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House passes Kinkead resolution to study PA crime and justice codes

(6 hours ago)

The Joint State Government Commission would establish a bipartisan task force to study the PA Crimes Code, Sentencing Code, Judicial Code, and all statutes, consolidated and unconsolidated, that carry a criminal penalty for language that is duplicative, inconsistent, unenforceable, carries improper offense grading, or is outdated for modern society under a concurrent resolution introduced by state Rep. Emily Kinkead that the PA House passed on Tuesday. Read more

Gergely’s bill to advance PA health care initiative heads to governor’s desk to become law

(1 day ago)

HARRISBURG, April 11 – State Rep. Matthew R. Gergely’s bill to protect plasma donated throughout Pennsylvania and preserve its suitability for use in health and medical forums passed the state Senate unanimously this week. The legislation (H.B. 1795) would require that source plasma, specifically, undergoes extensive testing upon donation and before it is ultimately integrated into essential pharmaceuticals. Gergely’s bill, co-sponsored by state Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, would also allow more focus to be devoted to developing such pharmaceuticals by eliminating a signification portion of subsequent testing conducted in labs during the clinical development phase. “Plasma centers are a priority for me, as there are many in the communities I represent. Safeguarding healthy and viable plasma not only enhances quality of life for residents, it will save lives throughout the 35th District and the commonwealth at large,” said Gergely, D-Allegheny. “A huge thanks to Rep. Briggs for his collaboration and to the members of the Senate for all their efforts in getting this legislation to Governor Shapiro’s desk.” “We're on the verge of securing a lifeline for those battling serious medical conditions. With this bill’s imminent passage into law, we affirm our commitment to ensuring that every drop of plasma donated in our state is a beacon of hope for those in need,” Briggs added. “Let's Read more

Disability employment bill passes House

(Apr 10, 2024)

Bill would create position to promote employment policies Read more

Frankel: 10.27 Healing Partnership awarded $350K to support future operations

(Apr 09, 2024)

“Our community still has a long path to healing, and we will need the love, hope and support these programs provide," Frankel said. "I am deeply grateful to the 10.27 Healing Partnership and thankful to DHS and the state and community partners who helped us secure this funding, which will ensure that this remarkable group remains a part of our journey.” Read more

Powell, Abney, Green introduce affordable internet bill

(Apr 09, 2024)

HARRISBURG, April 9 – State Reps. Lindsay Powell and Aerion Abney, both D-Allegheny, and state Rep. Roni Green, D-Phila., introduced legislation that would mirror the federal government’s Affordable Connectivity Program and create a similar program in Pennsylvania. This legislation ( H.B. 2195 ) would provide eligible households with $30 per month to apply towards their broadband internet access, an essential service that increases employment, educational and health outcomes. “Over 739,000 households in Pennsylvania benefited from this federal program and while it’s shameful that Congress has yet to reauthorize funding, the General Assembly and the governor have the opportunity to help hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians access stable broadband,” Powell said. Abney highlighted a specific demographic the bill would concentrate on by saying, “Kindergartners through high school seniors must be able to learn and access coursework online. Our bill would help provide these necessities and ensure learning gaps are bridged.” “Governor Shapiro’s economic development strategy is bold and will ensure Pennsylvania prospers in the coming decades,” Powell said. “Increasing access to affordable broadband internet is a critical component to setting our economy on a path toward innovation and resilient growth.” Pennsylvania’s digital divide is real, with 25% of Latino and 35% of Black Read more

Abney appointed to University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees

(Apr 04, 2024)

HARRISBURG, April 4 – State Rep. Aerion A. Abney, D-Allegheny, announced today he has been appointed as a Commonwealth Trustee on the University of Pittsburgh’s Board of Trustees. Pennsylvania Speaker of the House Joanna McClinton, D-Delaware/Phila., appointed Abney to fill the vacancy after state Rep. Natalie Mihalek, R-Allegheny/Washington, resigned. Abney will serve on the board until Nov. 30. “I’m grateful to Speaker McClinton for granting me the opportunity to serve on the University of Pittsburgh’s Board of Trustees,” Abney said. “Pitt plays a significant role in preparing our future workforce, contributing to our economy, and as a core social partner at the local community level. I’m excited to take on a leadership role and work with the university administration to continue its legacy of being a world-class institution.” Abney is a two-time Pitt alum, having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications in 2010 and a Master of Social Work degree from the university’s School of Social Work in 2012. Read more

Gergely thrilled that $760,000+ federal grant is going to area school district

(Apr 03, 2024)

MCKEESPORT, April 3 – State Rep. Matthew R. Gergely, D-Allegheny, announced that federal grants totaling $764,400 have been awarded to McKeesport Area School District . The funds, one in a series of 21st Century Community Learning Center grants , would help establish and/or support community learning centers that provide academic, artistic and cultural enrichment opportunities for students and their families. “Learning is never a one-size-fits-all proposition, and educational needs often extend far beyond the classroom door,” Gergely said. “The new funding will help ensure students in our district have access to the additional programs and services they need – from social skill building, nutrition and behavioral support to tutoring in essential academic subjects like math and literacy – to help them succeed in the world.” The funded program must occur during non-school hours or periods when schools are not in session to help them meet state and local standards in core academic subjects. Centers must also offer students a broad array of activities that can complement their regular academic programs and literacy and other educational services to families. A full list of 21st Century CCLC grant recipients can be found here . Read more

Salisbury congratulates District 34 scholarship winners

(Apr 03, 2024)

BRADDOCK, April 3 – State Rep. Abigail Salisbury today congratulated 10 district residents who were selected for grant-writing scholarships to Community College of Allegheny County Homewood-Brushton through a program she is offering together with community partners. “I’m so excited for the residents who were awarded these scholarships, and I’m excited for our community, as well,” said Salisbury, D-Allegheny. “It is important to realize that there are structural inequities within the grant-writing and grant-making processes, and we must work to address them. This 12-month course will help participants build new networks and learn how to successfully tap into new funding for the organizations that work so hard for our district. “My sincere thanks to Community College of Allegheny County, the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Health and Education Alliance for helping make this happen. Above all, congratulations to the awardees – I can’t wait to see everything these changemakers will accomplish for our community.” Krishna Patel, founder and president of the Health and Education Alliance, said, “Our region has no shortage of civic-minded residents passionate about improving life for their community, and it was difficult selecting from more than 50 talented applicants. It’s great to know that as the course participants strengthen their skills, they will also be Read more

Pisciottano announces $764K for McKeesport Area School District

(Apr 03, 2024)

Grants fund enrichment opportunities for students Read more

Mayes honored with PLBC’s Crystal Bird Fauset Award

(Apr 02, 2024)

“As the first Black woman to represent the 24th Legislative District, I aspire to continue the legacy of former state Representative Fauset and I am especially honored to be recognized by my peers for my leadership in the Pennsylvania Black Maternal Health Caucus,” Mayes said. “While Representative Fauset served in the House, she advocated for Black Pennsylvanians, especially to make housing more affordable for Black communities in Philadelphia, health care more accessible, and women’s rights in labor. Read more