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House passes bill to designate bridge after fallen officer

(Oct 02, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 2 – A bill authored by state Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., to rename a bridge after a Philadelphia police officer killed in the line of duty passed the House today. The legislation ( H.B. 1778 ) would designate the bridge on a portion of state Route 1005, also known as Castor Avenue, that goes over Frankford Creek, as the Officer Gary Frank Skerski Memorial Bridge. The 16-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department was shot and killed in the line of duty on May 6, 2006, while responding to a reported armed robbery at a café near the intersection of Arrott and Adams avenues in the Frankford section of Philadelphia. “Officer Skerski was the definition of a true hero and heroes deserve to be honored,” Dawkins said. “The bridge is a way to pay tribute and never forget the ultimate sacrifice he made to keep this city safe.” Skerski was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, the League of Sacred Heart of Jesus, and a parishioner of St. Adalbert Roman Catholic Church in Port Richmond. Reps. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., and John Taylor, R-Phila., are co-sponsors of the bill. The legislation now heads to the Senate. Read more

 

Dawkins to host Harvest Resource Festival and Children’s Fright Night

(Oct 02, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 2 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., announced he will host his Harvest Resource Festival and Children’s Fright Night at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31 at Wissinoming Park, 5773-5945 Frankford Ave . The event will be held in collaboration with state Sen. Christine Tartaglione. Residents in the 179th Legislative District will be able receive information on how to prepare for the winter months with information on various utility assistance programs, how to properly weatherize their homes, and other state-related services. Dawkins’ office will have free games and candy available for children. The meeting is open to the community and costumes are encouraged. ### Read more

 

Dawkins invites constituents to 5th Annual Olney Youth Arts Festival

(Oct 02, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 2 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., is inviting residents of the 179th Legislative District and neighbors from across Philadelphia to attend the 5th Annual Olney Youth Arts Festival from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 in the 500 block of West Chew Avenue at North 5th Street, Philadelphia. “This is a great opportunity for our neighbors to witness the transforming power of the arts and the multi-cultural talent of our city’s children and youth,” Dawkins said. “By getting involved in arts, they open a pathway to access their deepest and most authentic selves. This provides them with a creative outlet for expression and reflection, both fundamental aspects for their lives as adults.” Dawkins and his staff will provide assistance on any state-related issue constituents may have. The rain location is St. Paul's Lutheran Church at 5918 N. 5th St., Philadelphia. More information about the event is available by calling Dawkins’ office at (215) 744-7901 or visiting www.pahouse.com/Dawkins . Read more

 

Fall 2017 newsletter

(Sep 26, 2017)

Read Rep. Dawkins' Fall 2017 Newsletter. Read more

 

Dawkins Working to Honor Fallen Officer

(Sep 25, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Jason Dawkins speaks before the House Transportation Committee on his legislation that would rename part of Castor Ave., over the Frankford Creek, as the Officer Gary Frank Skerski Memorial Bridge. Officer Skerski was shot and killed in the line of duty on May 8, 2006, in the Frankford section of Philadelphia. Read more

 

Bill to designate Officer Gary Frank Skerski Memorial Bridge voted out of committee

(Sep 25, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 25 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., today announced that legislation that would designate a bridge on a portion of State Route 1005, also known as Castor Avenue, as the Officer Gary Frank Skerski Memorial Bridge was unanimously approved by the Transportation Committee. Skerski was shot and killed in the line of duty on May 6, 2006, while responding to a reported armed robbery at a café near the intersection of Arrott and Adams avenues in the Frankford section of Philadelphia. “This man was a hero in the truest sense of the word,” Dawkins said. “He devoted and gave his life to protect our people. We will always remember his sacrifice and we will work to keep his legacy alive.” Skerski had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 16 years and was assigned to the 15th District. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, the League of Sacred Heart of Jesus, and was a parishioner of St. Adalbert Roman Catholic Church in Port Richmond. Reps. Angel Cruz and John Taylor are co-sponsors of the bill. The legislation ( H.B. 1778 ) now awaits full House consideration. Read more

 

Dawkins: Summer of Service

(Sep 12, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Jason Dawkins discusses the busy summer months of service for the 179th Legislative District and an update on the state budget crisis in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Dawkins introduces bill to designate Officer Gary Frank Skerski Memorial Bridge

(Sep 12, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 12 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., has announced plans to introduce legislation that would designate a bridge on a portion of State Route 1005, also known as Castor Avenue, as the Officer Gary Frank Skerski Memorial Bridge. Officer Gary Frank Skerski was shot and killed in the line of duty on May 6, 2006, while responding to a reported armed robbery at a café near the intersection of Arrott and Adams avenues in the Frankford section of Philadelphia. “We always name bridges after presidents and generals, and that is well and good," said Dawkins. “But this man was a hero in the truest sense of the word. He devoted and gave his life to protect our people. We will always remember his sacrifice and we will work to keep his legacy alive.” Officer Skerski had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 16 years and was assigned to the 15th District. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, the League of Sacred Heart of Jesus, and was a parishioner of Saint Adalbert Roman Catholic Church in Port Richmond. Reps. Angel Cruz and John Taylor are co-sponsors of the bill. Dawkins said he is hopeful of swift House passage. Read more

 

Dawkins to host Autism Parent Café on Sept. 23

(Sep 07, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 7 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., will host an Autism Parent Café from 10 a.m. noon Saturday, Sept. 23 at his district office, 4667 Paul St., Philadelphia . “Stigma towards autism has often been difficult to tackle because it affects everyone differently and because our society is full of stereotypes. With a better understanding, we can defeat those stereotypes and improve the lives of affected families,” said Dawkins. “This event is aimed at gathering information and developing solutions to increase the chances of effective support, lower incidents of bullying at school and amplify employment opportunities, so people with autism can thrive taking part in our society.” The event is family friendly and will feature resources for parents, caretakers and educators: How communities can get involved to support families affected by autism. Meet and discuss challenges, celebrate success and share knowledge. Connect with other parents, autism support groups and agencies. Dawkins and his staff will provide assistance on any state-related issue constituents may have. More information about the event is available by calling Dawkins’ office at (215)744-7901. Read more

 

Confederate monument removals: The Great Distractor

(Sep 06, 2017)

It has been impossible to avoid the news on the contentious debate surrounding the removal of confederate memorial statues. Citizens have been asked to organize and mobilize until these statues, and the discriminatory and bigoted views they represent, are removed. I believe that these actions, while desperately needed, stop short of calling out the larger and more systemic need for change in our communities. As a result, we must create a deeper and much more wide-reaching change than the mere removal of a statue or monument. We could focus not on viewing confederate memorials as divisive monuments, but instead use them as reminders to apply ourselves as minority citizens. These statues should be used as symbolic motivators to create the change we know we so desperately need to see in our community. When we hear of confederate heroes and stories of southern heritage, we cannot become enveloped in anger. Instead, we must reflect inward and ask how we are making ourselves and our community better. Frederick Douglass once said that “learning will forever unfit an individual to be a slave.” As trite and clichéd as it may sound, knowledge is power. If ignorance constrains us, then knowledge is what allows us to break free from our shackles, both physically and metaphorically. That freedom is a naked threat to those who wish to preserve the status quo and maintain power balances as they currently exist in America. This threat, this fear of an educated Read more

 

Dawkins to introduce legislation requiring PTSD testing for law enforcement

(Aug 29, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 29 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., today said he is currently seeking co-sponsors for his legislation that would assist with maintaining the mental health of law enforcement officers in the commonwealth. The legislation would require police officers to undergo Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder evaluations every other year and within 30 days of an incident in which lethal force is used. “Being in law enforcement is a very demanding and stressful job. These brave men and women put their lives on the line every day to keep our families and communities safe,” Dawkins said. “That demand can certainly take a toll on a police officer mentally and with dangerous consequences.” Dawkins noted there are numerous incidents that can cause PTSD in police officers, such as hostage situations, dangerous drug busts, fatal crashes, and other cases that involve serious injury or death to the people involved in the incident. Other stressful situations that could trigger PTSD include working long hours, handling people’s attitudes, waiting for the next call and not knowing how the situation will play out, and even politics within the police department. “While many of these factors seem to be a part of the job, the repeated exposure can be unhealthy for a police officer,” Dawkins said. “Many times, they suffer in silence and rein in their own emotions to serve the community. “By requiring our law enforcement Read more

 

Dawkins sponsoring Women’s Health Fair on Sept. 9

(Aug 15, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 15 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., will sponsor a Women’s Health Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9 at the Northeast Frankford Boys and Girls Club, 1709 Kinsey St. “My women’s health fair is a perfect opportunity for women of the 179 th Legislative District to get routine checkups that can help them stay healthy and reach their wellness goals. Attendees will receive free screenings – and get lots of health questions answered -- by making just one visit,” Dawkins 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 type of event.” The health fair will feature services from a wide range of health-related fields, including: Cancer care Health insurance Behavioral health Medical equipment Women’s-issues-focused counseling Opioid addiction help Sexual violence prevention Fitness Dawkins and his staff will provide assistance for constituents applying for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Medicaid and the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Local and state organizations will also be available on site. For more information about the health fair, please call Dawkins’ office at (215)744-7901 or visit www.pahouse.com/Dawkins . Read more

 

Dawkins announces Third Annual Frankford Community Day

(Jul 24, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, July 24 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins has announced that he will host his third annual Frankford Community Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12 at the Gambrel Playground, 1900 Wakeling St., Frankford. “I am excited to host my third annual community day in Frankford,” Dawkins said. “For the past two years, I have been able to bring my community together and provide them with various resources to meet their needs. I look forward to this year’s event, meeting my neighbors face-to-face, and addressing any issues they have.” Dawkins said the free event will feature carnival and video games, as well as live entertainment. Represetatives from local and state agencies will also be available to provide information about a variety of social services. Guests include Philadelphia City Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, State Senator Christine Tartaglione, Congressman Brendan Boyle, the 23 rd Ward of Philadelphia, the Frankford Community Development Corporation and more. Free refreshments also will be served. For more information, contact Dawkins’ constituent service office at 215-744-7901 ### Read more

 

Dawkins to host criminal record expungement and sealing clinic

(Jul 11, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, July 11 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., announced he’s hosting a free criminal record expungement and sealing clinic from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 25 at St. Mark’s Church, 4442 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia. “A sealed record can change a person’s quality of life and wellbeing almost instantly. It means more opportunities for employment, education and other benefits that in different circumstances would never become available,” Dawkins said. “This is another effort to give people with criminal record a second chance and deter recidivism.” Criminal record expungement allows a person convicted of a third-degree misdemeanor or a second-degree misdemeanor, if at least 10 years have passed, respectively, since they completed their sentence, to request the opportunity to appear before a judge and request an order for limited access of their criminal record. For more information, residents may contact Dawkins' office at 215-744-7901 . Read more

 

Dawkins Strikes a Blow to Stop and Gos

(Jun 27, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Jason Dawkins voted to increase penalties and enforcement against nuisance bars, commonly referred to as “Stop and Gos,” that are a burden on many Philadelphia neighborhoods, dragging down business corridors, hurting communities and lowering quality of life for families. Read more

 

Dawkins applauds House passage of bill to address 'stop and go' nuisances

(Jun 27, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 27 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., applauded today's House passage of a bill that would address "stop and go" nuisance alcohol-selling businesses in Philadelphia. "I co-sponsored House Bill 1547 because I feel that greater control and a positive benefit to the commonwealth would result from giving local governments and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board's Bureau of Licensing the ability to designate areas as saturated nuisance markets," Dawkins said. Under the bill, the LCB would look at the number of citations, police incidents, objections to liquor license renewals and conditional license agreements of eatery and restaurant licensees to determine if a zip code area should be deemed a saturated nuisance market location. In neighborhoods designated as saturated nuisance market areas, violations would be subject to enhanced penalties, fines and suspensions, and the Liquor Control Board would be able to remove licenses from those areas. Saturated nuisance market areas also would have added community input and would be subject to additional conditions such as transaction scan devices and enhanced food preparation requirements. The bill goes to the state Senate for consideration. ### Read more

 

Rep. Dawkins Spring 2017 Newsletter

(Jun 12, 2017)

Thank you for the opportunity to continue serving as your State Representative, it is truly an honor! I continue to focus my work on issues that I believe best represent the concerns and values we share as residents of Philadelphia. Understanding that the population of non-English speakers continues to increase, I've decided to include Spanish language information in my newsletter and contribute to make Pennsylvania a welcoming and inclusive place to live. Read more

 

Dawkins: Shots & Slots No Good for Philly

(Jun 08, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Jason Dawkins speaks against expanding gaming in Pennsylvania. This legislation would potentially allow "Stop and Gos" in Philadelphia neighborhoods to add Video Gaming Terminals, further deteriorating the quality of life in the surrounding communities. Read more

 

Dawkins condemns gambling expansion bill

(Jun 08, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 8 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., voted against legislation that would dramatically expand gambling in Pennsylvania. Dawkins said the expansion would not only saturate the gambling market at the expense of the Pennsylvania Lottery and the senior citizens programs it supports, it would further threaten the safety and quality of life of residents in the neighborhoods he serves and throughout Philadelphia. House Bill 271 includes authorizing up to 30,000 locations for video gaming terminals at licensed liquor retailers and establishments by the end of 2018 and 40,000 by 2020, as well as gambling tablets or “iGaming” at Pennsylvania’s six international airports, including Philadelphia. Dawkins added the "stop and go" liquor businesses that have been such a problem in Philadelphia would be eligible and that there is no distribution formula for ensuring that Philadelphia neighborhoods are not saddled with the majority of machines. “My concern is about the stop and go locations. It is a fact that 75 percent of gamblers have a drinking disorder. We have a saturation of stop and go’s in Philadelphia and this constitutes another challenge for us,” Dawkins said. “When you live in communities like mine, when you see poverty, addiction and opioid abuse, you can’t understand how we are putting another potential problem in our city. “It’s impossible not to think about our Read more

 

Dawkins Securing ADA Compliance for Recovery Houses

(Jun 07, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Jason Dawkins authored legislation that would require drug & alcohol recovery houses to be compliant with ADA requirements. Dawkins' legislation was offered as an amendment to a bill in a larger package addressing the state's opioid epidemic. Read more