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.
HARRISBURG, April 6 – House Democratic Policy Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, announced today that the committee will hold a public hearing hosted by state Reps. Steve McCarter, Mary Jo Daley and Leanne Krueger-Braneky on clean-energy jobs. The hearing will be held 10 a.m. Monday, April 11 in the House Democratic Caucus Room, 418 Main Capitol Building, Harrisburg. The current hearing agenda is: 10 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 10:10 a.m. John Quigley , secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection 10:30 a.m. Panel One: Liz Robinson , executive director, Energy Coordinating Agency Ken MacDougal , director of business development, National Electrical Contractors Association – PA-DE-NJ Chapter Nancy Mifflin , Mid-Atlantic regional coordinator, American Association from Blacks in Energy Ron Celentano , president, Pennsylvania Solar Energy Industries Association 11:10 a.m. Panel Two: Kate Ringness , program manager, The American Jobs Project Eric Miller , policy counsel, Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance Khari Mosely , Pennsylvania regional programs manager, BlueGreen Alliance 11:40 a.m. Closing Remarks The hearing is open to the public and media coverage is invited. Read more
The House Democratic Policy Committee will hold a public hearing 11 a.m. Monday, April 4, on Rep. Tina Davis' legislation, H.B. 1884, which would provide needed oversight and safeguards on recovery houses used by patients rehabbing from drug and alcohol addictions. The Bucks County Democrat says the hearing in Room 418 in the state Capitol will be streamed live at www.pahouse.com/live and likely will be broadcast on PCN at a later time. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, March 30 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, today announced the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is accepting applications for its Volunteer Fire Assistance grant program, aimed at saving lives and protecting property in unprotected or inadequately protected rural areas. The VFA grant provides assistance to state foresters and other officials for their efforts to aid local forces in rural areas or communities with under 10,000 residents, to prevent and control fires threatening human life, livestock and their natural surroundings. “Our firefighters lay their lives on the line every day to keep us safe and protect our environment,” Donatucci said. “The least we can do is make sure they have the updated equipment they need to do their jobs. I encourage organizations to see if they qualify for this important opportunity.” The cost-share program will cover up to half of project expenditures, with a maximum grant award of $7,500. Grants can be used for purchase of wildfire suppression equipment, wildfire protective gear, and mobile or portable radios; installation of dry hydrants; wildfire prevention and mitigation; wildfire training; and the conversion and maintenance of federal excess vehicles received from the Bureau of Forestry. However, priority will be placed on projects that include purchase of wildland fire suppression equipment and wildland fire protective gear. All applications Read more
EBENSBURG, March 30 – As special needs children were presented adaptive bikes, strollers and communications devices during a Monday event at St. Francis University in Loretto, state Rep. Frank Burns spoke of his role in securing $245,762 for the Ebensburg Regional Inclusive Playground. Opened in 2015 at Cambria Elementary School, the regional playground features special equipment designed to give children with physical and cognitive disabilities the chance to play alongside other children. It was built with a Burns-secured grant from the Commonwealth Financing Agency to the Central Cambria Education Foundation. “Just as I said then that all children should be included on the playground and be able to play together, today I say that all children should be able to enjoy riding a bike, participating in daily activities and using their voice,” Burns said, assessing the purpose of “ An Event to Change Kids’ Lives.” Burns said the purpose of both initiatives is to enable special needs children to fully participate in all the daily activities available to their peers without special needs. He commended the effort, noting, “Many of these adaptive devices are quite expensive, but their value goes beyond a dollar sign. They are helping kids lead more normal lives, and it’s hard to put a price tag on that.” In addition to St. Francis University, the Mainline Area Special Needs Advocacy Group, AFSCME District Council 83 Read more
HARRISBURG, March 29 – State Rep. Chris Sainato today joined the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and other elected officials at a Capitol event commemorating the end of the Vietnam War to honor and thank Pennsylvania veterans and their families for their service and sacrifices. Sainato, the Democratic chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, said it is only fitting that these veterans are being recognized for their service and sacrifice on the 43rd anniversary of the day the last of our troops departed Vietnam. “Pennsylvania should be very proud because when war occurs, the call goes out and Pennsylvania residents are there,” Sainato said. “When I look at our World War II vets, our Korean and Vietnam vets, and even Operation Desert Storm -- with our National Guard, they answered the call. “When I look out there and see you -- these men and women who served -- and what you went through, we do thank you,” he said at the event. Sainato added that more than 3,100 Pennsylvanians made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam. The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is part of an initiative with the Department of Defense to help Pennsylvanians honor its Vietnam veterans on behalf of the commonwealth. The Vietnam War Commemoration recognized all men and women who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces between Nov. 1, 1955 and May 15, 1975. Read more
EBENSBURG, March 29 – State Rep. Frank Burns lauded the positive impact of public-private partnerships like the one responsible for bringing two compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations to Cambria County, including one in Ebensburg for the CamTran fleet. Burns joined PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards and CamTran President Ed Cernic Jr. in making the announcement Monday in Johnstown, where the other CNG fueling station at the main CamTran building will be accessible to the public. "This $84.5 million project will construct and improve 29 public transit agency sites across Pennsylvania over the next five years," Burns said. "The state, our transit agencies and the public are the big winners." Burns said the Trillium CNG team – which will design, build, finance, operate and maintain the fueling stations – will also pay a 15 percent royalty to PennDOT, excluding taxes, for each gallon of fuel sold to the public. The team has guaranteed at least $2.1 million in royalties, which will be used to support the project. Burns said PennDOT expects the project to greatly reduce transit agencies’ dependence on state subsidy, and will help them achieve at least $10 million per year in savings. Read more
HARRISBURG, March 29 – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, applauded UPMC's announcement that it will increase the minimum starting wages for entry-level jobs at most Pittsburgh facilities to $15 an hour by January 2021. "As one of western Pennsylvania's largest employers, UPMC is showing leadership on this issue. This is the direction we should be moving as a state. The minimum wage in Pennsylvania has been stuck at $7.25 an hour since 2009, while all of our neighboring states have raised theirs ," Frankel said. "I continue to work to raise the minimum wage statewide. People who work full-time shouldn't struggle to afford rent, groceries and utilities, and raising the wage would generate much-needed revenue at a time when the state has a budget deficit. "Governor Tom Wolf recently signed an executive order increasing the wage to $10.15 for about 450 low-wage state workers, but the legislature still needs to act -- we should be striving toward one fair minimum wage for ALL employees." ### Read more
HARRISBURG, March 29 – State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., said Gov. Tom Wolf was right to end the Pennsylvania budget crisis temporarily by allowing an inadequate Republican budget to become law Monday without his signature. "While the budget impasse is temporarily over, the problems that caused it remain. Schools in Philadelphia and across the state will receive funding for the fiscal year that ends June 30, but the budget is basically just a stopgap because it leaves in place most of the 2011-15 Corbett-Republican cuts to education and social services," said Roebuck, Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee. "Pennsylvania still faces a deficit, and it will become increasingly clear in the coming months that the state has to reach a bipartisan compromise to pay its bills. Governor Wolf has already compromised and it's time for Republicans to meet him halfway. We still need a budget that puts people above politics." ### Read more
State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., is inviting all residents of the 180th Legislative District to take part in the 2016 Philly Spring Cleanup from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9.
“Philadelphia is a beautiful city, and with a little help from those who call it home, I know we can make it look even better than it already does,” Cruz said. “Interested residents can contact my office for supplies or to organize groups to help beautify our district and make sure that everyone gets to enjoy a pristine Philadelphia this summer.”
NANTICOKE, March 28– State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Newport Township, announced he will host a free shredding event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 9 in the parking lot of Greater Nanticoke Area High School off of Kosciuszko Street. "This is an opportunity for people to destroy unwanted documents that contain personal information and could be used by identity thieves,” Mullery said. "We had excellent turnout at the previous shredding events I hosted, and I'm pleased that my staff and I can again provide this public service." 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. Residents are asked not to bring plastics, such as page protectors, binders and checkbook covers, and metals, such as large spring clips, wire from wire-bound notebooks and file folders with metal prongs in material to be recycled. Cassettes, binders, plastics, magazines, newspapers and books also will not be accepted. This event is only for residential documents. Business documents will not be accepted. Documents will be shredded on site. For more information, residents may call Mullery's Nanticoke office at 570-740-7031. Read more
Kinsey to introduce resolution commemorating community service month State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., plans to introduce a resolution commemorating the month of April as community service appreciation month in Pennsylvania. Kinsey said volunteers have a strong sense of community pride. "Citizens who volunteer for community service have a clear commitment to serve their town, city or borough," Kinsey said. "I am so delighted that each year individuals donate their time to support foundations and non-profit corporations to better their communities." In addition, Kinsey said people give much of their time and resources to conduct and participate in charitable walks and cycle events, church functions, and ambulance, fire and rescue events year round. The Corporation for National and Community Service reports that the time people volunteer averages about $22.63 each hour. "It’s estimated that 2.8 million people in Pennsylvania have volunteered 348 million hours in generous service, which is an astounding number of people across the state who donate their services for a variety of organizations," Kinsey said. The Philadelphia lawmaker said if any of his constituents would like to become volunteers they can find information at http://volunteer.phila.gov#s . Read more
PHILADELPHIA, March 24 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will host her 55th town hall Thursday, April 14 with Pennsylvania Secretary of Labor and Industry Kathy Manderino. The town hall is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14 in the Philadelphia University Tuttleman Auditorium, 4201 Henry Ave., 19144. “Everyone who has an interest in discussing programs about career services and job training, vocational rehabilitation services, unemployment and worker’s compensation is encouraged to attend,” DeLissio said. “Secretary Manderino will be discussing the goals and activities of her agency.” An update on the state budget will also be given. For several months, DeLissio is featuring members of Gov. Tom Wolf’s cabinet at her monthly town halls to better inform constituents about how the commonwealth agencies work. Her May 12 town hall is scheduled to include Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne. Last month, Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera joined her to discuss the importance of education funding. Read more
State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware, released the following statement on Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to veto the fiscal code bill:
“This entire budget process has been a disappointment. From the lackadaisical attitude of the Republican leadership and their refusal to compromise, to the Speaker of the House adjourning session in December when we were poised to end this impasse, it has been a sobering look at how partisan Harrisburg has become.
HARRISBURG, March 24 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, Democratic chairman of the House Finance Committee, issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision to allow the latest budget bill to become law: “Yesterday, Governor Wolf made the impossible decision to allow an unbalanced budget that was pushed by the Republican majorities of the House and Senate to become law in an attempt to move our process forward. “Although, I completely understand his rationale and concern for assisting our schools, human service agencies and significant services by allowing the budget bill to become law, we must now turn our collective minds and spirits toward getting back to the negotiating table to deal with the very real financial cliff that is the projected structural deficit of close to $2 billion. “There are no more gimmicks, there can be no more delayed actions - we must act! Our commonwealth is on a collision course with real economic consequences to each and every resident of the state and we have no time to waste. “I look forward to getting our collective process ramped up for the 2016-17 budget and I am anxiously awaiting the House and Senate Republicans’ plan to close this significant budget deficit with sustainable, long-term revenues. We cannot continue to hide and run from our realities.” ### Read more
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