House Democrats join Gov. Wolf for signing of ‘stop and go’ law

(Nov 01, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 1 – State Reps. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., and Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, today joined Gov. Tom Wolf, members of the state Liquor Control Board, and state and local Philadelphia legislators for the signing of a bill that increases the state’s ability to better deal with “stop and go” nuisance establishments in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania. The new authority is included in a Fiscal Code bill (H.B. 674), which the House passed last week. Under the legislation, if the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board finds that a licensed establishment does not meet the seating, square footage, food or health requirements under the state Liquor Code, the LCB can suspend the license immediately. The new law also gives local government entities the power to make recommendations to the LCB to investigate establishments believed to be failing to meet code requirements. Harris, chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, who sponsored earlier legislation to address "stop and gos," said, “In June, we began to work on legislation to increase the ability of local law enforcement agencies to stop the unscrupulous business practices of local ‘stop and go’ establishments. Today, we are able to begin the process of removing this nuisance from our community. Although this is just one of many steps needed to ensure the safety and serenity of our neighborhoods, the political will and courage displayed by Read more

 

Bullock, Costa celebrate passage of school-lunch shaming ban

(Oct 27, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 27 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., and state Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, announced the passage of a school-lunch shaming ban they worked collaboratively on since May. The provision, which would prohibit shaming public school students for their financial situations, is included in the 2017-18 School Code (H.B. 178), which went to Governor Tom Wolf’s desk earlier this week. Brought on by reports of “school-lunch shaming” in the spring, Costa introduced a co-sponsorship memo for a bill that would ban this behavior from school administrators, and Bullock introduced a companion bill ( H.B. 1403 ) days later. There had been cases of students being denied a meal, forced to do chores at school, or wear a special wristband indicating that they were receiving a free or reduced lunch. In June, Bullock and Costa joined forces and hosted a news conference to increase awareness of the issue. “When I heard that school-lunch shaming was still happening in the commonwealth, I was shocked,” Bullock said. “In Pennsylvania, one in six children struggle with hunger. School is often the one place they receive an affordable, nutritious meal. I am glad that with this legislation, we can put the cruel practice of lunch shaming behind us and focus on more productive initiatives, such as “Breakfast after the Bell,” which expands access to school nutrition.” If signed by the governor, the Read more

 

Bullock to host environmental justice mixer

(Oct 26, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 26 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., will host an environmental justice mixer from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 at Drexel University’s Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, 3509 Spring Garden St. The event will bring together residents and environmental leaders to discuss clean job opportunities, ending lead poisoning in Philadelphia, as well as nonprofit organizations in the area that promote environmental justice issues. The event is free and open to the community. ### Read more

 

PLBC, Philadelphia Delegation hail passage of new authority to deal with 'stop-and-go' nuisances

(Oct 25, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 25 – State Reps. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., and Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, today hosted a news conference in the state Capitol, celebrating passage of a bill that would increase the state's authority to deal with "stop-and-go" nuisance businesses in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania. The new authority is included in a Fiscal Code bill (H.B. 674), which the House passed Tuesday. The Senate passed the bill Monday. Under the bill, if the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board finds that a licensee does not meet a requirement under the Liquor Code for seating, square footage, food or health, it could suspend the license immediately. The bill also would give local government entities the power to make recommendations to the LCB to investigate establishments believed to be failing to meet code requirements. “While stop-and-go enforcements have always been a popular idea, it took a great amount of courage and political will to get it done,” said Harris, chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. “There were a lot of sacrifices made to ensure these enforcements were put in place. None of this would be possible without the bipartisan and bicameral collaboration that we saw take place.” In September, Harris hosted state Sen. Chuck McIlhinney, R-Bucks, for a tour of stop-and-go establishments in Philadelphia. Harris also sponsored earlier legislation to address the issue of stop-and-gos. Read more

 

Bullock Ending Stop and Go Nuisances

(Oct 25, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock celebrated a win against stop and gos after legislation was sent to the governor that would help crackdown on the nuisance establishments. Read more

 

PLBC hosts meet and greet luncheon with Philadelphia Eagles

(Oct 24, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 24 – The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus today hosted a meet and greet luncheon with players from the Philadelphia Eagles. During the luncheon, PLBC members and Philadelphia Eagles players discussed criminal justice reform efforts taking place in Pennsylvania. Philadelphia Eagles players in attendance included: Malcolm Jenkins, Torrey Smith and Chris Long. Chairman Jordan Harris, D-Phila., applauded the players for using their platform to uplift Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable residents. “Beyond being stellar athletes, they have been a vital part of the conversation around criminal justice reform in our nation,” Harris said. “It’s time to remove the scarlet letter that prevents many Pennsylvanians from being able to receive gainful employment, adequate housing and loans to pursue a post-secondary education. If passed, our clean slate bill would be the first of its kind anywhere in the country.” Harris and Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland, have introduced H.B. 1419 which would implement automatic sealing of records with no action required by the person. Harris said he believes clean slate legislation can get passed this session, but only if both parties reach a compromise to improve outcomes for all Pennsylvanians. State Reps. Donna Bullock and Joanna McClinton, both D-Phila., discussed their experience today. Bullock is the vice chairwoman of the PLBC. “I admire athletes who use their Read more

 

Bullock Hosts Golden Life Senior Fair 2017

(Oct 20, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock along with Rep. Emilio Vazquez and Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke hosted the 2017 Golden Life Senior Fair at Temple University’s Mitten Hall, connecting area seniors with the many city and state programs and services available to them. Read more

 

Bullock on Financial Planning Week

(Oct 02, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock thanks the House of Representqaives for unanimously approving her resolution recognizing the week of October 1 through October 7, 2017 as “Financial Planning Week” in Pennsylvania. Bullock says responsible financial planning, awareness, and access to trusted advice is key to helping to educate our constituencies all across this great Commonwealth. Read more

 

Bullock joins Sen. Casey, urges Amtrak to rename 30th Street Station

(Sep 29, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 29 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., today spoke at a news conference hosted by U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and the Gray Coalition, to urge Amtrak to rename its 30th Street Station as the William H. Gray III 30th Street Station. Bullock was joined by state Reps. W. Curtis Thomas and Jordan Harris, both D-Phila. “I say it’s time that we build upon the legacy that Congressman Gray has left behind,” Bullock said. “Yes, we talk about African American contributions to Philadelphia, our commonwealth, and even our country. But somehow, that’s all it is: just talk.” In 2014, Congress unanimously passed H.R. 4838 to rename 30th Street Station as the William H. Gray III 30 th Street Station. In August 2014, President Barack Obama signed H.R. 4838 into law. Since then, Amtrak has failed to rename the station after the late Congressman Gray. To urge Amtrak to change the name of the station immediately, Bullock co-sponsored H.R. 419 , which was unanimously adopted by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. “Congressman Gray built upon the legacy and sacrifice of those who came before him,” Bullock said. “His contributions to our nation matter. Congress thought so. President Obama thought so. Even Amtrak has said so. So what’s the holdup?” ### Read more

 

Bullock to speak at news conference Friday to urge Amtrak to rename 30th Street Station

(Sep 26, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 26 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., will speak at a news conference hosted by U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and representatives from the Gray Coalition at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29 at Amtrak’s 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. Bullock will urge Amtrak to rename 30th Street Station as the “William H. Gray III 30th Street Station.” Bullock is a co-sponsor of H.R. 419 , which urges Congress to direct Amtrak to comply with H.R. 4838 of 2014 and immediately rename the 30th Street Station as the "William H. Gray III 30th Street Station." Also scheduled to attend are state Reps. W. Curtis Thomas and Jordan Harris, both D-Phila. Media coverage is invited . ### Read more

 

Bullock introduces legislation to increase access to solar energy

(Sep 21, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 21 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., has introduced legislation ( H.B. 1799 ) that would make solar energy more accessible to low-income and disadvantaged Pennsylvanians. Bullock announced the introduction of this bill today at a joint news conference with PECO. “Many families in Philadelphia are forced to choose between heating their homes and what’s for dinner,” Bullock said. “While there are other, more energy-efficient alternatives, these options are simply out of reach for many of our residents. Instead of thinking about alternative energy, they may be struggling to repair a leaky roof or are fighting to keep the lights on.” House Bill 1799 would allow utility companies like PECO to own and operate Pennsylvania-based solar sites and provide solar energy to low-income residents at a discounted rate. Under Act 213 of 2004, Pennsylvania electric distribution companies and electric generation suppliers are required to produce 18 percent of electricity through alternative resources by the year 2021. “House Bill 1799 would make solar energy more accessible to all Pennsylvanians – no matter how much they make or what their credit score is,” Bullock said. “Investing in solar energy has the potential to transform our lives, improve our neighborhoods and energize our economy. It can also remove the perception that solar energy is only reserved for the wealthy.” The average cost for Read more

 

Bullock Hosting Girard Ave. Street Festival

(Sep 20, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock is hosting the 2017 Girard Ave. Street Festival along Girard Ave. between 26th & 29th streets from Noon to 6 p.m. The festival will feature live entertainment, fun for the whole family (including pets!) as well as information and resources for everyone. Read more

 

Bullock to join PECO to announce Pa. Solar for All legislation

(Sep 19, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 19 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., will join PECO for a news conference at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 at Philadelphia OIC, 1231 N. Broad St., to announce legislation she plans to introduce that would make solar energy more accessible to low-income and disadvantaged Pennsylvanians. Bullock will be joined by: Mayor Jim Kenney State Sen. Sharif Street Craig Adams, president and CEO, PECO Dr. Kevin R. Johnson, president and CEO, Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center Inc. Christopher Lewis, chairman, Solarize Philadelphia Media coverage is invited. ### Read more

 

Bullock condemns Bernstine for threats against protesters

(Sep 18, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., released the following statement condemning Rep. Aaron Bernstine, R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence, for threats he made against non-violent protesters in St. Louis, Mo. “Each day, I continue to be surprised by the level of hate and prejudice that spew from many of my colleagues in our state legislature. This weekend, as protesters took to the streets in St. Louis to speak out against police violence, Representative Aaron Bernstine decided that it was acceptable to threaten protesters via Twitter. Representative Bernstine believes that protests should be met with violence and that some Americans are not deserving of the rights guaranteed under the First Amendment. “As a Christian, a father and a state representative, Representative Bernstine should be ashamed of himself. He should issue a public apology immediately. His belief that non-violent protesters should be run over is no different than the use of high-pressure water hoses and police dogs on those who fought for civil rights in the ‘60s. In fact, it is exactly how an innocent young woman lost her life in Charlottesville, Virginia. “While the nation expressed outrage over the events that took place in Charlottesville, people of color across the country were not surprised. Those hateful ideologies are prevalent right here in Pennsylvania, and even in our state Capitol. However, they are disguised as legislation that would deport Read more

 

Bullock: Republican Budget Bad For PA

(Sep 12, 2017)

After House Republicans offered millions in ill-advised cuts to a wide range of programs, Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock joined her colleagues at a press conference to tell our Republicans to stop playing games and get serious about finishing the 2017-18 budget. Read more

 

Bullock Thrilled with New Strawberry Mansion PAL Center

(Sep 11, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock takes us inside the new Strawberry Mansion PAL center, explains the collaborative effort that made it possible and the opportunities the facility offers children in the neighborhood. Read more

 

Bullock to host Girard Ave. Street Festival

(Sep 08, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 14 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., announced that she will host her Girard Avenue Street Festival from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 on Girard Avenue between 26th and 29th streets. “I am excited to host my Girard Avenue Street Festival to celebrate the richness of our neighborhood,” Bullock said. “I will be able to bring my community together and provide them with various resources to meet their needs. I look forward to meeting my neighbors face-to-face, and addressing any issues they have.” Bullock said the free event will feature live entertainment and information on a variety of state-related programs and services including retrieving birth certificates, unclaimed property and information on the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The rain date for the event is Saturday, Oct. 21. For more information, contact Bullock’s constituent service office at 215-684-3738. ### Read more

 

Bullock to host Strawberry Mansion Community Day Bike Ride

(Aug 31, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 31 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., announced that she will host her Strawberry Mansion Community Day Bike Ride at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9 starting at 33rd and Dauphin streets. “I am excited to host the Strawberry Mansion Community Day Bike Ride in my district,” Bullock said. “The bike ride not only promotes the overall safety of my district, but it also encourages residents to stay fit and explore safe bike routes in our neighborhood. As the City of Philadelphia becomes a more bike-friendly city, I want to ensure that my constituents are able to take advantage of the opportunities that become available.” Registration for the event will take place between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. The bike ride will officially start at 10 a.m. Attendees are highly encouraged to bring their own bikes. There will be a limited number of bikes available for attendees 18 and older. For more information, contact Bullock’s constituent service office at 215-684-3738. ### Read more

 

Bullock joins PennEnvironment to discuss consequences of EPA cuts

(Aug 29, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 29 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., today joined PennEnvironment to discuss the consequences of proposed cuts to clean water programs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by the Trump administration. “Our state Department of Environmental Protection relies on 30 percent of its funding from the federal Environmental Protection Agency,” Bullock said. “This funding allows us to enforce regulations that keep our air and drinking water safe. Fifteen million people receive water from the Delaware River Basin and 1.5 million people alone receive water from the Schuylkill River.” Bullock joined Congressman Dwight Evans and Christine Knapp, the director for Philadelphia’s Office of Sustainability, to call for full funding of the EPA to protect the Delaware River watershed and all of Pennsylvania’s waterways. “Water is life,” Bullock added. “If we are not able to ensure that the drinking water of our residents is safe, then we have a serious problem. The EPA must do its part and fund the DEP or millions of Pennsylvanians will be at risk.” ### Read more

 

Bullock to join Twitter storm to highlight gender and racial pay discrimination

(Jul 28, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, July 28 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., announced that she will join a Twitter storm from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, July 31 to highlight gender and racial pay discrimination. July 31, 2017 marks the day when African American women’s pay reaches the amount the average white, non-Hispanic man was paid in 2016. “I am excited to join the Twitter storm this year and to continue fighting for Black women to receive the full dollar they deserve,” Bullock said. “After hosting a roundtable discussion on the issue last year, I was confident that we could make the issue a priority in our state legislature. However, I am beyond disappointed that not much progress has occurred since then.” Bullock said pay discrimination prevents women of color from being able to fully support their families and calls it an economic justice issue. According to data collected by the Women’s Law Project, it would take African American women 107 years to achieve equal pay at the current slow rate of progress. Pennsylvania received a “D ” ranking from the Center for American Progress in terms of economic security. The 2016 report highlighted the disparities Pennsylvania women of color faced in terms of economic security. According to the report, African American women are paid 63 cents for every dollar a white male makes. In addition, nearly one-third of African American women in Pennsylvania live in poverty. “It’s Read more