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
HARRISBURG, Dec. 9 – The House Transportation Committee today amended and reported out a bill, authored by state Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, to strengthen provisions intended to keep infants safe while traveling in a vehicle.
"On Monday, at a public hearing held by the House Transportation Committee, I was pleased to see wide, bipartisan support for efforts to improve child safety in Pennsylvania," Schlossberg said. "After a productive and frank discussion, it was clear that there was sufficient support to strengthen my bill by amending it to offer even better protections for our youngest and most vulnerable citizens. I fully support that effort."
House Bill 1551, which originally would have required children younger than 1 to be secured in a rear-facing car seat, was amended by the committee to require children to be secured in a rear-facing car seat while in a vehicle until age 2 unless otherwise stated by the manufacturer’s specification of the car seat in use.
Schlossberg noted that this change to his bill follows recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics. During the House Transportation public hearing, Ted Leonard, executive director of the Pennsylvania AAA Federation, voiced AAA’s support for efforts to enhance the requirement to secure children under age 2 in rear-facing car seats or until that child reaches the maximum height and weight for the car seat as noted by the manufacturer.
"As a father of two young children, I find it hard to belie Read more
HARRISBURG, Dec. 7 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, has introduced H.B 1692, which would make it easier for family members to commit a loved one for drug and/or alcohol treatment.
“Too many families watch their loved ones deal with alcohol or drug abuse problems and can only standby while they spiral into despair, or worse,” Readshaw said. “I have been working with family members, law enforcement, the district attorney, the minor courts and others to ensure that my bill would offer remedies for families seeking help for their loved one.
"I introduced this bill at the request of my friend, a constituent who recently lost his son because of a drug overdose," he added.
Readshaw said that Pennsylvania families are the front lines of the opiate epidemic in this Commonwealth, and this bill is an effort to provide families with another avenue of resources.
House Bill 1692 would provide for involuntary treatment requirements and procedures for individuals suffering from alcohol and other drug abuse; and imposing duties on the Department of Health and the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. Presuming the person has a reasonable benefit of recovery and the individual presents an imminent danger or imminent threat of danger to self, family or others as a result of alcohol and other drug abuse, or there exists a substantial likelihood of such a threat in the near future, a family member would be able to petition the Court of Common Pleas to initiate proceedings for in Read more
PITTSBURGH, Dec. 2 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny announced the state's heating assistance program, LIHEAP, is accepting applications for the winter.
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program provides federal aid to eligible families to help pay winter heating bills and cover emergency heating equipment needs.
"LIHEAP ensures that qualified households can pay for their heating costs, such as gas, oil or electricity," Readshaw said. "Emergency funds are also available for households without heat or fuel, or those facing cut-off from a supplier.
"My staff can help complete the application."
Household income limits to qualify vary according to family size:
Household Size Maximum Income
The household income level increases by an additional $6,240 for each additional person.
"Since this program is based on federal money, the state budget impasse should not affect the funding for this program," Readshaw said.
Applications also can be completed online at www.compass.state.pa.us, and can be obtained at local county assistance offices, which can be found at www.alleghenycounty.us/dhs/CAO-locations.aspx.
HARRISBURG, Nov. 16 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, and state Rep. Tom Murt, R-Montgomery/Phila., announced today that they will host a private advance screening of the film “Spotlight” on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at the Midtown Cinema, 250 Reilly St. The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and Turning Point are the event sponsors.
A complimentary reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., prior to the movie. Remarks will be offered by the sponsors and hosts in support of legislation that would modify the Pennsylvania statute of limitations to allow victims to seek civil action against abusers and the institutions that shield them.
“Spotlight” is the true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child sexual abuse and cover-up within the local Boston Archdiocese.
More information about the event is available by contacting Rozzi’s Harrisburg office at (717) 783-3290. To reserve tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/private-advance-screening-of-spotlight-tickets-19499631924. Seating is limited.
HARRISBURG, Oct. 28 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, will host a flu shot clinic from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Nov. 5 at Concord Presbyterian Church, 1907 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, 15210.
Pneumonia shots also will be available.
"The earlier you can get a flu shot, the longer you are protected through the flu season," Readshaw said. "It is important to remember that flu is not just a nuisance. It can be a serious, even fatal, illness, especially for those young children, elderly and anyone who may have a weaker immune system."
While the flu vaccinations are not free, the costs are covered by all Medicare Part B plans as well as many other medical insurance plans. Vaccination recipients must bring their insurance cards when they get their shots.
Readshaw reminds people who may have the flu to see a doctor as quickly as possible. There are treatments which may lessen the severity of the illness if taken quickly enough.
ALLENTOWN, Aug. 31– State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, is inviting residents of the 22nd Legislative District to participate in a live Tele-Town Hall meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7. “From the heroin and opium epidemic to the start of the new school year, there are many, many important issues for the people of Allentown,” said Schweyer. “Before heading back to Harrisburg on September 19th, I want to hear from my constituents about the issues that are impacting them and their families.” During the live event, Schweyer will discuss and take questions on a variety of state topics, and participants will be asked to weigh in on poll questions. Also, anyone who doesn’t have a chance to offer their thoughts or ask a question during the conversation will be able to record a message at its conclusion that will be forwarded to Schweyer. Those interested also may email their questions in advance of the Tele-Town Hall meeting to RepSchweyer@pahouse.net . Constituents also can call Schweyer’s district office at 610-791-6270 to confirm or be added to the list to receive the call. Read more
Rep. Tina Davis reports that she will sponsor her annual Senior Expo and shredding event in September. Davis’ sixth annual Senior Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 8 at Lower Bucks Hospital, Bristol. Her shred event will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sept. 17 at Ben Franklin Middle School, Levittown.
PITTSBURGH, Aug. 30 – State Rep. Ed Gainey is inviting area senior citizens to his 4th annual Senior Fair. It will be held from noon until 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7 at the Homewood Coliseum, 7310 Frankstown Ave., Pittsburgh, 15208.
WHAT: Republicans and Democrats in the state Legislature are joining forces to attempt to tackle the state’s opioid crisis. Led by Chair of the House Majority Policy Committee Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) and Chair of the House Minority Policy Committee Mike Sturla (D-Lancaster), members of the House of Representatives and state Senate are traveling the Commonwealth to gather testimony about the growing drug epidemic and how it is impacting communities. At the conclusion of the tour, the joint committee will make legislative and policy recommendations for the Legislature to consider when it reconvenes for a special session on the opioid crisis. The eight-stop tour will conclude this week with hearings in Williamsport, Scranton and York. The final hearing in the tour, hosted by Rep. Kate Klunk (R-Hanover), will be held on Thursday at the York County School of Technology. WHO: Members of the House and Senate policy committees. Testifiers will include: Pam Gay, York County coroner; Dave Sunday, York County District Attorney’s Office; Dr. Michael Peck, Family Doctor/Hanover Hospital; Dr. Susan Peck, OBGYN/Mountain View; Dr. Eric Kochert, York Hospital emergency room; Dr. Suzette Song, OSS Health, York; Christina Martinez, Open Arms Recovery Center; Terry Clark, York County Children and Youth; James Reisinger, Byrnes Health Education Center; Joel Jakubowski, Teen Challenge; and Secretary Ted Dallas, Department of Human Services WHEN: Read more
WHAT: Republicans and Democrats in the state Legislature are joining forces to attempt to tackle the state’s opioid crisis. Led by Chair of the House Majority Policy Committee Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) and Chair of the House Minority Policy Committee Mike Sturla (D-Lancaster), members of the House of Representatives and state Senate are traveling the Commonwealth to gather testimony about the growing drug epidemic and how it is impacting communities. At the conclusion of the tour, the joint committee will make legislative and policy recommendations for the Legislature to consider when it reconvenes for a special session on the opioid crisis. The eight-stop tour will conclude this week with hearings in Williamsport, Scranton and York. The sixth hearing in the tour, hosted by Rep. Jeff Wheeland (R-Lycoming), will be held on Tuesday in Williamsport. WHO: Members of the House and Senate policy committees. Testifiers to include: Congressman Tom Marino; Tony Mussare, Lycoming County commissioner; Charles Kiessling, Lycoming County coroner; Tom Dann, former police officer; Cheryl Andrews, Pennsylvania Association of County Drug and Alcohol Administrators; Chris Byers, Pinnacle Treatment Centers; and Jim Laughman, AmeriHealth Caritas. WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 30, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. WHERE: Mary Welch Honors Hall, Lycoming College, 334 Basin St, Williamsport. WATCH LIVE: Barring technical difficulties, the hearing will be live-streamed at Read more
WHAT: Republicans and Democrats in the state Legislature are joining forces to attempt to tackle the state’s opioid crisis. Led by Chair of the House Majority Policy Committee Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) and Chair of the House Minority Policy Committee Mike Sturla (D-Lancaster), members of the House of Representatives and state Senate are traveling the Commonwealth to gather testimony about the growing drug epidemic and how it is impacting communities. At the conclusion of the tour, the joint committee will make legislative and policy recommendations for the Legislature to consider when it reconvenes for a special session on the opioid crisis. The eight-stop tour will conclude this week with hearings in Williamsport, Scranton and York. The seventh hearing in the tour, hosted by Rep. Marty Flynn (D-Lackawanna) will be held on Wednesday in Scranton. WHO: Members of the House and Senate policy committees. Testifiers to include: Dr. Karen Murphy, Pennsylvania Department of Health; Judge Michael Barrase, Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas; Shane Scanlon, Lackawanna County District Attorney; Deb Beck, Drug and Alcohol Service Providers Organization of Pennsylvania; Cindy Bellino, Just Believe Recovery Center; Dick Conaboy, Clearbook Treatment Centers; and Dr. Gary Henschen, Magellan Health. WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 31, from 10 a.m. to noon. WHERE: Hilton Scranton and Conference Center, Electric City Ballroom, 100 Adams Ave., Scranton. WATCH Read more
Rep. Pam Snyder is inviting constituents to participate in a live Tele-Town Hall meeting beginning at 7 p.m. Sept. 1. Residents will receive an automated phone call at 7 p.m. Sept. 1 inviting them to join the meeting. To participate, people simply remain on the line. Residents also may email questions to Snyder before the Tele-Town Hall meeting at RepSnyder@pahouse.net. Read more
Rep. Bill Kortz reports that he will host his annual Senior Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Broughton Volunteer Fire Department in South Park. His fourth annual shred-it event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 15 at the West Mifflin #3 Volunteer Fire Company in West Mifflin. Read more
In light of recent controversy over possibly illegally towed vehicles in Philadelphia, state Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., said there is no better time than now for the House to take up his House Bill 550, which would increase tow truck operator accountability. Read more
EBENSBURG, Aug. 25 – Bringing democracy to the comfort of his constituents’ living rooms, state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, will host his first-ever Telephone Town Hall meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30. Residents can expect their phones to ring at that time, and if they want to ask a question, participate in issues-based polls, or just listen in, all they have to do is stay on the line. "While we constantly field and answer constituent questions and requests for help, and get their feedback on all manner of state-related topics, I realize that many living in the 72nd Legislative District are too busy to take the initiative to contact us," Burns said. "This will give everyone the opportunity to weigh in on issues they think are important – and to hear where I stand on the critical matters of the day. I urge everyone to pick up the phone if they have a question to ask, or just want to listen in." Burns said anyone who wants to ensure that their phone number is in the database used to make the call should contact his office at (814) 472-8021, which is the same number they can use to obtain more information. Those who want to send Burns a question in advance to answer during the telephone town hall can do so by emailing it to email@example.com . As a state legislator, Burns’ signature issues have been holding the line on taxes, welfare reform including drug testing and proof of citizenship for recipients, standing Read more
UPPER DARBY, Aug. 24 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, is inviting parents to register now for her Sixth Annual Book Bag Giveaway. Free book bags are provided while supplies last. Parents must register by Sept. 2 to receive a free book bag for their children. Residents of all ages from across the 164th Legislative District – Yeadon, Upper Darby, Millbourne, Lansdowne and East Lansdowne – are invited to Rep. Davidson’s Sixth Annual Community Picnic & Back-to-School Book Bag Giveaway, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 10 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Second Ward Playground, 747 Crosley Ave., Upper Darby, across the street from the Fernwood Cemetery on Church Lane. "We'll have free barbecue and drinks, family games, entertainment, state resources and information for students and families," Davidson said. "We provide this service every year so that families can have a successful 2016-17 school year." Pre-registration is mandatory to receive a free book bag and is first-come, first-served, while supplies last. To pre-register, call 610-259-7016 , email firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by Davidson's office in the Barclay Square Shopping Center, 1500 Garrett Road, Upper Darby. ### Read more
Reps. Pam Snyder and Mike Sturla co-host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing convened in Greene County to solicit input from community leaders and treatment and crisis professionals about how to respond to the drug addiction epidemic harming communities throughout Pennsylvania.
SCRANTON, Aug. 22 – State Rep. Marty Flynn announced the current agenda for the upcoming public hearing on the drug epidemic he is hosting of the House Democratic and Republican Policy committees, chaired respectively by state Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and state Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre. Read more
LANCASTER, Aug. 22 – State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, is inviting residents to join him for a Conestoga River cleanup in recognition on United Way's annual Day of Caring. The cleanup will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9. Participants will meet on South Conestoga Drive behind Conestoga View on East King Street. Volunteers should wear weather-appropriate clothing and long pants are recommended. Lunch, shirts and gloves will be provided. Participants can register at the link at Sturla’s website- www.pahouse.com/Sturla or call Sturla’s constituent service office at 717-295-3157 for additional information. While registration is not required, it is encouraged to ensure there will be enough supplies and refreshments for all volunteers. Media coverage is encouraged . Read more
Contact form was unable to load. If the problem continues, please contact the webmaster.
Please use the form below to sign up for email updates. By completing this form your are acknowledging your request to receive periodic email updates.
Find your representative by address, district, or member's name. Click a button below to start your search.