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.
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
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
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.”
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
Bars could stay open until 4 a.m. under a new proposal that would create an "extended use" permit.
"This legislation would create a more attractive Pennsylvania and further a goal of appealing to young professionals and millennials who can greatly improve our local economies," said Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Philadelphia. "This bill would put our city on par with some of the largest cities in the country as far as having a healthy, vibrant nightlife." Read more
Will the last call for alcohol soon be two hours later for Pennsylvania? That’s what one Philadelphia lawmaker is proposing. Read more
State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phlia., announced today that he plans to introduce legislation which would amend the Liquor Code to allow businesses to apply for extended use permits, which would authorize the sale of alcohol beyond 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. Read more
State Rep. Jordan Harris outlines the bold vision Gov. Wolf presented in his budget and says he’s ready to fight to make the plan a reality to deliver better schools, jobs that pay family-sustaining wages and a better future for Philadelphia and the entire commonwealth. Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., today stated he will be voting against H.B. 466, the liquor privatization bill, due to the negative impact it will have across Pennsylvania and specifically in Philadelphia. “This bill is simply the wrong choice at the wrong time for Pennsylvania,” Harris said. “Our state is facing a budget deficit approaching $2 billion, and the other side of the aisle has decided now is the appropriate time to sell off an asset that brings in $80 million annually to the General Fund budget. This is simply not the time to entertain this idea. “In addition, nearly 4,000 hard-working Pennsylvanians will suddenly be without a job. These are family-sustaining jobs that provide good benefits and a living wage. The inclusion of minor grants for furthering their education and additional points on a civil service test for employees who lose their job do not go nearly far enough to ensure that our state store workers are taken care of. “The bottom line is that House Bill 466 is not the answer for Pennsylvania, and I refuse to vote for decreased income for the General Fund and increased unemployment throughout our state.” Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 20 – State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., issued a statement today following the inauguration of Gov. Tom Wolf: “Pennsylvania is at a crossroads right now. The past few years have not been kind to our school districts, our local economies or our citizens. We are facing an estimated $2.3 billion deficit heading into our next budget, and that number could increase. “With that in mind, I believe Tom Wolf is the person we need to lead us away from the devastating funding cuts we’ve seen under the previous administration. As Governor Wolf said today, his administration will be about 'jobs that pay, schools that teach and government that works.' All of these are issues that plague Pennsylvania currently and I believe that we can work together to fix them. “We need to put families back to work and allow people back into the employment pipeline. This means following through with legislation I’ve introduced before and will introduce again to reform our criminal record expungement laws and give Pennsylvanians the best possible chance to succeed. “With all that in mind, I would like to congratulate Governor Wolf and his family on this momentous occasion. I look forward to working with him and his staff over the next four years, along with my fellow legislators on both sides of the aisle, as we work to improve our state and grow our economy. Elections are partisan, but governing must be a partnership, and Read more
Some would say it would be politically expedient for me to sit on the sidelines and say nothing of the emotionally charged situations involving Eric Garner, Ferguson, and police brutality in general. However, neither during my years in high school football nor in life do I like to sit on the sidelines.Before I was old enough to date or drive a car, well before going to prom, my mother taught me how to safely interact with the police. She, like all the other mothers of black boys in this and every other city, feel it their maternal obligation to ensure that their brown sons know the reality of their life when it comes to interacting with the police.It is a reality loaded with fear. The fear that her son will say the wrong thing, be in the wrong place at the wrong time, look like the wrong person, be dressed the wrong way or move the wrong way and lose his life for it. Every mother, father, grandparent or caregiver in America has made this one of their primary parenting lessons when raising a black boy. Even non-black parents and guardians of black boys have this same conversation. It is an inescapable reality for black males that you must be more alert, more respectful, and less offended, when dealing with the police.In my daily work I have found that the police in my area have treated me with respect. When I have been stopped in my vehicle I have normally been treated fairly. I’ve had the pleasure to work with them as we work together to serve my Read more
At a ceremony at the state Capitol Tuesday, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., was sworn in for his second term in the state House of Representatives, marking the beginning of the 199th legislative session.
"Pennsylvania is facing serious issues that must be addressed, both in Philadelphia and Harrisburg," Harris said. Read more
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