Briggs, Policy Committee examine gun safety legislation

(Sep 03, 2019)

KING OF PRUSSIA, Sept. 3 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on gun safety legislation. Briggs requested the hearing to discuss several bills: H.B 525, to require the safe storage of firearms; H.B. 673, to require universal background checks; and H.B. 1288, to require the reporting of lost or stolen firearms. Testifiers from the law enforcement, medical and social services communities discussed the bills. Briggs was joined by legislators from across the state. “We have to do something to curb the gun violence that is affecting communities throughout Pennsylvania – and we can,” said Briggs, D-Montgomery and Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. “Today’s hearing was an opportunity to really examine these bills so that we’re prepared to take action when the House returns to session. I’m grateful to the testifiers who helped us explore these issues today, and I’ve urged Judiciary Chairman Rob Kauffman to swiftly bring these bills up for a vote in committee.” The legislators were joined by U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-PA, who testified from the federal perspective. “America’s gun violence epidemic claims more than 100 lives every day, and our communities have had enough. They know that the safety of our families, friends and neighbors is on the line – and that it’s time to implement common-sense gun safety Read more

 

Briggs to host Policy Committee hearing on gun safety reform Tuesday in King of Prussia

(Aug 29, 2019)

KING OF PRUSSIA, Aug. 30 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, and Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on gun safety reform legislation. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’s Eastern Regional Office, 251 Flint Hill Road, King of Prussia PA. The media and the public are invited to attend. After Gov. Tom Wolf called for urgent action on specific bills to address gun violence, Briggs requested the hearing to discuss the following legislation: H.B 525, to require the safe storage of firearms from children; H.B. 673, to require universal background checks; and H.B. 1288, to require the reporting of lost or stolen firearms. He will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The agenda includes speakers from the law enforcement and the medical and social services communities. Testifiers will include U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-PA; Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele; Montgomery County Sheriff Sean Kilkenny; Dr. Steven Shapiro, chair of pediatrics at Abington-Jefferson Health; Dr. Zoe Maher, assistant professor of surgery at Temple University’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine; and Deb Shoemaker, executive director of the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society. The meeting is one in a series held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, Read more

 

Briggs announces grant for security improvements at Temple Brith Achim

(Aug 28, 2019)

KING OF PRUSSIA, Aug. 28 – State Rep. Tim Briggs announced that Temple Brith Achim in King of Prussia was awarded a $63,584 grant for security improvements through the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. The grant comes through the Pennsylvania 2019 Nonprofit Security Grant program and will help the synagogue install surveillance cameras and other safety enhancements. “Freedom to express religious beliefs is a fundamental right in our country. Unfortunately, we’ve seen a rise in anti-Semitic violence in the United States and here in Pennsylvania,” said Briggs, D-Montgomery. “Temple Brith Achim is right to take that seriously and assess its security needs. The synagogue is an anchor for our Jewish community, and I was pleased to support its application for this funding.” The Nonprofit Security Grant Program is a federal program administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. Read more

 

Briggs: Studies should shed light on ideal time to start secondary schools

(Aug 20, 2019)

The question of the appropriate school start time has intrigued me for years, and I’m excited to learn about the recommendations to best address this issue. Read more

 

Briggs’ bill part of Gov. Wolf’s plan to curb gun violence

(Aug 16, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 16 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, today joined Gov. Tom Wolf in announcing an executive order to make sweeping changes to executive branch agencies to better target gun violence and calling on the legislature to act on commonsense gun safety legislation. As outlined at a Capitol news conference today, Wolf is directing his administration to create new state offices focused on violence prevention and reduction, expand programs that promote safety, refocus departments on combatting gun violence as a public health crisis, and increase collaboration and data sharing between the public, government agencies and other states. The executive order is the result of months of work. Among the legislation Wolf is calling on the legislature to pass is Briggs’ legislation (H.B. 525) that would require the safe storage of firearms in homes where children may be present. Failure to comply with this rule would result in a third-degree felony if it is used in a crime or if death or grievous injury is caused, or a summary offense (third-degree misdemeanor if a second or subsequent offense) if a child is simply found in unlawful possession of a firearm. “Too often acts of gun violence, including suicide, could have been prevented with a few simple precautions,” Briggs said. “That’s why I introduced this commonsense legislation that will help keep guns out of the hands of Pennsylvania’s children. Those who fail to Read more

 

Briggs announces $2.5M in state grants for regional projects

(Aug 02, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 2 – King of Prussia Business Improvement District Inc. and Rosemont College were awarded state grants for development projects, announced state Rep. Tim Briggs. The money comes from the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, which is administered by the Office of the Budget and funds economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects across Pennsylvania. King of Prussia Business Improvement District Inc. received $1 million to help build a linear park in two phases along First Avenue in Upper Merion Township. The First Avenue linear park, as part of Moore Park KOP, formerly known as the King of Prussia business park, is part of an overall “complete streets” vision for First Avenue that will create an active and vibrant amenity open to the public, utilizing access easements on private property. Improvements along the trail include pedestrian lights, a seating plaza, benches, rain gardens, trees and bus shelters. The second phase will use RACP funds to extend the trail. Site improvements also include 79 solar powered pedestrian lights, benches, two pedestrian bridges, 16 ADA curb ramps, retaining walls, planting beds, trees, and three solar-powered bus shelters. Rosemont College received $1.5 million to expand its Cardinal Hall, creating a community center to serve students and members of the local community. The college's current Cardinal Hall will be "encased" with a new Read more

 

Tuition Freeze: PASSHE board has acted, now it’s time for the General Assembly

(Jul 30, 2019)

The PASSHE board recently voted to freeze tuition. Read more

 

Help stock food pantry shelves this summer

(Jul 15, 2019)

For the 11th year, my office is holding a summer food drive to benefit local food pantries. Read more

 

Deadline extended for Pa. Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

(Jun 12, 2019)

I'm happy to announce that the deadline for the Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2018 tax year has been extended to Dec. 31, 2019. The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded, and the maximum standard rebate is $650. Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2018 and meet all other eligibility criteria. You can get your application at www.revenue.pa.gov or by calling 1-888-222-9190. My office also can help you, so don't hesitate to contact us. Read more

 

REAL IDs are now available

(May 28, 2019)

As you may know, REAL ID is now available for Pennsylvanians who want one. Effective October 1, 2020, Pennsylvanians will need a REAL ID to enter federal facilities that require identification, a military installation and board a domestic commercial flight. To get your REAL ID, gather the following documents: Proof of identity: (original or certified copy of a birth certificate or valid, unexpired U.S. Passport or passport card. Social Security Card Two proofs of current, physical PA address: examples include current, unexpired PA license or ID, PA vehicle registration, auto insurance card, or utility bill with the same name and address. Proof of all legal name changes: Certified marriage certificate, court order or divorce decree issued by your county’s family court. Visit one of the 12 PennDOT REAL ID Centers to receive your REAL ID at the time of service or your local PennDOT Driver License Center to receive your REAL ID within 15 business days. You DO NOT need a REAL ID to: Drive. Vote. Access hospitals. Visit the post office. Access federal courts. Apply for or receive federal benefits, such as Social Security or veterans’ benefits. A REAL ID driver's license or photo ID costs a one-time fee of $30, plus a renewal fee ($30.50 for a four-year, non-commercial driver's license or photo ID). More information on REAL ID is available here . Read more

 

Briggs renews call to require presidential and gubernatorial candidates to publicly disclose tax returns

(Apr 12, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 12 – With Tax Day approaching, state Rep. Tim Briggs renewed a call to require financial transparency on the part of presidential and gubernatorial candidates. “Many Americans are preparing to file their returns by Monday, and it’s a reminder that we still don’t have basic, vital information on the financial interests of the person currently holding the highest office in our country – the president,” said Briggs, D-Montgomery. “The 2020 presidential election is already starting, and Americans deserve to know whether there are any financial interests that may influence a candidate’s decision-making while serving.” Briggs introduced legislation that would require U.S. presidential and commonwealth gubernatorial candidates to make their tax returns public in order to be eligible to appear on the Pennsylvania ballot. His bill seeks to make a gubernatorial or presidential candidate’s financial interests transparent before they are elected to the highest office in the state or nation, respectively. “The need for this disclosure is clear,” Briggs said. “Many Americans, not to mention the national security community, want to know whether candidates for the highest offices in their state and country have personal or business interests that could undermine their commitment to act in their constituents’ best interests should they be elected.” Briggs’ introduction of Read more

 

Lawmakers announce ‘Zero Waste PA’ package to address single-use plastics, litter and a ‘throwaway’ society

(Apr 10, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 10 – House lawmakers joined PennEnvironment today to announce a package of bills aimed at addressing single-use plastics, pervasive issues of litter and the various environmental harms caused by a "throwaway" society. Legislation in the “Zero Waste PA” package works to address issues created by a disposable society including single-use plastics such as straws, plastic bags and Styrofoam takeout food containers, electronic waste, funding Pennsylvania’s recycling programs and more. “We can no longer ignore the growing waste problem that is threatening our environment. My colleagues and I have introduced a package of bills that, together, address this problem from a number of angles,” said Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery. “By encouraging the use of more naturally biodegradable materials, addressing issues with the way we recycle, and finding ways to support environmentally friendly practices, we can help preserve our planet for future generations.” “Every day, unwitting Pennsylvanians are barraged with products that we’re expected to purchase and use, and then throw away. Only, there is no ‘away,’” said PennEnvironment Executive Director David Masur. “Instead, it ends up in landfills where it can cause water pollution, in incinerators that cause air pollution, or blowing around in our neighborhoods in the form of litter. Nothing we use for a few minutes should Read more

 

Briggs and Roebuck introduce bill to better fund colleges, make higher education more affordable statewide

(Mar 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 28 – As hundreds of college students rallied at the state Capitol for affordable higher education this week, state Reps. Tim Briggs and James R. Roebuck Jr. joined in their call for action. Briggs, D-Montgomery, and Roebuck, D-Phila., recently introduced legislation (H.B. 993) that would make Pennsylvania’s colleges and universities more affordable and accessible. Their bill would create a higher education funding commission that would look at ways to improve access to higher education and job training in the state, including the charge to develop a higher education funding formula. “Pennsylvania ranks 48th, or third worst, in America at funding colleges, technical schools and universities,” said Roebuck, who serves as Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee. “By underfunding our institutions, we are creating a crisis for our graduates. That needs to change, because everyone benefits from the skills and education gained by students at our public institutions of higher education. To secure these benefits, we must invest substantial public resources to aid these institutions and their students in this important work.” The lawmakers said their legislation would ensure that Pennsylvania’s institutions receive appropriate and adequate funding, in turn working to combat Pennsylvania’s student debt crisis. They said a higher education funding formula would help determine the best distribution of Read more

 

Briggs announces state funds for five local projects

(Mar 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 26 – State Rep. Tim Briggs announced Tuesday that the Commonwealth Financing Authority approved state funding for five local projects, including work to build a trail in Upper Merion Township. Upper Merion Township was awarded $421,699 in Multimodal Transportation Funds to help with the second phase of construction of a multi-use trail along First Avenue. The project involves construction of 1,250 feet of multi-purpose asphalt trail, which will connect to another portion of the trail. The project includes installation of 54 solar-powered pedestrian lights, two pedestrian bridges over drainage culverts, ADA-compliant curb ramps and bus shelters, and more. “This project will improve quality of life in our area, making it easier and safer to get around the township,” said Briggs, D-Montgomery. “I’m pleased that the state awarded these funds to support this great addition to our community.” The Multimodal Transportation Fund provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to the residents of the commonwealth. Local Share Account grants The Redevelopment Authority of Montgomery County was awarded Local Share Account grants for the following projects: $500,000 – on behalf of Bridgeport Park Associates, for the Bridgeport Business Park Remediation Project, which includes abatement of asbestos-containing materials on the Boiler Read more

 

Briggs introduces legislation to reduce polystyrene pollution

(Mar 18, 2019)

KING OF PRUSSIA, March 18 – State Rep. Tim Briggs introduced legislation to reduce the amount of polystyrene material that pollutes the environment. House Bill 627 would prohibit food establishments from using single-use polystyrene containers (solid or foam) to dispense prepared foods. “We’ve all seen takeout cups and containers littering the sides of our roadways. Polystyrene can take hundreds of years to decompose, and in the meantime it clogs our local waterways and poses a threat to birds and marine life,” said Briggs, D-Montgomery. “My legislation would mean less of this material ends up in our waterways and in our landfills, and it would help us to reduce our overall impact on the world around us.” Briggs introduced similar legislation last session. In the fall, he joined environmental groups to announce 15,000 signatures were collected on a petition supporting the ban. Microplastics – tiny particles often resulting from the breakdown of larger plastic materials – have been found in birds and fish, and last year, were found in human stool samples for the first time, leading to questions about the impact on human health. “Every day, we are reminded that our disposable society is creating a growing waste problem. It’s time to change the way we live and think,” Briggs said. “We have to do everything we can to keep our air and water clean, and that includes encouraging the use of materials Read more

 

Briggs introduces bill requiring presidential and gubernatorial candidates to publically disclose tax returns

(Feb 25, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 25 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, announced today that he is introducing legislation that would require U.S. presidential and commonwealth gubernatorial candidates to make their tax returns public in order to be eligible to appear on the Pennsylvania ballot. Briggs’ bill seeks to make a presidential or gubernatorial candidate’s financial interests transparent before they are elected to the highest office in the state or nation, respectively. “The need for this disclosure is clear,” Briggs said. “Many Americans, not to mention the national security community, want to know whether candidates for the highest offices in their state and country have personal or business interests that could undermine their commitment to act in their constituents’ best interests should they be elected. “With the 2020 presidential election already starting, we need to act before it is too late,” Briggs said. “All Americans must know whether there are any financial interests that may influence a candidate’s decision-making while serving.” Briggs’ introduction of the bill follows President Donald Trump’s and 2018 Republican Pennsylvania Gubernatorial nominee Scott Wagner’s refusal to release their tax returns. “President Trump’s refusal to release a most basic, yet vital, piece of information could be categorized as a textbook bait and switch,” Briggs Read more

 

Briggs appointed to PASSHE Board of Governors

(Feb 22, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 22 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, announced today that he has been appointed to the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Board of Governors by House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody. “As a proud graduate of West Chester University serving on the PASSHE Board of Governors is a great honor and an incredible responsibility. I thank Leader Dermody for this opportunity to support and strengthen our state’s institutions of higher education,” Briggs said. “As a Board member, my top priority is ensuring Pennsylvania’s students have access to quality higher education opportunities at a reasonable cost.” The 20-member Board of Governors is responsible for planning and coordinating development and operation of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. The Board establishes broad educational, fiscal, and personnel policies, and oversees the efficient management of the State System. Among other tasks, the Board appoints the chancellor and university presidents, approves new academic programs, sets tuition, and coordinates and approves the annual State System operating budget. “PASSHE Universities provide quality higher education to over 100,000 students at 14 campuses statewide, at an often more affordable cost than other state-related intuitions,” Briggs said. “At the same time, the system has seen declining enrollment while struggling to Read more

 

Briggs working to end gun violence on first anniversary of Parkland shooting

(Feb 14, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 14 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, announced today that he is introducing gun safety legislation in the state legislature as the nation marks the first anniversary of the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., where 17 students and staff were killed and another 17 were injured. “Keeping our communities safe from gun violence must be a top priority for Pennsylvania and the nation,” Briggs said. “I can think of no better way to honor the victims of Parkland, and the many other victims of gun violence throughout our country, than by enacting meaningful gun safety reforms to prevent future tragedies.” Briggs added that gun violence in the United States takes many forms, including accidental shootings and suicides by firearms that have impacted thousands of children and families. “Too often acts of gun violence could have been prevented with a few simple precautions,” Briggs said. “That’s why I am introducing commonsense legislation that will help put an end to gun violence by keeping guns out of the hands of Pennsylvania’s children. Those who fail to safely store their firearms are putting young lives at risk and should face consequences for their recklessness.” If passed, Briggs’ H.B. 525 would require the safe storage of firearms in homes where children may be present. Failure to comply with this rule would result in a third-degree felony if it is used Read more

 

Briggs named Democratic chairman of House Judiciary Committee

(Jan 07, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 7 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, was named Democratic minority chairman of the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee today by House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve as chairman of the Judiciary Committee,” Briggs said. “As chairman of this vital committee, I will be a more progressive voice, fighting for legislation to increase responsible gun safety proposals and criminal justice reforms in the Commonwealth.” “I look forward to building on the progress made last session – including the passage of clean slate legislation – over the next two years as we develop legislative solutions to the greatest challenges facing Pennsylvania’s judicial system.” The 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. Prior to becoming chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Briggs served on the committee for four years and was the Democratic chairman of the Read more

 

Briggs sworn in for 6th term representing the 149th District

(Jan 02, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 2 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, was sworn in Tuesday at the state Capitol to begin his sixth term representing the 149 th Legislative District in Montgomery County. “I am thankful to have the support of the people of Montgomery County to continue to fight for them in the new legislative session,” Briggs said. “It has been an honor to represent the 149 th for the last five terms and I am enthusiastic to get started working again to improve the quality life for all Pennsylvanians.” His legislative goals mirror the recently unveiled Plan4PA , a comprehensive strategy from the House Democratic Caucus that is focused on putting people first. Major components of the plan include job creation, affordable health care, a fair economy and quality schools. “My priorities continue to be those of my constituents, investing in education, protecting and improving access to health care, protecting our environment and creating an economy that works for everyone – not just special interests.” Briggs' top commitment has been to be accessible and provide high-level constituent service through his District Office. His office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and is located at 554 Shoemaker Road, Suite 149 in King of Prussia and can be reached at (610) 768-3135 . Constituents can visit his website at www.pahouse.com/Briggs for information on various state-related services and Read more

 

Briggs, Policy Committee examine gun safety legislation
Sep 03, 2019

Briggs to host Policy Committee hearing on gun safety reform Tuesday in King of Prussia
Aug 29, 2019

Briggs announces grant for security improvements at Temple Brith Achim
Aug 28, 2019

Briggs: Studies should shed light on ideal time to start secondary schools
Aug 20, 2019

Briggs’ bill part of Gov. Wolf’s plan to curb gun violence
Aug 16, 2019

Briggs announces $2.5M in state grants for regional projects
Aug 02, 2019

Tuition Freeze: PASSHE board has acted, now it’s time for the General Assembly
Jul 30, 2019

Help stock food pantry shelves this summer
Jul 15, 2019

Deadline extended for Pa. Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program
Jun 12, 2019

REAL IDs are now available
May 28, 2019

Briggs renews call to require presidential and gubernatorial candidates to publicly disclose tax returns
Apr 12, 2019

Lawmakers announce ‘Zero Waste PA’ package to address single-use plastics, litter and a ‘throwaway’ society
Apr 10, 2019

Briggs and Roebuck introduce bill to better fund colleges, make higher education more affordable statewide
Mar 28, 2019

Briggs announces state funds for five local projects
Mar 26, 2019

Briggs introduces legislation to reduce polystyrene pollution
Mar 18, 2019

Briggs introduces bill requiring presidential and gubernatorial candidates to publically disclose tax returns
Feb 25, 2019

Briggs appointed to PASSHE Board of Governors
Feb 22, 2019

Briggs working to end gun violence on first anniversary of Parkland shooting
Feb 14, 2019

Briggs named Democratic chairman of House Judiciary Committee
Jan 07, 2019

Briggs sworn in for 6th term representing the 149th District
Jan 02, 2019