Bullock, Petrarca: homelessness prevention events in Harrisburg on Monday, Nov. 14

(Nov 10, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 10 – Educating Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Awareness Week begins Monday, culminating in Red Shirt Day on Friday, Nov. 18, said state Rep. Donna Bullock, who sponsored a House resolution commemorating the week. A news conference in the Capitol Rotunda will take place at 11 a.m. Monday . The news conference will occur during Housing Alliance of PA’s Homes within Reach Conference – a full day of panels and events centering on homelessness prevention that will take place at the Harrisburg Hilton. Slated to speak in the Capitol are: Sonia Pitzi, Office for the Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Liz Hersh, director, City of Philadelphia, Office of Homeless Services Cindy Daley, policy director for the Housing Alliance Liam Spady, The Advocacy Institute (youth advocate) More information about the Homes within Reach Conference, which is celebrating its 12 th year, can be found here . To show solidarity with children experiencing homelessness and the educators who serve them, Bullock’s H.R. 1112, adopted last month, encourages Pennsylvanians to observe Nov. 14 through Nov. 18 as "Pennsylvania Education for Youth Experiencing Homelessness Awareness Week." Pennsylvanians are urged to wear a red shirt on Friday, Nov. 18 for "Red Shirt Day," which encourages schools and communities to support assistance programs for children experiencing Read more

 

Bullock: Profiling Puts Municipalities at Financial Risk

(Oct 18, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock speaks out against a bill that would punish "sanctuary cities" like Philadelphia, as nothing more than legalized racial profiling and puts municipalities at financial risk. Read more

 

Bullock to host ‘BrewFair,’ celebrating Girard Avenue commercial corridor

(Oct 11, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 11 – In celebration of the contributions of the Girard Avenue Commercial Corridor and its surrounding neighborhoods, Brewerytown and Fairmount, state Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., will host BrewFair from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. The festivities, which will include vendors from the Girard Avenue corridor and live entertainment, will take place on the corner of 27th Street and Girard Avenue. The event coincides with Love Your Avenue Week, which will be set forth by a House resolution sponsored by Bullock. Love Your Avenue Week seeks to support and acknowledge the contributions of commercial areas, main streets and downtowns in Pennsylvania. “I hope you can join us for this unique event,” Bullock said. “Vibrant communities are dependent on walkable businesses and entertainment. We owe much to them, and this is our chance to say thank you.” Those interested in learning more about the celebration or obtaining a booth should contact Bullock’s office at 215-684-3738. Read more

 

Philly.com Letters: Not enough needy Pa. families getting help: Bullock

(Oct 03, 2016)

One of the biggest problems facing public assistance is that it is overregulated when subjected to politics. Read more

 

Bullock ‘Increase Your Financial IQ’ workshop set for Oct. 8 in Perelman Building

(Sep 29, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 29 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., is inviting area residents to her "Increase Your Financial IQ" workshop with Philadelphia City Councilmen Bill Greenlee and Allan Domb, as well as Michael Calafati from New York Life. The workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 8 in the Philadelphia Art Museum’s Perelman Building, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave., Philadelphia, 19130. The workshop aims to help broaden financial horizons with a panel of dedicated experts who specialize in public and private financial matters, including ones concerning insurance, taxes, real estate, savings and more. Small-business finance will be discussed as well. The event coincides with Bullock’s Financial Planning Week resolution. Each year, the House of Representatives affirms the value of financial literacy, consumer education and professional outreach by representatives of the financial services industry. There is no need to RSVP, but for more information, those interested can call Bullock’s office at 215-684-3738. Read more

 

Bullock bill would break cycle that routinely threatens senior Rx benefits

(Aug 30, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 30 – State Rep. Donna Bullock has introduced legislation that would end the worry of thousands of senior citizens who qualify for Pennsylvania’s prescription drug assistance programs, PACE and PACENET. Bullock, D-Phila., said her legislation (H.B. 2306) would Amend Act 91 of 1971 – the State Lottery Law – to prevent PACE and PACENET participants from being removed from the program if their income increases solely due to a Social Security cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA. Specifically, it would exempt COLAs from counting toward income eligibility. According to Bullock, the General Assembly must revisit the lottery law every two years in order to protect PACE and PACENET participants from being disqualified upon receiving a Social Security COLA, a policy commonly known as the COLA moratorium. She said some seniors needlessly lose their PACE or PACENET coverage while lawmakers move the moratorium through the legislative process. “With the cost of living and prescription prices continuously rising, our seniors rely on increases in their Social Security payments and programs like PACE and PACENET to help them meet their essential needs,” Bullock said. “Seniors should not be punished by losing their prescription assistance because they receive a needed Social Security COLA, nor should they be forced to wait out a legislative process that has produced the same result since 2008.” Bullock said the last Read more

 

Media Advisory: Bullock to highlight gender and racial pay discrimination at roundtable discussion

(Aug 18, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 18 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., will host a roundtable discussion on equal pay for African-American women on Black Women’s Equal Pay Day at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23 at Philadelphia City Hall, 4 th Floor Caucus Room, 1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Representatives from The Women’s Law Project and other elected officials, including state Reps. Joanna McClinton, Brian Sims and Rosita Youngblood, all D-Phila., will be on hand to discuss gender and racial pay discrimination and possible solutions to the problem. For more information, contact Bullock’s office at (215) 684-3738. Media coverage is invited. Read more

 

Unity Day - Aug. 27

(Aug 09, 2016)

Meet Rep. Bullock at Unity Day -- an event full of fun activities, food and giveaways, as well as health screenings. Read more

 

Bullock: Universal Background Checks Overdue

(Jul 25, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock joined the PA SAFE Caucus and its gun safety allies in Philadelphia Monday. These Individuals and groups are working together to bring common sense gun legislation to Pennsylvania. Read more

 

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