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
Pa. state Rep. Jordan Harris speaks out on his resolve to truly fund our schools and social services with a real budget, not the underfunded, inadequate stopgap the GOP is pushing that just repeats the mistakes of the past. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Jordan Harris speaks against a measure that would allow police departments to withhold officers' names in police-involved shootings. Harris says the unintended consequence of this bill would be to divide communities and hinder police from doing their jobs. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Jordan Harris is joined by hundreds of students to demand the Commonwealth do more to help Cheyney University – America’s oldest historically Black institution of higher education – as it struggles to survive in a time of budget crisis and faltering student enrollment. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Jordan Harris applauds the House’s approval of a bill that would allow thousands of Pennsylvanians to have their criminal records expunged. S.B. 166, which was written with Harris' input, would allow a person convicted of a third- or second-degree misdemeanor, and who completed their sentence at least 10 years ago, to ask to appear before a judge to request an order for limited access of their criminal record. The bill would give a second chance to many people, including Philadelphians, who are struggling to find housing and employment due to their prior convictions. Read more
Legislation put forth both last session and this session by state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., which would allow for expungement of specific offenses from a person’s criminal record provided certain criteria are met, today passed the House and heads to the Senate for concurrence.
“Criminal record expungement is something incredibly important to me and I’m thankful that my fellow legislators and I were able to come to a bipartisan agreement to get this language into current legislation,” Harris said. “It is my hope that this will end the stories of those who made mistakes in their past and have been unable to find gainful employment, afford a good education or attain quality housing opportunities because of that mistake.”
Calling Act 192 of 2014 unconstitutional from the beginning, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., praised the Commonwealth Court ruling striking it down as a violation of the single-subject rule.
"Act 192 was rammed through the legislative process on the last session day in an unconstitutional way," Harris said. "Attaching this amendment to a bill dealing with criminal penalties was a clear violation of the Pennsylvania Constitution and the single-subject rule, and I’m glad the Commonwealth Court agreed with this ruling.
As legislators, we have witnessed, year after year, the tragedy that befalls tens of thousands of children in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania who are trapped in public schools that consistently fail to meet the needs of their students. Read more
State Rep. Jordan Harris calls for support for bipartisan legislation to permit expungement of specific offenses from a person’s criminal record provided certain criteria are met. Harris says non-violent offenders who have become law-abiding citizens deserve the chance to find gainful employment and housing. Read more
Joined by state Reps. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, and Cris Dush, R-Jefferson/Indiana, along with Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association members, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., called for support for bipartisan legislation to permit expungement of specific offenses from a person’s criminal record provided certain criteria are met. Read more
State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., Tuesday was appointed to the House Rules Committee by House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny. Read more
The events of Baltimore are troubling but not at all surprising. What I wonder today, after watching yet another American city burn is this: who or what, is most responsible for this upheaval? Read more
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