Philadelphia will soon offer low-income residents with criminal pasts the chance to have their records expunged or sealed for free.
Mayor Jim Kenney announced Tuesday the city will host a one-day clinic on Nov. 12 at locations around the city.
"Having a record expunged or sealed can allow a person to pursue permanent employment or housing that would otherwise not be available to them," said Kenney. "It can dramatically improve an individual's quality of life and lower their chances of recidivism and, hence, also improve our community at large." Read more
This is a Moms Clean Air Force exclusive Interview with State Representative Jordan Harris of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Read more
Legalizing recreational marijuana use in Pennsylvania is on the mind of one state representative, according to a memo circulated earlier this month.
State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Philadelphia, has started his search for co-sponsors to potential legislation that would legalize recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania.
When Pennsylvania Rep. James R. Roebuck Jr. was a college student in the mid-1960s, he took a course in state and local government taught by Professor Norville Smith at Cheyney University in Thornbury. He eventually earned his doctorate in history at the University of Virginia. Read more
House Democratic Policy Committee hear testimony on Cheyney University funding State Reps. Stephen Kinsey, Jordan Harris, and James Roebuck, all D-Phila., today heard testimony on state funding at Cheyney University during a House Democratic Policy Committee. Kinsey had some concerns about the university’s financial stability because of declining enrollment. “I am hoping that university officials could financially turn the school around because many students who are enrolled at the college come from Philadelphia and those students are primarily low-income,” Kinsey said. “It would be devastating if these college bound students would not have an opportunity to continue their education.’ Many students at the college believe that they are being punished for selecting certain major fields of study because of low class participation. Rep. James Roebuck, Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, said, "I and several other members of the legislature have been working to raise awareness of the uniquely affordable opportunities available at Cheyney , in addition to our work to help the university achieve a sustainable future. Qualified Pennsylvania students can receive full scholarships for undergraduate education at Cheyney and/or for graduate school after their time at Cheyney." Rep. Jordon Harris said concerns about the university did not happen overnight but are the result of inadequate Read more
The way State Rep. Rick Saccone sees it, American children are being bombarded with bad influences.
Instead of being taught patriotism, he says, they are playing violent video games and listening to vulgar music.
PHILADELPHIA, May 5 – State Reps. James Roebuck, Stephen Kinsey, and Jordan Harris, all D-Phila., today announced they will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on Cheyney University's state funding. The hearing will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 10 at PASSHE’s Mellon Independence Center, 701 Market St., Room 312, Philadelphia. Testifiers will include: Michael Coard, founder, Heeding Cheyney’s Call Robert Wright Sr., school board director, William Penn School District Nyrie Watson, student, Cheyney University Nicole Smith, student, Cheyney University The hearing is open to the public and media coverage is invited . Read more
A bi-partisan group of House and Senate members want to give those Pennsylvanians who have been convicted of a minor offense, a chance to put that record behind them.
State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., today joined a bipartisan group of legislators including Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland, and Sens. Scott Wagner, R-York, and Anthony Williams, D-Phila., district attorneys, and advocates to introduce first-of-its-kind clean slate legislation that would allow automatic sealing of criminal records in certain cases in Pennsylvania. Read more
Passing a budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year is essential — and as quickly as possible — to address opioid addiction in Pennsylvania, said Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas. Read more
In an effort to build on recent changes to Pennsylvania’s criminal-expungement laws, state Rep. Jordan Harris has partnered with Rep. Sheryl DeLozier, R-Cumberland, on a bill to help low-level, nonviolent criminal records earn a clean slate upon rehabilitation.
The bill, which has yet to be formally introduced, would allow certain records to be automatically sealed, saving petitioners extra work and taxpayer dollars.
Pa. state Rep. Jordan Harris joined Governor Tom Wolf today as he signed into law a bill that expands criminal record sealing in Pennsylvania in order to reduce recidivism, relieve the pardon system, and provide ex-offenders greater opportunity to join the workforce. Rep. Harris knows this will give a second chance to tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians who are held back by a minor crime or charge years ago. 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
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. Jordan Harris spoke at a press conference with State Sen. Shirley Kitchen, praising the vote on a criminal record expungement bill that will send it to Governor Tom Wolf for his signature. The bill will help many Pennsylvanians become employed, with old non-violent crimes of their past being shielded from potential employers. 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
Calling it a second chance for some of Pennsylvania’s neediest citizens, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., praised today's House concurrence vote on Senate Bill 166, which sends the bill to Governor Tom Wolf for his signature.
"Criminal record expungement is a topic that matters to people in my district and across Pennsylvania," Harris said. "I’ve talked about the need for this throughout my first two terms in the House and I’m glad to be able to play a leading role in giving so many Pennsylvanians a second chance and a way to atone for past mistakes. The goal is for this bill to help many Pennsylvanians become employed as the transgressions of their past will be shielded from potential employers."
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
In Pennsylvania, you can choose the company that generates your electricity – also known as your electric supplier. This means that you have the power to switch to a competing supplier who can offer the lowest price, or provide a specific service you want, such as “green” or renewable energy. Read more
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