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
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
HARRISBURG, June 10 – State Rep. Madeleine Dean said that Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement today waiving the fees for volunteers’ State Police Criminal Background Check and Child Abuse Clearance is welcome news for volunteers across the commonwealth. Additionally, the fee for these clearances will be reduced from $10 each to $8 for workers who need them for their current or prospective employment. This decision is in response to new requirements enacted under Act 153 of 2014 to require criminal and abuse clearances every three years for employees and volunteers who are in contact with minors as a part of their duties. Since the passage of Act 153, many legislators have worked to improve the law to alleviate some of this burden on volunteer organizations. Dean, D-Montgomery, recently introduced legislation, H.B. 515, which would have similarly waived the fee for volunteers. “While the intention of Act 153 is to ensure a safe environment for children throughout the commonwealth, many Pennsylvanians have made it known that the fees associated with these clearances have placed an unintended burden on volunteers and organizations,” Dean said. “I am happy with the governor’s decision. “All across Pennsylvania, volunteers work diligently to improve our commonwealth and the lives of its citizens. My fellow legislators and I have been working with the governor to ensure that the measures intended to protect our children do not Read more
Pennsylvania state Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Montgomery, talks about why she wanted to honor the life and offer condolences on the passing of the Honorable Joseph Robinette “Beau” Biden. Dean says his short life was full with public service and should serve as an inspiration for others. Read more
HARRISBURG, June 9 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today unanimously adopted a condolence resolution honoring the life of Beau Biden. Joseph Robinette "Beau" Biden III, the son of Vice President Joe Biden, was an Iraq War veteran and served as the attorney general of Delaware. He died of brain cancer at 46, on May 30. Biden is survived by his wife, Hallie, and their children, Natalie and Hunter. State Rep. Madeleine Dean, sponsor of House Resolution 384 , remarked on Biden’s life. "Beau Biden was a former two-term Attorney General for the state of Delaware, and leaves behind a legacy of compassion and advocacy for children," she said. "While in office, Beau established a child predator task force, fought against bullying, and created a family division to help children. Biden took aggressive tactics to clamp down on child-sex-crimes perpetrators. Vice President Biden said of his son Beau that he ‘fought for the powerless and made it his mission to protect children from abuse.’" A captain in the Delaware Army National Guard, Biden was deployed to Iraq for a year in 2008, serving as a judge advocate officer with the 261st Signal Brigade. Pennsylvania Army National Guard Sgts. Kevin Palladino and Michael Coletta, as well as Military Funeral Honors Coordinator James Simmons were present in the Hall of the House to mark the resolution and stand as brothers in arms. To view photos from the House Read more
HARRISBURG, June 8 – State Rep. Madeleine Dean has drafted a House bill that would grant free background checks every three years to all current and future volunteers in Pennsylvania. As a result of changes to the state’s child abuse laws this year, volunteers who work directly with children are now required to undergo multiple background checks every three years, which can total as much as $48. Her bill, which has broad bipartisan support, seeks to alleviate some of those costs. “All across Pennsylvania, volunteers work diligently to improve our commonwealth and the lives of its citizens,” said Dean, D-Montgomery. “This legislation would ensure that the measures intended to protect our children do not create an undue burden for volunteers and the organizations they serve. It also ensures that the fees associated with clearances do not deter interested individuals from volunteering.” The legislation would allow a volunteer to obtain one free clearance from the Pennsylvania State Police and another from the Department of Human Services every three years. If the volunteer requests more than one clearance over the course of three years, he or she must pay the fee for each additional request. The bill also would preserve existing exemptions for affiliates of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, rape crisis centers and domestic violence programs. The State Police Criminal Record Check costs $10, the Child Abuse History Clearance costs Read more
Dear Neighbor, Thank you for your patience while Abington Township, the solicitor’s office, and PennDOT work to complete the right-of-way packets for the Edge Hill/Tyson Reconstruction Project. A meeting to distribute the completed packets has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 25 at the Ardsley Community Center, 2828 Spear Ave. in Ardsley, PA 19038. All residents are strongly encouraged to come to the meeting to get their packet. If you have questions after you receive the packet, please contact Georgeann Fusco, with Rudolph Clarke, LLC, at 215-633-1890. Interim Maintenance I also want to update you about the interim maintenance along Edge Hill/Tyson that we have requested. Weather permitting, base repairs and spot patching along Edge Hill Road and Tyson Avenue from Jenkintown to Susquehanna roads are scheduled to begin tonight through Tuesday. This work will take place overnight between the hours of 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Residents should expect temporary traffic re-routing and construction noises. Additionally, weather permitting, base repairs and spot patching are scheduled to begin on Edge Hill Road from Susquehanna Road to Route 63, and then on Tyson Avenue from Susquehanna Road to Edge Hill Road on Tuesday, June 9. This work is scheduled during the day, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. and is expected to take three days to complete. Sincerely, Rep. Madeleine Dean Read more
ABINGTON, May 27 – Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 2015-16 budget supported by Democrats puts the commonwealth on the right track toward healthy and balanced education funding, state Rep. Madeleine Dean said during a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing in Abington today. The hearing examined Wolf’s budget proposal, which advocates for increased education funding, reduced property taxes and a commitment to invest $2 billion in public education over the next four years under the Education Reinvestment Act. Local- and state-level education experts also provided insight during the hearing. “As a legislator, I have a moral duty to advocate for an adequate, equitable and consistent education system that is excellent for all children in Pennsylvania,” said Dean, D-Montgomery. “This year’s budget presents the opportunity to do so with historic reform that would help Pennsylvania emerge as a leader in education.” Under the Wolf budget plan, Abington School District would receive a $508,144 funding increase, with an estimated 20-percent reduction in property taxes. Upper Dublin School District would also see a 20-percent property tax reduction, as well as increased funding of $148,530. “Governor Wolf’s budget increases the state’s portion of public education funding to 50 percent, while also increasing availability of high-quality early education – which is critical for children’s development and Read more
As the legislature's Women’s Health Caucus unveiled their "Pennsylvania Agenda for Women's Health" today, state Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Montgomery, had the opportunity to outline her legislation that would allow for early termination of a lease with 30 days’ notice if the tenant is the victim of domestic violence, sexual assault and/or stalking, and to have their locks changed within three days at the tenant’s expense. Read more
The League of American Bicyclists has declared May 11-15 as “Bike to Work Week” in our nation. During this week, employers across the country are holding events that encourage employees to bike to work as a healthful, economical and environmentally friendly means of commuting. Here in Pennsylvania, the House unanimously adopted House Resolution 244 , designating the month of May 2015 as “Bike Month,” May 11-15, 2015 as “Bike to Work Week,” and May 15, 2015 as “Bike to Work Day” in Pennsylvania. I encourage everyone to take up the challenge and bike to work this Friday! To kick off “ Bike to Work Week ” I had the pleasure of participating in the annual Executive Bike Ride in Harrisburg this morning with Pennsylvania department heads, fellow legislators and bicycling advocates. You can watch the video above. Whether for recreation or transportation, people who are physically active are generally more alert, take fewer sick days, and are more productive than sedentary employees. The practice of biking to work provides an efficient and enjoyable way to get the exercise we need in the course of our daily commute without having to schedule additional time to work out at an exercise facility. Biking also is good for the environment, helps to reduce traffic congestion, and can save commuters fuel and other expenses associated with driving to work. Bicyclists also typically arrive sooner to their workplace than Read more
ABINGTON, May 12 – State Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Montgomery, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on education funding from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May 27 in the Abington School District Administration Building, 970 Highland Ave. The hearing will examine Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget, which includes increased early-education funding, property tax reductions and funds to offset recent cuts to Pennsylvania schools. Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, will co-chair the hearing, which will feature testimony by local school districts, advocates for education investments and the Wolf administration. The current agenda is as follows: 10 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks 10:10 a.m. Sarah Galbally, deputy secretary for Office of Policy and Planning, Office of the Governor 10:30 a.m. Panel One: Dr. Amy Sichel, superintendent, Abington School District Dr. Deborah Wheeler, superintendent, Upper Dublin School District Frank Gallagher, superintendent, Souderton School District An Abington school director 11:10 a.m. Panel Two: Cecilia Bradbury, special education teacher, Philadelphia School District Lawrence Feinberg, circuit rider, Campaign for Fair Education Funding Donna Cooper, executive director, Public Citizens for Children and Youth 11:50 a.m. Closing Remarks The event is open to the public. Read more
ABINGTON, April 28 – State Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Montgomery, will host two town hall meetings Saturday focusing on the state budget and school funding. The first meeting will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Upper Dublin Township building, 801 Loch Alsh Ave. The second meeting will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Starbucks Café in the Roslyn Giant store at 2350 Susquehanna Road. Dean, who serves on the House Appropriations Committee, will focus on details of Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed state budget, especially as they pertain to education funding across the state and for the Abington and Upper Dublin school districts, as well as property tax reform and a proposed severance tax on natural gas. Dean said anyone needing help with state government or wanting to learn more about the budget process can contact her office at www.pahouse.com/Dean . Read more
As part of the update to the commonwealth's 12-Year Transportation Program , PennDOT is encouraging the public to visit www.Talkpatransportation.com to provide input on what transportation priorities are important to them and to register for an interactive online public meeting scheduled for April 16. The 12-Year Transportation Program is updated every two years and serves as a blueprint of the state's prioritized transportation projects. The online public meeting will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 16. During the meeting, PennDOT Acting Secretary Leslie Richards will provide an update on the state's recently released transportation performance report and the public comment period. The public is encouraged to register for the meeting at www.talkpatransportation.com and questions may be submitted in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org . Through May 29, the public can also submit feedback at their convenience by emailing email@example.com or calling 717-787-2913 to request a printed survey copy or by taking the public survey once it's posted on the website on April 16. Read more
When Gov. Wolf delivered his first budget address this month to a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate, he made his highest priority clear: investing in public education. "We are starting with education," he said, "because, in many ways, education is at the core of everything else that we want to achieve."
HARRISBURG, March 3 – State Rep. Madeleine Dean today voiced her support for Gov. Tom Wolf’s state budget proposal, unveiled this morning during a special joint session of the General Assembly. “Governor Wolf’s goal to invest in public education, raise the minimum wage and support fairness for the middle class are a welcome breath of fresh air in the Capitol,” said Dean, who serves on the House Appropriations Committee. “I believe he is taking bold steps to get Pennsylvania moving in the right direction, and I look forward to helping translate his priorities into legislative initiatives over the coming months.” Wolf’s budget proposes to restore cuts to basic education with a four-year commitment to increase funding by $2 billion while cutting property taxes paid by the average homeowner by 50 percent, and reducing the total tax burden on middle-class families. “As the governor eloquently pointed out this morning,” Dean said, “‘we are starting with education because, in many ways, education is at the core of everything else that we want to achieve.’” Dean said that she was particularly pleased to learn that Wolf’s proposal could also increase pre-kindergarten enrollment across the state by as much as 75 percent. “Not only is early-education funding an investment in our children’s futures, it’s a real benefit for all Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 9 – As a longtime supporter of expanding Medicaid in Pennsylvania, state Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Montgomery, expressed her support for Gov. Tom Wolf’s directive today to fully expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. “Governor Wolf’s decision to withdraw HealthyPA for a full embrace of expansion represents a commitment to the health and well-being of hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians who need coverage now,” she said. “As many of us recognized in 2010 when the program was proposed, the only fiscally responsible and morally right decision was to expand the program outright. We lost some time along the way, but I believe Governor Wolf put Pennsylvania back on track today. “In addition to delaying full expansion, permanently depriving Pennsylvania of billions of critical dollars for our budget, the previous plan was harmful and out of reach to the very people who need health insurance the most. By requiring a search for work or premiums of the working poor, the former administration misunderstood both the need and the purpose of the law. “I’m extremely proud that a new dawn has come to the commonwealth – one that puts Pennsylvanians first and will have real benefits for our struggling budget.” The Office of the Governor provided this information today: How does Medicaid expansion differ from Healthy PA ? Medicaid expansion will allow for eligible adults to be Read more
In the weeks following the tragic shootings in Paris we have heard the refrain "Je suis Charlie" - reminding us that for good or for bad we are all interconnected, that ours is a shared humanity. Read More at PennLive.com. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Montgomery, says Gov. Tom Wolf’s inauguration brings needed change to the state after four years of funding cuts and failed policies. Dean said she supports the governor’s plan to focus on efforts benefitting all of Pennsylvania, including fair education funding, job creation and helping middle-class families. Read more
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