennsylvania's prescription assistance programs for older adults, offering low-cost prescription medication to qualified residents, age 65 and older. As of this year, the legislature passed a law excluding Social Security Medicare Part B premiums from being counted towards income levels. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 29 – On the seventh anniversary of the federal Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act becoming law, some legislators and advocates say Pennsylvania women need a stronger equal pay law. Legislation to update and strengthen Pennsylvania's 55-year-old equal pay law has been introduced in the House by Reps. Brian Sims, D-Phila., and Tina Davis, D-Bucks; and in the Senate by Sens. Rob Teplitz, D-Dauphin/Perry, and Anthony Hardy Williams, D-Phila./Delaware. The bills ( H.B. 1160 and S.B. 303 ) would narrow the definition of determining factors for pay to education, training or experience, while also lifting the veil of pay secrecy and creating protections that permit employees to inquire about salaries without fear of termination. Current law allows for "any factor other than sex" to be a legitimate justification for disparities in pay. Sims said, "Pennsylvania women are paid on average 54 to 83 cents for every dollar a man makes, depending on which county they live in. Equal work deserves equal pay – anything less is unacceptable." Davis said, "Equal pay for equal work must advance from being a slogan to a reality in Pennsylvania. Income equality is a cornerstone of economic opportunity for Pennsylvania families. Pay discrimination is real, and Pennsylvania can ill afford to continue to shortchange women and their families. This needs to be fixed immediately." Teplitz said, "Wage inequality and pay secrecy are Read more
Pennsylvania has a Children's Health Insurance Program that provides free and low-cost health insurance to children. CHIP is not welfare – it covers children of working parents whose employers don't offer coverage and who can't afford private insurance. If you can't afford health insurance for your children, chances are they are eligible for CHIP. Read more
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