Bullock, Sturla co-host meeting on Fair Chance Housing

(Jul 20, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, July 20 – State Rep. Donna Bullock and House Democratic Policy Chairman Mike Sturla today hosted a public hearing on Bullock’s Fair Chance Housing legislation, which would prohibit landlords from asking certain questions about a tenant’s criminal background. Bullock, D-Phila., said that her legislation would model a recent policy change within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that disregards criminal records as a condition for housing approval. "Too often, individuals who have criminal histories – and have turned a new leaf – find it difficult to find adequate housing," Bullock said. "As a basic right, and a condition of successful recovery, access to housing should not be based on one’s prior violations or indiscretions." "Our neighbor Ohio has had success with programs aimed at assisting those with arrest histories," Bullock said. "The nationwide recidivism rate is 49.7 percent; Ohio’s is 27.5 percent. My proposal is a modest pivot toward changing how the commonwealth rehabilitates those with arrest histories." "I applaud Rep. Bullock for her dedication to helping those looking to make a fresh start," said Sturla, D-Lancaster. "Access to housing is a basic need. Discriminating against those looking to get back on their feet and reintegrate in to society only serves to make them feel as though they need to turn back to old Read more

 

Bullock to host Policy Committee hearing on Fair Chance Housing Wednesday in Philadelphia

(Jul 18, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, July 18 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on her Fair Chance Housing legislation, which would prohibit landlords from asking certain questions about a tenant’s criminal background, at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 20 in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Perelman Building cafe (corner of Fairmount and Pennsylvania avenues). Requested by Bullock, the hearing will be co-chaired by House Democratic Policy Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Bullock said that her legislation would model a recent policy change within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that disregards criminal records as a condition for housing approval. The hearing agenda is as follows: 3 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 3:10 p.m. Panel One: Phyllis Chamberlain, executive director, Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania Angela McIver, CEO, Fair Housing Rights Center in Southeastern Pennsylvania 3:40 p.m. Panel Two: Rasheedah Phillips, managing attorney, Community Legal Services Patricia McGlone, social worker/community education coordinator, Community Legal Services 4:10 p.m. Dina Schlossberg, deputy director/senior attorney for multi-family housing, Regional Housing Legal Services 4:30 p.m. Closing remarks Read more

 

Bullock to host district office open house Thursday, June 23

(Jun 20, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, June 20 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., will host a free open house from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 23 at her constituent services office, 2835 Girard Ave. She will update constituents on legislation in Harrisburg as well as cover the services that her office provides for constituents, including help with unemployment, disability and workers’ compensation issues, birth and death certificates, navigating the departments of Health and Human Services, voter registration and solving complaints or problems with insurance and utility companies. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, constituents can call Bullock’s office at 215-684-3738. Read more

 

Bullock Encourages Men's Health Awareness

(Jun 14, 2016)

As Father's Day approaches and we celebrate Men's Health Week in Pennsylvania, Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock encourages men to get regular checkups, have conversations with doctors and lead healthy lifestyles to help ensure a long life. Read more

 

Bullock Fights For The Environment

(Jun 14, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock joined fellow legislators and PennFuture, the Environmental Defense Fund and the Sierra Club to call on the General Assembly to stop the slew of environmentally dangerous legislation we’ve seen come before both the House and Senate recently. We must forge a sensible path forward that protects our environment for future generations and ensures Pennsylvania moves toward clean, renewable energy. Read more

 

Burgers and Basketball Father’s Day and Men’s Health Week celebration is June 18

(Jun 09, 2016)

PHILADLEPHIA, June 9 – State Rep. Donna Bullock will hold a Father’s Day and Men’s Health Week celebration from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 18 at the Cozen Police Athletic League on 17th and Brown streets. Fathers, grandfathers, and community father figures will have the opportunity to play pick-up games of basketball, burgers will be served, and Bullock will discuss state legislation and programs related to men’s health and any state issue important to guests. Bullock’s constituent service staff also will be available to provide information, answers and assistance with state-related programs and services, including the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, PennDOT, PHEAA financial aid for college and more. For more information, please call Bullock’s office at 215-684-3738. Read more

 

Bullock: Bike to Work!

(May 16, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock says biking is more than just great exercise, it also improves our neighborhoods and environment. Bullock supports a resolution designating the month of May 2016 as "Bike Month," the week of May 16 through 20, 2016, as "Bike to Work Week" and May 20, 2016, as "Bike to Work Day" in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day in PA

(May 03, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock talks about her resolution which was approved by the House designating April 26th as "Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Bullock Welcomes Principal of the Year

(Apr 06, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock welcomed Lisa Kaplan from Andrew Jackson Elementary School in Philadelphia, who was awarded the 2015 Escalante-Gradillas Prize for Best in Education, as the best principal in the nation. Read more

 

Bullock to chair House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Welfare

(Mar 22, 2016)

HARRISBURG, March 22 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., today was appointed Democratic chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Health and Welfare, ascending to the position two months after her February assignment to the larger committee. House Appropriations Committee Democratic Chairman Joe Markosek made the appointment. “Representative Bullock’s professionalism and experience with a wide range of service providers make her a perfect fit to chair the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Welfare,” Markosek said. “Her compassion and work for families and the vulnerable will help her vet critical pieces of legislation for this influential committee.” “It’s an honor to take on this new responsibility, and I look forward to learning more about the inner workings of the Appropriations Committee through this new lens,” Bullock said. “Health and welfare are two areas I’ve remained passionate about throughout my career in Philadelphia, and now in Harrisburg.” The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Welfare is responsible for any bill, resolution or other matter related to those subject areas. Members of the subcommittee return their work to the full Appropriations Committee with recommendations. Bullock's public service precedes her work in government. She has volunteered and served on several boards, task forces and coalitions, including Read more

 

POP UP mobile office services underway

(Mar 22, 2016)

My office staff will bring our constituent services to different locations throughout the legislative district this spring. We can help you with any state issue that you might have, including with property tax and rent rebates, birth and death certificates, LIHEAP, PACE cards for seniors, or issues with PennDOT, and many more state services. Read more

 

Bullock Fights for Lead-Free Water

(Mar 22, 2016)

In the wake of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila, on March 22, 2016 discusses the importance of new legislation aimed at protecting Pennsylvanians from potential lead contamination from aging paint and water pipes. Read more

 

Bullock: Invest in Pre-K

(Mar 09, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Dona Bullock questions Department of Education Secretary Pedro Rivera about how Pre-K and early childcare programs would benefit from a proposed budget increase. Bullock also inquires about the level of diversity within the Department of Education workforce. Read more

 

Bullock: Diverse Workforce Benefits Everyone

(Mar 03, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock has been asking the management of Pennsylvania departments and agencies during state budget hearings about the hiring of women and minorities. Bullock believes Pennsylvania needs to be a model for public and private sector hiring by having a workforce the reflects the population of the people they serve. Read more

 

Bullock Inquires About Urban Air Quality

(Mar 02, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock talked with Pennsylvania Department of Environment Protection Secretary John Quigley about the current status of air quality, especially in urban areas like Philadelphia. Read more

 

Bullock Asks About Women & Minorities in Uniform

(Mar 02, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock speaks with Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Colonel Tyree Blocker during a House Appropriations budget hearing on the current status of women and minorities serving as troopers and the agency's efforts to improve those numbers. Read more

 

Bullock Urges Transit Access for All

(Mar 01, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock questions Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie Richards about making all public transit stations handicap accessible and the current diversity in the workforce in the Department of Transportation. Read more

 

Bullock: Helping the Charitable; Ensuring Employment Fairness

(Feb 29, 2016)

At a House Appropriations Committee budget hearing, Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock questions Department of State Secretary Pedro Cortes about protecting the public with regards to charitable solicitations and the employment diversity within the Department of State. Read more

 

Bullock: Gaming Jobs for Women, Minorities & Second Chances

(Feb 24, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock discussed with officials from the Pa. Gaming Control Board the employment statistics for women and minorities on the board as well as in Pennsylvania's casinos. Additionally, she inquired about "second chance" hiring practices for people with a criminal record. The discussion took place at a House Appropriations Committee hearing on the 2016-17 Pa. state budget. Read more

 

Bullock on Kids Aging Out of Foster Care, more

(Feb 24, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock discusses with two Pa. state Supreme Court Justices the statistics and information on foster kids aging out of the system in Pennsylvania. Bullock continues with questioning about diversity in the state judiciary system. The discussion took place at a House Appropriations Committee hearing on the 2016-17 Pa. state budget. Read more