DEP spraying for gnats in region; Tax return help available before April 18 deadline

(Apr 11, 2016)

Rep. Tina Davis reports that DEP is spraying along the Delaware in Bucks and Northampton counties as well as the Schuylkill River for those annoying blackflies, also known as biting gnats. Also, the state Revenue Department is extending its service hours to help taxpayers by phone before the midnight Monday, April 18, tax-filing deadline. Read more

 

Davis: Fixing Harrisburg means ending gifts

(Apr 08, 2016)

Rep. Tina Davis reports that she has introduced legislation that would prohibit public officials and candidates in Pennsylvania from accepting any gift valued at more than $25. “People want reform – I want reform – but the fact is that true reform requires eliminating the gifts special interests lavish on government officials.” Read more

 

Opportunity Council’s Wheelz2Work program is making a difference; April 22 deadline for college scholarship applications

(Apr 06, 2016)

Rep. Tina Davis reports that the Bucks County Opportunity Council is seeking good, used automobiles and financial support for its Wheelz2Work Program to help those needing reliable and safe transportation. Rep. Davis also notes that the deadline to apply for the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus’ 2016 PLBC Scholarship Program is April 22. Read more

 

Congratulations to ‘Nova, Ryan Arcidiacono – NCAA champs! Child Abuse Prevention Month; and it's cheap, easy to license your dog

(Apr 05, 2016)

Rep. Tina Davis congratulates the Villanova Wildcats and Langhorne native and Neshaminy High School grad Ryan Arcidiacono for winning the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. Also, 1-800-932-0313 is the number for ChildLine, Pennsylvania’s child abuse hotline. Finally, it’s cheap and easy to license your dog, and it can be done online or by visiting the Lower Bucks County Government Services Center in Levittown. Read more

 

Pennsylvania lawmakers looking to regulate recovery houses

(Apr 05, 2016)

Pennsylvanians at a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing call for the government to step in and create oversight of the private houses for individuals who are recovering from drug or alcohol addiction. "We couldn't wait any more," said state Rep. Tina Davis, D-141, of Bristol Township, who drafted House Bill 1884 to address deficiencies in current regulations. Read more

 

Davis: Hearing identifies failings in recovery house process, regulations

(Apr 05, 2016)

Rep. Tina Davis reports that a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on her House Bill 1884, which would provide for standards, monitoring and inspection of recovery houses, produced heart-wrenching testimony and a desperate need for oversight. Read more

 

PA physician general hosts roundtable at Bucks County Community College on ending sexual assault

(Apr 01, 2016)

State Rep. Tina Davis, D-141, of Bristol Township, said that introducing the topic [of sexual assault] to younger kids is vital but parents don’t always want to have that talk with their children, and many don’t want it talked about in the classroom. Another obstacle to resolving the issue is the differences on how colleges and law enforcement handle reports of sexual assault. Colleges have 60 days to look into an incident, but police can take much longer to bring charges. And colleges often are not equipped to ask the right questions, unlike trained law enforcement, Davis said. Read more

 

Panel to focus Monday on Rep. Davis' recovery house measure; hearing to be streamed live at www.pahouse.com/live

(Mar 31, 2016)

Rep. Tina Davis reports that her bill that would establish needed oversight and safeguards on recovery houses used by patients rehabbing from drug and alcohol addictions will be the subject of a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at 11 a.m. Monday, April 4. The hearing in the state Capitol will be streamed live at www.pahouse.com/live and likely will be broadcast on PCN at a later time. Read more

 

Davis: April 4 public hearing to spotlight recovery house legislation

(Mar 31, 2016)

The House Democratic Policy Committee will hold a public hearing 11 a.m. Monday, April 4, on Rep. Tina Davis' legislation, H.B. 1884, which would provide needed oversight and safeguards on recovery houses used by patients rehabbing from drug and alcohol addictions. The Bucks County Democrat says the hearing in Room 418 in the state Capitol will be streamed live at www.pahouse.com/live and likely will be broadcast on PCN at a later time. Read more

 

Call 1-800-FIX-ROAD to report potholes; opening day of trout season is Saturday; and safe, free tax services available from IRS

(Mar 29, 2016)

Rep. Tina Davis reports that motorists can report potholes and other roadway concerns on state roads by calling 1-800-349-7623 or visiting www.dot.state.pa.us. Also, trout season opens locally April 2. And, Rep. Davis notes that taxpayers with a 2015 Adjusted Gross Income of $62,000 or less may visit www.IRS.gov/freefile to e-file their federal tax returns at no cost. Read more

 

Davis Celebrates National Women's History Month

(Mar 15, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Tina Davis stood surrounded by her female House colleagues in the House Chamber to celebrate the designation of March 2016 as National Women's History Month in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Police departments' life-saving efforts honored; help available on student aid; and tax exemption for active-duty military restored

(Mar 02, 2016)

I was proud to join Penndel Mayor Robert Winkler, Police Chief Joseph Sciscio and officers Michelle Williamson and Ray Longhitano for a tour of the Capitol this week. They visited Harrisburg for an event saluting more than 300 police units for their efforts reversing more than 600 opioid overdoses in little more than one year. The life-saving efforts were made possible by enactment of Act 139 in November 2015 making naloxone -- a medication that can reverse an overdose -- available to law enforcement, first responders, and anyone else who may be in a position to assist an individual at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose. BCCC, PHEAA team up to sponsor FAFSA Help Events Bucks County Community College and PHEAA – the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency – are sponsoring workshops to help students and parents fill out the Free Application for Student Aid – FAFSA . May 1 is the deadline for the student aid applications, which also are required for Pennsylvania State Grants . Please click here for information about the free completion events scheduled throughout March at BCCC’s Lower and Upper Bucks County campuses as well as its Newtown campus. Those attending should bring the FAFSA worksheet from the FAFSA website; personal information , including Social Security and driver’s license numbers; income information such as W-2 statements and federal tax returns; and asset information such as bank statements, Read more

 

Gridlock on legalizing medical marijuana appears over; Mentored Youth Fishing Days on the horizon

(Feb 25, 2016)

At long last, the unconscionable delays surrounding legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania appear over. House Majority Leader Dave Reed this week signaled that he will call for a vote on Senate Bill 3 when the House returns to session in mid-March. S.B. 3, the Pennsylvania Compassionate Use Act, has garnered widespread, bipartisan support, including mine. Until this week’s welcome news that a vote is on the near horizon, S.B. 3 had been mired in a House committee despite overwhelming approval in the state Senate last May and bipartisan support in the House. Gov. Tom Wolf today applauded the decision to bring S.B. 3 to a vote, and I concur wholeheartedly. By all appearances, many amendments will need to be considered when the legislation is considered in the House, and the bill most likely will have to return to the Senate for consideration of any House changes. However, bringing important medical relief to patients and families across the commonwealth appears to have taken a major step forward. Mentored Youth Fishing Days As we get closer and closer to warm weather, anglers will be dusting off their fishing poles and tackle boxes and preparing to hit their favorite stream, river or lake. It also means that we’re almost at our region’s Mentored Youth Trout Day, which will be held March 26. Mentored Youth Trout Days aim to get more children involved in fishing and show them how much fun a lifetime of fishing can be. It’s Read more

 

Winter 2016 newsletter

(Feb 25, 2016)

The Winter 2016 edition of my newsletter is available. Read more

 

Online voter registration and changes available

(Feb 24, 2016)

Pennsylvania has now accepted more than 100,000 new and updated voter registrations online. March 28 is the deadline to register or make changes such as name, address or party to your registration before the primary election on April 26. You can access online voter registration here . Once you submit your online registration application, you will receive an application number. If you provided an email address, this application number will also be emailed to you. This number will allow you to track the application status through the " Find Voter Application Status " application. The county voter registration office will mail your voter registration card to your residence. Please contact the county voter registration office to check on the status of your application if you do not receive your voter registration card within 14 days. 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 deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2015 is Dec. 31, 2016, and the rebates normally are distributed by the Department of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more

 

PACE prescription programs benefit seniors

(Feb 10, 2016)

PACE, PACENET and PACE plus Medicare are Pennsylvania's prescription assistance programs for older adults, offering low-cost prescription medication to qualified residents, age 65 and older. As of this year, the legislature passed a law excluding Social Security Medicare Part B premiums from being counted towards income levels. Read more

 

State auction Feb. 9 to feature 200-plus vehicles; Washington Crossing added to state park system; and trout stocking schedules available online

(Feb 04, 2016)

Pennsylvania’s first vehicle auction of 2016 will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, at Manheim Keystone Pennsylvania, 488 Firehouse Road in Grantville , Dauphin County. Over 200 vehicles will be up for sale, and all vehicles can be previewed in-person by the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily beginning, Friday, Feb. 5, through Monday, Feb. 8. Sedans, pick-up trucks, SUVs and utility vehicles no longer used by state agencies or seized by state law enforcement agencies will be available for purchase. All revenue generated from the sale is returned to the state. Auction registration opens at 8 a.m. Tuesday and closes at noon. Buyers may purchase with cash or certified funds in the form of money orders, cashier's checks, certified checks or bank checks – all made payable to “Manheim Central Penn Auto Auction.” This is the first vehicle auction of six slated for 2016 by the state Department of General Services . More information on this auction, payment conditions and a complete listing of vehicles are available online at the DGS Auto Auction Information page . Washington Crossing added to state park system Washington Crossing Historic Park in Bucks County -- the site of George Washington’s dramatic boat crossing of the Delaware River during the American Revolution – is now Pennsylvania’s 121 st state park. The 500-acre park was recently transferred to the state Department of Conservation and Natural Read more

 

Heating assistance available through April 1; Community college seeks applicants for metalworking training program

(Feb 03, 2016)

Even though Punxsutawney Phil predicts just three more weeks of winter weather, it’s a safe bet that some cold days and nights remain. Less than 60 days remain to apply for home heating assistance through LIHEAP, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. LIHEAP applications will be accepted through April 1. LIHEAP helps low-income families -- both renters and homeowners -- pay their heating bills and deal with such heating emergencies as a broken furnace, fuel shortage or utility service shutoff. Online applications can be completed by visiting www.compass.state.pa.us . Paper applications are still available through my offices as well as county assistance offices . Information and applications also are available from the state Department of Human Services’ website, www.dhs.pa.gov . BCCC seeks applicants for metalworking training program Bucks County Community College and PA CareerLink are seeking applicants for a full-time Advanced Manufacturing Metalwork Training Program . The 12-week course, which provides free training for those who qualify, begins in April. The college will hold two information sessions from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, and Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the Lower Bucks Campus , 1304 Veterans Highway in Bristol Township. Please call 267-685-4884 or email Bridget.Hughes@bucks.edu to register for an information session. Read more

 

Legislators, advocates: 7th anniversary of Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act spotlights need to update, strengthen Pa. equal pay law

(Jan 29, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 29 – On the seventh anniversary of the federal Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act becoming law, some legislators and advocates say Pennsylvania women need a stronger equal pay law. Legislation to update and strengthen Pennsylvania's 55-year-old equal pay law has been introduced in the House by Reps. Brian Sims, D-Phila., and Tina Davis, D-Bucks; and in the Senate by Sens. Rob Teplitz, D-Dauphin/Perry, and Anthony Hardy Williams, D-Phila./Delaware. The bills ( H.B. 1160 and S.B. 303 ) would narrow the definition of determining factors for pay to education, training or experience, while also lifting the veil of pay secrecy and creating protections that permit employees to inquire about salaries without fear of termination. Current law allows for "any factor other than sex" to be a legitimate justification for disparities in pay. Sims said, "Pennsylvania women are paid on average 54 to 83 cents for every dollar a man makes, depending on which county they live in. Equal work deserves equal pay – anything less is unacceptable." Davis said, "Equal pay for equal work must advance from being a slogan to a reality in Pennsylvania. Income equality is a cornerstone of economic opportunity for Pennsylvania families. Pay discrimination is real, and Pennsylvania can ill afford to continue to shortchange women and their families. This needs to be fixed immediately." Teplitz said, "Wage inequality and pay secrecy are Read more

 

DEP spraying for gnats in region; Tax return help available before April 18 deadline
Apr 11, 2016

Davis: Fixing Harrisburg means ending gifts
Apr 08, 2016

Opportunity Council’s Wheelz2Work program is making a difference; April 22 deadline for college scholarship applications
Apr 06, 2016

Congratulations to ‘Nova, Ryan Arcidiacono – NCAA champs! Child Abuse Prevention Month; and it's cheap, easy to license your dog
Apr 05, 2016

Pennsylvania lawmakers looking to regulate recovery houses
Apr 05, 2016

Davis: Hearing identifies failings in recovery house process, regulations
Apr 05, 2016

PA physician general hosts roundtable at Bucks County Community College on ending sexual assault
Apr 01, 2016

Panel to focus Monday on Rep. Davis' recovery house measure; hearing to be streamed live at www.pahouse.com/live
Mar 31, 2016

Davis: April 4 public hearing to spotlight recovery house legislation
Mar 31, 2016

Call 1-800-FIX-ROAD to report potholes; opening day of trout season is Saturday; and safe, free tax services available from IRS
Mar 29, 2016

Davis Celebrates National Women's History Month
Mar 15, 2016

Police departments' life-saving efforts honored; help available on student aid; and tax exemption for active-duty military restored
Mar 02, 2016

Gridlock on legalizing medical marijuana appears over; Mentored Youth Fishing Days on the horizon
Feb 25, 2016

Winter 2016 newsletter
Feb 25, 2016

Online voter registration and changes available
Feb 24, 2016

Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms available at my office
Feb 15, 2016

PACE prescription programs benefit seniors
Feb 10, 2016

State auction Feb. 9 to feature 200-plus vehicles; Washington Crossing added to state park system; and trout stocking schedules available online
Feb 04, 2016

Heating assistance available through April 1; Community college seeks applicants for metalworking training program
Feb 03, 2016

Legislators, advocates: 7th anniversary of Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act spotlights need to update, strengthen Pa. equal pay law
Jan 29, 2016