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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


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

(Jun 05, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 2 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., will hold a news conference Monday with legislative colleagues and leaders on fighting hunger about bipartisan legislation to stop "lunch shaming" in Pennsylvania schools. Lunch shaming can include a wide variety of practices by a school to embarrass a child whose family is behind on their lunch payments. The news conference will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Capitol Media Center. Live video of the event is also expected to be available on www.pahouse.com . Bullock, the lead sponsor of the House bill to stop lunch shaming in Pennsylvania, is scheduled to be joined by the following speakers: Stacy Koltiska, who made national news last fall when she resigned as a cafeteria worker due to a lunch shaming policy at the Canon-McMillan School District in Washington County Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, lead sponsor of the Senate bill to stop lunch shaming in Pennsylvania Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks Jane Clements-Smith, executive director, Feeding Pennsylvania Glenn Bergman, executive director, Philabundance Media coverage is invited. ### Read more


OUR OPINION: Common Sense Is Rare on Guns

(Jun 01, 2017)

Recently, in a House State Government Committee hearing, an “expert” witness – Dr. John Lott – testified that gun ownership curbs gun violence. This comes two days after nine young people were shot a few blocks away from my home – none of them over the age of 25. As dozens of neighbors gathered to celebrate the weather, 27 shots were fired into the crowd. The victims of these crimes are typically young, African-American men between the ages of 18 and 34. Homicides are already up from this time last year, and it’s not even summer yet. Read more


Bullock hosts two events on the safety of 195th District

(May 23, 2017)

Philadelphia, May 23 – Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., announced today that she will host two events this week that will address environmental and neighborhood safety issues for residents of the 195 th District. The Emergency Community Meeting will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 24 at Redeem Baptist Church. In response to recent incidents in the news within the Strawberry Mansion area involving a missing girl and an abduction of two young boys, the meeting will cover neighborhood and children safety. “These incidents happened within blocks and days of each other, and raises a lot of concern about whether our children know how to be safe in the neighborhood,” Bullock said. “We want to connect families with the necessary resources and information to keep our youth safe while they enjoy their local community.” From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 25, at the Fairmont Water Works, Bullock will provide an update and host a listening session on environmental justice. This session will be used as a platform for state leaders that include Patrick McDonnell, acting secretary for the Department of Environmental Protection, and Carl Jones, director of environmental justice, to hear directly from residents, concerning environmental issues. “With topics as important as this we must give our constituents the opportunity to have their voices heard and also for us as leaders to update them on the actions we are taking,” Read more


Mental Health Awareness in Black Community

(May 10, 2017)

Pa. state Reps. Donna Bullock & Morgan Cephas urge reforms and awareness for access to mental health services in the black community. The Black Brain Campaign is an effort to break the stigma of mental health in the black community through education and advocacy. Read more


Bullock: Fair Housing Equals Opportunity

(Apr 25, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, with a House Resolution recognizing April 2017 as Fair Housing Month in Pennsylvania. The theme for this year's Fair Housing Month is "Fair Housing Equals Opportunity." Read more


Bullock: Stop and Gos Must Go

(Apr 21, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock hosted a public hearing to discuss ways to work with law enforcement, community leaders and businesses to rid Philadelphia of "Stop and Go" nuisance bars. Read more


Bullock: Bail & Pretrial Procedure Reform Needed

(Apr 13, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock attended a House Democratic Policy Committee in South West Philadelphia for a discussion on reforming the pretrial and bail procedures in Pennsylvania. Many inmates are stuck in jail because they have pretrial issues or simply cannot afford bail which not only increases costs for taxpayers, but also has a human cost for the incarcerated and their families. Philadelphia and Allegheny Counties have instituted some reforms that have seen positive results and Bullock is looking to apply that statewide. Read more