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Longtime state Rep. Tony DeLuca Passes Away Following Short Battle with Lymphoma

Longtime state Rep. Tony DeLuca Passes Away Following Short Battle with Lymphoma

(Oct 10, 2022)

State Rep. Anthony M. “Tony” DeLuca (D-Penn Hills), the senior member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, died on Sunday, Oct. 9 at home after a brief battle with lymphoma, a disease he twice previously beat. He was 85. Read more

 

Senior Fair on October 6

(Sep 27, 2022)

Senior Fair on October 6 Read more

 

DeLuca announces $73,000 grant for Plum stormwater improvements

(Sep 20, 2022)

PENN HILLS, Sept. 20 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, announced Plum Borough will receive a $73,203 grant to maintain and repair three existing residential retention ponds. DeLuca said the borough plans to use the funding to award a contract to remove more than 4,400 tons of sediment from the retention ponds, clear overgrown vegetation and inspect the infrastructure to make any necessary repairs. “This project will make sure the retention ponds are functioning properly to reduce flooding and stormwater pollution from storms,” DeLuca said. “The removal of the built-up sediment could also reduce the impact the ponds have on two separate impaired streams.” The Commonwealth Financing Authority administered the grant from its Watershed Restoration and Protection Program. The funds can be used for construction, improvement, expansion, repair, maintenance or rehabilitation of new or existing watershed protection best management practices . More information about the program can be found here: https://dced.pa.gov/programs/watershed-restoration-protection-program-wrpp/ . Read more

 

Rep. DeLuca Summer 2022 Newsletter

(Sep 01, 2022)

Rep. DeLuca Summer 2022 Newsletter Read more

 

District Changes

(Apr 27, 2022)

Changes are coming to our district lines in December 2022, but one thing that doesn’t change is my commitment to serving you and everyone in the 32nd district, including the communities that are new to us. My staff and I are ready to answer questions and happy to help you find the information you need on state government services and programs. Give us a call at 412-793-2448 or email me at RepDeLuca@pahouse.net . Read more

 

Reminder about Penn Hills Zoning Hearing Board

(Apr 22, 2022)

Residents in Rosedale asked me to remind neighbors that on Wednesday, April 27 the Penn Hills Zoning Hearing Board will be considering an application from Victoria Deakings, tentative purchaser of the former New Vision Community Church, 1620 Randolph Lane. Ms. Deakings is requesting a variance to permit the use of a meeting hall (banquet hall) in the R-2 Single Family Zoning District. The meeting is at 7 PM in the Penn Hills Government Center, 102 Duff Road. Read more

 

DeLuca reminds residents about spring flooding danger, urges flood insurance

(Apr 22, 2022)

PENN HILLS, April 22 – As Spring brings heavy rainfall and the threat of flooding to Pennsylvania, state Rep. Tony DeLuca is reminding residents that flood insurance is available to protect their homes, businesses and belongings. “Allegheny County is no stranger to the threat of flooding, and it doesn’t take much water -- even as little as an inch -- to cause tens of thousands of dollars of damage to a home,” said DeLuca, D-Allegheny. “As the Democratic chairman of the House Insurance Committee, I feel it is part of my responsibility to make everyone aware flood insurance is available, even for folks who don’t live in a flood plain. I encourage homeowners, renters and business owners not to wait to explore their options so they can stay prepared for a flood emergency.” DeLuca added that most homeowners’ insurance policies do not cover damage due to flooding. Homeowners who live in Special Flood Hazard Areas are likely required to have flood insurance, but one in four insurance claims for flooding come from outside high-risk flood areas, according to the National Flood Insurance Program. Private insurers and the NFIP offer flood insurance policies to cover almost any building and its contents, including rental property and condominiums. Consumers should be aware that flood insurance policies are not active immediately. In most cases, there is a 30-day waiting period before Read more

 

DeLuca announces $41,000 security grant for landmark Hindu temple in Penn Hills

(Apr 14, 2022)

PENN HILLS, April 14 – A $41,177 grant will be used for enhancements to protect the safety and security of those who worship at the Sri Venkateswara Temple in Penn Hills, announced state Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny. “The Sri Venkateswara Temple is one of the oldest Hindu temples in America and a landmark in the Penn Hills community where devotees can practice and celebrate their faith,” DeLuca said. “The funding secured will help the temple afford security measures to ensure devotees feel safe in their place of worship.” The Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program was created in response to the tragic 2018 attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill to help nonprofits and faith-based organizations secure themselves. Act 83 of 2019 established the program at the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, which administers funding to nonprofit organizations that principally serve individuals, groups or institutions included within a bias motivation category for single-bias hate crime incidents as identified by the FBI’s Hate Crime Statistics publication. Churches, temples, synagogues and other institutions can use the grants for safety and security planning, purchasing safety equipment or technology, training and threat assessments, or other safety-related projects. Find more information about Act 83 and the Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program here: Read more

 

DeLuca opposes auditor general’s plan to close school audit bureau

(Mar 25, 2022)

PITTSBURGH, March 25 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, announced his opposition today to the state auditor general’s plan to close the school audit bureau within his department next month. “The auditor general’s school audit bureau brought light to a lack of oversight that allowed the Penn Hills School District to plunge into $167 million in debt,” DeLuca said. “Without this bureau and the oversight it provides, Penn Hills School District and other school districts across the commonwealth could plummet into hundreds of millions of dollars of more debt with little to no accountability.” Under Auditor General Timothy L. DeFoor’s plan, the state Department of Education would take over auditing Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts and nearly 180 charter schools and cyber schools. “The responsibility for school audits was transferred from the state Department of Education to the Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General 30 years ago,” DeLuca said. “I have real concerns over whether the state Department of Education has the capacity to audit all of our school districts, charter schools and cyber schools, especially after being given a short window of time with it already being the end of March and the school audit bureau closing in April. I strongly urge the auditor general to reconsider his plan so that our schools continue to have some Read more

 

DeLuca introduces bill to relieve pain at the gas pump

(Mar 23, 2022)

HARRISBURG, March 23 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, introduced legislation today that would deliver urgent and much-needed relief to drivers by suspending Pennsylvania’s 58-cent tax on gasoline and 74-cent tax on diesel for six months. “The pain at the pump from rising gas prices is hitting Pennsylvanians' wallets and our way of life -- from more expensive commutes to paying more to distribute goods," DeLuca said. "While the General Assembly might not be able to control oil prices, we can control how much we tax gasoline. I'm calling for a suspension of the state's gas tax so Pennsylvanians can keep more of their hard-earned money." In addition to the six-month state tax suspension, H.B. 2453 would require owners of gas stations and oil companies to pass on the tax break to consumers. If that does not happen, consumers would be able to file lawsuits against the company or gas station under the state's Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law. House Bill 2453 would also direct the state secretary of Revenue to propose ways to mitigate funding lost from the tax suspension. Several states across the country are considering suspending their gas taxes as consumers grapple with high gasoline and diesel costs. On March 18, 2022, Maryland suspended its 36-cent gas tax for 30 days. According to AAA, the average gas price in Maryland was $4.27 per gallon the week of March 14, 2022. After the gas tax Read more

 

DeLuca supports new Path to Pennie program

(Mar 16, 2022)

PITTSBURGH, March 16 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, Democratic chair of the PA House Insurance Committee, expressed strong support today for the new Path to Pennie program. “As chair of the House Insurance Committee, I worked closely with my vice chair, state Rep. Austin Davis, who introduced legislation that would establish an easy enrollment option to connect working Pennsylvanians to quality and affordable health insurance coverage,” DeLuca said. “I also applaud the governor and Pennie for working together to implement this change that will increase access to health insurance for more folks who need it.” Path to Pennie helps to connect uninsured Pennsylvanians with health insurance coverage with the addition of an optional REV-1882 form on the state personal income tax return, which asks filers whether they, their spouse or dependents need health insurance coverage. If the tax filer checks “yes,” they are asked if they consent to receive information from Pennie, the state’s health insurance marketplace, which then reaches out to the filer about enrollment options. Generally, individuals have 60 days to select and enroll in a Pennie plan. Uninsured individuals who are eligible for the Children’s Health Insurance Program or Medical Assistance will have their information sent to the state Department of Human Services. “I am pleased state agencies are finding ways to work Read more

 

DeLuca condemns Russian invasion of Ukraine

(Mar 04, 2022)

PITTSBURGH, March 4 – In light of the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, state Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, is condemning the attack and urging action by encouraging pension funds to pull investments from Russian companies. “I am shocked and appalled at this senseless Russian aggression and I support the people of Ukraine,” DeLuca said. “I believe Pennsylvania should be taking steps to punish Russia for its actions, which includes taking steps to make sure not one penny from Pennsylvanians will be helping to fund Russia’s attack.” DeLuca stated he supports recent efforts to divest state pension funds from Russian assets. Earlier today, the Public Schools Employee Retirement System, which is the biggest public pension system in Pennsylvania, announced it will begin to sell off its investments in Russia. Last week, the state Treasury announced it would also be divesting Russia-related holdings. DeLuca is encouraging other pension funds to divest themselves of Russian-related assets. “I applaud today’s announcement from PSERS, and I hope other pension funds across the state take steps to divest themselves of Russian assets, whether that be the State Employee Retirement System, municipal pension funds or private pension funds,” DeLuca said. “While we might not influence foreign policy at the state level, I believe we should use every tool at our disposal to punish Russia for its senseless Read more

 

Rep. DeLuca Winter 2022 Newsletter

(Feb 14, 2022)

Rep. Deluca Winter 2022 Newsletter Read more

 

Help on the way for health care workers and new updates from Rep. DeLuca

(Jan 27, 2022)

Read more about the help for health care workers and new email updates from Rep. DeLuca Read more

 

DeLuca announces $139,000 in Allegheny County gaming grants

(Jan 26, 2022)

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 26 – The Allegheny County Gaming Economic Fund awarded $139,400 in grant funding today for a project to rebuild roadways in Verona, according to state Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny. “Damaged roads are terrible for drivers and an eyesore for the community,” DeLuca said. “Securing this funding for Verona will improve those problem spots and make the drive smoother for residents and visitors.” DeLuca said the funding was awarded to the Allegheny Valley North Council of Governments for the reconstruction of roadway along portions of Verona Alley. The investment also includes installing an underdrain on Oak Alley to fix a water issue. The Allegheny County Economic Development Fund is financed by gaming activity in the county and administered by the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County and the state Commonwealth Financing Authority. More information on the fund is available here . Read more

 

DeLuca remarks on frustration over partisan gridlock in the state House, including no consideration of outside-income bill

(Jan 26, 2022)

DeLuca remarks on frustration over partisan gridlock in the state House, including no consideration of outside-income legislation Read more

 

DeLuca encourages high school seniors to apply for PA House scholarship

(Jan 18, 2022)

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 18 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca is informing high school seniors and their families seeking financial assistance for college that they can now apply for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship Program. “I want to make sure students and their families are aware of this prestigious program, which could help with some of the rising costs associated with pursuing higher education,” DeLuca said. “I encourage students in my district to apply.” Each year the program, which is privately funded, awards a four-year scholarship to two students preparing for post-secondary education. Each award consists of the value of one semester of tuition at the State System of High Education for each of four years. The scholarship program is open to graduating high school seniors who are Pennsylvania residents and plan to attend a Pennsylvania college, university or career school as a full-time student. Other eligibility factors taken into consideration include a minimum 3.0 cumulative high school grade point average, commitment to community, leadership qualities, extracurricular activities and financial need. The Foundation for Enhancing Communities administers the scholarship program. The application is available through the foundation’s website at: https://www.tfec.org/wp-content/uploads/HouseOfReps_OnePageSummary.pdf . The deadline to apply is March Read more

 

DeLuca: Pennie Can Help Those Who Need Health Insurance

(Jan 05, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Tony DeLuca joined Gov. Tom Wolf and colleagues from the House and Senate to discuss the benefits of Pennie, the state’s health insurance marketplace. As the Democratic chair of the House Insurance Committee, DeLuca supported legislation that created Pennie, which provides quality and affordable health care coverage. DeLuca encourages Pennsylvanians to take advantage of Pennie’s open enrollment, which ends on January 15, 2022. Read more

 

DeLuca outraged at GOP’s failure to consider outside income amendment

(Dec 15, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 15 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, said he was ‘deeply disappointed’ following the House’s failure to consider his legislation that would bar PA House members from having outside income while working for the legislature. “Members of the House and Senate are paid a full-time salary and should do a full-time job,” DeLuca said. “They’re already making far more than the average Pennsylvania worker and owe it to the people they represent to put their constituents’ interests, and not their own, first.” DeLuca had offered his legislation as an amendment to H.B. 71, which would amend the state constitution to establish spending limits that the state must abide by each fiscal year. However, his amendment was defeated in a party-line procedural vote. The lawmaker said he was also outraged by comments made by the House majority leader, state Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, who urged members to vote against allowing DeLuca’s amendment to move forward, and who said the cost of living varies across the state and some members may require outside income to pay mortgages or car insurance. “To suggest that House and Senate members -- who are already paid generously -- aren’t making enough money is insulting to the many working Pennsylvania families who are struggling to make ends meet,” DeLuca said. “Further, having an outside source of income opens lawmakers up to Read more

 

DeLuca applauds opportunity to discuss amendment on his outside-income legislation

(Dec 14, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Dec.14 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca is applauding the move by Republicans in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to put H.B. 1596 on the voting schedule, giving him the opportunity to bring up his outside-income legislation as an amendment to the bill. DeLuca said his amendment would limit legislators from holding second jobs in the private sector outside of their elected duties. “The diversity in professional backgrounds we see among public officials brings varying levels of knowledge and experience to the public policy area, but while in office, we should be focused on our duties as elected representatives and the issues the people of Pennsylvania sent us to Harrisburg to address,” said DeLuca, D-Allegheny. He added, “The General Assembly of Pennsylvania is a full-time legislature, paid for full-time work. Given the difficult problems facing our commonwealth, I believe that our position as members of this House requires our full attention.” DeLuca said his amendment would also limit conflicts of interest and reduce the impact of money in politics, which he feels would help to restore the trust and confidence in public officials. House Bill 1596 would amend the state constitution to require voter ID and make the Secretary of the Commonwealth an elected office, rather than an appointed one. The legislation is awaiting consideration from the full House. Read more