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
Pa. state Rep. Madeleine Dean joined members of PA SAFE, a group of state lawmakers and firearm-safety advocates, to announce their mission and outline legislation they support to help protect Pennsylvanians from the increasing threat of gun violence. 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.
Pa. state Rep. Madeleine Dean talks with Pa. Secretary of Education, Pedro Rivera, about the inequity of how the state distributes funding to schools. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Madeleine Dean asks Secretary of the Budget Randy Albright what his vision is for wrapping up the 2015-16 budget as well as the importance of properly funding education. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Madeleine Dean questions Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas about how the budget impasse has impacted the department's efforts and what can be done to help uninsured children receive the care they need. 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 oft-extended deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2015 is June 30, 2016, and the rebates normally are distributed by the Deparment of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more
State Rep. Madeleine Dean will host a telephone town hall regarding the state budget at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Constituents will automatically receive a phone call at the start of the meeting. To "attend" the meeting, constituents will be asked to stay on the phone. The meeting will include legislative and budget updates, as well as the latest information on projects in the district and a question-and-answer period.
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