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Davidson to Host Policy Committee Hearing on Combatting Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace Monday in Lansdowne

(Feb 27, 2019)

LANSDOWNE, Feb. 27 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, is hosting a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing titled, “The Quest for a Non-Toxic Workplace: Stopping Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct.” The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 4, at East Lansdowne Borough Hall, 155 Lexington Ave., Lansdowne, Pa. 19050. The media and public are invited to attend. Davidson requested the hearing to discuss how Pennsylvanians can work together to eradicate misconduct in the workplace. As a tireless advocate for those who’ve experienced discrimination and been victim of sexual misconduct, Davidson has repeatedly introduced and co-sponsored legislation addressing issues that will be among the topics discussed at the hearing. She will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 2:00 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 2:10 p.m. Morgan Williams, Assistant Chief Counsel, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission 2:40 p.m. Harold Goldner, Esq., Kraut Harris, P.C. 3:10 p.m. Panel of Advocates 3:50 p.m. Closing Remarks The meeting is one in a series held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first, good jobs, health care access, quality schools and jobs training, and a fair economy. Additional information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com . For more information about Read more

 

Davidson prime supporter of bill passed to help first-time homeowners

(Feb 25, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 25 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, announced that the state House of Representatives last week voted to pass a bill that she supported to give first-time homebuyers a tax deduction for money saved toward the purchase of a home. “I was a prime supporter of this bill because we have to make it easier for ordinary Pennsylvanians to own their own home,” she said. “Last week’s vote showed overwhelming bipartisan support for this legislation, which would make homeownership more accessible. I hope the Senate will hear the resounding roar of support for this bill and move it forward to the governor’s desk.” The First-Time Homebuyer Savings Account Act would allow Pennsylvanians to open special savings accounts and take state tax deductions for eligible expenses such as a down payment and closing costs. Account holders would be permitted to claim deductions for a total of $50,000 over a 10-year period. Annual contributions would be capped at $5,000 for single taxpayers and $10,000 for those filing a joint return. The bill would apply to first-time homebuyers and those who have not owned or purchased a home within the three years leading up to the purchase. Allowing Pennsylvanians to establish first-time homebuyer savings accounts could result in an annual increase of up to 4,000 home purchases within the state, with the projected impact from economic activity, job creation and Read more

 

Reps. Margo Davidson, Mike Zabel to co-host free shredding event Feb. 27

(Feb 14, 2019)

UPPER DARBY, Feb. 14 – State Reps. Margo Davidson and Mike Zabel, both D-Delaware, will host a free shredding event from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at Barclay Square Center Shopping Center parking lot, 1500 Garrett Road. Residents of the 163 rd and 164 th Legislative Districts can bring documents that contain personal or confidential information to be shredded for free on-site. “I want to help my constituents protect themselves from identity theft by offering a safe and free way to dispose of sensitive materials like bank statements, credit card statements, credit card applications, canceled checks, income tax information, insurance records and retirement or pension information,” Davidson said. The event is part of Davidson’s Financial Fitness Month offerings to support constituents’ financial health. “Identity theft can damage your finances and your credit score. I encourage everyone in my district to take advantage of this opportunity to get rid of those old papers safely and in an environmentally friendly way,” Zabel said. No electronics will be accepted. Read more

 

House Democrats fight to protect your right to work without fear

(Feb 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 11 – To better protect workers, independent contractors and even volunteers at businesses of all sizes, House Democratic lawmakers announced new proposals today to help end workplace discrimination and harassment. The “Work Without Fear – It’s Your Right” plan is designed to give people the tools they need to protect themselves and their coworkers while also helping companies make sure everyone knows the rules. The plan includes: The PA Fairness Act – sponsored by Rep. Dan Frankel, Allegheny County – finally brings Pennsylvania into line with surrounding states by making sure nobody can be fired from a job or denied housing because of who they are or who they love. Until now, we’ve been counting on individual counties and cities to do the right thing and people and our economy has suffered. Give Victims Time for Justice – sponsored by Rep. Margo Davidson, Delaware County, and Rep Mary Isaacson, Philadelphia – gives victims the power to choose when to seek justice and guarantees them a right to trial by jury to seek damages by extending the timeline to file a complaint beyond the current 180 days. Ignorance is No Excuse – sponsored by Rep. Melissa Shusterman, Chester & Montgomery counties, makes sure workers and employers have the facts by requiring Employment Fair Practices notices posted in the workplace to include clear descriptions and examples of abuse so everyone is on the Read more

 

Davidson appointed as Minority Chair to Powerful PA House Committee on Committees

(Jan 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 29 – State Rep. Margo Davidson announced that she has been named Minority Chair of the powerful Committee on Committees, in addition to the Commerce, Finance, Insurance and Professional Licensure committees. There are 24 standing committees in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The committee system allows legislators to assess and amend legislation and evaluate important issues before bringing bills to the full House for a vote. The role of the Committee on Committees is to recommend to the House the members that will serve on 24 standing committees. “I intend to use my appointment as Minority Chair of the Committee on Committees to ensure that more female and minority voices are heard in positions of power in the PA House of Representatives,” Davidson said. “I’ve broken a lot of glass ceilings in my career in Harrisburg. I want part of my legacy to be a more diverse leadership in the Democratic Caucus—one that reflects the reality of Pennsylvania.” Davidson was recently elected as the first African-American woman to head the powerful Democratic Southeastern Delegation in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The election marked the latest in firsts for Davidson, who was also the first Democrat, the first African-American and the first woman to represent the 164th Legislative District, as well as the first Delaware County woman ever elected to the state House. She also chairs the Democratic Read more

 

Chairwoman Davidson Announces PA House Southeast Delegation leadership team

(Jan 17, 2019)

Harrisburg, Jan. 17 - House Democratic Southeast Delegation Chairwoman Margo Davidson announced today that her leadership team for the 2019-20 session was ratified this week. “I am proud of our leadership team, whose diversity of experience, skills and talents will assist me in providing critical guidance to the House’s largest delegation,” said Davidson, D-Delaware. The leadership structure is divided into two levels with vice chairs who serve the entire delegation and regional vice chairs who are responsible for their geographical area. The at-large vice chairs will each have specific areas of responsibility as well. The vice chairs are as follows: vice chair for freshmen and First Vice Chair-Designate Rep. Jennifer O’Mara; Senate liaison & Second Vice Chair-Designate Rep. Tina Davis; congressional liaison and Third Vice Chair-Designate Rep. Kevin Boyle and vice chair for policy and training and Fourth Vice Chair-Designate Rep. Mary Jo Daley. The position of treasurer will be filled by Rep. Steve McCarter and secretary by Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio. The regional vice chairs include Rep. Patty Kim for the South-Central region (York through Berks County), Rep. Carolyn Comitta for Chester County, Rep. Leanne Krueger for Delaware County, Rep. Liz Hanbidge for Montgomery County, Rep. Perry Warren for Bucks County and Rep. Maria Donatucci for Philadelphia. Davidson was recently elected as the first African-American woman to head the powerful Read more

 

Record Breaking Number of Women now in House Democratic Caucus and Increasingly in Leadership Roles

(Jan 10, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 10 – Pennsylvania House Democrats start the 2019-20 session with more women than ever before in their ranks and with women holding key leadership roles, including Rep. Margo Davidson chairing the 33-member Southeast Delegation and Rep. Joanna McClinton and Rep. Rosita Youngblood being elected as the Democratic Caucus Chair and Secretary respectively. These advances are built on the historic gains made in recent elections and demonstrate House Democrats’ commitment to inclusiveness and respect for the will of the voters. Rep. Frank Dermody, the Democratic leader, and Davidson and Rep. Tina Davis, co-chairs of the House Democratic Women’s Caucus, said the 29 Democratic women now serving in the House are a vital source of strength and leadership for the Democratic Caucus. “When I entered the House there were only about eight women in our caucus. We’ve worked incredibly hard to change that and today, that number is 29 and represents a 38 percent increase from last term alone,” said Davidson who represents Delaware County and also serves as the co-chair of the bipartisan Ladies of the House Caucus. “While we are disappointed that there are no current female chairs, we understand the rules of the House and we are confident that many female legislators will be given the opportunity to serve as both vice chairs and subcommittee chairs during this session. These positions have also been historically Read more

 

Rep. Margo Davidson sworn in for 5th term as state representative

(Jan 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Margo Davidson was sworn in today for her fifth term representing the 164 th Legislative District. Davidson was recently elected as the first African-American woman to head the powerful Southeastern Delegation in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The election marked the latest in firsts for Davidson, who was also the first Democrat, the first African American and the first woman to represent the 164th Legislative District, as well as the first woman ever elected from Delaware County in the history of the commonwealth. “I am honored that the residents of the 164 th District have elected me again to fight for their interests in Harrisburg,” Davidson said. “I look forward to working with my fellow Democrats to implement the Plan4PA , the House Democrats’ comprehensive legislative plan that puts the needs of regular Pennsylvanians first. The Plan4PA is about achieving social and economic justice for all with its focus on good jobs, affordable health care, quality schools and a fair economy.” Davidson will be one of 93 House Democrats for the 2019-20 legislative session. She is joined by 24 first-term House Democrats. In this term, there are more female representatives (51) in the House than ever before in the history of Pennsylvania. “It is time that Pennsylvania’s legislature reflected the state’s diversity.” Davidson said. “Together, Read more

 

Davidson to host 9th Annual Egg Nog Sip on Dec. 28

(Nov 27, 2018)

State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, will hold her 9 th Annual Egg Nog Sip from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28 at her district office in the Barclay Shopping Center, 1500 Garrett Road, Upper Darby. Read more

 

Davidson makes history again as the first African-American woman elected Southeast Delegation's Chair with the new leadership team

(Nov 15, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 15 – The Southeast Delegation of the state House Democratic Caucus has elected the first African-American woman to chair the delegation, Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware. Davidson is the second-most senior legislator in Delaware County. She was elected in 2010 as the first female, the first African-American and the first Democrat ever elected to represent her district. She is also the first Democratic woman ever elected from Delaware County in the history of the commonwealth. Davidson will continue to make history as chairwoman, leading the 33-member delegation which is the largest and fastest-growing delegation in the Democratic Caucus, including 16 women and five people of color. The delegation serves the people in the eight counties that make up the delegation: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Montgomery and York. Davidson and the delegation will be selecting vice chairpeople and other officials by the second session day in January 2019. Davidson said the recent election in which the delegation gained 14 new representatives showed that people in the Southeast want legislators who will fight for what matters most to them -- good jobs, affordable health care, a clean environment, quality schools and a fair economy for everyone. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on legislative initiatives that will improve the lives of all Pennsylvanians,” Davidson said. “Now is the time to fight for social Read more

 

Davidson to hold public safety forum on community violence and building trust with the criminal justice system

(Nov 09, 2018)

UPPER DARBY, Nov. 9 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, will host her fourth annual public safety forum to address the issue of community violence and building trust with the criminal justice system from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at Fresh Anointing Christian Center, 141 Garret Road, 19082. Davidson noted that since the summer there has been an uptick in community violence, with a teenager shot and killed at a house party, a storeowner nearly shot to death by a thief, and a man shot while fleeing from two Upper Darby teenagers who stole his car. This fall, there was an online threat of a shooting at Upper Darby High School. Fortunately, someone was arrested before anything happened. "Frayed relations between the community and the criminal justice system have had a negative impact on attempts to address this public safety crisis. It is only by building bridges between the community and the criminal justice system that we will be able to make our communities safe for all who live it in it," Davidson said. The event will feature important discussions from members of local law enforcement, the judiciary, and community advocates. Scheduled speakers include: Pennsylvania Superior Judge Carolyn Nichols. Delaware County Sheriff Jerry Sanders. Anthony Murphy, Neighborhood Watch Association trainer. Moms Demand Action. Victims Services Advocate. Pennsylvania State Police Chief Joseph Blackburn. Movita Read more

 

More than words; how Pennsylvania supports veterans

(Nov 08, 2018)

As Veterans Day nears, I wanted to share information on programs that benefit veterans and their families. To those from Delaware County who have bravely served our country, thank you and Happy Veterans Day. Read more

 

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Nov 01, 2018)

The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households, and crisis benefits of up to $600 for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Remember: These are grants and do not have to be repaid. This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,210 for an individual, $24,690 for couples and increases for each additional person in the household. Please click here for more LIHEAP information. Please consider visiting my office if you need help filing a LIHEAP application. Besides my office, LIHEAP information is available by: Contacting local County Assistance offices by phone or in person. Calling the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 or PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired. Applying online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us . Read more

 

Pennsylvania receives extension for REAL ID

(Oct 11, 2018)

Pennsylvania has been granted a REAL ID enforcement extension by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through August 1, 2019. This extension means that Pennsylvania residents will not face access issues when entering federal facilities or boarding domestic commercial aircraft through at least that date. REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and photo ID cards will be available from PennDOT at the customer’s option beginning March 2019. PennDOT is encouraging customers to pre-verify for REAL ID the required documentation as soon as possible, giving them ample time to prepare. More information about what documents will be required is available on PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website . More information about REAL ID, including frequently asked questions , can be found at www.dmv.pa.gov . Read more

 

Davidson to hold first Pop-Up Produce Event Oct. 18

(Oct 09, 2018)

UPPER DARBY, Oct. 9 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, is inviting residents to attend her first Pop-Up Produce Event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 at Christ Lutheran Church Parking Lot, 7240 Walnut St. Residents of all ages from across the 164th Legislative District – Yeadon, Upper Darby, Millbourne, Lansdowne and East Lansdowne – are invited to the event where they can learn about cooking with fresh and healthy ingredients. At the event, they will be able to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables, participate in hands-on demonstrations and sample fresh, tasty recipes. Residents also can find information on state-related services such as WIC, senior produce vouchers and Department of Human Services programs. "Healthy eating is the foundation of good health,” Davidson said. “At my first Pop-Up Produce event, I want people to learn how much fun it is to cook with healthy ingredients and how delicious fresh food is.” http://www.pahouse.com/files/Documents/2018-10-09_040627__164-Pop Up Produce flyer_FINAL.pdf Read more

 

Davidson, SEPTA announce plans for new parking garage at 69th Street Transportation Center in Upper Darby

(Oct 01, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 1 – State Rep. Margo Davidson joined SEPTA officials this morning to announce the SEPTA-Upper Darby partnership to construct a new, state-of-the-art parking structure for the 69th Street Transportation Center in the municipality. The 69th Street Parking Garage project will address the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority’s growing transit ridership and aid Upper Darby’s local business development and economic growth. “I am proud to have brought in over $100 million in infrastructure projects to the 164 th District,” Davidson said. “The 69th Street Parking Garage is great news for Upper Darby! It will make commuting easier and develop business opportunities in Upper Darby. This is an example of good government at work.” The parking structure is part of the “Rebuilding the SEPTA System” capital improvement plan to make long-needed upgrades in Pennsylvania’s infrastructure. It is funded by Act 89 of 2013, which Davidson voted for. Read more

 

Davidson announces state grant for Yeadon Public Library

(Sep 21, 2018)

UPPER DARBY, Sept. 21 – State Rep. Margo Davidson today announced that the Yeadon Public Library in Yeadon Borough received a $61,770 grant from the state. The Yeadon Public Library was one of 27 libraries in 18 counties that were awarded $6.8 million in Keystone Grants to improve physical facilities. The grant award the library received will be used to install efficient windows, lighting, and HVAC system, in addition to making the restrooms ADA compliant. Davidson said, “I am thrilled that the Yeadon Public Library has received these necessary funds to make the library so much more comfortable for the citizens of Yeadon. The library is a community hub for people of all ages and walks of life. It’s where toddlers get their first books and kids come to study when school isn’t in session. It’s where people from the town connect, take classes, as well as get critical information they need for school or life. I thank the Pennsylvania Department of Education for the award of this grant and its recognition of the important role that the library plays in the life of the people of Yeadon.” Keystone grants are competitive grants funded through the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund. Grants of up to $750,000 may be used for planning, acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of public libraries, and must be matched dollar-for-dollar. Examples of fundable projects include, but are not limited to: ADA upgrades, new roof, Read more

 

Davidson applauds state funding for gun-violence reduction initiatives

(Sep 11, 2018)

UPPER DARBY, Sept. 11 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, said she applauds Gov. Tom Wolf for allocating $1.5 million across the commonwealth for the 2018 Gun Violence Reduction Initiative. The funding, which was announced Friday, was competitively awarded as part of a Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency program to provide municipalities money to reduce gun violence in communities. “I want to thank Governor Wolf for taking action to address this crisis,” said Davidson, vice chair of the PA SAFE Caucus. “Gun violence is an epidemic in Pennsylvania. In Upper Darby this past summer, there was an uptick in the number of shootings — a teenager killed at a house party, a storeowner nearly shot to death by a thief, a man shot while fleeing from two Upper Darby teenagers who stole his car. Last week, many parents were terrified to hear there was an online threat of a shooting at Upper Darby High School. Fortunately, someone was arrested before anything happened. “We need to urgently act in order to dramatically reduce gun violence in our area. This needed funding will empower municipalities by giving them greater access to tools and resources to fight this scourge, which is destroying our communities.” The Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ PA SAFE Caucus is committed to promoting legislation that would reduce all types of violence in society through adequate funding for mental health services, best use Read more

 

Davidson announces over $680,000 in grants for Upper Darby, William Penn school districts

(Aug 27, 2018)

UPPER DARBY, Aug. 27 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, announced today that Upper Darby School District received $160,873 and William Penn School District received $519,268 in state Department of Education grants to improve schools. The grants come from the department’s comprehensive System for District and School Improvement and fulfill part of House Democrats’ Plan4PA to help schools and improve education across the commonwealth. Only 16 school districts out of the 500 districts across the commonwealth received funding this round. “Upper Darby and William Penn deserve a hearty congratulations for successfully applying for these resources in a highly competitive grant program,” Davidson said. “I am proud to support the districts’ efforts, which reflect highly on our community and demonstrate our schools’ high-level of commitment to improvement. “On behalf of the region, we appreciate Governor Wolf’s administration for recognizing that our area is deserving of investment.” Read more

 

Davidson announces 2018 Summer Senior Celebrations

(Jun 28, 2018)

UPPER DARBY, June 28 – State Rep. Margo Davidson announced her 2018 Summer Senior Celebrations, scheduled throughout the 164 th District in the month of July. The events will feature resources for seniors, assistance with state services like the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program, help with SEPTA Senior Key ID card applications, refreshments and more. “These events are a great way for seniors, their family members and caregivers to access information on community programs and services – all in one place,” said Davidson, D-Delaware. “I’m happy to bring together resources that can help seniors maintain healthy and active lifestyles.” The Senior Celebrations will be held: Tuesday, July 10, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Manor Care 14 Lincoln Ave., Yeadon Thursday, July 12, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Simpson Gardens 84 N. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne Tuesday, July 17, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Watkins Center 326 Watkins Ave., Upper Darby Thursday, July 19, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Grace Court 550 S. Lansdowne Ave., Yeadon Tuesday, July 24, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Everest Urgent Care 6787 Market St., Millbourne Thursday, July 26, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Alician Senior Apartments 140 Hampden Road, Upper Darby Anyone with questions should contact Davidson’s office at 610-259-7016 or email mmcgrory@pahouse.net . Read more

 

Davidson to Host Policy Committee Hearing on Combatting Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace Monday in Lansdowne
Feb 27, 2019

Davidson prime supporter of bill passed to help first-time homeowners
Feb 25, 2019

Reps. Margo Davidson, Mike Zabel to co-host free shredding event Feb. 27
Feb 14, 2019

House Democrats fight to protect your right to work without fear
Feb 11, 2019

Davidson appointed as Minority Chair to Powerful PA House Committee on Committees
Jan 29, 2019

Chairwoman Davidson Announces PA House Southeast Delegation leadership team
Jan 17, 2019

Record Breaking Number of Women now in House Democratic Caucus and Increasingly in Leadership Roles
Jan 10, 2019

Rep. Margo Davidson sworn in for 5th term as state representative
Jan 01, 2019

Davidson to host 9th Annual Egg Nog Sip on Dec. 28
Nov 27, 2018

Davidson makes history again as the first African-American woman elected Southeast Delegation's Chair with the new leadership team
Nov 15, 2018

Davidson to hold public safety forum on community violence and building trust with the criminal justice system
Nov 09, 2018

More than words; how Pennsylvania supports veterans
Nov 08, 2018

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open
Nov 01, 2018

Pennsylvania receives extension for REAL ID
Oct 11, 2018

Davidson to hold first Pop-Up Produce Event Oct. 18
Oct 09, 2018

Davidson, SEPTA announce plans for new parking garage at 69th Street Transportation Center in Upper Darby
Oct 01, 2018

Davidson announces state grant for Yeadon Public Library
Sep 21, 2018

Davidson applauds state funding for gun-violence reduction initiatives
Sep 11, 2018

Davidson announces over $680,000 in grants for Upper Darby, William Penn school districts
Aug 27, 2018

Davidson announces 2018 Summer Senior Celebrations
Jun 28, 2018