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Economic stimulus package passed

(1 day ago)

The US Senate and House of Representatives have passed an economic stimulus package that hopefully will provide some financial relief during this COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Read more

 

COVID-19 Legislative Update

(Mar 26, 2020)

In Harrisburg this week, House Republicans and Democrats worked together to pass significant legislation to help Pennsylvanians deal with the challenges of this unprecedented crisis. Read more

 

COVID-19 Telemedicine info

(Mar 20, 2020)

In light of ongoing developments during the COVID-19 pandemic, I want to provide you with information regarding telemedicine. Read more

 

Have a small business? Disaster declaration for small businesses and nonprofits requested

(Mar 19, 2020)

The closing of businesses and the statewide social distancing initiative currently underway is a must if we hope to combat and slow the spread of COVID-19. Read more

 

Has your job been affected by COVID-19?

(Mar 18, 2020)

The current COVID-19 pandemic is doing more than stoking fear and closing local stores and schools. In fact, it has many Pennsylvanians in a financially vulnerable situation.However, I’m happy to announce that residents who are unable to work because of COVID-19 may be eligible for unemployment compensation benefits or workers compensation benefits. Read more

 

My office is closed

(Mar 16, 2020)

To protect constituents, staff and to help control the spread of COVID-19, my office is closed to the public. My staff is accessible Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., via phone (412-793-2448) or email at RepDeLuca@pahouse.net. You may drop off your PennDOT forms (handicap placard applications, registrations etc.) in the mailbox on the wall inside the vestibule of my office for processing. You may also drop off your Property Tax/Rent Rebate application in the mailbox and we will mail it back to you when it is complete. Read more

 

Miller, ACHDD seek to support school districts, families, first responders and small businesses during outbreak

(Mar 13, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 13 – State Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation, and fellow ACHDD members on Friday announced their legislative priorities to support Pennsylvania during the coronavirus outbreak, including the need to support low-income and working-class families without paid family leave or the ability to work from home. Miller, as well as state Reps. Austin Davis, Dan Deasy, Tony DeLuca, House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, Dan Frankel, Ed Gainey, Sara Innamorato, Bill Kortz, Anita Kulik, Summer Lee, Brandon Markosek, Adam Ravenstahl, Harry Readshaw and Jake Wheatley issued the following statement in response to Friday’s statewide school closure: “The delegation, first and foremost, wants to be supportive of the school districts during this time. It is clear that both they and the governor are motivated by an abundance of concern for the health and safety of both their students and staff. We respect their decision and will work to support their needs in Harrisburg. However, while the closure may have been a necessary step, it is not without its subsequent challenges -- and those challenges must be addressed by the legislature. “At a minimum, in order to help people across Pennsylvania, Harrisburg should prioritize the following items for discussion and vote: Paid family leave legislation. Emergency funding for childcare support. Assistance for Read more

 

Amber Alert revision: Proposal would speed up notifications

(Mar 06, 2020)

Read the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's piece on my legislation that would revise the state's Amber Alert Law. Read more

 

Don't miss my REAL ID Seminar on April 2!

(Feb 27, 2020)

Do you have questions about REAL ID? If so, don't miss my REAL ID Seminar on Thursday, April 2! All your questions will be answered by experts from PennDOT. Read more

 

DeLuca, Costa announce nearly $400,000 in school and community safety grants

(Feb 26, 2020)

Grants include $384,000 for Penn Hills Read more

 

DeLuca looks to amend state’s Amber Alert Law, introduces H.B. 2295

(Feb 19, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 19 – On Aug. 31, 2019, 2-year-old Nalani Johnson was abducted, killed and her body dumped in a park, roughly an hour away from where she was kidnapped in Penn Hills. Her father immediately reported the abduction, identified the kidnapper to police, and provided the make, model and direction the vehicle was traveling. However, an Amber Alert wasn’t immediately issued due to strict guidelines police must follow prior to issuing the notice. The alert eventually was issued hours later. Unfortunately, the “rules” cost the 2-year-old her life. State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, is working to ensure this mistake isn’t made twice. “When news broke of little Nalani’s abduction from my district my heart broke. As a parent, grandparent and great-grandparent, I can’t even imagine how torturous this was for her family,” DeLuca said. “This fall I personally met with Nalani’s family and pledged to do whatever I could to help prevent this tragedy from ever striking another innocent family. I also have been working with their attorney, Eric Chaffin, to draft this legislation that I hope will move quickly to possibly save lives.” True to his word, DeLuca has introduced H.B. 2295, a measure that would amend the Pennsylvania Amber Alert Law, requiring the Missing Endangered Person Advisory System to be activated immediately after a parent or Read more

 

Clarification from state Department of Education on Penn Hills SD financial woes

(Feb 14, 2020)

It has been exceedingly distressing to me that there are people trying to blame the PA Department of Education for the Penn Hills School District’s financial crisis and allegedly “recommending construction of the new high school and mega elementary school.” Read more

 

Governor Wolf: Approval of New Overtime Rules a Victory for Hardworking Pennsylvanians

(Jan 31, 2020)

Building on his commitment to workers, Governor Tom Wolf announced the state’s Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) voted today to approve the Department of Labor & Industry’s final regulation that will extend overtime pay eligibility to 82,000 more workers. Read more

 

Turner Dairy Farms Inc. awarded more than $300K for expansion project

(Jan 22, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 22 – Turner Dairy Farms Inc., located in Penn Hills, was awarded $334,282 in state funding Wednesday to increase its facility’s dairy processing capacity. State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, made the announcement Wednesday, adding that the allotted funding was awarded through the Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program and approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. “I am so pleased I was able to assist with this grant for Turner Dairy," DeLuca said. "The Turner family farm has been an integral part of the municipality since it was founded in Penn Hills in 1930. They are very good to the community and while so many local dairies have closed, they continue to find ways to succeed and produce national award-winning milk and dairy products. They are a major employer and it is an honor to have them here in my hometown.” DeLuca said the farm has reported great success and larger sales numbers following a 2014 initiative to offer limited-time-only flavored milk products. However, that success calls for an expansion effort to their facility, he added. DeLuca said the project entails the installation of a new 20,000-gallon refrigerated silo tank for handling bulk cream; stainless steel piping and electronic controls to connect the tank to the existing system for receiving, processing and shipping bulk cream; and new piping and controls to the existing 5,000-gallon tank to Read more

 

DeLuca bill that would ensure those convicted of a crime with a firearm serve a full five-year sentence passes House, heads to state Senate

(Jan 14, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 14 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca’s House bill that would require the mandatory five-year sentence imposed for convictions of crimes with a firearm to run consecutively to any other sentence imposed by the court passed the state House Monday. The measure, H.B. 726, also passed the state House during the last legislative session under a different bill number, DeLuca said. “It’s time we think more about the victims and the victims’ families, rather than the perpetrator,” DeLuca said. “ I support criminal justice reform, and I’m more than encouraged to see the positive discourse surrounding the subject in the political arena. What I don’t support, however, is the individuals committing violent crimes with firearms.” DeLuca said his reasoning behind this legislation surrounds the “clear and present danger” crimes involving firearms and those that commit them pose to society, and what he called the “severely comprised” legislative intent of current law, thanks to district attorney plea bargaining that allow multiple sentences to run concurrently. House Bill 726 now heads to the state Senate for consideration. Read more

 

PA House Democrats look to protect health coverage for state residents in face of threats to Affordable Care law

(Jan 14, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 14 – House Democrats signaled today that they will move to force action in the PA House on critical legislation to protect access to health care for Pennsylvanians in the face of efforts by President Trump and Washington extremists and special interests to destroy the Affordable Care law. “The affordable care law gave millions more Americans access to health insurance, saved countless families from bankruptcy resulting from exorbitant health care costs, kept rural and urban hospitals open in Pennsylvania, and created and preserved thousands of health care jobs,” Democratic Leader Frank Dermody said. “We’re standing up for people’s health care, not the agenda of political extremists and special interests. That’s why we want votes in the House on these bills to save lives and the financial well-being of Pennsylvania individuals and families.” The legislation House Democrats will attempt to force a vote on includes: Protect people with pre-existing conditions (H.B. 471 sponsored by state Rep. Peter Schweyer). Protects and preserves a person’s access to health insurance and the ability to see a doctor, even if they have a pre-existing condition such as diabetes, breast cancer, high blood pressure or even pregnancy. “When people can’t see the doctor or access health care, they skip checkups, get sicker and sometimes die. Many people without insurance face bankruptcy,” Read more

 

DeLuca prepares to unveil legislation penalizing abuse of wildlife

(Dec 18, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 18 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, plans to introduce legislation that would allow the Pennsylvania Game Commission to deny or revoke a hunting license to individuals convicted of aggravated cruelty to animals. The legislation comes in wake of a recent viral video in which two Pennsylvania hunters appear to kick a wounded white-tailed deer in the face, rip at its antlers and step on its legs. Act 10 of 2017, also known as Libre’s law, overhauled Pennsylvania’s animal cruelty laws and prohibits the torture of animals. “Libre’s Law did not give the Game Commission the power to deny or revoke the hunting license of individuals convicted under Libre’s law,” DeLuca said. “My legislation seeks to change that and hold individuals accountable for the cruel acts they commit.” DeLuca’s legislation would give the commission the power to revoke or deny a hunting license to any person convicted under Libre’s Law of torturing an animal. The duration of a license suspension would be determined by the Game Commission. “The concept behind my legislation is simple: if you were convicted of torturing an animal, you should not be able to go out there and engage in hunting activities,” DeLuca said. DeLuca plans to introduce his legislation in the near future. Read more

 

Second landslide will keep Hulton Road closed until January 2020

(Dec 10, 2019)

I have both good news and bad news about repairs on Hulton Road in Penn Hills. Read more

 

Governor signs my fraternal life insurance bill into law

(Nov 27, 2019)

Today, Gov. Tom Wolf signed my H.B. 1016 into law. Read more

 

DeLuca legislation passed by PA House and Senate signed today by Gov. Wolf

(Nov 27, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 27 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca’s H.B. 1016, which provides stronger protections to fraternal life insurance products, was signed into law as Act 98 of 2019 by Gov. Tom Wolf. DeLuca, Democratic chairman of the House Insurance Committee, said his measure provides enhanced protections to not-for-profit fraternal insurance products by allowing for earlier regulatory intervention; enacts notification requirements to the state Insurance Department before assessments; creates a streamlined process that allows for state transfers of products to another fraternal; and, if necessary, streamlines liquidation. Fraternal benefit societies are not-for-profit membership organizations. To date, the commonwealth has about 500,000 members of fraternal organizations. “Before this pro-consumer bill was signed today by Governor Wolf, fraternal life insurance products weren’t held to the same standard as other products,” DeLuca said. “Today’s signing changes that, and I’m grateful for the bipartisan support from my colleagues that got this bill signed into law. As long as I’m in public service, I will continue to fight for consumer protections.” DeLuca said he initially drafted the bill because he saw a need to provide stronger protections for fraternal members who were purchasing life insurance products offered by fraternal benefit societies, noting the products didn’t Read more

 

Economic stimulus package passed
1 day ago

COVID-19 Legislative Update
Mar 26, 2020

COVID-19 Telemedicine info
Mar 20, 2020

Have a small business? Disaster declaration for small businesses and nonprofits requested
Mar 19, 2020

Has your job been affected by COVID-19?
Mar 18, 2020

My office is closed
Mar 16, 2020

Miller, ACHDD seek to support school districts, families, first responders and small businesses during outbreak
Mar 13, 2020

Amber Alert revision: Proposal would speed up notifications
Mar 06, 2020

Don't miss my REAL ID Seminar on April 2!
Feb 27, 2020

DeLuca, Costa announce nearly $400,000 in school and community safety grants
Feb 26, 2020

DeLuca looks to amend state’s Amber Alert Law, introduces H.B. 2295
Feb 19, 2020

Clarification from state Department of Education on Penn Hills SD financial woes
Feb 14, 2020

Governor Wolf: Approval of New Overtime Rules a Victory for Hardworking Pennsylvanians
Jan 31, 2020

Turner Dairy Farms Inc. awarded more than $300K for expansion project
Jan 22, 2020

DeLuca bill that would ensure those convicted of a crime with a firearm serve a full five-year sentence passes House, heads to state Senate
Jan 14, 2020

PA House Democrats look to protect health coverage for state residents in face of threats to Affordable Care law
Jan 14, 2020

DeLuca prepares to unveil legislation penalizing abuse of wildlife
Dec 18, 2019

Second landslide will keep Hulton Road closed until January 2020
Dec 10, 2019

Governor signs my fraternal life insurance bill into law
Nov 27, 2019

DeLuca legislation passed by PA House and Senate signed today by Gov. Wolf
Nov 27, 2019