Cephas, Davis and Jones introduce bipartisan legislation to restore dignity for incarcerated women

(Sep 17, 2020)

State Reps. Morgan Cephas, Tina Davis and Mike Jones introduced bipartisan legislation today aimed at restoring dignity for incarcerated women across the commonwealth. “Everyone has rights, and this legislation is meant to strengthen the safety precautions and supports that the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections already has for incarcerated individuals by making sure these policies stay in place for years to come,” said Cephas, D-Phila. “While we continue the conversation and action around criminal justice reform, we must remember our women and girls within the system. Many of our incarcerated individuals are mothers or expectant mothers who are the primary providers for their family. Restoring their dignity means ensuring they have the resources they need to take care of themselves, rehabilitate and get back to their loved ones. This bipartisan effort to protect lives is one we all should agree on.” The legislation ( H.B. 2875 ) would: Update current restraint laws to better document restraint use and protect the mental and physical wellbeing of pregnant women and their children. Prohibit restrictive housing for pregnant or postpartum women and detainees. Require all correctional institution employees who have contact with pregnant, incarcerated individuals to undergo comprehensive, professional training related to pregnancy, post-partum, and trauma-informed care. Create an Read more


9/10/20 – The Vanishing Trial – Harrisburg

(Sep 10, 2020)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing held in the Capitol and co-chaired by State Rep. Tina Davis. Read more


House Democratic Policy Committee to hold briefing about “The Vanishing Trial” Thursday in Capitol

(Sep 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 4 – State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, announced today that the House Democratic Policy Committee will hold a public briefing on “The Vanishing Trial” film and the implications of Pennsylvania’s harsh sentencing laws on plea bargaining and trials. The briefing will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10 in Room G-50 Irvis Office Building in Harrisburg. The media and public are urged to watch the livestream at www.pahouse.com/live . Requested by state Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, the briefing will feature a showing of “The Vanishing Trial” and testimony from policy experts. Presenters will speak remotely while committee members will participate in person and remotely. Speakers will include: K. Celeste Trusty , Pennsylvania state policy director, FAMM. Marirosa Lamas , former superintendent, SCI-Chester. Chester Hollman , legal assistant, Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project. Nyssa Taylor , criminal justice policy counsel, ACLU-PA. Following the briefing, testimonies and full briefing video will be posted at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more



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Davis and Galloway: $149K in grant funding for Truman Senior High School

(Aug 26, 2020)

LEVITTOWN, Aug. 26 – State Reps. Tina Davis and John Galloway, both D-Bucks, announced that Truman Senior High School had been awarded $149,278 in grants to improve its educational services for historically underserved students. The school had been designated for Additional Targeted Support and Improvement under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. “The coronavirus pandemic has affected schools’ ability to teach their students, especially their most vulnerable student populations,” Davis said. “This funding will help Truman put systems in place so that all students are academically engaged during this challenging period.” This grant money comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, which authorizes governors to determine the educational use of Governor's Emergency Education Relief funds. ESSA requires states to develop plans to designate schools for support and improvement based on the performance of individual student groups in key areas, including academic achievement and growth; graduation rate and English learner progress; and student success factors such as regular attendance and chronic absenteeism. Student groups include race, economically disadvantaged, English language learners, and students with disabilities. Galloway said, “We don’t know what the fall will bring in terms of the pandemic, so I am glad that Truman will have the funds needed to Read more


Legislation by Reps. Ciresi, Davis would provide financial relief to local bars, restaurants

(Aug 20, 2020)

“We’ve had to take strict precautions to protect our health during the pandemic, but the impact of these protocols has devastated the restaurant industry and the lives of those who work within it,” Davis said. “The hardship these establishments and their workers are facing has had serious socio-economic ramifications on the entire community. This bill would help our local restaurants – and the people who work in them – survive this unprecedented crisis but would benefit the larger community as well.” Read more


Davis: Bristol Township School District receives $189K grant award

(Aug 07, 2020)

LEVITTOWN, Aug. 7 – State Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, today announced that the Bristol Township School District has been selected to receive a $189,000 Continuity of Education Equity Grant for the 2020-21 academic year. “This grant will ensure that our students have the resources needed to succeed academically in the coming school year,” Davis said. “The pandemic exposed the inequalities in our educational system. We must do everything we can to level the playing field. This grant money will help us do that.” The grants may be used to purchase computer equipment, such as laptops, tablets, and internet hot spots, or toward providing instructional materials, such as paper lessons and coursework. Schools with the highest percentages of students lacking access to resources were given priority in receiving these grants. CEEG grants are designed to help provide access and inclusion for all learners by bridging the gap for students who are currently limited in their ability to participate in continuity of education. Earlier this year, the Pennsylvania Department of Education was able to provide approximately $5 million to fund 96 applications, with additional funds through Governor’s Emergency Education Relief under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. PDE is now able to provide an additional $13 million. For additional guidance and resources for schools, visit the COVID-19 page Read more


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(Jul 30, 2020)

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Relief to restaurants, bars & clubs to help workers a top priority in House Democratic legislative package

(Jul 27, 2020)

HARRISBURG, July 27 -- Citing the distressing impacts COVID-19 is having on Pennsylvania’s restaurant industry and a recent Yelp survey showing more than half of restaurants could close permanently due to the virus’ impact, Democrats in Harrisburg have crafted a legislative package aimed at providing relief to community business owners and the workers that cook and serve our food. The package includes nine bills that would provide grants to local restaurants, bars and clubs, reduce and eliminate specific licensing fees, extend discounts to licensees and protect businesses by guaranteeing their insurance pays out in future emergencies. These efforts will provide direct relief to an industry of Pennsylvania businesses the virus has hit hard, House Democratic leaders said. Restrictions put in place have been necessary in the state’s response to COVID-19. The leaders said they recognize the hardship the virus has continued to place on the restaurant industry. Restaurants have served as the backdrop of many life occasions and special moments and they need support more now than ever. The House Democratic package includes: Earmarking CARES grant funding from the federal government to be directed to small, community restaurants instead of national chains to ensure those dollars are invested back into the region. ( Rep. Joe Ciresi, Montgomery County & Rep. Tina Davis, Bucks County ) Earmarking CARES grant Read more


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(Jun 26, 2020)

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Davis legislation would create grace periods for insurance premium payments during a disaster emergency

(Jun 05, 2020)

LEVITTOWN, June 5 – State Rep. Tina Davis has announced that she will be introducing legislation that would require insurance companies to provide a 90-day grace period for the payment of insurance premiums during a disaster emergency. “Many Pennsylvanians have lost their jobs or had to close their businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are now struggling to pay their bills,” Davis said. “People shouldn’t have their insurance canceled because of an inability to keep up with insurance premiums during this period of unprecedented economic hardship . By requiring insurance companies to provide a 90-day grace period for insurance premium payments during a disaster emergency, my legislation would protect Pennsylvanians from having their insurance terminated at a time they need it most.” Currently, Pennsylvania has only recommended insurers grant a grace period to policy holders during the pandemic. Davis said that many states have required such grace periods in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in the aftermath of natural disasters. Residents with questions should contact Davis’ office by phone at 267-580-2660 or email ( repdavis@pahouse.net ). Read more


Davis Reopens District Office June 8

(Jun 03, 2020)

LEVITTOWN, June 3 – State Rep. Tina Davis has announced that she will reopen her district office by appointment Monday-Friday beginning June 8. “Over the past two and a half months, my office has remotely offered constituent services to hundreds of constituents,” Davis said. “Now that Bucks County will be entering into the yellow phase, I am glad that my office can take the first steps in safely resuming in-person services,” Davis said. “I am very much looking forward to the time when my office will be open to in-person services for all my constituents,” Davis said. Constituents that need assistance must contact the district office by phone 267-580-2660 or email ( repdavis@pahouse.net ). Appointments will last for an allotted time to allow for proper social distancing. Anyone entering the office must be properly wearing a mask. Davis said constituents should not come to the office if they are not feeling well or have been recently exposed to someone with COVID-19. Residents with questions should contact Davis’ office by phone at 267-580-2660 or email ( repdavis@pahouse.net ). Read more


Davis announces Bucks County is receiving $2.3 million in CARES Funding to Support Child Care Providers

(May 20, 2020)

LEVITTOWN, May 20 – State Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, announced today an initial distribution of $2.35 million in funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act to support child care providers in Bucks County. “Thanks to child care providers, parents can go to work because they know their children will be cared for in a safe environment where they will get foundational social and intellectual skills that will carry them through life,” Davis said. “After this terrible health crisis, our communities will need a strong child care system so parents can go back to work. “That’s why I’m very glad Bucks County has received this CARES Act funding, which will help our child care providers get back on their feet after their businesses suffered due to the COVID-19 pandemic.” Pennsylvania received $106 million in funding to support child care providers through the CARES Act that will be distributed to providers in two waves. The first wave of $51 million will be distributed to all eligible, licensed child care providers and is designed to help providers preparing to reopen as counties move to the yellow phase. Distributed in partnership with the General Assembly, this initial funding will reach nearly 7,000 child care centers throughout Pennsylvania. The remaining funding will be allocated following the joint study by the Department of Human Resources Office of Child Development and Read more


Davis, Galloway sign letter of support for curbside pickup sent to governor

(May 19, 2020)

LEVITTOWN, May 19 – State Reps. Tina Davis and John Galloway, both D-Bucks, announced today they signed a letter sent by the Senate Democratic Caucus to Gov. Tom Wolf requesting that the commonwealth allow for curbside pickup at all retail locations. “At this point, we can open additional sectors of the economy while continuing to flatten the curve as long as social distancing and good hygiene is practiced, and personal protective equipment (PPE) is used,” Davis said. “It’s time to get our economy moving again,” Galloway said. “Our small businesses can have curbside pickup while using the tools and practices that will protect the public health.” In the letter, the legislators contend that the 18 counties still in red phase are close to moving to yellow, and are ready and able to take the necessary steps needed to open additional sectors of the economy in a way that is consistent with the goal of mitigation. They point to neighboring state New Jersey as an example of a state that allows for curbside pickup. Davis and Galloway said that the collective sacrifices made to protect vulnerable populations in this pandemic has led to grave economic insecurities and hardship for many in Bucks County. “As the coronavirus pandemic continues to show signs of slowing in the state, it’s time to help our struggling communities by letting them get back to work,” Davis and Read more


U.S. Census Jobs

(May 11, 2020)

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Davis’ May Shred Event Postponed

(May 06, 2020)

LEVITTOWN, May 6 – State Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, announced today her shred event, originally scheduled for May 9, has been postponed to Sept. 26 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Davis said, “Safeguarding the health and welfare of our community is of primary concern at this time, so I’ve decided to postpone my shred event until September.” Davis said that details about the Sept. 26 shred event would be announced closer to the event. Read more


Workplace Rules

(Apr 20, 2020)

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COVID-19 Legislation

(Mar 26, 2020)

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COVID-19 Updates

(Mar 20, 2020)

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