HARRISBURG, Feb. 13 – State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, has announced the PLBC’s annual scholarship competition is open for the 2017-18 school year. The scholarships are available for high school seniors and first-year college students who will be enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year Pennsylvania college or university. Harris said the students applying for the scholarship must be a minority student, have a minimum grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, and demonstrate leadership qualities. A 250-word essay on the student’s academic plans and career goals must be submitted. Only the first 250 applications submitted will be considered. The PLBC plans to award at least 10 scholarships this year. Each scholarship will be $1,000. To obtain an application and more details about the program, students can visit www.pahouse.com/plbc and click on the Scholarships tab. If they have any additional questions about the PLBC Scholarship Program, applicants can contact Harris’ office at (717) 772-6955. The deadline to submit an application is Saturday, April 22. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Jordan Harris speaks on his resolution honoring City Year Philadelphia. City Year is a national program of public service that helps high school students graduate and celebrates 20-years of service in the School District of Philadelphia. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 24 – Building on his legislative success from last session, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., has been reappointed to the House Rules Committee by House Democratic leaders. "It's an honor to have the confidence and trust of the House Democratic leadership for another term on the Rules Committee, which is the most powerful House committee," Harris said. "Last session, legislators from both parties and diverse organizations worked together with me to champion legislation that eventually became law to help expunge criminal records of lesser offenders. In this session, it will be vital to keep fighting for more education funding, as well as commonsense gun laws and criminal justice reform." The Rules Committee consists of the speaker of the House; the majority and minority leaders; the majority and minority whips; the majority and minority appropriations chairmen; 14 members of the majority party appointed by the speaker; and 12 members of the minority party appointed by the minority leader. Unlike other standing committees, which are responsible for a specific area of policy, the Rules Committee is in charge of facilitating the flow of legislation in the House. The Rules Committee is also the only committee that can amend legislation that comes back from the Senate on concurrence and propose amendments to the rules of the House, if needed. Harris will again be serving on four additional committees: Agriculture and Rural Read more
Pa. state Rep. Jordan Harris was sworn-in as the new Chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. Harris discusses the priorities and directive of the PLBC for the 2017-18 legislative session. Read more
Chairman of the Pa. Legislative Black Caucus state Rep. Jordan Harris explains his support for legislation that would outlaw controversial "conversion therapy" that purports to "cure" people of homosexuality. Harris spoke at a press conference at Philadelphia City Hall with the bill's sponsor, Pa. state Rep. Brian Sims, Mayor Jim Kenney, other House colleagues and medical professionals, to lend his support to the legislation that would ban conversion therapy in Pennsylvania. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 19 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., Mayor Jim Kenney and other elected officials today called for passage of statewide legislation to protect minors from anti-LGBT "conversion therapy." Sims and state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams, D-Phila./Delaware, are the lead sponsors of the legislation in the House and Senate. "In a time of extreme divisiveness, elected officials should seize every opportunity to find areas of common ground. Together, the legislature disagrees on many issues, including those considered LGBT-specific. Today we have a chance to heed the advice of dozens of professional medical associations, and ban a practice that inflicts innocent children with pain and fear. To those still peddling this barbarism as medicine, you cannot fix what is not broken and we will not rest until you are driven from this Commonwealth," said Sims, the state's first out LGBT legislator. State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, said, "As adults, we have a duty to protect children, ALL children! We should not endorse or promote, through our silence or our advocacy, any practice that has been proven to be destructive to the developing spirit of a child. This legislation would give our kids the protection that young people already have in California, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Oregon, Vermont and next door in New Jersey." The elected officials were joined by Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Jordan Harris today was sworn into office for his third term as representative for the 186th Legislative District during a ceremony in the Capitol. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives swearing-in corresponds with the first Tuesday in January, every two years. This year is Pennsylvania’s 201st legislative session. “I am thankful my constituents maintain their trust in me,” Harris said. “I will continue to build on that trust and expand on the work that my staff and I accomplished for the 186 th Legislative District.” During his second term, Harris fought for funding for education in Philadelphia, including for Pre-K, and championed legislation that eventually became law to help expunge criminal records of lesser offenders. Harris said he will continue to fight for more education funding, as well as common-sense gun laws and criminal justice reform. In addition to beginning his third, two-year term as state representative, Harris has been named chairman for the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. “It’s an honor to have been elected to serve as chairman of this very important caucus,” Harris said. “With the upcoming session, I will see to it that the members of the Black Caucus stand united and be the voice for African-Americans and people of color across Pennsylvania on key issues, including promoting diversity and inclusion in the commonwealth’s workforce Read more
Calling it a victory for transparency and police-community relations, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chairman-elect of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, thanked Gov. Tom Wolf today for vetoing House Bill 1538. Read more
Alton Sterling. Philando Castile. Terence Crutcher. Keith Scott.
You may have heard of these men. You may not have. All four of them were African-American men killed by police officers in 2016. Go back over the past few years and you may find more recognizable names.
Tamir Rice. Michael Brown. Eric Garner. Read more
Calling it an extreme honor to have the opportunity to be a strong voice for African-Americans and people of color across the commonwealth, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., was elected Tuesday to serve as the chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Jordan Harris speaks on the House Floor in opposition to Senate Bill 1062, which would increase sentencing where bodily injury crimes are committed during a burglary with regard to mandatory sentences. Read more
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.
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