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HARRISBURG, Oct. 27 – Language that would allow criminal record expungement in certain situations, written by state Reps. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, and Jordan Harris, D-Phila., passed the House of Representatives today as part of an amended Senate bill. “I am thrilled that this language has passed the House, and I will continue to work to get it all the way to the governor’s desk,” Kim said. “There are too many cases in which someone makes a mistake when they're young and it wreaks havoc on their life for years to come. We need to make record expungement more accessible because if we don't reform the current system, a completed sentence becomes an indefinite sentence.” Kim and Harris’ language is in S.B. 166 , which would allow a person convicted of a third- or second-degree misdemeanor, if at least 10 years have passed since they completed their sentence, to request the opportunity to appear before a judge and ask for an order for limited access of their criminal record. Criminal justice and government agencies would not be subject to the order for limited access, and they would still be able to see a person’s entire criminal record information. All violent offenses punishable by imprisonment of more than two years, and many others of a serious nature, would be prohibited from being subject to an order for limited access under the bill. The bill now goes back to the Senate for consideration. ### Read more
HARRISBURG, Nov. 17 – The Central Pennsylvania Martin Luther King Day of Service Committee named state Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, co-chair for Harrisburg’s 2016 MLK Day of Service. Kim said she is honored to serve as a co-chair and plans to continue the positive work of the committee. “Over the last seven years, a strong foundation has been built to honor Dr. King through our actions on MLK Day,” Kim said. “It’s important to me to continue this tradition of making an impact in our community.” Melissa Snyder, a founding member of the Central PA MLK Day of Service Committee, said Kim was chosen with Aaron Effiong to serve as a co-chair because she has participated in the MLK Day of Service for years and is a strong advocate for service to the community. President Bill Clinton signed legislation making the Martin Luther King holiday a national day of service in 1995. Over the past 20 years, millions of people have volunteered across the country on the January holiday. The Central PA MLK Day of Service Committee was formed in 2009 and hosted its first event at Harrisburg School District in 2010. Community organizations and nonprofits interested in hosting a service project, and interested volunteers, can register to participate on the committee’s website at www.centralpamlkday.org . ### Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 25 – State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, will host her third annual senior health fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2 at the Goodwin Memorial Baptist Church Family Life Center, 2430 N. Third St. This year’s fair will focus on the health and welfare of senior citizens and will include: Free health screenings Information on programs to benefit seniors Prostate screenings and exams Zumba fitness demonstrations. A diverse group of vendors will offer information on transportation, fitness, insurance, housing, and disability and health care services. In addition, there will be free giveaways and light refreshments. "I hope many seniors will attend and gather information that may be helpful to them," Kim said. "I look forward to providing valuable information to my older constituents." Constituents may contact Kim’s office at 783-9342 with questions about the event. ### Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 14 – In celebration of Grandparents Day, state Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, is hosting a Recognition Luncheon for Grandparents today from noon to 2 p.m. at the Goodwin Memorial Baptist Church Life Center, 2430 N. 3 rd Street, Harrisburg. Kim said the recognition of grandparents is more important than ever, with the number of grandparents whose under-age grandchildren live with them at 7.8 million. In addition, 2.7 million grandparents are responsible for most of the basic needs (i.e., food, shelter, clothing) of one or more of the grandchildren living with them. “Grandparents are extremely important to the family, and many times the grandparent becomes child’s primary caregiver," Kim said. "Today we will honor grandparents who have assumed care and responsibility for their grandchild.” The event will feature helpful information about state services, state programs and local programs that are available to assist in raising grandchildren. There will also be experts on hand to help explain the programs available and answer any questions. ### Read more
HARRISBURG, June 28 – A bill that would allow for criminal record expungement in certain situations written by state Reps. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, and Jordan Harris, D-Phila., was amended into a Senate bill and approved by the House Judiciary Committee today. “I am thrilled that this language is on its way to consideration by the House, and I will continue to work to get it all the way to the governor’s desk,” Kim said. “There are too many cases in which someone makes a mistake when they're young and it wreaks havoc on their life for years to come. We need to make record expungement more accessible because if we don't reform the current system, a completed sentence becomes an indefinite sentence.” Kim and Harris’ bill, which is now in S.B. 166, would allow a person convicted of a third- or second-degree misdemeanor, if at least seven or 10 years have passed, respectively, since they completed their sentence, to request the opportunity to appear before a judge and ask for an order for limited access of their criminal record. Criminal justice and government agencies would not be subject to the order for limited access, and they would still be able to see a person’s entire criminal record information. All violent offenses punishable by imprisonment of more than two years, and many others of a serious nature, would be prohibited from being subject to an order for limited access under the bill. ### Read more
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Joined by state Reps. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, and Cris Dush, R-Jefferson/Indiana, along with Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association members, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., called for support for bipartisan legislation to permit expungement of specific offenses from a person’s criminal record provided certain criteria are met. Read more
HARRISBURG, May 7 – State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, announced that she is hosting an ex-offender resource town hall meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 14 at the Hamilton Health Center, 110 S. 17 th St . Kim said that Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel will be the keynote speaker at the event, which aims to help ex-offenders make the most of their lives. "I hope my town hall will provide ex-offenders with tools to expand their opportunities and help reduce the recidivism rate in the commonwealth,” Kim said. The town hall will include: An update on legislation to expunge past “non-violent” charges. A question-and-answer session with a panel of leaders helping ex-offenders. Vendors with job resource information. For more information contact Kim’s Steelton office at 717-986-1673. ### Read more
Kim’s bill, H.B. 250, would increase the minimum wage from the current $7.25 per hour to $9 per hour after 60 days and then to $10.10 per hour a year later. It also includes an annual cost-of-living adjustment beginning January 1, 2016. Read more
HARRISBURG, March 30 – State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, today announced she will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on her bill to increase the state’s minimum wage at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 2 at Goodwin Memorial Baptist Church, 2447 Green St. Kim requested the hearing and will serve as co-chairman along with HDPC Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Kim said the hearing will focus on her bill, H.B. 250 , which will increase the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour. The current hearing agenda is: 2 p.m. – Welcome and Opening Remarks. 2:10 p.m. – Mark Price , labor economist, Keystone Research Center. 2:30 p.m. – Panel One Alissa Barron-Menza , vice president, Business For A Fair Minimum Wage. Richard Infante , owner of “Hungry? We Deliver” and member of the Small Business Majority. 3 p.m. – Panel Two Angela Owens , homecare worker and member of SEIU Healthcare. Anita Mentzer , director, Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network. 3:30 p.m. -- Closing Remarks Media coverage is invited. ### Read more
HARRISBURG, March 12 – State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, D-Phila., chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus announced the PLBC will sponsor a Know Your Rights Symposium from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 31 at the Hamilton Health Center, 110 S. 17th St., Harrisburg. State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, a PLBC member who represents Harrisburg, is expected to join Brown at the event. "We have all heard the horror stories about violence occurring between police and members of various communities," Brown said. "The goal of this event is to inform citizens what their rights are and how to interact with police officers so that we don't have those incidents in Pennsylvania." The symposium will bring together representatives from the law enforcement community, including representatives from the Dauphin County District Attorney's office, and members of the legal/criminal defense field, including staff from the Dauphin County Public Defender's office. "The symposium participants will discuss what rights citizens have, how law enforcement interprets those rights and how both sides can work toward a positive interaction," Brown said. "The discussion will be highlighted with some role-playing activities to help those in attendance understand both their rights and their responsibilities when dealing with police officers." Light refreshments will be provided during the symposium. ### Read more
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