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
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
Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Read more
In Pennsylvania, you can choose the company that generates your electricity – also known as your electric supplier. This means that you have the power to switch to a competing supplier who can offer the lowest price, or provide a specific service you want, such as “green” or renewable energy. Read more
Rep. Tina Davis, who launched efforts in April to exempt emergency responders from burdensome background clearance fees, applauds Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision to waive background clearance fees for volunteers, including volunteer firefighters and emergency service personnel. Davis’ H.B. 1081 awaits consideration in the House Judiciary Committee. Read more
LEVITTOWN, May 21 – State Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, today introduced legislation that would exempt experienced emergency responders from fees totaling more than $47 for state and federal background clearances. “I understand and endorse the need for better protections for our children,” Davis said. “However, first responders who have proven their integrity and value to their communities deserve a break from the financial burdens of such background checks.” Flanked by emergency responders at the Newportville Fire Company station, Davis said her House Bill 1081 would spare paid and volunteer firefighters and emergency medical service responders from the $10 clearances from the state police and state Department of Human Services and the $27.50 fee for an FBI criminal background clearance. Those fees and clearances are requirements under new laws enacted last year in an effort to better address how Pennsylvania responds to child abuse. “Many if not most of our experienced first responders have previously received clearances as a condition of their employment or service,” Davis said. “My measure would exempt them from burdensome fees as well as the FBI clearance requirements if they have clean records and have been state residents for the last 10 years.” “Our firefighters and EMS providers save lives and property throughout the commonwealth every day, and I believe they deserve to be spared from clearance fees Read more
Gov. Tom Wolf has signed into law legislation by Rep. Tina Davis and Sen. Tommy Tomlinson naming a segment of Bath Road in Bristol Township as the Sergeant George Stuckey Memorial Road.
The Bucks County lawmakers said Act 3 of 2015 honors the ultimate sacrifice of Stuckey, who was the first police officer in Bucks County to be killed in the line of duty when he was shot to death March 29, 1972, while stopping suspected bank robbers.
Rep. Tina Davis voted for a proposal to provide property tax relief to long-suffering homeowners so the issue remains in the legislative spotlight during upcoming budget negotiations. The Bucks County Democrat says the proposal isn’t the final bill, but the vote ensures that the issue will not be pushed aside as budget deliberations proceed.
State Reps. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, and Brian Sims, D-Phila., are reintroducing equal-pay legislation as part of the bipartisan "Pennsylvania Agenda for Women's Health" unveiled by the legislature's Women’s Health Caucus. H.B. 1160 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. Read more
Rep. Tina Davis is sponsoring a free community shredding event on Saturday, April 25, for the safe disposal of unwanted, confidential documents. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on April 25 at the Ben Franklin Middle School in Levittown.
State Rep. Tina Davis has opened new offices in Bristol Township and Penndel to assist 141st Legislative District residents with any state-government-related concern. Read more
State Rep. Tina Davis unveils her proposal to address the commonwealth’s budget and education crises with an overall 8 percent severance tax on Pennsylvania’s $11 billion Marcellus shale natural gas and oil industry. The measure would put Pennsylvania closer to the mainstream of what major gas-producing states require from the industry. Read more
The 2015 adult trout stocking schedules are now available online. Just click on icon at left. The 2015 trout season will open March 28 for the Mentored Youth Trout Day program in southeastern Pennsylvania, including Bucks County. The following weekend – April 4 – kicks off the Regional Opening Day of Trout Season in 18 southeastern counties. Read more
State Rep. Tina Davis announced that fire departments, ambulance and rescue squads serving the 141st Legislative District are receiving state grants totaling almost $100,000. Davis also said she is seeking support for her legislation that would ease loan caps for volunteer fire and ambulance squads seeking financing through the state Volunteer Loan Assistance Program. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, began her third term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives during Tuesday’s swearing-in ceremonies in the state Capitol. “I’m eager and prepared to begin charting a new course for the commonwealth,” Davis said. “I am enthusiastic about working with Republicans, Democrats and Governor-elect Tom Wolf’s administration to put Pennsylvania on a better path.” Davis said she will resume her advocacy for property tax reform as well as efforts to improve incomes and outcomes for working families, veterans and retirees. “The new session is a fresh start to correct misplaced priorities and to put Pennsylvania’s fiscal house in order,” Davis said. “Plus, my experience in local government will help to advance policies to promote equitable, livable and sustainable neighborhoods and communities.” Davis has served in the state legislature since 2011 after serving multiple terms on the Bristol Township Council, where she served on its finance, pension, and building, planning and zoning committees. She is a graduate of LaSalle University. “My experience is uniquely matched to the tasks at hand, and I am ready to hit the ground running," Davis said. Residents are encouraged to sign up for email updates from Davis on state issues by visiting her website, www.pahouse.com/Davis, where links to her Facebook and Twitter Read more
Pennsylvania's children have a new protection thanks to Hannah's Law, named after Hannah Ginion of Bristol Township, who suffered from the rare genetic disorder called Krabbe disease. Hannah passed away on Dec. 28, 2014. Read more
Recently, my office received information about phone calls received statewide in which an individual claimed to be from the IRS and demanded payment on taxes owed.
Please be aware – this phone call is a scam, and the IRS will NOT initiate first contact with you on the phone about taxes owed.
Always be wary of unsolicited phone calls in which an individual claims to represent a business or government entity and aggressively demands payment. The IRS does not operate this way and will always send official correspondence through the mail to make its first contact with you.
Landmark legislation passed during the 2013-14 Legislative Session now allows first responders, including law enforcement, fire fighters, EMS or other organizations the ability to administer a medication known as naloxone, a life-saving opioid-overdose antidote.
The law also allows individuals such as friends or family members who might be in a position to help a person at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose to obtain a prescription for naloxone. Additionally, Act 139 provides immunity from prosecution for those responding to and reporting overdoses.
House Bill 993, which renamed the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare as the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, was signed into law as Act 132 during the 2013-14 Legislative Session.
According to advocates for the change, renaming the department was long overdue, and as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported, the name change better reflects the department’s mission. Read more
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