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Davidson to host summer Senior Celebration events

(Jul 22, 2016)

UPPER DARBY, July 22 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, is hosting a series of summer Senior Celebration events for area seniors this summer. The first event was held July 13 for residents of Simpson Gardens in Lansdowne. The second event will be for residents of Grace Court in Yeadon on July 26. The final event, which will be open to the public, will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 10 at Watkins Center, 326 Watkins Ave., Upper Darby . Davidson said there will be resources for senior citizens, an ice cream social and her staff will be on-site to provide state services and free notary service. They also will be taking photos for the new SEPTA senior ID cards. "This is a great opportunity for seniors, their family members and caregivers to learn more about programs and services available to them in our community," Davidson said. For more information, please call Maureen McGrory at 610-259-7016 or email mmcgrory@pahouse.net . ### Read more

 

Davidson sponsoring veterans fair June 9

(Jun 02, 2016)

UPPER DARBY, June 2 – Area veterans will have the opportunity to learn more about benefits and services available to them at a free veterans fair hosted by state Rep. Margo Davidson. The event will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 9 at the East Lansdowne Borough Hall, 155 Lexington Ave., East Lansdowne. "A lot of veterans and their families face real challenges, when they return from serving our country," said Davidson, D-Delaware. "Numerous federal, state and local benefit organizations will be available, including financial, housing and health organizations to assist veterans. In many cases, our local heroes may be able to apply for these services and benefits right at the event. This fair will provide our brave servicemen and women access to numerous federal state and local organizations all under one roof. We want to make it as easy as possible for our vets and their families to get the benefits they have so well earned." Davidson said the offerings include real estate tax exemptions for veterans with disabilities, emergency financial assistance for veterans and their families, a tuition gratuity for veterans and their family members seeking higher education, bonus programs for veterans of the first Persian Gulf War and more. In addition, free notary service and help with birth certificates, property tax/rent rebates and other state services will be available. For more information, please call Andrew Brazington at Read more

 

Successful health fair potentially life-saving

(May 23, 2016)

UPPER DARBY, May 23 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, said that her community health fair held Thursday was a success, and potentially saved the life of an area resident. One resident attending the fair at Yeadon Presbyterian Church received a free blood pressure screening, and he was discovered to have stroke level blood pressure, which is 180 or higher for the systolic pressure (top number) or 110 or higher for the diastolic pressure (bottom number). His pressure was checked a second time 15 minutes later and there was no change. The RediClinic nurse practitioner immediately transferred him to a local hospital emergency room for further evaluation. Siobhan D. Smith, the Rite Aid Wellness Ambassador who tested the man’s blood pressure at the health fair, said that he believed the free testing saved the man’s life. “Had the man not attended this event, I am worried to think of the outcome that may have happened later that night or in the coming days,” Smith said. Davidson said she is relieved that the man attended her health fair and that he will be OK. "I hold constituent service events like my community health fair to meet the needs of the community right where they live,” Davidson said. “Many people attended the event who do not have access to health care. It is extremely gratifying that we were able to help this man and prevent a tragedy. That's what we are here to do, help people." ### Read more

 

Davidson Holds Opioid Roundtable

(May 19, 2016)

With Governor Tom Wolf, Pa. state Rep. Margo Davidson held a roundtable with state and local elected officials, law enforcement, health professionals, and advocates to discuss Pennsylvania's opioid crisis. Read more

 

Davidson sponsoring community health fair May 19

(May 11, 2016)

UPPER DARBY, May 11 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, will sponsor a community health fair from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 19 at Yeadon Presbyterian Church, 541 Holly Rd, Yeadon . “My community health fair is a perfect opportunity for residents of the 164 th Legislative District to receive free screenings – and get lots of health questions answered -- by making just one visit,” Davidson said. “I think it’s very important for the health and safety of my constituents who may not have access to health care that my office provides this service.” Medicare and the Affordable Care Act experts will be on hand to answer questions about the federal health care programs. The health fair will also include: Free health screenings. Information on health wellness from providers, state and county agencies, and nonprofits. Door prizes and giveaways. For more information about the health fair, please call Maureen McGrory at 610-259-7016 or email mmcgrory@pahouse.net . ### Read more

 

Davidson Advocates for Firearms Safety

(May 10, 2016)

Pa state Rep. Margo Davidson says it's time for common sense background checks for firearms purchases to keep guns out of the hands of people living with mental illness or criminals as well as a 48-hour check and waiting period for guns purchased at gun shows. The House Democratic Policy Committee heard from law enforcement and firearms experts about House Bill 1010 that would create these standards in use in other states. Read more

 

Davidson: School Healthcare Bill Good Idea

(May 02, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Margo Davidson attended a House Democratic Policy Hearing in Harrisburg to find out more about a bill that would save hundreds of millions of dollars and protect employee benefits by combining all of Pennsylvania's school districts into one plan. Read more

 

Davidson applauds new law creating ABLE savings accounts

(Apr 19, 2016)

HARRISBURG, April 19 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, joined Gov. Tom Wolf at a ceremony for the signing of a new law creating the ABLE savings account program. Under the ABLE program, which stands for Achieving a Better Life Experience, families are encouraged to set aside tax-exempt funds for future costs related to the disability of a family member. “As a member of the Autistic and Intellectual Disabilities Caucus, I’ve been a leader in making sure that all people, regardless of any challenge, have access to the highest possible quality of life,” Davidson said. “The number one concern for parents with special needs children is providing for their child after a parent’s death. This legislation gives parents peace of mind that their loved ones will have the resources and services they need throughout their lives.” The ABLE program was authorized under section 529A of the Internal Revenue Code and allows tax-exempt ABLE savings accounts to be opened for eligible individuals for payment of qualified disability expenses. Davidson was a co-sponsor of the House version of the bill, H.B. 1319, and as a member of the House Finance Committee, helped to craft the language of the bill and was instrumental in its passage. Attn. editors: High resolution photos of the bill signing to accompany this release are available by clicking here. ### Read more

 

Davidson joins Gov. Wolf at medical marijuana bill signing

(Apr 19, 2016)

HARRISBURG, April 19 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, joined Gov. Tom Wolf, state legislators and advocates at a ceremony and press conference for the signing of the medical marijuana bill into law. Davidson said the new law will improve the quality of life for patients and their families by helping them to avoid relieving their pain by narcotics and becoming addicted to drugs such as heroin. Under the new law, medical marijuana will be available to patients who are under a physician’s care for the treatment of a serious medical condition. Patients with serious medical conditions will be able to access medical marijuana with a physician’s certification at designated state dispensaries. The bill includes language drafted by Davidson that would include sickle cell anemia as a qualified medical condition to use medical marijuana. "People suffering from sickle cell are usually prescribed opiates to fight the pain of the disease," Davidson said. "Medical marijuana has been proven to alleviate chronic pain and help reduce reliance on opiates." The bill also includes Davidson’s language that ensures employment and business opportunities for minority , women and veterans businesses in the new medical cannabis industry in Pennsylvania. "If we are going to create a new industry in Pennsylvania to support growth and distribution of medical marijuana, I want to ensure that every Read more

 

WCAU NBC 10 Interview

(Apr 18, 2016)

NBC 10 interview on medical marijuana Read more

 

Davidson Recognizes Eat for Peace Week

(Apr 15, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Margo Davidson speaks on a resolution recognizing the week of April 11 through 17, 2016 as "Eat for Peace Week" in Pennsylvania. The “Eat for Peace” concept evolved from the unique experiences of Mr. Anthony Lucidonio, Jr., a resident of the Philadelphia area and an owner of the famous Tony Luke’s restaurants. Read more

 

Davidson Honors Vaisakhi Day

(Apr 15, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Margo Davidson speaks on a resolution which recognizes April 13, 2016 as the observance of Vaisakhi in Pennsylvania. The holiday of Vaisakhi is observed by Sikhs around the world, celebrating the spring harvest as well as the founding of the Khalsa Panth in 1699, when Sikhism was born as a collective faith. Read more

 

Davidson supports bill to provide justice for sexual abuse victims

(Apr 14, 2016)

HARRISBURG, April 14 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, said she was pleased that a bill that would reform the statute of limitations regarding child sexual abuse cases passed the House on Tuesday. Davidson has been a supporter and co-sponsor of legislation since its creation in all of its evolutions, as she stood with her colleagues, Reps. Mark Rozzi and Louise Bishop, at press conferences where they detailed the abuse they endured as children. “It was painful to hear my friends and colleagues discuss their personal stories of abuse, while I admired their courage, and I thought of the tens of thousands of victims of child sex abuse in Pennsylvania and the time it takes, for Rep. Bishop over 40 years, for them to muster the resolve to speak publically. This made me all the more determined to stand with Reps. Bishop and Rozzi and children to bring some shred of justice to victims of abuse,” Davidson said. “We can only hope and pray that this legislation can bring some comfort for the victims that their voices have been heard.” Davidson said H.B.1947 would abolish the criminal statute of limitations for future criminal prosecutions for serious child sexual abuse crimes relating to human trafficking, sexual servitude, rape, statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, institutional sexual assault, aggravated indecent sexual assault and incest. The bill also would Read more

 

Davidson invites area residents to celebrate 'Eat 4 Peace International Restaurant Days'

(Apr 05, 2016)

HARRISBURG, April 5 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, invites area residents to celebrate "Eat 4 Peace International Restaurant Days” April 11 through April 22 by sharing a meal with people of various backgrounds and cultures at local restaurants. For the sixth straight year, Davidson and Destination Delco have marked the occasion by hosting an “Eat 4 Peace International Restaurant Days” celebration that features restaurants that serve cuisines from around the world throughout the 164 th Legislative District, including all five municipalities – East Lansdowne, Lansdowne, Millbourne, Upper Darby and Yeadon. "The Eat for Peace concept evolved from the unique experiences of Anthony Lucidonio Jr., known as ‘Tony Luke,’ who has restaurants in Delaware County and all over the world,” Davidson said. “Specifically, it was during Mr. Lucidonio’s time in the country of Bahrain that he observed firsthand the phenomenon of healthy and positive relationships being forged between the multinational patrons who dined at his restaurant.” Davidson said this concept has special meaning in her legislative district because it is the most diverse district in the commonwealth with over 83 languages spoken in schools. She plans to introduce a House resolution marking the event. Participation is open to all restaurants in the 164 th Legislative District. This year, 29 restaurants will Read more

 

Eat for Peace brochure

(Apr 05, 2016)

Eat for Peace brochure Read more

 

Davidson votes for medical marijuana bill that passes the House

(Mar 18, 2016)

HARRISBURG, March 18 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, joined with a majority of her House colleagues to pass legislation that would legalize the use of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. Davidson said she voted for the bill (S.B. 3) because it would help people avoid relieving their pain by seeking out other narcotics and becoming addicted to drugs such as heroin. The bill includes language drafted by Davidson that would include sickle cell anemia as a qualified medical condition to use medical marijuana. "People suffering from sickle cell are usually prescribed opiates to fight the pain of the disease," Davidson said. "Medical marijuana has been proven to alleviate chronic pain and help reduce reliance on opiates." According to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 23 states and the District of Columbia permit some form of medical marijuana and prescription drug deaths have dropped by 25 percent in states that permit medical marijuana. The bill also includes Davidson’s language that requires the involvement of minority , women and disadvantaged businesses in the cannabis industry in Pennsylvania. "If we are going to create a new industry in Pennsylvania to support medical marijuana, I want to ensure that every business has an opportunity to benefit," Davidson said. The bill now returns to the state Senate for consideration of House amendments before moving to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk. The Read more

 

Davidson supports medical marijuana bill to stem rising tide of heroin addiction

(Mar 14, 2016)

HARRISBURG, March 14 – State Rep Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, supports legislation that would legalize the use of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania because she believes it would help people avoid relieving their pain by seeking out other narcotics and becoming addicted to drugs such as heroin. Davidson is poised to vote for the medical cannabis legislation (S.B. 3) as the House debates it this week. “I have dedicated my life and legislative career to the real war on drugs, where we work to decrease demand through prevention, intervention and treatment,” Davidson said. “Medical marijuana has been proven to reduce opioid deaths and it is effective for alleviating chronic pain. We can literally save hundreds, if not thousands, of lives with this legislation.” According to the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 23 states and the District of Columbia permit some form of medical marijuana and prescription drug deaths have dropped by 25 percent in states that permit medical marijuana. Davidson said the report shows that states with legalized medical marijuana saw, on average, 1,700 fewer deaths a year from prescription drugs than they would have otherwise. The Delaware County lawmaker said several new studies by the Journal of the American Medical Association showed impressive results that marijuana can be effective treatment for many medical disorders and possibly avoid addiction to harsher narcotics. In 2015, the JAMA Read more

 

Davidson: Free tax preparation has helped 300 people, registration open for upcoming Financial Fitness Forum

(Mar 09, 2016)

UPPER DARBY, March 9 – Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, announced that over 300 area residents have been provided free tax preparation at her office. Since the beginning of February, the nonprofit organization the Campaign for Working Families has been assisting households with incomes of up to $50,000 per year with free tax preparation. “I am proud to offer this service to my constituents and I am thrilled that it has been so highly utilized,” Davidson said. “This is just one of the monthly events I host to benefit and support citizens in our area, and I look forward to seeing area residents at these events throughout the year.” The free tax prep service is part of Davidson's annual Financial Fitness Month, which also includes her fifth annual Financial Fitness Forum from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 17 at Bethel Community Baptist Church, 7766 Wayne Ave . This event will include free information on a variety of financial issues, including presentations on money management, improving your financial health and utilizing state programs to help families, homeowners and small business owners. Davidson has held events on this topic in previous years that were highly attended so she urged residents to register to reserve their space. To register for the Financial Fitness Forum, call Rep. Davidson’s district office at 610-259-7016. Free tax preparation is available by appointment on Wednesday and Saturday evenings until Read more

 

Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms available at my office

(Feb 15, 2016)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2015 tax year are available at my district office – and my staff is ready to help you file yours for free ! The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650. Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2015 and meet all other eligibility criteria. The oft-extended deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2015 is June 30, 2016, and the rebates normally are distributed by the Deparment of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more

 

Davidson hosting College Planning Fair on Jan. 28

(Feb 11, 2016)

UPPER DARBY, Jan. 14 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, will host a College Planning Fair for local students and parents from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28 at Fresh Anointing Christian Center, 141 Garrett Road. “Financial aid is more important than ever thanks to increasing tuition at colleges and universities,” Davidson said. “I will continue advocating for fair funding for our colleges and universities and the students and families they serve.” At the College Planning Fair, students and parents will learn about saving for college, and will receive information and assistance completing applications for colleges and financial aid. The event will include presenters from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency and the state Treasurer's Office, as well as representatives from several local colleges. Independent organizations that offer their own scholarships will also be there with applications and to answer questions. The PHEAA presenter will provide step-by-step instructions on how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. That application is a mandatory first step for most federal, state, local and individual college grants. The Treasurer's Office presenter will discuss college savings programs. For more information and to register, please call 610-259-7016 or email mmcgrory@pahouse.net . ### Read more