State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on 21 st century jobs at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 at the Manufacturer & Business Association, Forum Room, 2171 W. 38 th St. House Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, will co-chair the hearing. Bizzarro requested the hearing to further explore what more can be done to increase job creation in the region. The hearing agenda is as follows: 4 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 4:10 p.m. Panel One: Brian Slawin , Ben Franklin Partnership NW Regional Director and Portfolio Manager Dr. Valerica Vlad , professor of economics, Penn State Behrend Maggie Horne , director of Small Business Development Center, Gannon University Janet Anderson , Director of Partners for Performance, NWPA Workforce Development Board 4:50 p.m. Panel Two: Sean Fedorko , co-founder, Radius CoWork Beth Zimmer , co-founder and managing director, Innovation Collaborative Matt Wiertel, director of business development, Velocity Network 5:30 p.m. Closing remarks Read more
State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on 21 st century jobs at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 at the Manufacturer & Business Association, Forum Room, 2171 W. 38 th St. House Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, will co-chair the hearing. Bizzarro requested the hearing to further explore what more can be done to increase job creation in the region. The hearing agenda is as follows: 4 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 4:10 p.m. Panel One: Brian Slawin , Ben Franklin Paretnership NW Regional Director and Portfolio Manager Dr. Valerica Vlad , professor of economics, Penn State Behrend Maggie Horne , director of Small Business Development Center, Gannon University 4:50 p.m. Panel Two: Sean Fedorko , co-founder, Radius CoWork Beth Zimmer , co-Founder and managing director, Innovation Collaborative Matt Wiertel, director of business development, Velocity Network 5:30 p.m. Closing remarks Read more
Rep. Joseph Petrarca reminds residents that March is the last month to apply for heating assistance through LIHEAP, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Read more
DRAVOSBURG, March 3 – State Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, said 2017 trout stocking schedules are now available in his constituent service offices. Trout season opens statewide at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 15. The schedule has an easy-to-read table that allows western Pennsylvania anglers to see an entire year’s worth of stockings at one time. The information is broken down by county, with stream sections and lakes listed alphabetically, and the type of trout being released at each location. Kortz said the guides can be picked up at either of his constituent service offices – 751 Pittsburgh-McKeesport Blvd., Dravosburg, or 5101 Old Clairton Road, Pittsburgh. The guides are also available at various locations throughout the district. Constituents can call his office staff at (412) 466-1940 or (412) 886-2870 for specific locations. Stocking schedules are also available on Kortz's web page, www.pahouse.com/Kortz "The state stocks our fishing locations from March through November," Kortz said. "The state stocking program shows the commitment to supporting the long tradition of fishing in Pennsylvania." Kortz added, "Remember, a fishing license is required for anyone age 16 or older." License information can be found on the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission website, http://fishandboat.com/license.htm . For those new to fishing, the state offers a free Mentored Youth Fishing Day on Saturday, April 8, the Read more
Rep. Pam Snyder introduces legislation that would enable fire relief funds to be used to pay basic utility costs at volunteer fire company stations. Read more
YARDLEY, March 3 – The following statement is attributable to Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, in response to the report that Elcon Recycling Services, LLC has officially submitted an application with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for a commercial hazardous waste treatment and storage facility proposed for Falls Township. “Earlier this week, DEP Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell responded to my request for public hearings and committed to scheduling them moving forward, saying, ‘Our review of any material submitted by Elcon will be rigorous and thorough, and we intend to be transparent in all aspects of our review.’ DEP has 90 days to determine if the application is considered administratively complete before beginning the official review process. “As I stated in my January letter, the public hearing process will allow residents and other interested parties the opportunity to ask questions and provide comment.” The Phase II process is the most detailed and extensive review of all design and operational information. The DEP will put the application on its website: http://www.dep.pa.gov/About/Regional/SoutheastRegion/Community Information/Pages/Elcon-Recycling-Services-LLC.aspx and also have copies for public review available at the Bucks County Library, 7311 New Falls Road, Levittown, Pa., and the Westampton Branch of the Burlington County Library, 5 Pioneer Boulevard, Westampton, N.J. Read more
State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware, announced today that following a successful Small Business Breakfast last summer, she will be hosting a second Small Business Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Friday, March 10 at Neumann University’s Schmidt Multipurpose Room, 1 Neumann Drive, Aston, PA 19014. Read more
UPPER DARBY, March 2 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, will host her annual Financial Fitness Forum from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23 at Saint Laurence Catholic Church, 8245 West Chester Pike Upper Darby, 19082. This expo will include free information on a variety of financial issues. Exhibitors and speakers will provide presentations on money management, improving your financial health, and state programs to help families, homeowners and small business owners. “This expo is an excellent opportunity for area residents to gather information to help them improve their current financial situation or to prepare for the future,” Davidson said. “We will have a number of financial experts to provide resources on money matters and my staff will help with state programs and services that affect family finances, including unclaimed property and property tax rebates.” Organizations scheduled to participate include the Pennsylvania Treasury Department, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, financial institutions, credit counselors and many more. Davidson has held events on this topic in previous years that were highly attended so she urged residents to register to reserve their space. For more information or to register, please contact (610) 259-7016 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Read more
HARRISBURG, March 2 – State Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Centre, today said that his town hall meeting held Wednesday night provided many residents with an opportunity to get their voices heard. “I am honored to represent residents of Clinton and Centre counties for the past 27 years,” Hanna said. “Being able to hear from multiple constituents at one time affords me the opportunity to better understand what’s important to them, which is always enlightening.” Hanna said nearly 100 constituents attended the event at the Red Eye Center in Flemington and over 160 people viewed the live stream through Facebook. “As many know, over the course of my career, the 2015/16 budget cycle was by far the worst,” Hanna said. “Wednesday’s town hall reassured constituents that no one wins in that type of situation and that no one in the general assembly, nor the governor, wants to endure another budget season like last session.” Throughout the 90-minute event, the 2017/18 budget, property taxes, Bucktail High School, education funding, environmental protections, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Affordable Care Act, Real ID and many other topics were discussed. Hanna said, “I heard many of the concerns of my constituents loud and clear. We must work to reform property taxes throughout our state, protect our environment, and create jobs and economic activity all while working to Read more
HARRISBURG, March 2 – Legislation requiring schools to provide parents of children in grades 5 through 12 with information about eating disorders was introduced in the House by state Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks. “Eating disorders are real and devastating,” Warren said. “These complex conditions have serious health consequences that impact a person’s productivity and relationships.” The legislation (H.B. 531) also would create guidelines for local school boards that exercise an optional development of an eating-disorder screening program with appropriate opt-out and exemption procedures, specify training requirements for personnel and volunteers, and provide the framework for parental notification procedures in the event of a positive indication of an eating disorder. “We have a responsibility to ensure that our children have a way to get the help they need,” Warren said. “These serious conditions are not fads, phases or lifestyle choices, but are potentially life-threatening conditions that affect emotional and physical health. The earlier we can provide help to those who are struggling with an eating disorder, the greater the likelihood of physical and emotional recovery.” Warren explained that H.B. 531 would make accessing help easier for a child suffering from an eating disorder, as school districts would have materials and resources for parents readily available, and if needed Read more
PHILADELPHIA, March 2 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila, voiced his support today for Gov. Tom Wolf’s appointment of Kerry L. Kirkland to serve as the deputy secretary for Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities in the Pennsylvania Department of General Services. “I have introduced legislation to modify our state’s procurement system to encourage the participation of women and minority-owned enterprises, and I’ve worked with Governor Wolf on his administration’s reform efforts,” Dawkins said. “The creation of this position, designed to facilitate the governor’s efforts to improve state contracting for minority businesses, is a great step in the right direction. Deputy Secretary Kirkland’s experience in the public and private sectors make him an ideal choice, and I look forward to working with him.” According to the governor’s office, Deputy Secretary Kirkland will serve as the senior public official to represent and advise the administration and the department on all matters related to the development of statewide policies and programs to substantially increase the participation of small diverse businesses (SDBs) and small businesses (SBs) in commonwealth contracting and in Pennsylvania’s overall economy. In the 2015-16 session, Dawkins introduced H.B. 2166, which would amend the Procurement Code to encourage the participation of minority and women-owned Read more
ERIE, March 2 – State Rep. Patrick Harkins, D-Erie, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on renewable energy at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 8 at SB3, East Training Room, 3 rd Floor, 1540 East Lake Road, Erie. Biodiesel fuels and wind energy are among the topics set for discussion at the hearing, which will be co-chaired by state Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee, and include other Democratic House members. The hearing agenda is as follows: 9 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks 9:10 a.m. Panel from HERO BX: John Nies , vice president of operations Christopher Peterson , vice president of finance and commodity risk 9:50 a.m. John Rossi, executive board member, Sierra Club Lake Erie Group 10:10 a.m. John Pruvis, president, Solar Revolution Erie 10:30 a.m. Closing remarks The hearing is open to the public and media coverage is invited. Read more
HARRISBURG, March 1 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., voiced his continued concern today for the safety of Pennsylvania’s drinking water after an analysis by PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center gave the state an F grade for preventing lead in drinking water in schools, in a report released on Feb. 28. “Last year Flint brought the dangers of lead poisoning to the forefront nationally; this report by PennEnvironment serves as a chilling reminder that the dangers are real and impact children in Pennsylvania,” Cruz said. “This is not an issue we can afford to take lightly, as the Department of Health has already shown some of Pennsylvania’s children have tested positive for high blood lead levels. This is especially alarming because there is no safe blood lead level in children.” According to PennEnvironment , Pennsylvania received an F grade because it has no required testing regimen for school drinking water, no limits on the allowable lead levels and no plan to remove lead infrastructure from its schools. The PennEnvironment report does note the City of Philadelphia passed an ordinance last December setting stricter limits on lead in drinking water, improving the public’s right-to-know on the issue and requiring testing of all school faucets and fountains. “PennEnvironment’s failing grade for Pennsylvania reinforces the need to take legislative action at the state level to test, monitor and address Read more
Rep. Bryan Barbin, Democratic chairman of the House Game and Fisheries Committee, today introduced legislation that would exempt veterans and others in recovery from having to purchase fishing licenses for therapeutic angling programs sponsored by established veterans and other service groups. Read more
State Rep. Neal P. Goodman has reintroduced legislation that would allow Pennsylvania veterans to participate in a state prescription drug assistance program if a state veterans’ benefit or federal disability payment puts them over the income limit. Read more
State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on 21 st century jobs at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 at the Manufacturer & Business Association, Forum Room, 2171 W. 38 th St. House Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, will co-chair the hearing. Bizzarro requested the hearing to further explore what more can be done to increase job creation in the region. The hearing agenda is as follows: 4 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 4:10 p.m. Panel One: Brian Slawin , Ben Franklin Paretnership NW Regional Director and Portfolio Manager Dr. Valerica Vlad , professor of economics, Penn State Behrend Maggie Horne , director of Small Business Development Center, Gannon University 4:50 p.m. Panel Two: Sean Fedorko , co-founder, Radius CoWork Beth Zimmerman , co-Founder and managing director, Innovation Collaborative Matt Wiertel, director of business development, Velocity Network 5:30 p.m. Closing remarks Read more
I am cordially inviting veterans from all U.S. military branches to my 2017 Veterans Expo from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, April 27 at the Rainbow Gardens, 220 Waldameer Park Road in Erie. Join me for my first Veterans Expo . My free event will feature dozens of area vendors offering a variety of veterans’ services, including VA claims reporting and employment opportunities, as well as legal and financial programs. Information will also be available on state services and programs benefiting veterans and your families, including: Veterans Assistance Program information Property Tax/Rent Rebate applications And much more! Stop in to meet my staff and me, and enjoy light refreshments and great door prizes. For more information about the event, contact my office at (814) 835-2880. Throughout American history, the U.S. military has continually led the response to protect liberty and restore freedom in nearly every corner of the globe. Our servicemen and women, both past and present, are undoubtedly heroes, and as such deserve our thanks, our respect and our assistance. Veterans’ issues are expanding both in number and complexity, and managing their widespread needs has become more challenging, and that is why I am offering a free expo for all veterans in order to address veterans’ issues appropriately and thoroughly. Every veteran deserves to have his or her needs Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 28 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, chair of the Philadelphia Delegation to the House of Representatives, released the following statement today with fellow members of the delegation in response to the criminal acts committed at the Mount Carmel Cemetery, which is located in the legislative district of Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila.: "To say the Philadelphia Delegation condemns this hate crime is an understatement,” Donatucci said. “It does not matter if it happened in Pittsburgh, Pittston or Pitcairn, the delegation would stand behind the sentiment. "This is the kind of senseless, futile act that can bring a community to its knees, but the last few days have shown the opposite: people are rising up. "The efforts of Representative Solomon are to be commended and shown as an example of how to collectively work together and take a stand against prejudice and hate, and the delegation is proud to stand in lockstep with him," she said. State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, said, "The members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus condemn the hate crimes that are on the rise lately, including the disgusting vandalism at a Philadelphia Jewish cemetery, the threats to several Jewish community centers in Pennsylvania and the horrific shooting of two Indians in Kansas and another man who came to their aid. "We stand with our Jewish Read more
State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, announced today that a total of $2.27 million in liquid fuels payments will be released to help municipalities in the 156th Legislative District maintain roads and bridges. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 28 – State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, said today, "The members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus condemn the hate crimes that are on the rise lately, including the disgusting vandalism at a Philadelphia Jewish cemetery, the threats to several Jewish community centers in Pennsylvania and the horrific shooting of two Indians in Kansas and another man who came to their aid. "We stand with our Jewish and Indian brothers and sisters, and all who have been victimized by these acts of hate. An attack on one is an attack on all, and those responsible for these acts must be brought to justice." ### Read more
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