PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 21 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, will co-host a weekly radio program from 11 a.m. to noon every Thursday on radio station WTTM, 1680 AM. The program, entitled "Voices from the Inside," will focus on the state's prison system and reducing crime. McClinton will be joined by co-hosts state Rep. Leslie Acosta, D-Phila., Esteban Cabrera and author Hugh Taft-Morales. "I am excited to have this opportunity to discuss our criminal justice system," McClinton said. "This new program will offer a voice to those currently incarcerated and will promote the sharing of ideas between prisoners and us on the outside. Thanks to Rep. Acosta, who developed the idea and invited me to participate in such a meaningful program. "By meeting those currently in prison, I hope that the listeners will understand the need for changes and improvements in our current system. We need to establish more humane methods to house our prisoners and work with them so they can be rehabilitated and can return to society and contribute. We waste so much money incarcerating those who have committed minor offenses and by locking them up for extended periods of time, we make it harder for them to blend back in to society and hold a meaningful job. "Additionally, we will be discussing community programs which may reduce violence and crime." The program will air live at 11 a.m. every Thursday on 1680 AM, and it can also Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 12 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., announced today that her office is prepared to assist constituents of the 194th Legislative District with the renewal process for registration of their vehicles now that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is no longer issuing stickers. She said that the change, which went into effect Jan. 1, will result in a significant cost savings for taxpayers. Drivers are still required to maintain current vehicle registration, and must present a registration card to law enforcement when asked. A valid registration card also is still required when having a safety and/or emissions inspection. The elimination of the stickers allows motorists to renew a vehicle registration online and to print a valid registration card to carry with them. Drivers will eventually be able to upload the registration credential to their smart device. “If you are without a computer or printer, my office can assist you in providing your new valid registration card by applying online on your behalf,” DeLissio said. “Simply bring in your current registration card and proof of insurance, and staff will print out for you your new valid, updated card. You will need to provide a credit card in order to complete the transaction. “As always, my office will continue to provide assistance with other PennDOT needs such as disability parking placards, disability plates, driver’s license Read more
State Rep. Mary Jo Daley will welcome the public to see the artwork of budding artists from the Wissahickon School District to her district office, 815 Fayette St., Suite 200, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2. “This annual art show event has quickly become a great way to highlight and enjoy the incredible artistic ability right here in our school systems,” Daley said. “It’s also another wonderful opportunity for folks to gather and provide encouragement to those who have such amazing talent.” Refreshments will be provided during the event. Registration is not necessary to attend, but Daley said constituents with any questions should contact her office at (610) 832-1679 . Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 12 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., was recently nominated by Gov. Tom Wolf, and confirmed by the state Senate, to serve on the West Chester University Council of Trustees. "This appointment is a tremendous honor and privilege," Kinsey said. "I was in those shoes that tens of thousands of students are walking in today and I understand the importance of receiving a quality education. I look forward to the opportunity to help West Chester continue to move forward and help create even greater opportunities for future generations." Kinsey is a graduate of West Chester University with a degree in elementary education. "I can attest to the value of this great institution," Kinsey said. "Serving on the council is an opportunity to look forward to advancing the university, as well as give back to my alma mater." Kinsey will serve as a member of the Advancement Subcommittee, which will review and recommend to the council actions of the president regarding private sector support and the public image of the university, and serve as the liaison for the Pennsylvania Association Council of Trustees. Each Pennsylvania-owned university has a council of trustees, consisting of 11 members who are nominated and appointed by the governor with the consent of the Senate. Student members of the council are nominated by their respective campus. The trustees are tasked with making recommendations to the chancellor for Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 12 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., said he recently helped to secure a $2,500 donation for the John B. Stetson Charter School. Cruz said the money donated by Walmart was used to purchase new computers and printers for the school’s community center. “These resources will not only benefit our youth, but all of the residents in the community,” Cruz said. “It is crucial these tools be available and I’m proud to have been a part of securing the donation.” School officials say the four computers that were purchased will be put to good use. “From taking classes online to resume building, the opportunities are endless for the betterment of our community,” said Joanna Esquilin, community outreach coordinator for John B. Stetson Charter School. “We are so thankful that Representative Cruz suggested us for this donation.” John B. Stetson Charter School is a part of ASPIRA, Inc. of Pennsylvania, the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to Hispanic education in the nation. The organization and its charter schools are located in the Hunting Park, Olney and Kensington neighborhoods of North Philadelphia. Read more
Residents will soon see pedestrian safety improvements at a high-volume intersection adjacent to the school district’s new public high school, according to state Reps. Peter Schweyer and Mike Schlossberg and Sen. Pat Browne. The project is part of a statewide initiative geared at enhancing communities across the commonwealth, tapping into $33 million in federal funds via the Transportation Alternatives Program. “Martin Luther King Boulevard is a gateway to the downtown arena, shops and restaurants. This project will give us the needed pedestrian safety improvements to allow residents and visitors alike to really explore all that the city of Allentown has to offer,” Schweyer said. “I am pleased to see that Allentown will receive funds from the Transportation Alternatives Program for public safety improvements,” Browne said. “This funding will allow for the completion of necessary safety improvements at a dangerous intersection with a heavy volume of pedestrian traffic, especially children as they make their way to-and-from the new high school.” One of 51 projects slated to provide enhancements or alternatives to the current transportation infrastructure statewide, the $297,274 in funding for Allentown will be used to make improvements to the connection point between the downtown and the city’s western park resources. “I am glad to see the safety improvements for this intersection Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 11 – State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., will co-host the Third Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Raising Consciousness, which will begin at 9:15 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16 at West Philadelphia High School, 4901 Chestnut St. This year's theme is "Post 2016 Election: Surviving and Thriving in our Community and School." Roebuck, Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, and the high school are jointly sponsoring the event. The schedule is as follows: 9:15 a.m. - Sign-in and refreshments 10 a.m. - Program: Guest speaker Student panel discussion and spoken word presentations Alumni participation Words of encouragement from area elected officials 12:30 p.m. - Choice of: School tour for alumni and community members FAFSA (federal financial-aid form) workshop for seniors and their parents Career and college workshop for juniors and seniors ### Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 11 – Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, said Pennsylvania should work to comply with the federal REAL ID law. Read more
SCRANTON, Jan. 10 – A staff member from state Rep. Marty Flynn's office will provide outreach assistance from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 18 at the Clarks Green Borough Building, 104 N. Abington Road. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 9 – State Rep. Bob Freeman reminds residents they can attend or testify at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Jan. 17 public hearing regarding Chrin Landfill’s permit application to expand its existing facility in Williams Township. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 9 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, will host an Energy Forum to provide constituents with information on how they can save money heating and cooling their homes. It will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11 at the 12th District Police Station, 6448 Woodland Ave. McClinton said attendees can learn how the state and other groups can help save money during the winter heating season and all year round. Representatives from local utility companies will be on-hand to discuss their products. “This free event is a great one-stop shop for constituents to get information and ask questions on the best options for them to save money,” McClinton said. “My staff will also be available to help low-income families apply for the state’s heating grant program, LIHEAP.” The event is free and refreshments will be served. More information can be obtained by calling McClinton's district office at (215) 748-6712. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 9 – State Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, has been re-appointed as Democratic chairman of the Children and Youth Committee for the 2017-2018 legislative session. This will be Conklin's second consecutive term to lead the committee's Democrats. He will work alongside the committee’s majority chairperson, Rep. Katharine Watson of Bucks County. "Pennsylvania children remain high on the list of our most vulnerable," Conklin said. "This position allows us to narrow the focus on doing everything we can in the best interest of our youngest citizens. "The work of this committee has been known to be very effective, deliberate and productive. I look forwarding to continuing that work." Conklin noted that during this session, the committee is expected to address the needs of children affected by the state's heroin and opioid epidemic. "Not addressing this issue would be turning our backs and covering our ears," Conklin said. "We lose too many young people every day through drug overdoses. We lose too many parents everyday through drug overdoses that leave small children behind. It's a trickle-down effect and it's not stopping until we address it." Conklin was first elected to the House in 2006 and currently is serving his sixth term. Read more
State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, today invited constituents to join him at a town hall from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 701 Penn St. in Reading to discuss the pros and cons of decriminalizing marijuana. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 9 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., joined area children at the Norris Square Children's Center on Jan. 5 to celebrate Three Kings' Day. "This is a festive holiday marked with music, food and fun. It's a day to celebrate traditions and culture and I'm happy to have hosted local festivities," Cruz said. During the event, Cruz joined those portraying the three kings, Melchor, Gaspar and Baltazar, to distribute hundreds of gifts to children who attended the event. "I could find no better way to celebrate the 12 th Day of Christmas than to think of children in need," Cruz said. "Some of these children may not have received any gifts during the holidays, so to close out the season by seeing so many smiling faces is truly humbling." Read more
FRACKVILLE – Sen. David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) and Reps. Neal Goodman (D-Schuylkill), Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill) and Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill/Dauphin) released the following statement regarding the governor’s decision to close two state correctional institutions out of five under consideration, one including SCI Frackville: Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Bob Freeman, D-Northampton, this week was reappointed Democratic chairman of the House Local Government Committee. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, was reappointed this week to the post of Democratic chairman of the House Insurance Committee. "The Insurance Committee oversees a wide range of products that cover most people's daily lives," DeLuca said. "Most residents have some sort of life, health and auto insurance, but there are many other products which are regulated as well, including homeowners or renters insurance, home title insurance and even financial products such as annuities. “As Democratic Chairman of the Insurance Committee, I have requested the committee to begin the discussion of transparency for pharmaceutical costs since health insurance policies pay for the bulk of the costs of most prescriptions written today," DeLuca said. "I will also be reintroducing my Pharmaceutical Cost Transparency bill from last session. "Runaway costs of pharmaceuticals continue to be in the forefront of our news headlines. It is important to remember health insurers pay a majority of the costs for these drugs, while our constituents are also seeing increases in their insurance premiums, in part, because of prescription costs. The committee needs to review what is driving drug pricing overall. Transparency in pricing will help all parties involved and I am pleased to be the chairman of the committee which is undertaking this review." DeLuca has held the chairmanship of the committee Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 5 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, was appointed to his fourth term as Democratic chairman of the House Professional Licensure Committee. Readshaw pointed out that professional licensure impacts every Pennsylvanian. The panel is responsible for establishing and reviewing every profession that requires licensing by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. "The license means that the individual has the training and has demonstrated the ability to meet established standards of quality for his profession," Readshaw said. "It ensures against people performing specialized services that, without the proper training, could endanger the safety and welfare of the person paying for those services." Readshaw said the committee also monitors professional license issues in other states, using that information to determine what Pennsylvania should do in anticipation of those issues coming up in the commonwealth. Readshaw began his 12 th term as state representative for the 36 th District during a swearing-in ceremony that began at noon on Tuesday. The 36th Legislative District consists of the boroughs of Brentwood, Mount Oliver and parts of Baldwin, as well as some sections of Pittsburgh south of the Monongahela River. Readshaw continues to maintain his constituent service office at 1917 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, 15210, and the office can be reached by phone at (412) 881-4208 . ### Read more
State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, today said he is ready to vigorously fight to save 400 State Correctional Institution Retreat jobs in his district. Citing cost saving measures, the Department of Corrections has announced it will close two state prisons this year and will announce its final decision Jan. 26. SCI Retreat is among five prisons being considered for closure. Mullery said he will fight tooth and nail as he believes there is no reason the governor should close this institution. “The governor has unnecessarily placed the lives and livelihoods of Pennsylvania families in the heart of the budget battle and I am vehemently opposed to this tactic,” Mullery said. “He is creating a situation to use as a negotiating chip and I will do everything I can to keep this correctional facility open.” Mullery said Gov. Tom Wolf’s power has been greatly diminished with the Republicans holding super-majorities in the House and Senate. “I understand the pressures of passing an on-time, responsible budget,” Mullery said. “However, treating those individuals who place their lives at risk every day like political pawns is 100 percent unacceptable.” According to the state DOC, because of cost savings initiatives taken over the past several years, the department is again in the position to make more reductions due to the of the dire budget forecast. Each affected employee will be Read more
State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, has been named Democratic chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee by Democratic Leader Frank Dermody. “I am extremely grateful for this appointment to be the chairman of the agriculture committee which represents the number one industry in the state,’ Pashinski said. “The committee’s agenda is full of important legislative bills that affect food, water, agricultural research, and the horse racing industry, which are all vital to Pennsylvania’s economy,” Pashinski said. “I intend to work with the majority chairman to keep agriculture jobs in our state and keep our food products safe for consumers.” In addition, the committee works in conjunction with the state Department of Agriculture for inspections of restaurants and food establishments throughout Pennsylvania. Pashinski is serving his sixth term in the House of Representatives. His Luzerne County district includes the city of Wilkes-Barre, Wilkes-Barre Township, Ashley Borough, Fairview Township, most of Hanover Township and Laurel Run Borough. Read more
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