House Democratic Members of Speaker's Workgroup Issue Statement on Efforts to End House Gridlock

(Jan 25, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 25 – State Reps. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., and Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, issued the following statement on the progress of the Speaker’s Workgroup to Move Pennsylvania Forward, who are tasked with finding a bipartisan agreement to end gridlock in the House: "This bipartisan workgroup is committed to prioritizing seeking justice for child sexual abuse survivors and drafting appropriate operating rules for the Special Session and regular session. “The workgroup members have met frequently with serious and honest conversations, but we have not yet agreed to, and should not agree to, anything until we have public input. That's why we look forward to the Speaker's upcoming statewide listening sessions .” The first listening session will take place today, Jan. 25, at 6 p.m. in the Simmons Auditorium at the Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business in Pittsburgh. Read more

 

Rozzi, Special Work Group to Host Listening Session in Montco.

(Jan 25, 2023)

House Speaker Mark Rozzi announced that the second stop of his planned listening tour will be held Friday, January 27 in Merion Station, Montgomery County.The session will take place at 6 p.m. at the Cardinal John P. Foley Campus Center at St. Joseph’s University. Read more

 

Special Election Update

(Jan 14, 2023)

On November 8th, Pennsylvania voters delivered a clear message that they were done with the political games in Harrisburg. Democrats won statewide in both the gubernatorial and senate races, as well as flipping the House for the first time in over a decade with democrats going from a 90-113 minority to a 102-101 majority. Read more

 

Briggs brings public safety funding to Montco

(Dec 20, 2022)

“This is a crucial step in the process of reducing gun violence in our communities,” Briggs said. “Due to the General Assembly’s inability to bring forward any common-sense gun legislation, this is the best option we have to curb future acts of violence.” Read more

 

Briggs celebrates $2 million in funding for Life Sciences Campus

(Nov 21, 2022)

“Discovery Labs is an exciting, transformational opportunity for our Commonwealth,” Briggs said. “As co-chair of the PA Legislative Life Sciences Caucus, I know the positive impact the Life Sciences has on our region and have been committed to making it even stronger. I’ve been active in bringing members of the legislature and the administration to tour and discuss the vision of Discovery Labs and am thankful that Governor Wolf has continued to make these investments.” Read more

 

Montgomery County House Dems Announce $3M in Funding for Mitzvah Circle

(Oct 31, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 31 – Pennsylvania House Democrats in Montgomery County presented a check for $3 million to Mitzvah Circle Foundation to expand its critical services delivering immediate needs to vulnerable families. In partnership with more than 300 local organizations, MCF provides donated and purchased goods such as clothing, shoes, diapers, toiletries, period supplies, housewares and more – including many items not covered by food stamps or other safety net programs – to individuals and families in need. Families who can’t obtain these critical items become entrenched deeper in crisis. By providing a full array of life's essentials, MCF helps families to begin to break the cycle of crisis and poverty. “Mitzvah Circle is honored to receive this funding. It allows us to continue serving the most vulnerable families in Montgomery County,” said Fran Held, founder and director of MCF. The Montgomery County legislators, including Sens. Amanda Cappelletti, Maria Collett, Art Haywood, Vincent Hughes and Katie Muth, as well as Reps. Matt Bradford, Tim Briggs, Joe Ciresi, Mary Jo Daley, Pam DeLissio, Nancy Guenst, Liz Hanbidge, Steve Malagari, Napoleon Nelson, Ben Sanchez, Melissa Shusterman, Greg Vitali, and Joe Webster, worked with the Wolf administration to help deliver the funds, which originate from American Rescue Plan Act funding. “Mitzvah Circle reaches into every corner of Montgomery County, and it Read more

 

Briggs welcomes significant state grants for Discovery Labs and other important projects in Montco

(Oct 31, 2022)

“Funding projects such as these is imperative for a healthy economy and an engaged community,” Briggs said. “I am glad that I was able to play a part in getting this funding released and I would like to thank the governor for approving the grants.” Read more

 

Montgomery County House Democrats Announce $5.75M for Child Advocacy Center

(Oct 28, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 28 – Pennsylvania House Democrats in Montgomery County are congratulating the Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center of Montgomery County for being awarded $5.75 million to build its Child Advocacy and Training Center. In a joint letter to Gov. Tom Wolf, members of the Montgomery County House Democratic Delegation shared that “Child abuse is a growing public health crisis that requires urgent intervention and response. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated this issue significantly, placing an intense strain on our community’s most vulnerable members. The child advocacy center model is an evidence-based approach that has been found to provide a faster healing process for the child, more fluid collaboration between all professionals, and more effective and streamlined investigations. By providing on-site medical and mental health services, the facility would also be removing barriers to make care more accessible and equitable, as well as improving overall physical and mental health outcomes for children and their caregivers.” The Montgomery County legislators, including Reps. Matt Bradford, Tim Briggs, Joe Ciresi, Mary Jo Daley, Pam DeLissio, Nancy Guenst, Liz Hanbidge, Steve Malagari, Napoleon Nelson, Ben Sanchez, Greg Vitali, and Joe Webster, worked with the Wolf administration to help deliver the funds, which originate from the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program . Read more

 

2022 Judiciary Committee Newsletter

(Sep 21, 2022)

In addition to serving as Representative of the 149th District, I have the honor of serving as the Democratic Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. This appointment has given me the ability to focus on issues that are important to me and my constituents. Read more

 

Summer 2022 Newsletter

(Sep 21, 2022)

Since first being elected, I have been a progressive voice in the House of Representatives and will always advocate for commonsense solutions to complicated matters. It has been a difficult few years in our country, and Harrisburg is no different. As we come out of the pandemic, we are facing the challenges of workforce shortages, supply chain issues, and the rising cost of almost everything. Read more

 

Briggs welcomes $89,893 grant for West Norriton Centennial Park upgrades

(Sep 20, 2022)

“I am pleased to see a responsible investment in the quality of our waterways,” Briggs said. “I have been personally involved in stream restoration and ensuring a clean water supply since I began my tenure as a state representative. This project is essential to the health of Indian Run and the ecosystems around it.” Read more

 

Briggs applauds $227,000 grant for Mackenzie Park

(Sep 08, 2022)

“By investing in our local parks, we are not only improving our surroundings, but we are also improving the quality of life of our citizens,” said Briggs. “I want to thank Governor Wolf, the state DCNR, and everyone who helped make this investment possible.” Read more

 

Briggs Applauds PA Marijuana Pardon Project

(Sep 01, 2022)

Something as harmless as a minor possession charge should not be holding anyone back from obtaining a job, house, or volunteer opportunity. Most Pennsylvanian’s don’t even think it should be illegal in the first place, let alone a reason to prevent people from bettering themselves. Read more

 

Mail-in voting law upheld

(Aug 05, 2022)

This week, the state Supreme Court upheld Pennsylvania's mail-in voting law, Act 77, after a group of Republican lawmakers sued, saying that the 2019 legislation was unconstitutional. Read more

 

Property Tax and Rent Rebate Applicants Will Get Bonus from Budget

(Aug 02, 2022)

A program that has been instrumental in helping Pennsylvanians stay in their homes as their income flattens has been giving a significant boost in the new state budget. Read more

 

Abortion access is threatened by last-minute constitutional amendment

(Jul 09, 2022)

I am offended by the opposing party’s actions. It is a blatant misuse of the majority’s power, a shameful dereliction of duty, and an attack on the rights of Pennsylvanians. Read more

 

GOP lawmakers block assault-style gun ban for those under 21 | AP News

(Jun 21, 2022)

“This isn’t the way to legislate,” Rep. Tim Briggs of Montgomery County, the ranking Democrat on Judiciary, said Tuesday. “We shouldn’t have to do discharge resolutions on bills that are 70, 80% popular across the commonwealth.” Read more

 

Briggs: Pennsylvanians’ Lives are Valuable

(Jun 14, 2022)

Pennsylvania House Judiciary Chairman Tim Briggs said that it’s clear that the Judiciary Committee’s majority chairman remains indifferent to the trauma caused by the gun violence that is impacting communities around the commonwealth. The Committee’s action today to “punt” on real consideration of meaningful gun safety reform is consistent with the chairman’s longstanding pledge to obstruct any effort to stem gun violence in Pennsylvania or act on gun safety legislation. Families and communities will continue to suffer until the Republican majority decides Pennsylvanian lives are more valuable than the support and praise from the gun lobby. Read more

 

Winter 2022 Newsletter

(Jun 13, 2022)

Pennsylvania has a budget surplus that should be used as a pathway to future success for millions of PA residents. The state’s Rainy Day Fund is now larger than it has been at any time during my tenure, and we can opt to choose opportunity over status quo. Read more

 

Briggs announces $780K in funding for Upper Merion improvements

(Apr 21, 2022)

“This much-needed project will address stormwater runoff and stormwater management issues because of the need for a complete replacement of the culvert along Brownlie Road,” Briggs said. “Infrastructure improvements are vital, especially those that address stormwater management because of the damage and danger they can cause to property, roads, vehicles and, ultimately, residents.” Read more