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.
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
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.
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
State Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Montgomery, today called on House leadership to reconvene session and pass the bills necessary to fully fund a state budget.
In a surprise move, the speaker sent members home for Christmas without a budget for Pennsylvania. As Republicans headed home, House Democrats lingered to send a singular message that they are here and ready to do their job.
On the 3rd anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shootings, Pa. state Rep. Madeleine Dean stresses the need to enact common sense gun laws and highlights several bills in the legislature that would help combat the recent rise in gun violence. Read more
On the 3rd anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook, Pa. state Rep. Madeleine Dean honors the victims of the tragedy with a resolution on the house floor. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Madeleine Dean says that she and her House Democratic colleagues are in the State Capitol ready to pass a budget and calls upon the House Speaker to bring the House back into session to work until the budget process is complete. Read more
State Rep. Madeleine Dean today joined fellow Pennsylvania House Democrats in the Capitol to call for work on the budget, as opposed to the day off.
"Here we supposedly are – so close to the goal – and it feels like House leadership is punting," she said. "Now that the bills are in place to vote, each day we waste not working on them is another day of services lost.
The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency announced at a Capitol news conference today the approval of 44 Penn State Endowment grants to help victims of child sex abuse.
A $100,000 grant was awarded to the Victim Services Center of Montgomery County to expand their on- and offsite services for victims of abuse, particularly for the underserved populations of minorities and males within the communities of Abington, Norristown, Lansdale and Pottstown.
Pa. state Rep. Madeleine Dean says it’s time to pass a state budget that restores human services funding to the programs helping our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians. People depend on key services, like drug and alcohol treatment centers and programs helping people with intellectual disabilities, to live healthier, better lives – but they won’t be able to do so without the necessary resources. Read more
Veterans living in Abington or Upper Dublin are invited to Rep. Madeleine Dean’s Thank You for Your Service Breakfast from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday at North Penn VFW Post 676 on Jenkintown Road in Glenside. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Madeleine Dean stood with gun-safety advocate, domestic-violence experts, and victims of gun violence to rally behind a plan to enact universal background checks for gun purchases in Pennsylvania. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Madeleine Dean speaks in favor of Gov. Wolf's revenue package to restore funding for education and human services, give property tax relief and tackle the Commonwealth's structural deficit. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Madeleine Dean delivers a resolution honoring Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia and his attendance at The World Meeting of Families, a week-long international event of prayer, catechesis and celebration that draws participants from around the world. The Pope’s visit, from Sept. 22 to Sept. 27, 2015, consists of a Theological Adult Congress and concurrent Youth Congress, followed by a Festival of Families and Papal Mass. Dean said that the new perspective Pope Francis has brought to the Papacy has reinvigorated the public’s perception of the Pope and has infused new energy into the Catholic Church. Read more
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