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.
SHARON HILL, April 28 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, announced a CTC Remix: Careers, Technology and Coding event will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5 at Delaware County Technical High Schools’ Aston campus, 100 Crozerville Road, Aston. The event will host a mobile application pitch competition featuring teams of middle school girls who participated in #DelcoGirlsCODE, a four-month workshop where students identified a community problem and developed an app prototype and business plan to address the issue. It will also feature an interactive career and technology showcase where current high school students demonstrate the technologies they have worked on in class. “We all know our STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and math – are becoming increasingly important in our society, so I applaud Delaware County Technical High Schools for helping to put together this event,” Donatucci said. “I am also proud that there are so many young women taking part in coding and other technological activities. We need to continue to encourage our students, especially our girls, to engage their curiosity in such a meaningful way.” In addition, Tamalee Brassington, the state Education Department’s division manager of adult and post-secondary career and technical education, is expected to serve as keynote speaker. Interested attendees are required to RSVP. To RSVP and to find a Read more
State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich will host a House Democratic Policy Committee informational hearing along with Republican state Rep. Bernie O’Neill on a proposal that could save taxpayer dollars through the creation of a single health care coverage plan for the entire commonwealth. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, April 21 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will hold her next town hall at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12 in Cathedral Village’s Cathedral Hall Auditorium, 600 E. Cathedral Road. She will be joined by Pennsylvania Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne to discuss programs and services the state provides, and policy being developed and reviewed to enhance the lives of our older citizens. “If you could benefit from learning more about programs and issues pertaining to older adults, you want to attend this opportunity to hear from Secretary Osborne,” DeLissio said. “Issues affecting older adults, in particular the age group of 75 and over, are an important topic to me given my extensive background in long-term care, and I’m looking forward to this discussion. “As a five-year member of the Aging and Older Adult Services Committee, I am aware that navigating the system is not always consumer friendly and that many of our programs and services operate in silos. It has always been my goal to ensure that the continuum of services is as seamless as possible and easier to navigate.” Topics to be discussed include: elder abuse and the Older Adult Protective Services Act, affordable prescription medications under Pennsylvania's PACE/PACENET Program, and the need for home- and community-based services, in addition to facility-based services and innovative ideas such as the Read more
HARRISBURG, April 25 – The state has awarded $1.4 million in grants to fire and EMS companies across Schuylkill County, state Reps. Neal P. Goodman, Jerry Knowles and Mike Tobash and state Sen. David G. Argall announced. Read more
State Rep Dan McNeill will co-host his annual senior fair this year with state Sen. Lisa Boscola from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, April 29 at the Westgate Mall, Bethlehem McNeill said over 90 vendors will be on hand, with door prizes given out throughout the event. Free coffee, doughnuts, yogurt and water will be available, as well. “I am encouraging all senior citizens to come on out and enjoy the day with us,” McNeill said. “We will have free screenings for blood pressure, stroke, vision and other health problems.” In addition, McNeill said there will be free upper body massages and other free services, as well as important and valuable state-related information available for seniors. McNeill said the senior citizen population of the 133th District looks forward to this annual event, which, he said, he and the senator are pleased to offer. The Westgate Mall is located at 2285 Schoenersville Road. There is plenty of free parking and the mall is easy accessible from Route 22 and via LANTA bus 105 route. For more information contact McNeill’s office at (610) 266-1273. ATTENTION NEWS/ASSIGNMENT EDITORS : Media coverage of this event is invited. Read more
HARRISBURG, April 22 – State Rep. Joseph Petrarca has introduced a bill that would provide more protections against child abuse, while at the same time cracking down on animal abuse. The bill (H.B. 2007) would require the cross-reporting of these types of potential abuse cases. Petrarca said there are a number of studies that connect animal abuse to family violence. A survey of pet-owning families with substantiated child abuse found that animals were abused in 88 percent of the homes. "My bill would be another tool in the toolbox in the fight against child abuse," said Petrarca, Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. "It's widely acknowledged that animal abuse can be a precursor of violence against a person, so it's not a stretch to require those tasked with investigating animal abuse to report anything they may see or suspect regarding child abuse when they are performing their job. "And, as with animal control or humane society officers, the duties of child welfare workers often take them into people's homes where they may witness or see signs of animal abuse. We need to take advantage of all of the resources available to us to fight abuse." Under the bill, animal control and humane society police officers would be added to the list of mandated reporters -- those who are required by law to report suspected cases of child abuse -- while social services employees would be required to report possible cases Read more
PHILADELPHIA, April 21 -- State Reps. Mike Driscoll, Ed Neilson, Jason Dawkins and Kevin Boyle announced today that four ambulance companies in Northeast Philadelphia are sharing nearly $29,000 in state grants.
"First responders are essential to public safety, and these grants provide them with resources so they can remain more focused on saving lives than on raising funds," Driscoll said. "These men and women make a tremendous sacrifice, and I applaud their service to our communities."
The grants are from Pennsylvania's Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program and were awarded in February. In all, 2,538 grants were awarded statewide. The grants are partly funded from gaming revenue.
"Northeast Philadelphia relies on these ambulance companies and their volunteers to be there for us when every second counts," Neilson said. "These grants will help them continue to provide this invaluable services to our community."
Grant recipients and amounts awarded in Northeast Philadelphia are as follows:
• Northeast First Aid Corps – $7,202
• Burholme First Aid Corps Inc. – $7,202
• Rhawnhurst Bustleton Ambulance Association Inc. – $7,202
• Wissinoming Volunteer First Aid Corps – $7,202
"Serving on the front lines whenever there is a fire, accident or other calamity, these essential service providers are among the most worthy recipients of state aid," Dawkins said. "These funds will allow them to continue their mission of providing life-saving services for our Read more
EBENSBURG, April 21 – State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, announced that 28 fire and ambulance companies in the 72nd Legislative District are receiving nearly $322,000 in state grants to aid their operations. “As someone who suited up to personally sample first responder training at the Cambria County Fire School, I can attest to the hard, dangerous and precise work our firefighters and EMS providers engage in every day,” Burns said. “These state grants will help them to continue to provide the high-level services that benefit our communities.” The grants are made possible by the Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program, which is funded by gaming revenue. With the grant program set to expire on June 30, the House recently voted unanimously for H.B. 1877, which would extend the program for four years. The bill passed the House and is awaiting action in the Senate. Grants can be used toward repairing, building or renovating facilities. The money also can be applied toward purchasing equipment, training and certification of staff, or it may go to repay debt related to equipment purchases or facility building and maintenance. Organizations in the 72nd Legislative District receiving grants are: Portage Area Ambulance Association, $4,097; Ebensburg Area Ambulance Association, $7,201; Forest Hills Area Ambulance Association Inc., $7,201; Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Co., $7,201; John Carroll Area Ambulance Service, Read more
ALLENTOWN, April 21 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, joined Gov. Tom Wolf today for the signing of a bill that will help protect abused spouses seeking divorce.
Schlossberg, who was the prime sponsor of House Bill 12, joined Wolf and other community advocates at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in Allentown for the ceremony.
"I am thankful to my colleagues in the General Assembly and Gov. Wolf for their support of this legislation," Schlossberg said. "This new law will help ensure that no one in this state is forced to remain legally attached to their abuser through marriage."
Schlossberg said that before his bill was signed into law, an abuser could entrap their spouse in a marriage for two years by refusing to consent to a divorce. Additionally, courts had the ability to impose up to three counseling sessions in these cases, which further endangered an abused spouse by forcing them to continually interact with their abuser.
"Potentially forcing a victim to continually face their abuser is an unthinkable and precarious outcome of how Pennsylvania’s divorce laws were written," Schlossberg said. "With my bill now signed into law, abused spouses will have the legal rights and protections they need to protect themselves and their children."
This is the second bill Schlossberg has advanced to help victims avoid the perpetrator of crimes against them. Last year, the governor signed into law Schlossberg's proposal closing a loophole that potentially for Read more
Rep. Tina Davis reports that first responders in the 141st Legislative District are receiving state grants totaling over $125,000 -- crucial funding for those striving to protect us. Rep. Davis also reports that the House recently voted to extend the grant program through June 2010. Read more
NANTICOKE, April 21 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, announced 36 fire and ambulance companies in his legislative district will receive more than $421,000 in state grants. “The volunteers who put their lives on the line for the safety and protection of their community must have all of the necessary equipment and training they can get,” Mullery said. “These grants will help them continue to provide these invaluable services to our community.” Mullery said the grants are made possible by the Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program, which is funded by gaming revenue. With the grant program set to expire on June 30, Mullery recently voted for H.B. 1877, which would extend the program for four years. The bill passed the House and is awaiting action in the Senate. The organization in the 119 th Legislative District receiving grants are: A. K. Mowery Hose Co. No. 3, $11,511; Askam Fire Co. No. 6, $12,651; Dennison Township Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1, $11,739; Freeland Fire Department, $13,790; Freeland Northside Ambulance Association, $2,306; Glen Lyon - Alden Volunteer Hose Co. $23,239; Goodwill Hose Co. No. 1, $11,739; Goodwill Hose Co. No. 2 Plymouth, $12,651; Hanover Fire Co. No. 4 NFD, $12,651; Hanover Township Community Ambulance Association Inc., $7,202; Hanover Township Fire Department, $13,790; Hazle Township Volunteer Fire & Rescue Co., $13,790; Honey Pot Volunteer Active Read more
SCRANTON, April 21 – State Rep. Marty Flynn invites residents to a May 5 Gun Safety seminar that he is co-hosting with Lackawanna County Sheriff Mark McAndrew and District Attorney Shane Scanlon. Read more
State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, announced today that 12 local fire and EMS companies are receiving over $150,000 in state grants. Read more
TEMPLE, April 20 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, announced today that eight fire and ambulance companies in his legislative district will receive more than $120,000 in state grants.
The grants are from Pennsylvania's Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program and were awarded in February. In all, 2,538 grants were awarded statewide. The grants are funded partly by gaming revenue.
“As a legislator, I understand the financial hardships some companies are facing,” Rozzi said. “It’s only right that we do what we can to give them the financial support they need to continue keeping our neighborhoods safe.”
126th Legislative District grant recipients include:
• Lower Alsace Ambulance, $7,201;
• Muhlenberg Area Ambulance, $7,201;
• Community Volunteer Fire Company of Lower Alsace Township, $11,967;
• Central Fire Co. #1 of Laureldale, $12,422;
• Temple Fire Co. #1, $13,561;
• City of Reading Pennsylvania Department of Fire and Rescue Services, $13,789;
• Mount Penn Fire Company, $13,789;
• Goodwill Fire Co. of Hyde Park, $13,789;
• Exeter Township Volunteer Firefighters Association, 13,789; and
• West Reading Fire Company #1, $13,789.
Grants can be used toward repairing, building or renovating facilities. Grant money also can be applied toward the purchase of new equipment, training and certification of staff, or it may go to repay debt related to equipment purchases or facility building and maintenance.
The grant program is due to expire June 30, unless reaut Read more
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