PHILADELPHIA, July 22 – PA SAFE Caucus Chair Rep. Madeleine Dean announced today that the PA SAFE Caucus is co-host to a public event to help end gun violence from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at The National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall East. The event will feature former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell. The nonpartisan event is not affiliated with the Democratic National Convention. Everytown for Gun Safety, American State Legislators for Gun Violence Prevention, PA SAFE Caucus, CeaseFirePA and Americans for Responsible Solutions are hosting the event. “Gun violence tragically affects our whole nation,” said Dean, D-Montgomery. “Every day in America, 91 people die of gun violence and another 200 are injured, caught in the crossfire. For this reason, I am pleased to be part of this event, where we have the opportunity to bring people together from across the country and work toward dramatically reducing these numbers and building safer communities.” “CeaseFire PA is proud to stand with Pennsylvania and national leaders to honor all those working for commonsense gun policies,” said Shira Goodman of CeaseFire PA. “Together, we are raising up the voices of the people to be heard and heeded in the halls of power.” Media coverage is invited. Read more
ABINGTON, July 18 – State Rep. Madeleine Dean today hosted a public hearing with House Democratic Policy Chairman Mike Sturla, law enforcement agents, public health officials and human-service specialists on the opioid and heroin epidemic in the commonwealth. Dean, D-Montgomery, said that heroin and opioid overdoses are now the leading cases of accidental deaths, killing more Pennsylvanians than those involved in deadly crashes. She said that the epidemic crosses all social, geographic and political lines. A recent study by the Pennsylvania State Coroners Association reports that seven Pennsylvanians die every day due to heroin or prescription opioid overdose. Representatives from state, county and community health and human-service agencies as well as local law enforcement officials testified at the hearing. Submitted testimony can be found at PaHouse.com/Policy . "We are all aware that the heroin and opioid epidemic is the No. 1 public-health issue in Pennsylvania — and it directly affects our community," Dean said. "Sadly, we read of members of our community of all ages who have suffered with addiction. Some are saved by the quick action of family, law enforcement, and first responders — and some are not. "Prescription-drug abuse often escalates to heroin and other drug abuse. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, for which I sponsor yearly a House resolution, helps decrease the supply of unwanted and Read more
ABINGTON, July 14 – State Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Montgomery, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on the current opioid and heroin epidemic in Pennsylvania from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, July 18 in the Abington School District Board Room, 970 Highland Ave., Abington. Requested by Dean, the hearing will be co-chaired by House Democratic Policy Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Dean said that heroin and opioid overdoses are the leading cases of accidental deaths, killing more Pennsylvanians than those involved in deadly crashes. A recent study by the Pennsylvania State Coroners Association reports that seven Pennsylvanians die every day due to heroin or prescription opioid overdose. The current hearing agenda is: 2:00 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 2:10 p.m. Panel One: Gary Tuggle , Special Agent in Charge of Philadelphia Division, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Dr. Ken Martz , Special Assistant to the Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs William Kelly , Chief of Police, Abington Police Department 3:00 p.m. Panel Two: Carol Rostucher , Founder, Angels in Motion Dr. Val Arkoosh , Vice Chair, Montgomery County Board of Commissioners Kim Rubenstein , Member, Montgomery County Drug Overdose Task Force Dr. Amy Sichel , Superintendent, Abington School District 3:50 p.m. Closing Remarks This hearing is open to the public and media Read more
ABINGTON, July 11 – Veterans will have an opportunity to receive a Montgomery County Veteran’s Discount Card during a free event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at state Rep. Madeleine Dean’s constituent services office, 1175 Old York Road, Abington, 19001. The Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds office is working with participating merchants throughout the county to offer veterans a discounts on goods and services. To be eligible, veterans will need a Montgomery County Veteran ID card. Veterans also will need to supply their DD-214 discharge form and photo ID (driver’s license, passport, or non-driver’s ID). Those interested must RSVP by calling 215-517-6800 or emailing RepDean@PaHouse.net . Veterans’ DD-214 discharge forms also will be registered with the county should a veteran need to prove their eligibility for other veterans’ benefits. "Hosting a drive like this is just a small way to thank veterans for their service and ensure that they are met with the services and benefits they’ve earned by serving our country," Dean said. "My office staff and I hope that as many veterans as possible are able to stop in." Read more
HARRISBURG, June 28 – Members of the House PA SAFE Caucus, a group of Pennsylvania legislators working together to reduce all types of violence, today expressed support for the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Monday to uphold a lower court’s ruling prohibiting domestic abusers from purchasing or possessing guns. State Reps. Madeleine Dean, D-Montgomery, and Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, co-chairmen of the PA SAFE Caucus, said that the ruling reflects the will of a growing majority of Americans who believe there should be commonsense limitations on criminals’ ability to own or purchase guns. “If you abuse your spouse or children, you should not have easy access to a gun,” Dean said. “It is a fact that the presence of a gun alone is far too dangerous of a variable in volatile domestic relationships involving a convicted abuser. “In 2015, 113 victims of domestic violence were killed in Pennsylvania alone. That is 113 too many. The Supreme Court’s decision will undoubtedly save lives.” According to the American Journal of Public Health, access to firearms increases the risk of intimate partner homicide more than five times more than in instances where there are no weapons. The court ruling also gives hope to legislators who sponsor bills that deal with the dangerous interplay among menace, violence and gun ownership. Pennsylvania’s H.B. 1030, for instance, would give family Read more
Pa. state Rep. Madeleine Dean discusses the fight for a full debate and consideration of a no-fly, no-buy House bill, to prohibit persons on the federal terror watch list from buying a gun in Pennsylvania. Read more
As members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and as Catholics, we voted in favor of H.B. 1947. We stand by that vote. And we are disappointed by Archbishop Charles Chaput and seven other Pennsylvania bishops' June 6th letter to all parishes – including our own – arguing for the protection of church assets and dollars over justice for the victims of child sexual abuse – and for attempting to cast our vote as an attack on the church. Instead, we believe that church leaders should have the opposite reaction to the decades’ long record of ghastly sexual abuse of thousands of Pennsylvania children – as partially detailed in the three Philadelphia grand jury reports and the more recent 147-page Altoona-Johnstown grand jury report. We agree with the introduction to the Altoona-Johnstown report that says: “This is not an indictment of the Catholic religion or the Catholic Church…This is a finding of fact and an effort at transparency – not to slander a religion but to expose the truth about the men who hijacked it for their own grotesque desires.” House Bill 1947 would remove the statute of limitations for the crime of sexual abuse of children – and extend the statute of limitations for civil claims for sexual abuse of children from age 30 until that victim turns 50. We know that many victims will never come forward and many others do not come forward for decades. Reporting is a deeply personal Read more
Sunday morning we awoke to the chilling news: that a young American man heavily armed with hate, a handgun and an AR—15 went to the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida and shot more than 100 people – killing 49 of them. Read more
ABINGTON, June 10 – State Rep. Madeleine Dean will attend a free screening of "Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA," at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 11 at the Hiway Theater in Jenkintown. “I encourage anyone looking for an entry point into the issues surrounding gun legislation and the money that runs the politics behind it to come out and watch with us,” Dean said. The Hiway Theater in Jenkintown is located at 212 York Road in Jenkintown, 19046. Read more
House Bill 921 is a dangerous attempt to eliminate PICS – Pennsylvania’s instant criminal background check system, and we need your help to call to protect it. The Pennsylvania Instant Check System provides a fast and safe customer background check at points of firearms sales and does not prevent lawful citizens from purchasing a firearm. PICS works with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, the National Crime Information Center but also cross-references five Pennsylvania databases. It is a premier law enforcement tool that helps keep us all safe from crime. Click here to take action and help protect PICS . Eliminating PICS, as House Speaker Mike Turzai has proposed, severely diminishes Pa. law enforcement’s ability to keep firearms out of the hands of people who would harm themselves or others. Last year, PICS denied more than 15,000 attempted firearm purchases in Pennsylvania. Since its inception, PICS has been responsible for the apprehension of 1,971 fugitives who were attempting to purchase a firearm. Pennsylvania lawmakers should be leaning heavily on PICS in the fight against gun violence, not discussing its elimination. Send an email to your legislator to urge Harrisburg to defeat House Bill 921. Read more
It is difficult to find a more contentious issue in the United States than gun laws. Two things that both sides can agree on, however, is that guns should be kept out of the hands of criminals and that criminals who illegally carry or try to purchase a firearm should be prosecuted. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Madeleine Dean, co-chairwoman of the PA SAFE Caucus, says gun violence has become a public health issue affecting all communities during a Rally in Philadelphia June 3, 2016. She says the alarming number of gunshot victims each year, especially among children, calls for more work to be done to help curb gun violence throughout Pennsylvania. Read more
HARRISBURG, May 16 – In honor of Bike to Work Week, state Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Montgomery, today participated in an executive bicycle ride around the Capitol to recognize the health, economic and environmental benefits that bicycling to work can bring. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives also recognized those benefits today by unanimously adopting Dean's resolution (H.R. 881) that designates May as Bike Month, the week of May 16 to 20 as Bike to Work Week and May 20 as Bike to Work Day. "We all know that bike riding is an excellent form of exercise with many benefits," Dean said. "It improves mental and physical health, as well as provides a fun method of travel. Pennsylvania has many bike-friendly communities, and with the passage of Act 89 of 2013, the state has become a leader in developing more bicycle and pedestrian lanes." She said that biking to work also reduces an individual's carbon footprint, which helps the environment. It also helps to reduce traffic congestion and can save commuters fuel and other expenses associated with driving to work. Read more
ABINGTON, May 5 – State Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Montgomery, announced she will host a Keystone Quiz trivia contest with local Catholic elementary schools. The Pennsylvania trivia contest will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 10 at Good Shepherd Catholic Regional School, 820 N. Hills Ave. in Ardsley. Students from Good Shepherd Catholic Regional School, St. Hilary School, and St. Joseph the Protector School will participate in a game show format to win prizes donated by local businesses for their class. Teachers, classmates, families and friends are invited to cheer on the competitors. “The Keystone Quiz is a fun event for students to show what they’ve learned about Pennsylvania over the year,” Dean said. “I’m always impressed with their knowledge of state history, geography, and trivia.” Read more
ABINGTON, April 28 – State Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Montgomery, announced today that seven local fire and EMS companies are receiving more than $89,000 in state grants. The grants are made possible by the Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program, which is funded by gaming revenue. With the grant program set to expire on June 30, 2016, Dean recently voted for H.B. 1877, which would extend the program for another four years. The bill passed the House and awaits action in the Senate. Fire and EMS companies in the 153rd Legislative District receiving grants are: Fort Washington, $13,790; Abington, $13,790; Edge Hill, $13,790; McKinley, $13,106 Roslyn, $13,790; Weldon, $13,790; Second Alarmers Association & Rescue Squad, $7,202. Grants can be used toward repairing, building or renovating facilities. The money also can be applied toward the purchase of new equipment, training and certification of staff, or it may go to repay debt related to equipment purchases or facility building and maintenance. "These grants are well-deserved for our brave firefighters and emergency responders," Dean said. "I congratulate them on their hard work and selfless service." Read more
HARRISBURG, April 15 – A Pennsylvania bill that would allow abuse victims to terminate a rental contract based on concerns for their immediate safety was significantly weakened in the House Urban Affairs Committee on Wednesday, said Rep. Madeleine Dean, the bill’s sponsor. House Bill 1051, as originally written, would allow a tenant who is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking to change his or her locks or prematurely terminate a lease for safety reasons. Changes to the bill, offered by Rep. Chris Ross, R-Chester, would require court action, specifically a temporary protection-from-abuse order, be in place before such actions could transpire, costing the victim precious time and money, Dean said. “Court action – which can spawn retaliatory violence and prolong unsafe conditions – does not keep pace with dangerous situations involving volatile intimate relationships and does nearly nothing to protect victims of stalking,” Dean said. “When more than 60 percent of domestic violence takes place in the home, the victim’s immediate need for safe housing is priority No. 1.” An April 12 letter from the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence urging Urban Affairs Committee members to stand against the changes reported that 113 victims of domestic violence were killed in 2015 in Pennsylvania. “It cannot be overstated that safely relocating to a confidential location can mean the Read more
Pennsylvania state Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Montgomery, on April 12, 2016 in the Capitol speaks on her resolution recognizing April 30, 2016 as “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day” in Pennsylvania. Since the inception of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, the DEA and its partners have collected over 5.5 million pounds of prescription drugs, or approximately 2,750 tons of prescription medication. Read more
Pennsylvania state Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Montgomery, supports several ways to make government more transparent, including gift bans, campaign finance reform, and better lobbying oversight during a joint news conference with Gov. Tom Wolf in her district office April 7, 2016. She says the state needs to tackle the growing influence of money in elections, and help make sure all voters -- and not just the wealthiest -- are heard. Read more
HARRISBURG, April 1 – State Rep. Madeleine Dean has introduced bipartisan legislation that would prohibit ivory and rhinoceros horn importation to Pennsylvania, and make it an offense to sell, purchase, possess or barter with the intent to sell ivory. She said that she hopes House Bill 1537 , also sponsored by state Rep. Mike Vereb, will soon see a vote in Harrisburg, adding that Monday is Humane Lobby Day in the Capitol. The legislation would add Pennsylvania to an increasing number or states that have banned the sale and importation of ivory and rhino horn, in recognition of a global elephant and rhino population crisis; and to help stem the illicit revenues from poaching and the illegal trafficking of wildlife, a known funding source for organizations linked to terrorism. Dean, D-Montgomery, on March 3 joined The Group of Friends, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, United Nations Development Programme, and the World Bank Group, among others, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, to talk about the importance of H.B. 1537 and protecting elephants, which are killed for ivory at alarming rates. A video of the address can be viewed and shared here . "How we respond to the issues related to our planet and who we share it with is a test of our common humanity," Dean said. "What we’re doing in Pennsylvania with this legislation promotes a message of respect for wildlife and decency Read more
Members of PA SAFE, a group of state lawmakers and firearm-safety advocates, held a news conference today announcing their mission and outlining legislation they support to help protect Pennsylvanians from the increasing threat of gun violence.
Members of PA SAFE said that they are committed to reducing all types of violence in society through adequate funding for mental health services, best use of new and existing law-enforcement tools, resources to curb effects of addiction and illegal drugs, and solutions that reduce gun violence and promote public safety.
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