HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – At a ceremony at the state Capitol Tuesday, state Rep. Margo Davidson was sworn in to her third term representing the 164th Legislative District in Delaware County.Davidson said her priorities for the 2015-16 legislative session include keeping taxes low, working to restore education funding and encouraging job creation through small business development in Delaware County. She said she and her staff also pride themselves on providing exceptional service to her constituents."I am excited and honored to continue working for the great people of 164th Legislative District,” Davidson said. “In addition to serving as my constituents' voice in Harrisburg, I am committed to connecting people to state services that can help them and their families.“I am further humbled by the fact that a full busload of my constituents saw fit to come to Harrisburg today to witness me being sworn in for the third time. I’m grateful that people are still excited about my service on their behalf.”Her constituent service office, located in the Barclay Square Shopping Center, 1500 Garrett Road, announced new hours. Davidson’s office is open Mondays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Davidson represents the 164th Legislative District, which includes five municipalities in Delaware County – Upper Darby, East Lansdowne, Lansdowne, Millbourne and Yeadon.For more information on how to access state Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., today took the oath of office for his first term as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives serving the 179th Legislative District. "I am passionate about public service and eager to make government responsive to my constituents," Dawkins said. "My main goal will be to improve the lives of citizens in our neighborhoods. While working on state level issues, I will always consider how each bill affects the residents of my district on a local level.”Before his election into the legislature, Dawkins served as recreation liaison and special projects director for Philadelphia’s 7th Councilmanic District, where he led the redevelopment of nine recreational facilities in previously underserved neighborhoods. As a senior legislative aide to Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez, he helped craft legislation to create a city land bank to streamline the sale and productive use of roughly 40,000 vacant properties in the city.Dawkins’ legislative priorities include ensuring that all children have access to the best educational opportunities; public safety, especially for children; fighting poverty; job creation; improving transportation infrastructure; and properly funding mass transit.His constituent service office is located at 4915 Frankford Ave. and is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The phone number is 215-744-7901.Constituents can visit his Read more
"I’m revved up and ready to get to work with my House colleagues and Governor-elect Tom Wolf and his new administration to help the hardworking men and women in Pennsylvania, many of whom have been forgotten during the past four years." Read more
“We certainly have a lot of challenges facing us during the new session, and I look forward to working with Governor-elect Tom Wolf in getting rid of the multibillion-dollar budget deficit left by the previous administration, as well as re-establishing tax fairness and restoring state education funding.” Read more
State Rep. Mark Longietti today was sworn in for a fifth, two-year term representing the 7th Legislative District in Mercer County during a ceremony at the state Capitol that started the 2015-16 legislative session. Longietti, D-Mercer, will look to extend his eight-year record of perfect attendance when the House is in session.
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Joseph F. Markosek, D-Allegheny, was sworn in today to his 17th term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where he will continue to serve as minority chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. “The last four years have left Pennsylvania with serious fiscal challenges,” Markosek said. “As minority chairman of the Appropriations Committee, my top priorities will be to find responsible, long-term solutions to the structural budget deficit and begin restoring the damaging cuts to our public education system. I look forward to working with Governor-elect Tom Wolf and my colleagues in the House and Senate to put Pennsylvania on a better path.” Markosek was elected to a third two-year term as Democratic Appropriations Committee chairman by his colleagues in November. He previously served as chairman of the House Transportation Committee. During the 2015-16 legislative session, Markosek will look to build on his 32-year streak of perfect attendance when the legislature is in session. "It's my duty to be the voice of the 25th Legislative District in the Capitol when the legislature is in session," Markosek said. "I take that responsibility seriously.” Markosek was first elected to the House in 1982. He has worked to improve life for people with disabilities, raise the bar on education, improve transportation and protect consumers. Markosek took part today Read more
"My constituents sent me to Harrisburg to represent their best interests and that means looking out for the working men and women, senior citizens and students in Allegheny County. Ensuring that our communities are safe is a priority of mine, as well as encouraging economic development and job opportunities for everyone." Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 -- State Rep. Gerald Mullery started his third term representing the 119th Legislative District when he was sworn in during a ceremony today at the state Capitol that marked the beginning of the 2015-16 session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Mullery, D-Newport Township, said property tax elimination, economic development, legislative reform, good schools, environmental protection, safe communities and Second Amendment rights will continue to be his priorities. “My constituents have consistently told me they want relief from property taxes,” Mullery said. “I will continue to support efforts to eliminate property tax for homeowners.” Mullery said he’s hopeful momentum will continue to build for legislation that would shift funding for public education from property taxes to increases in sales and income taxes. Mullery has co-sponsored legislation during his first two terms in office to eliminate property taxes for homeowners. Since taking office, Mullery has set an example for legislative reform by returning to the state treasury automatic cost-of-living raise state lawmakers automatically receive under a 1995 law, and voluntarily paid 10 percent of his salary toward health benefits since he took office. He introduced a bill in the last past two legislative session to eliminate automatic COLAs. Mullery also has offered measures that would have eliminated per diems and required House Read more
State Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, was sworn in today during ceremonies at the state Capitol to begin his 11th term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives serving the 9th Legislative District. The state constitution requires each term of the legislature to begin on the first Tuesday of the year. "I’m honored that residents of the 9th Legislative District have trusted me to continue to represent them in the General Assembly," Sainato said. "It’s an honor to be their voice in Harrisburg.” Demonstrating his commitment to public service, Sainato has not missed a session day since he was first elected. The 9th Legislative District consists of New Castle City, Hickory, Mahoning, Neshannock, North Beaver, Pulaski, Shenango and Union townships and Bessemer, S.N.P.J. and South New Castle boroughs. Sainato has been reappointed by House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody to serve as minority chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee for the 2015-16 legislative session. Sainato said staff at his local office, located at Z-Penn Building, 20 S. Mercer St., New Castle, is available to help constituents with any state-related issue. The phone number is 724-656-1112. Sainato also invites residents to visit his website -- www.pahouse.com/Sainato -- which has links to information on state services and includes a form that allows constituents to e-mail him. Read more
ALLENTOWN, Jan. 6 – Focusing on constituent service and a fresh start for Pennsylvania schools and families, state Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Leigh, today began his second term representing the 132nd Legislative District after taking the oath of office. "Between the $2 billion budget deficit and bad decisions by the outgoing administration that have harmed our seniors, kids, public schools and workers, Harrisburg needs a fresh start," Schlossberg said. "There is a lot to be done to put Pennsylvania on a more productive path, but I am ready to get to work." Schlossberg said he will work with the incoming governor and his colleagues across the aisle to ensure the state is honoring its commitment to community schools, fostering a strong economy and creating opportunities for all Pennsylvania families. Schlossberg said he also intends to continue fighting for women’s health and equality for all Pennsylvanians. Schlossberg said he is also committed to improving Pennsylvania’s economy by continuing the work he started by voting to support investments in the commonwealth’s roads and bridges while continuing to bolster health care and manufacturing industries which are the two largest employment sectors in the 132nd District. Due to constitutionally mandated reapportionment, Schlossberg will represent the newly configured 132nd District, which now includes parts of South Whitehall and Allentown's East Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 5 – State Rep. Greg Vitali, D-Delaware, was reappointed by Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny, to serve as Democratic chairman of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee for the 2015-16 legislative session. Vitali served as Democratic chairman of the committee during the 2013-14 legislative session.In addition to advancing energy and environmental legislation, the committee oversees the state departments of Environmental Protection and Conservation and Natural Resources.“This appointment puts me in a position to be a strong voice for good environmental policy,” Vitali said. "I thank Democratic leadership for their trust and I look forward to working on environmental initiatives.”Vitali plans to introduce five bills to help protect the environment. The bills would:Require electric distribution companies, such as PECO and PPL, to buy more of their power from wind, solar and other clean energy sources.Require rents and royalties from oil and gas leases on commonwealth-owned land to be used exclusively for conservation, recreation, dams or flood control projects.Provide $25 million per year to the now-defunct PA Sunshine Solar Program. The solar program has provided rebates to homeowners and small businesses that install solar systems.Impose a moratorium on additional leasing of state lands for natural gas drilling, exploration or production.Encourage electric and natural gas distribution utilities to implement energy efficiency and Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 5 – State Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, has been appointed Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee for the 2015-16 legislative session. "I am pleased to have been named chairman of this important committee," Petrarca said. "As Democratic chairman, I look forward to addressing and advancing issues and legislation involving both the judicial and criminal justice systems and legislation that will protect Pennsylvania residents and communities." The Judiciary Committee reviews all legislation relating to aspects of the civil and criminal court systems, law enforcement and corrections. The committee also oversees the state police, Attorney General's Office, Department of Corrections, State Ethics Commission, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing and the Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission, among others. The committee also is responsible for evaluating prison staffing and inmate populations and housing conditions. Petrarca said that as chairman, he will advocate for seniors, children and victims of crime, as well as law enforcement to help make Pennsylvania a safer and better place to live, work and raise a family. Previous to becoming chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Petrarca was Democratic chairman of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee. Read more
READING, Jan. 5 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi will host a free event to teach parents how to prevent, recognize and react to child sexual abuse from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 22.The free event will be held at Muhlenberg Middle School, 400 Sharp Ave., Temple. The event is open to the public.The training session will be offered by Darkness to Light and the Berks County YMCA and feature a combination of survivor stories, expert advice and practical guidance.“I am proud to partner with Darkness to Light to open the conversation on this tragic topic. As difficult as it is to discuss, we have to bring it to the forefront to better protect children from abuse and to help those who have been abused,” Rozzi explained. “Prevention education is essential to breaking the cycle of abuse.”In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held Jan. 29 at the same time and location.For more information, contact Rozzi’s office at 610-921-8921 Read more
HARRISBURG, Dec. 30 – State Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Centre, announced today that the Department of Environmental Protection has awarded a $315,000 grant to the Clinton County Conservation District so it can assist local farmers in the development of agricultural best management practices to prevent pollution in the Antes Creek Watershed. “The land in the watershed is primarily used for agriculture and is at high risk for contamination incidents due to the large number of sinkholes, especially in or near farm fields," Hanna said. “Adequate manure storage for local farmers, as well as education on manure management and the location of sinkholes, is needed to avoid contamination incidents in the future,” he added. "This funding will help greatly in the effort to avoid this problem."In one incident in March of this year, manure was applied on partially snow-covered ground over an unidentified sinkhole in Crawford Township. When the snow melted it transported manure into the regional groundwater table and a dozen residents were impacted. Hanna worked with the Clinton County commissioners and DEP to provide potable water to residents until the groundwater cleared.Upon request, DEP conducted an evaluation of all agricultural operations within the western half of the Nippenose Valley to locate open sinkholes, identify high-risk practices, and identify best management practices that could be implemented by local farmers to prevent future Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 29 – State Rep. Bill Keller, D-Phila., today recognized Philadelphia-area resident Eugene Smith for his upcoming retirement from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) after more than 36 years of service. “Mr. Smith has been an exemplary SEPTA employee, and I am certain his absence will be deeply felt,” Keller said. “Not only was he named ‘Employee of the Month’ several times and rewarded for 30 years of safe driving, but he also never used a sick day. Mr. Smith’s dedication and tireless service are to be commended.” Keller presented Smith with a Pennsylvania House of Representatives citation today at a ceremony at SEPTA’s Southern District office at 20th and Johnston streets in Philadelphia. Smith began his career with SEPTA on Dec. 1, 1978 and will retire Jan. 1, 2015. Read more
State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, has been appointed by Gov. Tom Corbett to serve as a member of the Military Community Enhancement Commission. Read more
With the program already assisting nearly 600,000 Pennsylvanians, state Rep. Joe Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong, is reminding property owners and renters about the availability of the state's Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Read more
State Rep.-elect Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, will cut the ribbon for the new office in the 22nd Legislative District at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 29. Read more
State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, will host a holiday open house from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 29 at her district office, 815 Fayette St., Suite 200, Conshohocken. Read more
HARRISBURG, Dec 17 - Limited low-numbered Gettysburg license plates remain Read more
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