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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Brunch

(Jan 08, 2018)

State Rep. Margo Davidson announced she will host her Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Brunch, Monday, January 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Archer-Epler VFW Post 979, located at 6736 Marshall Road Upper Darby, PA 19082. Read more

 

Davidson to host 8th Annual Eggnog Sip on Dec. 27

(Dec 20, 2017)

UPPER DARBY, Dec. 20 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, will hold her 8 th Annual Eggnog Sip from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27. This informative, engaging and fun event will be held at Davidson’s district office in the Barclay Shopping Center, 1500 Garrett Road, Upper Darby. The free open house-style event will be a chance for Davidson to personally talk to and gather with neighbors while enjoying refreshments, including eggnog. This event will highlight constituent services that are available. Services the district office can help with include: the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program, unclaimed property, home heating aid, and more. “This holiday gathering is a wonderful chance to meet neighbors in the 164 th District as well as access the full range of services my office can provide,” Davidson said. “I hope to see many new and familiar faces for this event, which is always a lot of fun.” For more information, call Davidson’s office at 610-259-7016. Read more

 

Davidson announces $40,000 grant for Lansdowne Borough

(Dec 20, 2017)

State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, announced today that Lansdowne Borough will receive a $40,000 state grant through the Department of Community and Economic Development. Read more

 

Davidson announces state grant for Darby Creek Trail

(Dec 15, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 15 – The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources awarded Delaware County a $62,800 grant for the development of the Darby Creek Trail, state Rep. Margo Davidson announced today. The grant, which comes from DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program, will go toward planning a half-mile section along the trail from Kent County Park in Darby Township to the Gateway Trail in Lansdowne. “Parks and trails greatly contribute to the livability and quality of our communities,” Davidson said. “This was a competitive application that I supported, and it was selected among more than 400 applicants from across the commonwealth. The money will help lower costs for the project and keep it moving. I’m looking forward to the results.” “When the state chooses to invest in Lansdowne, it’s doing so because it realizes that an investment here reflects on the great people, places and opportunities that our community offers,” said Lansdowne Mayor Anthony Campuzano. “This trail project reflects highly on the hard work of local residents and stakeholders, and I’m proud to congratulate them and say thank you for contributing to the quality of life in Lansdowne.” Statewide investments under the program include: 49 trail projects; protecting nearly 8,000 acres of open space; nine projects for planting riparian buffers along streams; 14 projects Read more

 

Women of the PA House, Senate take a stand against sexual harassment and abuse

(Dec 11, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 11 – Women of the Pennsylvania House and Senate joined Monday to take a stand against sexual harassment and abuse and discuss proposed legislation to better protect victims. “The recent stories from around the country and right here in the PA legislature show that sexual harassment and abuse have been overlooked for far too long,” said Rep. Margo Davidson, D- Delaware, chair of the Democratic Women’s Caucus. “We’re here to say enough is enough. It is long past time that we step up to protect women and ensure that harassment is not only taken seriously, but that women feel safe enough to come forward as soon as possible. We also stand together to say that the culture, which appears pervasive, of sexual misconduct in the workplace and domestic abuse at home will not be brushed aside, swept under the rug or tolerated on any level at all, any longer.” Women of the House and Senate stood together Monday to discuss legislation being introduced that would better protect women and all victims of harassment and abuse. Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky is introducing legislation to create the #METOO PA General Assembly (Member and Employee Training and Oversight on PA General Assembly) Act. The legislation would ban non-disclosure agreements that mask the names of General Assembly members who harass, prohibit General Assembly members from using taxpayer funds to pay settlement costs, and provide for other reforms. Read more

 

Davidson Stands Against Sexual Harassment and Abuse

(Dec 11, 2017)

Leading an effort against sexual harassment, Pa. state Rep. Margo Davidson joined female members of the legislature to demand action against these shameful acts in the workplace and lay out ways for change in the commonwealth. Read more

 

Davidson: Get Guns Off Our Streets

(Dec 08, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Margo Davidson talks about the importance of getting guns off the streets in the wake of federal efforts to allow concealed firearms cross state lines. Davidson spoke at a press conference calling for action on reducing gun violence across Pennsylvania. Read more

 

McClinton, Davidson, Williams, community leaders push for gun safety efforts, legislation

(Dec 07, 2017)

DARBY, Dec. 7 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, local law enforcement and community leaders today urged more action on gun safety efforts and legislation. They spoke at a news conference at Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church. "Our area has had a wave of gun violence recently. We're here today to say that gun deaths and injuries are as serious as the heroin and opioid crisis you hear so much about. Harrisburg and Washington need to take gun violence just as seriously," McClinton said. "Homicides in Philadelphia are up 15 percent over this time last year. Tragically, the body count is likely to be over 300 for the first time since 2012. And about 85 percent of these murders are committed with guns, according to the police department." State Sen. Anthony H. Williams, D-Phila./Delaware, said, "Gun violence continues to plague our cities and towns, from the massacre in Las Vegas to the streets of Darby. My legislative colleagues and I will continue to support programs like this while pushing for greater protections in Harrisburg to end the cycle of violence caused by illegal guns." State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, said, “The level of gun violence in some of our communities is in a word, un-ignorable. For any elected official to take a passive stance on expanded background checks or lost-and-stolen provisions is a misstep equivalent to turning a blind eye to an epidemic that is cruelly killing hundreds of Americans on Read more

 

11/27/17 – A Public Crisis: The Battle for Mental Health Treatment vs. Mass Incarceration – Yeadon

(Dec 01, 2017)

Testimonies from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Margo Davidson. Read more

 

Policy Committee explores mental health treatment vs. mass incarceration

(Nov 27, 2017)

YEADON, Nov. 27 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing at Yeadon Borough Hall to discuss the battle for mental health treatment versus mass incarceration. Davidson, who is finalizing a legislative package to address the issue, requested the hearing to discuss the public health crisis surrounding mental health treatment and the impact that a lack of treatment has had on the criminal justice system “There is a serious shortage of mental health treatment available,” Davidson said. “That shortage has created a strain on our health care system and our criminal justice system. My hope is that today’s hearing will be the start of a greater discussion to take place over what will bring attention to the drastic need for better mental health care. An investment in mental health care treatment can ultimately save on criminal justice costs and save lives.” Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, added, “Representative Davidson is a strong advocate for the mental health community, and her work to see that a public health crisis is not mistaken for a criminal justice crisis will benefit people and taxpayers. Consideration for mental health should be a basic tenant of health care.” Hearing testifiers included Marilyn Benoit, senior vice president, chief medical officer, and chief clinical officer, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health; Susan Rogers, director Read more

 

Davidson to host hearing on mental health community’s access to treatment and exposure to criminal justice system

(Nov 21, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 21 – State Rep. Margo Davidson will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing focused on the issue of how the mental health community intersects with the criminal justice system. This public hearing, entitled “A Public Health Crisis: The Battle for Mental Health Treatment vs. Mass Incarceration,” will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, at Yeadon Borough Hall, 600 Church Lane, in the Borough Council meeting room on the third floor. “Mental health treatment is one of the most pressing issues in our society,” said Davidson, D-Delaware. “It is unfortunate that it seems that prisons have become the mental health hospitals of our day. I look forward to having a productive discussion on how we can better ensure that individuals living with mental health conditions can access treatment, whether it could reduce their involvement with the criminal justice system, and once involved, what their access to life-saving treatment is.” This forum is open to the public. Those interested in attending or seeking more information can contact Davidson’s office at 610-259-7016. Read more

 

Davidson to host House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on mental health treatment vs. mass incarceration on Monday in Yeadon

(Nov 21, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 21 – State Rep. Margo Davidson today announced that she will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing to discuss the battle for mental health treatment versus mass incarceration. The hearing will be held 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, in Yeadon Borough Hall’s Council Room on the third floor, 600 Church Lane, Yeadon. Davidson requested the hearing to address the public health crisis surrounding mental health treatment and the impact that a lack of treatment has had on the criminal justice system. She has a legislative package that would address certain concerns. Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and committee members from across the state will join Davidson. The current agenda is: 2 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 2:10 p.m. Panel 1 – Treatment Programs: Marilyn Benoit , senior vice president, chief medical officer, and chief clinical officer, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Susan Rogers , director of special projects/advocacy, Mental Health Partnerships Andrew Wigglesworth , executive vice president of Wojdak and Associates, on behalf of Treatment Advocacy Center 2:50 p.m. Panel 2 – Criminal Justice & Mental Health Intersections: Lynn Patrone , mental health advocate, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Scott Bohn , chief of West Chester Borough Police 3:30 p.m. Closing remarks Media coverage is invited. Read more

 

Davidson Interrogation on Gaming Expansion

(Oct 26, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Margo Davidson interrogates the author of legislation designed to expand gaming in Pennsylvania as to why the bill singles out Delaware County for to create a new authority to decide how to allocate the the county's share of gaming money. Read more

 

Davidson Against Gaming Expansion

(Oct 26, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Margo Davidson argues against a bill that would expand gaming in Pennsylvania as a way to balance the state budget. Davidson decries the corporate welfare and special carve outs in the bill while not helping small businesses and regular Pennsylvanians. Read more

 

Davidson applauds veto of H.B. 59

(Oct 20, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 20 – State Rep. Margo Davidson applauded Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of H.B. 59 on Thursday. H.B. 59 would have established work requirements for the state’s medical assistance program, increased the applicant review process and limited benefits for Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens, said Davidson, D-Delaware. “This bill failed to consider that the majority of those receiving benefits that are not already working have been determined to be too severely disabled to work,” said Davidson. “Supporters of the bill also inaccurately claimed the bill would produce hundreds of millions of dollars in savings each year. In fact, those kind of pie-in-the-sky projections are what have contributed to the roughly $2 billion deficit we are facing today.” Davidson is chair of the Democratic Women’s Caucus, which on Wednesday announced support of a veto. “Governor Wolf was right to see through this imprudent proposal. We should be working to address our need for recurring revenue, not finding ways to place more of a burden on those who are already struggling,” Davidson said. Read more

 

Davidson to host Immigration Forum in October

(Sep 28, 2017)

UPPER DARBY, Sept. 28 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and U.S. Rep. Bob Brady will host an Immigration Forum to help untangle increasingly complicated immigration policy. On Thursday, Oct. 19 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Philadelphia Sikh Society, 6777 Market St., Millbourne, the Immigration Forum will address topics that include: DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program The road and rights to citizenship Green card: What it means to be a temporary resident vs. a permanent resident Visas and appropriate identification Medical coverage for undocumented residents Newly naturalized citizens Many agencies and organizations that have programs for the immigrant community will be on hand to provide help and information, including on local, state and national resources. “Our communities are better and more diverse because of the immigrants who live and work here,” said Davidson, D-Delaware. “Immigration can be a difficult, years-long process, and this event is a great place to help people navigate the system and understand the policies that affect them.” For more information and to register, call Davidson’s office at 610-259-7016 or email mmcgrory@pahouse.net . Read more

 

Davidson Defends DACA

(Sep 13, 2017)

At a Capitol press conference, Pa. state Rep. Margo Davidson condemns the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which provides temporary deportation deferral to individuals who were brought to the United States illegally as children. Read more

 

Davidson: Republican Budget Bad For PA

(Sep 12, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Margo Davidson joined House Democratic colleagues to demand a responsible alternative revenue proposal and to ask Republican colleagues to stop playing games and get the 2017-18 state budget passed. Read more

 

Register now for Davidson’s Annual Back-to-School Book Bag Giveaway

(Aug 22, 2017)

UPPER DARBY, Aug. 22 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, is inviting parents to register now for her 7th Annual Back-to-School Book Bag Giveaway. Free book bags are provided while supplies last. Parent must register by Aug. 31 to receive a free book bag for their children. Residents of all ages from across the 164th Legislative District – Yeadon, Upper Darby, Millbourne, Lansdowne and East Lansdowne – are invited to Davidson’s 7th Annual Community Picnic & Back-to-School Book Bag Giveaway, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 9 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Second Ward Playground, 747 Crosley Ave., Upper Darby, across the street from the Fernwood Cemetery on Church Lane. "We'll have free barbecue and drinks, family games, entertainment, state resources and information for students and families. We provide this service every year so that families can have a successful school year," Davidson said. Pre-registration is mandatory to receive a free book bag and is first-come, first-served, while supplies last. To pre-register, call 610-259-7016, email arice@pahouse.net or stop by Davidson's office in the Barclay Square Shopping Center, 1500 Garrett Road, Upper Darby. Read more

 

Legislative Report

(Aug 09, 2017)

Legislative Report, Summer 2017 Read more