Davis champions bill to support first-time homebuyers in PA

(May 01, 2018)

State Rep. Tina Davis, today joined fellow House members at a Capitol news conference to discuss legislation that would create a First-Time Home Buyer Savings Account in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Upcoming Spring Events: Open House & Shred Event

(Mar 28, 2018)

State Rep. Tina Davis will host and Office Open House and Free Document Shredding Event within her district this Spring. Read more

 

Davis applauds disaster emergency declaration on the heroin and opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania

(Jan 10, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 10 – State Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, released the following statement in support of today’s announcement by Gov. Tom Wolf declaring Pennsylvania’s heroin and opioid addiction crisis a statewide disaster emergency: “Today’s declaration appropriately labels Pennsylvania’s heroin and opioid epidemic what it is: a disaster. I strongly support the governor’s decision to put people first by declaring this epidemic a statewide disaster emergency. This declaration will speed up and expand access to treatment, and improve tools for families, first responders and others in order to prevent the more than 3,500 deaths statewide from drug overdose each year. “As representatives, we see first-hand the impact this epidemic is having on our communities and know that we need to use every resource available to address this emergency. That is why I advocated for Senate Bill 446, improving the quality of recovery houses, and other legislation to address this crisis. Today’s declaration will reinforce this legislation and the important ongoing work being done throughout the commonwealth by first responders, local governments, health care providers, recovery organizations and others.” The declaration frees up resources and allows Pennsylvania officials to temporarily override any rules or regulations they perceive as hampering the state’s ability to address the epidemic. The declaration Read more

 

House advances plan to better monitor, inspect recovery houses

(Dec 13, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 13 – Legislation to better regulate recovery houses in Pennsylvania unanimously passed the House yesterday, including measures to safeguard communities and improve services pushed for by state Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks. Davis advocated for changes to Senate Bill 446 that would ensure that a residence applying for certification would be inspected and monitored by the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. The department also would develop and administer a certification program and standards for operation of recovery residences that receive state or federal funding. Davis said changes offered in the bill reflect county and community input received at numerous public hearings and from testimony and reports delivered by The Bucks County Association of Township Officials. “BCATO helped shine tremendous light on how dangerous and unhealthy many recovery homes can be,” Davis said. “Thanks to their critical input, all Pennsylvania communities can benefit from a better-written law.” The bill heads back to the Senate for concurrence in changes. Read more

 

Davis joins House Democrats to unveil 'Plan For PA'

(Dec 06, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 6 – State Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, joined a group of House Democratic lawmakers today to unveil Plan For PA, a comprehensive strategy that puts people first, supports good jobs, fights for quality schools and promotes a fairer tax structure. The plan involves several legislative initiatives sponsored among House Democrats. Davis is introducing a bill that would reinvest money made from Pennsylvania’s Business in Our Sites program into more shovel-ready projects. Sites targeted under the program are old or undeveloped properties that are planned and zoned for improvement. Initially, the Commonwealth Financing Authority allocated $300 million in BIOS grant and loan funds for businesses to improve sites and create jobs. Repayment on the loans is then used to fund more projects. Davis’s bill would allow the CFA to use its current portfolio as security to raise an additional $50-$100 million for even more projects. “Too many bills coming out of Harrisburg are falling tone-deaf on families out here in the real world,” Davis said. “Our plan is to put the focus back on families and the good jobs they need. Add that to other bills in the package focused on education and health care, and that’s how we improve things in Pennsylvania. It’s really that simple.” The House Democratic Plan for PA focuses on four components: A People First Plan for PA that protects the safety, health, financial Read more

 

Davis announces $265K grant for Policeman’s Park in Bristol Township

(Dec 05, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 5 – State Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, announced today that the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources awarded Bristol Township a grant for $265,000 to continue work at Policeman’s Park. The money will go toward construction of a spray park and parking area, filtration and recirculation systems, handicap access, signage and other improvements. “Congratulations are in order for Bristol Township for saving taxpayer money and landing this competitive grant,” Davis said. “We’re all looking forward to the completion of Policeman Park, and this grant certainly helps us get there.” The grants are administered by DCNR through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program and are part of a $44 million investment for 266 projects across Pennsylvania to create new recreational opportunities, conserve natural resources, and help revitalize local communities. Read more

 

Comcast Newsmakers: Recovery Houses

(Dec 04, 2017)

I talked with Comcast Newsmakers about state regulation of recovery houses and my plan to better account for them. Take a minute and check it out here. Read more

 

Bristol Township to Receive State Grant for Cedar Avenue Park

(Nov 15, 2017)

BRISTOL, Nov. 15 – Bristol Township was awarded a $240,000 state Department of Community and Economic Development grant to develop a 3-acre park at 500 Cedar Ave., according to state Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks. The grant comes from the state Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program and will be used to transform land containing an abandoned trailer park into a passive recreational park. Bristol Township will also contribute additional funding for the project. The grant will be used for site improvements including demolition, soil preparation, landscaping, trails, benches, handicapped-accessible ramps and ornamental fencing, Davis said. “Any time the opportunity exists for a community to take a dilapidated eyesore and turn it into a beautiful park and a model of conservation, we must work together to seize it,” Davis said. “I’m proud to have worked alongside Sen. Tomlinson to do just that. This project will increase the quality of life in Bristol Township, and I look forward to the outcome.” State Sen. Tommy Tomlinson, R-Bucks, said, “This is a great opportunity to transform an abandoned property into an area that residents can use for a variety of recreational purposes. I’m pleased that Bristol Township has been proactive in seeking funding for this upgrade, which will provide more open space, contribute to a better quality of life, and make excellent use of the current land.” Construction will begin in July and is Read more

 

State lawmakers push bill to protect insurance coverage of contraceptives

(Nov 01, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 1 – State Reps. Leanne Krueger-Braneky and Kevin Boyle today unveiled a plan to protect access to birth control under health insurance coverages in Pennsylvania. The legislation, proposed by Krueger-Braneky, Boyle and Rep. Tina Davis, would require that all state-regulated insurance plans in Pennsylvania cover contraceptives and vasectomies. It would further require that plans provide coverage for any prescription or non-prescription method of birth controlled approved by the FDA. It also would: Eliminate most co-payments for birth control and vasectomies Enable women to receive 12 months of birth control at one time Lift pre-authorizations on intrauterine devices (IUDs) On Oct. 6, the Trump administration announced it would roll back the contraceptive coverage requirements within the ACA. The rollback allows any employer to opt-out of providing contraceptive coverage in its health plan based on religious beliefs or moral convictions. At least 2.5 million women in Pennsylvania depend on this coverage to access affordable, effective contraceptives. “Contraception is health care, and access to health care is a fundamental human right that is inextricably tied to economic mobility and freedom,” said Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware . “By making basic preventive care like the pill a costly luxury, the Trump administration is sidelining girls and women – whether they are students, hourly wage workers, Read more

 

Davis, Snyder sex-offender bill aims to keep children safe near schools

(Oct 24, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 24 – State Reps. Tina Davis and Pam Snyder this week introduced H.B. 1882 , which would restrict convicted sex offenders from living near schools. Under the bill, a sex offender registered under Megan’s Law would not be allowed to live within 2,500 feet of a public, private or parochial school, pre-school or child-care facility in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania State Police report that there are 21,685 registered sex offenders living in the commonwealth, convicted of offenses ranging from possession of child pornography to rape. “Right now, there are no laws preventing offenders from moving in right next door to the school attended by your child, grandchild, niece or nephew,” said Davis, D-Bucks. “Our legislation aims to address this problem and keep kids safe at school and on their way to and from school.” “We must do all we can to protect our most vulnerable citizens from those with a proven record of predatory – and in some cases violent – behavior,” said Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington. “Our legislation simply mandates a buffer zone between an offender and a school or child-care facility to keep children safe. “It’s past time Pennsylvania had a law like this on its books.” Read more

 

Davis to host dinner for veterans Nov. 16; RSVP required

(Oct 16, 2017)

LEVITTOWN, Oct. 16 – State Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, will host a free veterans dinner at 6 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Bristol Township Senior Center, 2501 Bath Road, Bristol 19007. The dinner is free for veterans living in the 141st Legislative District, but reservations are required. Veterans should call Davis’s Levittown office at 267-580-2660 by Nov. 6 to make reservations. They also can email RepDavis@pahouse.net . Veterans are welcome to bring a guest. “We live free in the greatest nation on earth thanks to the sacrifice and service of our veterans, and I want to say ‘thank you,’” Davis said. “I look forward to meeting as many veterans as possible – new faces are always welcome.” Read more

 

Veterans Dinner

(Oct 11, 2017)

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Davis to hold free document shredding event Saturday

(Sep 25, 2017)

LEVITTOWN, Sept. 25 – State Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, will hold a free document shredding event from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, across the street from her district office at 4530 New Falls Road. There is a limit of five bags or boxes, and paper clips must be removed. All paperwork will be shredded on-site and recycled. Those with questions may call her office at 267-580-2660. Read more

 

Davis bill on local water, sewer utility oversight to be heard in committee

(Sep 20, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 20 – The House Consumer Affairs Committee will hold a hearing Monday on state Rep. Tina Davis’s H.B. 798, which would place municipal water and sewer authorities under the jurisdiction of the Pennsylvania Utility Commission. Under current law, the PUC does not generally have jurisdiction over municipal authorities. To remedy this, her bill would amend the definition of a public utility under Title 66 to include municipal corporations that provide water and sewer services. “At the end of the day, water and sewer services are essential utilities and deal heavily in the matters of safety, reliability and money,” said Davis, D-Bucks. “And where we can consolidate, we can save, use best practices and offer better oversight.” Davis said that her bill also would give customers a larger resource to address problems with their services and continue to receive reliable service at reasonable rates. Additional state oversight also could help foster new technologies and competitive markets and protect public resources, she added. “House Bill 798 has bipartisan support, and I’m looking forward to substantial progress on the bill as a result of this hearing,” she said. Read more

 

Davis to host seventh annual Senior Expo

(Aug 25, 2017)

LEVITTOWN, Aug. 25 – State Rep. Tina Davis will host her seventh annual Senior Expo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 7 at Lower Bucks Hospital, 501 Bath Road, Bristol. “This free event is always a lot of fun, and it provides a great opportunity for older adults to easily get information about the array of services and programs available for them,” said Davis, D-Bucks. The Senior Expo is a partnership with Lower Bucks Hospital. Davis and her staff will join representatives from state and local agencies offering information geared toward older adults. Nearly 100 exhibitors will be at the event, which will include free health screenings, brochures and applications for state programs, door prizes and more. Call Davis’ office at 267-580-2660 for more information. Read more

 

Davis to introduce bill prohibiting mandatory microchips at work

(Aug 23, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 23 – State Rep. Tina Davis officially announced plans to introduce a bill that would prohibit employers from requiring employees to have a subdermal microchip implanted on their bodies. “Technology is advancing quickly, but with the benefits, there are also potential problems,” said Davis, D-Bucks. “My legislation would ensure that we’re protecting the rights of employees to retain control over decisions regarding their own bodies.” Davis proposed the legislation in response to news reports that a Wisconsin company has been implanting microchips in employees’ hands for use at work. “That program is voluntary, but it’s worth taking steps to make sure other employers don’t try to make it a requirement in the future,” Davis said. “This legislation is a practical measure that would ensure workers have the final say over what is or isn’t added to their bodies.” Davis’ legislation includes provisions to bar employers from retaliating against an employee who declines a microchip or from refusing to hire someone who does not want a microchip. It would also require that employers provide documentation of known risks and removal procedures to employees who choose to have a microchip implanted. California, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Wisconsin have laws that prohibit mandatory implantation of microchips, according to the National Conference of State Read more

 

Davis supports 2017-18 spending plan

(Jun 30, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 30 – The state House of Representatives adopted a $32 billion spending plan for 2017-18 on Friday that reflects a commitment to increasing funding for education, as well as addressing the needs of Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable residents, said state Rep. Tina Davis. “This budget agreement comes through a great deal of bipartisan negotiation and compromise. I’m pleased that we were able to agree on spending that reflects some of our most important priorities in Pennsylvania,” said Davis, D-Bucks. “The plan also shows how important it is for citizens to offer input. I heard from district residents who told me what is important to them – education funding, for example. We worked to produce a budget that addresses those concerns.” The spending plan boosts funding for schools, including $100 million more in basic education funding, $25 million more for special education, $25 million more for Pre-K Counts and $5 million more for Head Start. It includes funding that will help reduce the wait lists for child care and adults with intellectual disabilities, expand services for people with autism and increase homeless assistance. The spending plan also includes funding to expand the availability of naloxone, a medication used to reverse the effects of an overdose, to more police departments. Under the plan, Pennsylvania will continue making its full required contributions to the state’s public employee Read more

 

Davis: Right To Work Is Wrong

(Jun 20, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Tina Davis speaks at a Capitol labor rally in defense of jobs that provide a family sustaining wages, good benefits and a Pennsylvania worker's right to unionize. Read more

 

Davis Fights Ongoing Opioid Epidemic

(Jun 07, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Tina Davis speaks on the House floor in support of HB 119, which will develop strategies for our educators, hospitals, law enforcement officers, counselors and families to confront this epidemic. Read more

 

Galloway, Davis announce three state grants to improve area traffic flow

(May 11, 2017)

HARRISBURG, May 11 – State Reps. John Galloway and Tina Davis today announced three Pennsylvania Department of Transportation grants to improve area traffic signals. The grants will pay for traffic-signal upgrades in Bristol Township at State Road and Cedar Avenue ($252,184), Radcliffe Street and Randall Avenue ($191,255), and Mill Creek Road and Haines Road ($226,194). Bristol Township will provide a 20 percent match on each of the projects, which will cost at total of $837,040. “When we talk about state dollars at work, these are the types of projects we like to see,” said Galloway, D-Bucks. “Well-maintained infrastructure is an economic multiplier and increased safety at intersections cuts down on crashes, keeping families safe and driving down insurance costs.” “Congratulations to Bristol Township for their grants in this competitive program,” said Davis, D-Bucks. “Their hard work on the behalf of township residents is a great example of the good public service we expect in our community.” The grant comes from PennDOT’s Green Light – Go Program, which provides state funds for the operation and maintenance of traffic signals along critical and designated corridors on state highways. These reimbursement grant awards can be used on existing traffic signals to install light-emitting diode (LED) technology, perform regional operations such as retiming, develop special event plans and monitor Read more