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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

 

McClinton, Bullock to introduce bill to create community-based sentencing programs for women with children

(Jul 27, 2017)

HARRISBURG, July 27 – State Reps. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Deleware, and Donna Bullock, D-Phila., announced that they will introduce legislation that would direct Pennsylvania courts to sentence the primary caretakers of children younger than 18 to individualized community-based sentencing programs. The bill would require judges to determine if an offender is the primary caretaker of a child under 18, and if so, to hand down a sentence of non-confinement for low-level and non-violent offenses as long as they do not carry mandatory minimums. The offender would be required to complete a number of rehabilitative services instead of serving time in prison. “The tough-on-crime stances in our Commonwealth are ineffective and are tearing families apart,” McClinton said. “Yes, individuals who break the law should be held accountable. However, if they have committed a low-level, non-violent offense, they should not be sent to prison where they would lose custody of their child.” Over the past 30 years, the number of incarcerated women in the United States increased by over 700 percent, rising from 26,378 in 1980 to 215,332 in 2014. More than 60 percent of women in state prisons are reported to have a child under 18. Incarcerated mothers are forced to either relinquish their child to foster care or place them under the care of relatives. “Incarcerating women for low-level, non-violent offenses has detrimental effects on children,” Read more

 

Bullock: Let's Take Care of All Pennsylvanians

(Jul 21, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock urges her colleagues to finish a responsible state budget for all Pennsylvanians, that helps working families and doesn't add to their burden with expanded gaming and liquor and one-time budget fixes. Read more

 

Philadelphia lawmakers urge return to Harrisburg to finalize state budget, offer solutions to fix recurring revenue gap

(Jul 18, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, July 18 – Members of the Philadelphia Delegation in the state House of Representatives today urged Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, to call the House back to Harrisburg to wrap up the 2017-18 state budget. "The main spending bill was passed on June 30, on a bipartisan basis, and it became law on July 10. So now we have to pay for that budget. And we need recurring, sustainable revenue to do it. Another year of mostly using gimmicks, what I refer to as 'smoke and mirrors,' will put us at risk of more credit downgrades, which just cost Pennsylvania taxpayers more. Unfortunately, Republican leaders shut down the House without finishing the job," said delegation chair Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware. Legislators outlined three major solutions to Pennsylvania's revenue gap that should receive votes in the full House: A severance tax on natural gas drilling companies: "Pennsylvania has already given away more than $2 billion in potential revenue by writing the natural gas law to favor the industry and shortchanging Pennsylvania residents. We simply want a severance tax comparable to the one every other natural gas-producing state in the nation have already put in place," said Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila. Closing corporate tax loopholes: "Without closing the so-called Delaware loophole here in Pennsylvania, we lose hundreds of millions in revenues each year by allowing large corporations to avoid state Read more

 

Bullock Hails Stronger Animal Protection Law

(Jun 28, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock joined Governor Tom Wolf, lawmakers, animal activists and officials for the enactment of Act 10 of 2017, the landmark overhaul of Pennsylvania’s animal protection laws. Read more

 

Bullock Strikes a Blow to Stop and Gos

(Jun 27, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock voted to increase penalties and enforcement against nuisance bars, commonly referred to as “Stop and Gos,” that are a burden on many Philadelphia neighborhoods, dragging down business corridors, hurting communities and lowering quality of life for families. Read more

 

Bullock introduces legislation to extend Social Security COLA moratorium for Pa. Property Tax/Rent Rebate program recipients

(Jun 15, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 15 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., today introduced legislation ( H.B. 1568 ) that would extend the moratorium exempting Social Security cost-of-living-adjustments from income used to determine eligibility for the PA Property Tax/Rent Rebate program. The bill would extend the Social Security COLA moratorium until Dec. 31, 2019. The previous moratorium, Act 156 of 2014, expired on Dec. 31. If the moratorium is not extended, more than 450 individuals would become ineligible for the program. “It is important that we protect our older and disabled Pennsylvanians by ensuring that they have access to programs such as the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program,” Bullock said. “This program allows qualifying residents to maintain their independence. Many recipients of the program survive off of fixed income and will have no way to gain extra income if they become ineligible.” The PTRR program is administered by the Department of Revenue and funded by proceeds from the Pennsylvania Lottery. Individuals who are 65 or older, at least 50 and widowed, or are permanently disabled and 18 years or older are eligible to receive a rebate if their income falls below a certain threshold. The annual household income for property owners must be $35,000 or less and the annual household income for renters must be $15,000 or less. The maximum standard rebate is $650, but some homeowners can qualify for a $975 rebate. Each year hundreds of Read more

 

Bullock on Men's Health Week

(Jun 14, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock speaks on her House Resolution designating the week of June 12 through 18, 2017, as "Men's Health Week" in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Men’s Health Week resolution unanimously adopted in House

(Jun 14, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 14 – A resolution (H.R. 364) sponsored by state Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., designating the week of June 12 through June 18, 2017 as Men’s Health Week in Pennsylvania was unanimously adopted in the House of Representatives. The state recognition coincides with international Men’s Health Week and is celebrated the week leading up to and including Father’s Day. Men’s Health Week seeks to increase awareness of preventable health issues and encourages the early detection and treatment of diseases among men and boys. Many causes of premature death among men and boys are preventable, or can be treated if caught in the early stages. They include cardiovascular disease, lung and prostate cancers, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression and suicide. “I am glad that my colleagues are taking the issue seriously and have adopted the resolution,” Bullock said. “We need to make sure that men are comfortable discussing their health with their friends just as they are comfortable talking about sports or their job. Hopefully this encourages them to make their health a priority by visiting the doctor more often and undergoing the suggested tests and screenings.” Women living in the United States have a longer life expectancy rate than men by an average of five years. One contributing factor to this is that women are more likely to visit the doctor than men. A national survey by Cleveland Clinic found that Read more

 

Bill to address 'stop and go' alcohol nuisance issue advances to full House

(Jun 13, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 13 – A bill introduced by three Philadelphia state representatives to address the issue of "stop and go" nuisance alcohol-selling businesses today advanced out of the Liquor Control Committee to the full House of Representatives. House Bill 1547 was introduced by state Reps. Jordan Harris and Donna Bullock, both D-Phila.; and Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. The bill would allow the state Liquor Control Board to designate saturated nuisance market areas, where violations would be subject to enhanced penalties, fines and suspensions, and allow the board to remove licenses from those areas. Harris said, "While the majority of business owners who sell alcohol are responsible business owners, there are those who have been able to operate using business practices that are not in the best interests of the communities that they provide service to; understanding that, we have created legislation that will provide greater state and municipal oversight of those businesses who have skirted the rule of law and created nuisances in our communities that in many cases have altered the quality of life for those residents who live in the areas these businesses serve." Bullock said: "A key part of this bill is allowing for more coordination between the state and local communities to regulate these nuisance businesses. Under this bill, the Liquor Control Board would be given the authority to look at the number of citations, police Read more

 

Bullock Speaks Against Anti-Immigrant Bill

(Jun 13, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock speaks against HB 28, which attempts to punish “Sanctuary Municipalities”- communities with detention policies that comply with the 4th Amendment by not honoring warrantless ICE holds. It will expose these communities to costly litigation for the criminal acts of individuals, but also for the potential violation of one’s constitutional rights. Read more

 

Bullock: End Lunch Shaming

(Jun 05, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock is fighting to eliminate lunch shaming from schools, where school administrators take away lunches from students, and in some cases publicly shame those children, because of overdue lunch fees. Read more

 

Legislators, hunger-fight leaders push Pa. 'lunch shaming' ban

(Jun 05, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 5 – State legislators and leaders in the fight against hunger spoke at a Capitol news conference today about bipartisan legislation that would stop "lunch shaming" in Pennsylvania schools. The term includes a wide variety of practices by a school to embarrass a child whose family is behind on their lunch payments, such as: ordering cafeteria workers to throw away the hot lunches of children who owe money – "yes, this actually happens!" said state Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., the lead sponsor of the House bill to ban lunch shaming ( H.B. 1403 ); making the children work to pay off the debt; and publicly stigmatizing a student who cannot pay for a meal or who owes a meal debt by, for example, requiring that the child wear a wristband or hand stamp. "These things often result in children being humiliated and embarrassed in front of their peers. These things often result in tears. Of course we all want parents to stay current on their children's lunch accounts, but publicly shaming the child to collect that debt is shocking and completely unacceptable. And we need to help parents to apply if their kids qualify for free or reduced-price lunches," Bullock said. "Lunch shaming is counterproductive. It is cruel. And it only hurts a child's ability to learn. Under my bill, based on a recently enacted New Mexico law, these practices would be banned and schools would be required to direct Read more

 

Bullock to join PECO to announce Pa. Solar for All legislation
Sep 19, 2017

Bullock condemns Bernstine for threats against protesters
Sep 18, 2017

Bullock: Republican Budget Bad For PA
Sep 12, 2017

Bullock Thrilled with New Strawberry Mansion PAL Center
Sep 11, 2017

Bullock to host Girard Ave. Street Festival
Sep 08, 2017

Bullock to host Strawberry Mansion Community Day Bike Ride
Aug 31, 2017

Bullock joins PennEnvironment to discuss consequences of EPA cuts
Aug 29, 2017

Bullock to join Twitter storm to highlight gender and racial pay discrimination
Jul 28, 2017

McClinton, Bullock to introduce bill to create community-based sentencing programs for women with children
Jul 27, 2017

Bullock: Let's Take Care of All Pennsylvanians
Jul 21, 2017

Philadelphia lawmakers urge return to Harrisburg to finalize state budget, offer solutions to fix recurring revenue gap
Jul 18, 2017

Bullock Hails Stronger Animal Protection Law
Jun 28, 2017

Bullock Strikes a Blow to Stop and Gos
Jun 27, 2017

Bullock introduces legislation to extend Social Security COLA moratorium for Pa. Property Tax/Rent Rebate program recipients
Jun 15, 2017

Bullock on Men's Health Week
Jun 14, 2017

Men’s Health Week resolution unanimously adopted in House
Jun 14, 2017

Bill to address 'stop and go' alcohol nuisance issue advances to full House
Jun 13, 2017

Bullock Speaks Against Anti-Immigrant Bill
Jun 13, 2017

Bullock: End Lunch Shaming
Jun 05, 2017

Legislators, hunger-fight leaders push Pa. 'lunch shaming' ban
Jun 05, 2017