Salisbury’s staff recovers more than $623,000 in unclaimed property for residents

(Apr 18, 2024)

BRADDOCK, April 18 – State Rep. Abigail Salisbury announced today that her staff has helped residents of her legislative district recover more than $623,000 in unclaimed property since she took office. Salisbury said her staff helped locate $365,000 in unclaimed property for one constituent, $258,544 for another constituent and smaller amounts for other residents. “I’m thrilled that we were able to help residents recover this property,” said Salisbury, D-Allegheny. “It’s always a great feeling when we can connect someone with services or help them find solutions to state-related problems, but it’s even more exciting to be a part of their joy when we help them recover lost property. “The state Treasury reports that it is holding more than $4.5 billion in unclaimed property and that one in 10 Pennsylvanians has property waiting for them. We want to help find more of that property right here in District 34. I encourage everyone to stop by or give us a call so we can search the database.” Salisbury also reminded residents of other services her office can provide. “My talented staff can assist in so many ways, from helping people apply for Property Tax/Rent Rebates, home energy assistance and other state programs, to solving problems involving PennDOT and other agencies, to providing free notary services. Even if folks don’t need help, I urge them to stop Read more

 

State lawmakers call for support for PA’s telecommunicators

(Apr 17, 2024)

HARRISBURG, April 17 – State Reps. Roni Green and Tarik Khan, both D-Phila., were joined by a bipartisan group of their legislative colleagues, public safety telecommunicators and advocates at the state Capitol today to celebrate “National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week” and discuss how the legislature can work to help Pennsylvania’s telecommunicators and 911 dispatchers. The telecommunicators and advocates who were present included Jack Morgan III, 911 operator from Allegheny County; Sara Slote, dispatch manager, Lancaster County 911; Bill Perkins, state constable; Garrett Rienhardt, recipient of life-saving care; Tyler Griffith, dispatcher; AFSCME members; and Gordon Zimmet, Local 1637 president. At the news conference, the legislators discussed a resolution (H.R. 377), introduced by Green that recognizes the week of April 14-20 “Public Safety Telecommunicators Week” in Pennsylvania. The resolution was adopted by the House later in the day. “911 dispatchers are the point of first contact between the caller and first responders. The speed and efficiency with which they work saves lives. They parse through heaps of information in very chaotic situations and support callers during what is often one of the most difficult moments of their lives,” Green said. “It’s time for the commonwealth to give back to 911 dispatchers the kind of support they give us. My daughter worked Read more

 

Frankel, Venkat: House passes bill to bar noncompete agreements in health care employment

(Apr 17, 2024)

HARRISBURG, April 17 – The PA House today passed legislation introduced by state Reps. Dan Frankel and Arvind Venkat that would prohibit medical employers from using restrictive noncompete agreements that prevent doctors, nurses and other medical professionals who leave a job from practicing elsewhere. The lawmakers, both D-Allegheny, said they introduced H.B. 1633 to end an unfair practice that limits options for providers, disrupts patients’ long-term relationships with their trusted physicians and makes it more difficult for Pennsylvania to attract talented medical professionals. “This legislation deals with employment contracts for health care providers, but it’s really about patient care – it protects the long-term patient-care giver relationship that builds trust and improves outcomes,” said Frankel, who is majority chairman of the House Health Committee. “We know it’s not always easy to find the right health care provider, and it’s important that our laws not interfere with your ability to maintain that crucial relationship.” Venkat said, “As a physician-legislator, I know that noncompete covenants unnecessarily restrict patient access to the clinician of their choice and make Pennsylvania a less desirable place for health professionals to practice. I am proud to have worked with Representative Frankel to pass this bipartisan legislation through the state House to improve patient access in Read more

 

State Reps. Smith-Wade-El, Kenyatta and Benham applaud two state boards’ opposition to conversion therapy

(Apr 17, 2024)

HARRISBURG, April 17 – State Reps. Ismail Smith-Wade-El, D-Lancaster; Malcom Kenyatta, D-Phila.; and Jessica Benham, D-Allegheny, today applauded the Pennsylvania boards of Psychology and Osteopathic Medicine for their recent adoption of new policies opposing the practice of conversion therapy on LGBTQ+ minors. The representatives issued the following statement: “We applaud the state Boards of Psychology and Osteopathic Medicine’s adoption of a new Statement of Policies (SOP) that opposes the use of the discredited, pseudoscientific practice of conversion therapy on minors in Pennsylvania. Conversion therapy, also known as conversion abuse, is a dangerous practice aimed at changing an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression that has resulted in profound physical and psychological harm on patients, including depression, trauma, and suicide. “We hope that the state boards of Medicine, Nursing and Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors will vote in the coming weeks to adopt similar SOPs opposing the use of conversion therapy. “Although we are glad to see esteemed state medical boards gradually take steps to oppose the practice of conversion abuse, this is happening at too slow a rate. It is long past time that Pennsylvania joins the 20 other states outlawing the practice. Our bill, the Protection of Minors from Conversion Therapy Act, would prohibit a mental health Read more

 

Mayes’ legislation to expand Medicaid coverage for blood pressure monitors advances to House

(Apr 17, 2024)

Screenings for hypertension decrease maternal mortality Read more

 

Deasy and advocates take pledge against domestic violence

(Apr 15, 2024)

“One in 3 women face domestic violence, with more than half killed by a current or former intimate partner,” state Rep. Deasy said. “The week we are recognizing calls us all to find out how can help crime victims and be prepared if someone confides in us. We need to make sure we are all familiar with the services available in our communities. Awareness is key.” Read more

 

Mayes to host shredding event Saturday, April 20

(Apr 15, 2024)

In addition to shredding paper, constituents will learn more about the services Mayes’ office provides, including assistance with applying for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, PACE and PACENET, the state’s prescription assistance programs and more. Read more

 

House passes Kinkead resolution to study PA crime and justice codes

(Apr 12, 2024)

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

(Apr 11, 2024)

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

 

Grant Memo: Agricultural, Educational, Safety, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities

(Apr 02, 2024)

NEWLY LISTED PROGRAMS Department of Transportation: Automated Red Light Enforcement Transportation Enhancements Grant Program (ARLE Program) Who May Apply: Local governments, planning organizations, or Commonwealth agencies. Use: Eligible uses include, but are not limited to, roadway safety, mobility, and capacity upgrades, bicycle and pedestrian improvements, local technical assistance program projects, and traffic signal improvements. Funds: PennDOT anticipates $32 million available with the intent of funding worthwhile projects that can be completed at a relatively low cost. Application Deadline: A pre-application scoping form is required to be submitted by April 30, 2024. Feedback will be provided by May 31, 2024. The application period will be open from June 1, 2024, to June 30, 2024. More information: PennDOT Website Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Intermediate Punishment Treatment Program Who May Apply: Counties Use: Funds for the proposed program must be used to support restrictive conditions that are imposed as part of a county probation sentence and may be used for needed drug and alcohol-related services, and mental health treatment and supportive services for eligible individuals Funds: Funding is contingent upon the availability of funds in the FY 2024-25 budget. Application Deadline: May 1, 2024 More information: PCCD Website Department of Community and Economic Development: Multimodal Transportation Fund (MTF) Read more

 

Mayes to distribute donations to expecting, new parents

(Apr 02, 2024)

“The birth of a child should be a joyous occasion and parent should have what they need for their babies when they enter the world,” Mayes said. “While my partner Heather and I were lucky to have our family and friends and my colleagues in Harrisburg host multiple baby showers, every mom or parent does not necessarily have that level of support or can afford every they need. That’s why I partnered with Healthy Start Pittsburgh, the leading Black maternal health organization in western Pennsylvania, to distribute diapers, wipes and other baby supplies to expecting parents and new parents. Together, we must work to aid Pennsylvanians in need, starting from birth.” Read more

 

Steele to host Earth Day Extravaganza Monday, April 22

(Apr 02, 2024)

Attendees will have the opportunity to drop off glass bottles, jars and jugs for recycling and receive a reusable tote bag and plant from Steele’s office. Trees from Tree Pittsburgh will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Read more

 

Salisbury’s staff recovers more than $623,000 in unclaimed property for residents
Apr 18, 2024

State lawmakers call for support for PA’s telecommunicators
Apr 17, 2024

Frankel, Venkat: House passes bill to bar noncompete agreements in health care employment
Apr 17, 2024

State Reps. Smith-Wade-El, Kenyatta and Benham applaud two state boards’ opposition to conversion therapy
Apr 17, 2024

Mayes’ legislation to expand Medicaid coverage for blood pressure monitors advances to House
Apr 17, 2024

Deasy and advocates take pledge against domestic violence
Apr 15, 2024

Mayes to host shredding event Saturday, April 20
Apr 15, 2024

House passes Kinkead resolution to study PA crime and justice codes
Apr 12, 2024

Gergely’s bill to advance PA health care initiative heads to governor’s desk to become law
Apr 11, 2024

Disability employment bill passes House
Apr 10, 2024

Frankel: 10.27 Healing Partnership awarded $350K to support future operations
Apr 09, 2024

Powell, Abney, Green introduce affordable internet bill
Apr 09, 2024

Abney appointed to University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees
Apr 04, 2024

Gergely thrilled that $760,000+ federal grant is going to area school district
Apr 03, 2024

Salisbury congratulates District 34 scholarship winners
Apr 03, 2024

Pisciottano announces $764K for McKeesport Area School District
Apr 03, 2024

Mayes honored with PLBC’s Crystal Bird Fauset Award
Apr 02, 2024

Grant Memo: Agricultural, Educational, Safety, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities
Apr 02, 2024

Mayes to distribute donations to expecting, new parents
Apr 02, 2024

Steele to host Earth Day Extravaganza Monday, April 22
Apr 02, 2024