By Tony Raap | Thursday, May 5, 2016, 5:45 p.m.
The criminal justice system should ease punishments for nonviolent drug offenders as part of a broader effort to curb Pennsylvania's opioid epidemic, Gov. Tom Wolf said Thursday during a roundtable discussion with elected officials and health care professionals in Pittsburgh. Read more
By Rich Lord / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The opioid and heroin crisis is doing even more than spreading addiction and spurring record-shattering numbers of overdoses, Gov. Tom Wolf learned today when he came to Homewood for one in a series of roundtable discussions about the issue around the state. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey talks about his efforts to change how the "war on drugs" is fought. Fighting heroin and prescription drug abuse by jailing addicts hasn't slowed Pennsylvania's drug epidemic; Gainey is looking for other legislators to join him in addressing the root cause of the crisis: addiction. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey says now that Medical Marijuana is finally legal in Pennsylvania like it is in 23 other states people struggling with disabilities and chronic diseases will finally have legal access to the medicine they need. Read more
HARRISBURG, April 13 – State Rep. Ed Gainey said today’s House concurrence on legislation that would legalize medical marijuana nears the end of a long struggle for family advocates who have fought tirelessly to help ease their loved ones’ pain. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey speaks about the House’s passage of a medical marijuana bill Wednesday that will help deliver vital medicine to people who are suffering. The bill now goes to the governor to be signed into law. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey calls on the community to stop the violence and increase the peace. Read more
HARRISBURG, March 16 – State Rep. Ed Gainey praised today’s House passage of legislation ( S.B. 3 ) that would legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. “It’s about time that we help Pennsylvania families who have been asking for this bill for several years. While some people in Harrisburg sought to delay the legislation, family advocates continued to watch their loved ones suffer from debilitating illnesses, all the while encouraging passage of the bill,” said Gainey, D-Allegheny. “We need to listen to them and medical professionals who support medical marijuana and we need to give it a chance. “The drug policies we have in place just don’t work. They haven’t worked for 30 years. If a doctor can prescribe opioids that are highly addictive and have led to many deaths, why can’t we make sure that medical marijuana can help families who are experiencing pain and suffering? There are no overdose deaths related to marijuana.” Gainey served on a bipartisan House task force that studied the issue throughout the summer and fall and recommended changes to the bill. Several amendments were added to the bill including one by Gainey to ensure diversity among medical marijuana businesses to include veteran, minority and women participants. The Pittsburgh lawmaker said this week’s House action is a big step in the process of medical marijuana becoming law because it’s the first time the House passed Read more
Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey 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. Ed Gainey attended a rally and news conference at the state Capitol to demonstrate public support of efforts to get bills that would remove the statute of limitations on sexual abuse cases moved to the full House for a vote. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey advocates for the use of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania to help families dealing with illness. Read more
HARRISBURG, March 14 – State Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, joined a rally and news conference at the state Capitol today to demonstrate public support of efforts to get child sex abuse statute of limitations bills moved to the full House for a vote. “First it was Boston, then Philadelphia and Los Angeles, and the pattern repeats itself in Altoona-Johnstown. The only way this ends is if we make it loud and clear to child rapists and those who harbor them, that they can no longer hide,” said state Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, who led the event. “To my colleagues in this building, I beg you to stand with me and pass our bills. Let’s get this done.” At the rally, Rozzi was accompanied by Attorney General Kathleen Kane, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, public officials, sexual abuse survivors and advocacy organizations, including the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape. “Sexually abusing a child essentially kills all of the childhood foundations necessary to grow into a happy adult with trust, feeling loved, security and respect for authority figures,” Kane said. “This is a life sentence for the child. If an abuser is allowed to destroy the childhood of a boy or girl, why then do we allow the criminal to escape a lifetime of accountability for his crimes?” “As a society, we have a moral obligation to do more to protect children from predators,” DePasquale said. “We must do everything possible to 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
If you or someone you know has been convicted of a felony, it’s still possible to vote in this year’s elections. Don’t let someone tell you differently. Read more here about your right to vote. Read more
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
Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey thanks the House of Representatives for their support in the weeks since the death of his sister, Ja-nese Jackson Talton. Gainey also speaks about his renewed commitment to fight the scourge of drugs in the world. 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
HARRISBURG, Jan. 11 – State Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, welcomes Gov. Tom Wolf’s recent budget decision to direct $3 million in state education funding to Wilkinsburg School District as required for the transition of its high school students to Westinghouse High School in the Pittsburgh Public School District. “In addition to thanking Governor Wolf for releasing the money, I would like to thank Senator Jay Costa and Representative Jake Wheatley for their diligence in making this funding possible,” Gainey said. “This type of change is never easy. The decision to transition the Wilkinsburg students was not taken lightly and I commend the Wilkinsburg School Board and other officials for their commitment to ensuring that the students are the top priority throughout this entire process.” Gainey said the transition was necessary because of declining enrollment, both through population trends and district children who are enrolled in charter schools. The agreement between the school districts would close Wilkinsburg middle and high school at the end of this school year, sending more than 200 Wilkinsburg students in grades 7-12 to Westinghouse in Homewood on a tuition basis. Read more
Test kits can be purchased at most hardware or home improvement stores at an average cost of $15 to $25. If you are uncomfortable doing the testing yourself you can hire a state-certified radon tester – or if you are selling your home and want a radon test, it is best to hire a certified tester . The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sets the “action level” for radon at 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) of air. Residents with levels at or above that figure should take steps to lower them. The cost of a mitigation system typically ranges around $1,000. DEP, in cooperation with Commonwealth Media Services, has produced a public service announcement about the importance of radon testing. More information about radon testing and radon resistant construction is available on the DEP website . Please visit http://www.lunginfo.org/freeradonkit for information about free radon test kits. A limited supply is available for Pennsylvania residents who have not yet tested their homes. 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
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