State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio will hold a free shredding event for constituents to safely dispose of confidential, unwanted documents. Read more
Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack and local state Reps. Jeanne MCNeill, Mike Schlossberg, and Pete Schweyer will host a community event April 26 in Allentown to explain the process for obtaining a pardon or expungement of a past criminal conviction in Pennsylvania. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, April 19 – As part of the House Democratic Caucus’ Plan4PA, state Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on her H.B. 2210 that would expunge student disciplinary records for nonviolent offenses. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 at the Overbrook Park Library, 7422 Haverford Ave. Cephas requested the hearing to highlight the importance of ensuring nonviolent offenses would not have long-term negative impacts on students’ future outcomes. The proposal would strengthen House Democrats’ Plan4PA, specifically putting people first with laws that give them the opportunity for a clean slate and second chance. Cephas will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 2 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 2:10 p.m. Panel One: Suspension Expungement Best Practices: Jeff Hullrung , president of the board at Unionsville-Chadds Ford School District Rosa Parls-Green , Philadelphia School District 2:40 p.m. Panel Two: The School to Prison Pipeline Reynelle Staley , Education Law Center Tara Murtha , Women’s Law Project Tomea Smith, Public Citizens for Youth and Children 3:10 p.m. Panel Three: Other Alternative to Suspension Greg Volz , Philadelphia Youth Courts Amy Warner , Office of Probation-Juvenile Division Read more
PHILADELPHIA, April 19 – As part of the House Democratic Caucus’ Plan4PA, state Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable discussion on gun violence and domestic abuse issues. The public roundtable will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 at the Northeast Baptist Church, 4744 Tackawanna St . Dawkins requested the meeting in an effort to strengthen House Democrats’ Plan4PA, specifically putting people first with laws that reduce violence and protect victims of abuse. He has introduced H.B. 2097 to create a statewide notification system to alert victims of domestic violence, the general public, and law enforcement agencies when a known domestic violence abuser attempts to purchase or transfer a gun at a licensed firearms dealer. Dawkins will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Roundtable participants are still being finalized, but will include Julie Brancroft, director of public affairs from the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Patty McGlone, social worker and community education coordinator at Community Legal Services Philadelphia. The meeting is one in a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA that includes putting people first, good jobs, quality schools and fair taxes. Visit www.plan4pa.com for additional information about the Plan4PA and www.pahouse.com/policycommittee for Read more
PHILADELPHIA, April 19 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., has announced the approval of up to $2.1 million in state financing for two local housing initiatives. "I'm pleased the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Authority has approved financing for more affordable housing in Northwest Philadelphia. This will help to meet an important need in our communities," Fitzgerald said. Most of the funding – up to $1.7 million – was approved for the planned Golden Age Living Accommodations building, to be built at 2030 E. Haines St. The four-story building for people 62 or older will have 50 units, including seven accessible units, and two elevators. Plans call for 46 one-bedroom units and four two-bedroom units. GALA has been approved for up to $1.2 million in Low Income Housing Tax Credits and $500,000 in funding from the realty transfer tax. Fitzgerald said Rebuilding Together Philadelphia has been awarded $400,000 in realty transfer tax funding for its Safe and Healthy Homes Northwest Philadelphia program. The funding will be used in northwest Philadelphia to make safety renovations to the homes of middle-income homeowners 55 or older who have significant barriers to maintaining the overall safety of their homes. These much-needed home improvements will allow residents to age in place and improve the overall safety and livability of their homes. This is an issue Fitzgerald and state Sen. Art Haywood, D-Phila./Montgomery, have been working Read more
State Rep. Bob Freeman, D-Northampton, has reintroduced legislation (H.B. 2269) that would establish tax incentives to promote redevelopment and reuse of vacant factory or mill buildings in municipalities in Pennsylvania. "Adaptive reuse or using a building for the purpose other than which it was originally intended, is a way to reuse buildings that have stood in our communities for decades. Repurposing an old factory or mill for retail, office or arts space, or transforming them into dwellings, encourages economic development and improves the quality of life of a community," Freeman said. "Some of these buildings have withstood the test of time for more than 100 years. They might be vacant, but they are still standing. My bill would provide an incentive to breathe new life into these buildings – many of which are part of a community heritage and identity." Freeman’s bill would establish three types of tax incentive programs: A 25 percent tax credit for the rehabilitation and reconstruction costs incurred by the owner; A business tax credit equal to the salaries and wages paid to full-time employees, up to a maximum of $5,000 per employee; and An interest income tax credit of 10 percent on the interest from loans for the expenditures within the building. The limit would be up to $10,000 per taxable year. The loan holder also would be eligible for a 100 percent tax credit, up to $20,000 per taxable year, on interest Read more
HARRISBURG, April 18 – State Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Centre, advises residents of today’s announcement by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation that the Rockview Driver License Center at 812 W. College Ave., Pleasant Gap, will be closed for renovations from Monday, April 23 through Saturday, May 12. Customers with a scheduled non-commercial driver license test between April 23 and May 12 should report to the Rockview Driver License Center on their scheduled date and time. Staff will remain at Rockview to give previously scheduled driving tests. Hanna said the 18-day closure came as a surprise, but his district office staff is prepared and will do everything they can to help constituents through this temporary closure. “The Lewistown facility will be helpful to Centre County residents and the Williamsport facility will be helpful to Clinton County residents,” Hanna said. “All I can ask is that constituents remain patient with us as we strive to make this temporary closure as painless as possible.” According to PennDOT, while renovations are taking place, customers who use the Rockview center are asked to utilize either the Lewistown center at 13187 Ferguson Valley Road in Yeagertown or the Williamsport center at 1782 E. Third St. in Williamsport for their driver licensing needs. The Lewistown Driver License Center hours of operation have been modified to Tuesday through Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Photo center Read more
State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, and state Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne, R-Lehigh, are spearheading a legislative effort aimed at curtailing the issue of vehicles illegally passing school buses in Pennsylvania. Both legislators have introduced identical companion bills. Browne, who introduced S.B. 1098 , said that the legislation is designed to place stop-arm cameras on school buses to catch drivers illegally passing school buses. “Protecting students as they get on and off of the school bus is critically important,” Browne said. “Parents shouldn’t have to worry about the safety of their children traveling to and from school.” Schlossberg, sponsor of H.B. 2225, said that unfortunately some motorists ignore the flashing red lights and stop signs on school buses. “Every day, thousands of Pennsylvania students take the bus to school,” Schlossberg said. “Our children’s safe arrival to and from home is on the minds of parents, bus drivers and teachers so we must keep them as safe as possible during their daily journey.” The Lehigh County legislators said that stop-arm cameras would allow police to use technology similar to red light cameras to capture violations and issue traffic citations. This legislation would not mandate that cameras be installed, but would allow for them to be used. “This legislation provides police Read more
HARRISBURG, April 17 – State Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Centre, today announced SEDA-COG Housing Development Corporation received $800,000 in low-income housing tax credits through the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. Hanna said SEDA-COG has been a leader in developing affordable senior housing facilities throughout Pennsylvania and will use these funds to provide additional housing options in Flemington Borough, Clinton County. “There has been a significant need for affordable senior housing in our region since approximately 2013; during which time, the Clinton County commissioners assembled a Senior Housing Committee,” Hanna said. “After many discussions, SEDA-COG Housing Development Corporation was chosen to do the site selection and seek tax credits on behalf of the facility.” Hanna said he’s worked over the past five years to help secure critical land acquisition funding and project development funding. “It has been an honor to support SEDA-COG in their efforts to provide our senior citizen population with more affordable housing options,” Hanna said. According to SEDA-COG, Susquehannock Heights will include 32-units of senior housing and will be located at 813 Linden St. in Flemington. It will feature community, craft and exercise rooms, a library, central laundry, computer café and outside sitting areas. “This complex offers affordable housing to senior citizens in need Read more
HARRISBURG, April 18 – State Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny, today announced the passing of World Wrestling Entertainment legend, longtime Allegheny County resident and friend Bruno Sammartino. “The death of Bruno hits home. He was a household name in the wrestling entertainment industry and a staple of Allegheny County,” Costa said. “He gave hope to those who came from nothing, bringing to life the notion that anything is possible through hard work and determination. My condolences go out to his friends and family during this difficult time. He will be sorely missed.” Sammartino, the World Wrestling Entertainment's longest-reigning world champion, died on Wednesday, the WWE announced. He was 82. Costa said Sammartino was regarded as one of the most captivating, iconic stars in professional wrestling history, and was revered as hometown hero to many. Sammartino began his wrestling career in 1957, and he went on to hold the World Wrestling Entertainment's Heavyweight Champion title from 1963 to 1971 and again from 1973 to 1977. “Athletic abilities aside, Bruno was an upstanding citizen, friend and hallmark of Allegheny County. His death is the end of an era for many residents who grew up watching Sammartino in the ring. There will never be another Bruno Sammartino, that is for sure,” Costa said. Read more
HARRISBURG, April 18 – State Rep. Bryan Barbin, D-Cambria/Somerset, announced today that Paint Borough will receive a $2.9 million state funding package from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority to rehabilitate and repair its wastewater system. Funding includes a $1 million grant and a $1.9 million loan to be paid back at 1 percent interest over 30 years. Financing will help service 427 connections for Paint Borough’s population of 1,303. Additionally, 11,600 feet of gravity sewer, 66 manholes and 150 viewports will be replaced. “The money allocated for Paint Borough will be able to help reduce downstream weather overflows and reduce excess infiltration of its water system,” Barbin said. “Protecting and improving our water systems throughout our businesses, homes and industrial properties is extremely important and contributes to a healthier environment.” Barbin said that construction is expected to begin in the fall. Read more
HARRISBURG, April 18 – Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, announced today that two community centers providing vital housing-related services for Erie residents will receive a combined $200,000 in grants. “Every Pennsylvanian needs the stability, security and dignity that goes along with having a permanent place to call home,” Bizzarro said. “The funding made available today will help support two centers in our community that work to make this possible for area residents.” Mercy Center for Women, which provides services and support for homeless women and children, will receive $125,000 in funds for coordinated case management, long-term transitional housing, and other support services. The center assigns clients a personal advocate, who identifies the reasons for the client’s homelessness and helps her to become self-sufficient. A second grant of $75,000 will go to St. Martin Center, which provides housing counseling and foreclosure prevention services for low- to moderate-income households at high risk for foreclosure. The funding will enable the center to hire an additional foreclosure specialist and provide financial assistance to people purchasing their first home or making basic repairs. “Our Democratic Plan for PA puts people first, which means ensuring that working and middle-class Pennsylvania families have access to good jobs, good schools and affordable health care,” Bizzarro said. “But having a secure, Read more
HARRISBURG, April 18 – State Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D- Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, is pleased to announce that the Loyalhanna Watershed Association and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission Water Resource Center have received the 2018 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. The Loyalhanna Watershed Association, which integrated Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programming at the Watershed Farm in Westmoreland County, has helped educate nearly 500 students in area school districts. The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission Water Resource Center hosted a series of Municipal Stormwater Workshops in nine counties, including Armstrong, Indiana and Westmoreland. “I would like to congratulate the Loyalhanna Watershed Association and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission Water Resource Center for their dedication and services in helping to protect and educate students about our environment,” Petrarca said. “What an amazing accomplishment for all of the volunteers who aim to keep our communities healthier.” Through the Loyalhanna Watershed Association, the environmental program focuses on agriculture, soils, building design, water systems, and art in nature. In addition to educating students, 60 teachers were employed in a four-month span. The farm is home to honeybee hives, gardens, 40 cattle, 1,700 native trees and shrubs, and more. The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission Read more
HARRISBURG, April 18 – State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, today announced a bipartisan package of legislation that would enhance the quality of career and technical education programs throughout Pennsylvania. This nine-bill package aligns with House Democrats’ Plan4PA to give students throughout the commonwealth a quality education that would jumpstart their careers in vocational and technical job fields. “As Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, I am committed to improving the delivery of Career and Technical Education programs to those who need them most,” Roebuck said. “Just last year, more than 67,000 Pennsylvania high school students were able to participate in CTE programs. This bipartisan package of legislation – especially my two bills – would build upon the success we have already achieved, while also giving stakeholders a voice to make much-needed changes.” In 2015, the House unanimously adopted H.R. 102 to establish the Select Subcommittee on Technical Education and Career Readiness. The subcommittee, co-chaired by state Rep. Patrick Harkins, D-Erie, made several recommendations that resulted in this package of legislation. “I’m encouraged by our bipartisan package of bills that would enhance secondary and post-secondary career training and technical education resources for young Pennsylvanians preparing to enter the Read more
HARRISBURG, April 18 – The state House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution co-sponsored by state Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Harry Lewis to pay tribute and honor the Tuskegee Airmen. Kinsey said the groundbreaking group of African-American military pilots honorably served in World War II. At the time of the Tuskegee Airmen’s service, the U.S. military was racially segregated and African-Americans were subjected to Jim Crow laws that imposed racial segregation at public facilities in southern states. “What started as an experiment simply due to the color of one’s skin, became history in the making,” Kinsey said. “They fought with distinction in the war abroad as well as the war at home. These brave men continued to serve their country and their communities despite the adversity that they faced.” On March 22, 1941, with the threat of involvement in the global war looming, the U.S. Army Air Corps 99th Pursuit Squadron was activated, becoming the first African-American fighter squadron. This group began at a segregated air base named Motion Field in Tuskegee, Ala. “We appreciate the opportunity to honor men and women who have dedicated themselves to the United States with military service – especially during war-time. Dr. Eugene Richardson and Nathan Thomas were a couple of the incredible 1,000 African-American military pilots trained in Tuskegee, AL who flew sorties in World War II,” Lewis Read more
HARRISBURG, April 18 – With Earth Day only days away, Democratic and Republican legislators from every corner of the commonwealth and from both chambers of the General Assembly came together to introduce groundbreaking legislation to make Pennsylvania a leader in the effort to solve climate change. The matching bills were introduced by state Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., and state Sen. Charles McIlhinney, R-Bucks. The newly introduced legislation (H.B. 2132/S.B. 1140) sets out to transition Pennsylvania to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. The scientific community in Pennsylvania and internationally have stated that we must eliminate global warming pollution by 2050 to avoid a climate change “tipping point” from which the planet cannot turn back. "The vast majority of scientists agree: Climate change is real. And you don't have to be a scientist to notice its effects. We've seen so many weather extremes in recent years, including Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, Harvey, Irma and Maria. Those last three all happened just last year," Rabb said. "Our military – hardly a liberal bastion – is already preparing for the effects of climate change. The changing climate will force us to move some bases, and it threatens to increase instability around the world. As the bipartisan American Security Project says, climate security is national security." While similar proposals are pending in state legislatures in California, Read more
PHILADELPHIA, April 18 – State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, D-Phila., is hosting a public safety meeting to address concerns from community members and craft potential solutions to reduce crime and violence in west Philadelphia. It will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 26 at West Mill Creek Playground, 5100 Parrish St., 19139. “Public safety is one of the most important tasks facing city governments –that’s why I’m hosting this event,” Brown said. “As public elected officials, it is our responsibility to work with all stakeholders to build stronger and safer communities.” Brown will be joined by representatives from the 16th Police District, Town Watch, Philadelphia Community Outreach, Philly 311 and the West Philadelphia Prevention Coalition. Legislative staff will be available to provide information and answer questions about state-related matters. For more information, please call Brown’s office at (215) 879-6615. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, April 18 – State Rep. Ed Neilson, D-Phila., will host a free community shredding and e-recycling event from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at St. Jerome’s Parish, 3031 Stamford St., 19136. Unwanted items that should be shredded include credit card statements, credit card applications, bank statements, canceled checks, income tax information, insurance records and retirement or pension fund information. Documents will be shredded on site, and all material collected will be recycled. There is a limit of three bags or boxes per person. Residents are also encouraged to bring old televisions, computer monitors or other electronic equipment to be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. More information can be obtained calling Neilson’s office at 215-330-3714. Read more
HARRISBURG, April 18 – State Rep. Dan Miller, whose annual Disability Summit features the largest amalgamation of disability resources in western Pennsylvania, yesterday spoke on behalf of workers who provide vital services for the disabled. At a packed Capitol rally hosted by the Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association, the state’s largest and most diverse health and human services trade association, Miller received a round of applause before noting that the disabled and those who provide support services to them are parts of the same coin. “You have a job that is incredibly important, that is life changing, that we cannot do without,” said Miller, D-Allegheny. “But you are more likely to get better pay working a cash register. There’s nothing wrong with doing that; I once worked a cash register. “But our priorities are out of whack. Our DSPs (direct support providers) need help. They’re getting ridiculous (low) pay to do the job. We need to make sure our DSP workers are paid a living wage. Not a minimum wage – a living wage.” Miller also told the RCPA gathering that as budget debates evolve in Harrisburg, it’s important for decision-makers to know that you can’t say you support the disabled without also realizing that you must also support the workers who provide them with the services they desperately need. Miller said that in some cases, DPS workers are going about their jobs Read more
A legislative package aimed at helping grandparents raising grandchildren, introduced by Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, and Rep. Kathy Watson, R-Bucks, passed the House today and moves to the Senate. “I’m tremendously appreciative to my fellow House members who recognize the benefit these bills would give to grandparents raising their grandchildren,” Pashinski said. “These grandparents are doing a tremendous service for their loved ones and saving Pennsylvania billions of dollars by keeping their grandchildren out of the foster care system. We owe it to them to work together to make their lives easier.” Read more
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