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DeLuca: State Insurance Department releases brochures to help home-based and small-business owners

(May 02, 2018)

HARRISBURG, May 2 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, said two brochures are available to help home-based and small-business owners make sure they have adequate insurance coverage and to navigate how to file claims should storm damages occur. The Pennsylvania Insurance Department put together the brochures and they can be found on the new Business Insurance website. Information such as tips for reporting a claim, how to protect your business; along with help to any other questions for entrepreneurs, are addressed. “Businesses are the backbone of a healthy economy and we want to make sure business owners are protected and know how to be proactive when unforeseen disasters occur,” DeLuca said. “These brochures offer great information for our home-based businesses and small businesses throughout the commonwealth.” Home-based business owners should not rely on homeowner’s coverage to protect their business, according to the Insurance Department. The new Home-Based Business brochure also suggests that homeowners’ policies may not provide coverage for customers or employees that get hurt inside the home-based business property; for lost income because of damage to the home; or if a client’s data is stolen. Additionally, the new After the Storm brochure advises small-business owners to keep track of the damage made to the business property; damages to property owned by others; lost Read more

 

DeLuca bill would increase frequency of school safety drills

(Apr 26, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 26 – Schools throughout the commonwealth would hold school safety drills as frequently as fire drills under a bill recently introduced by Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny. “I introduced this bill because the realities of today’s world demand that our schools—and the students and staff in them—be as prepared as possible for an attack we hope will never come,” DeLuca said. “Just as we recognize that preparedness and training are key components of surviving a fire or other building disaster, we need to ensure that students, teachers and other school staff are also prepared to face the possibility of an armed attack.” Currently, Pennsylvania schools are required to have fire drills at least once per month. DeLuca’s H.B. 2259 would require schools to alternate safety drills with fire drills on a monthly basis. Pennsylvania recently enacted a law requiring schools to have one safety drill per school year. DeLuca said that while this is a good start, it isn’t sufficient to train students, teachers and administrators how to deal with the possibility of a sudden, violent incident. “Having these drills every other month would help ensure that if trouble strikes, everyone will know his or her role,” DeLuca said. “My hope is that it would also help students, teachers and other staff feel empowered, knowing that they are practicing a plan of action. I’m encouraging all of my Read more

 

DeLuca to introduce bill requiring transparency in school personnel separation agreements

(Apr 24, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 24 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, announced that he will introduce legislation in the near future that would require transparency in all school district personnel separation and settlement agreements. “School districts pay their employees with public tax dollars, and Pennsylvania taxpayers have the right to know how their money is being spent,” DeLuca said. “Just as elected officials should be held accountable and remain transparent with their finances and other benefits, so should school districts. Both need to be good stewards of the public funds.” DeLuca’s proposal would prohibit school districts—unless otherwise ordered by a court—from entering into agreements that contain confidentiality clauses barring disclosure of the terms reached with departing staff. He said the measure is needed to ensure continued trust and confidence in the state’s public officials. “Too often these agreements are conditioned on the terms being kept from the public,” DeLuca said. “Making deals that are closed off from public scrutiny creates doubt as to what is being done. The bill I’m planning to introduce would mandate that school personnel actions be made in the light of day, not in secret. I’m urging my colleagues to join me in co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation.” Read more

 

PHEAA Reminds Students of Approaching 2018-19 PA State Grant Application Deadline

(Apr 23, 2018)

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency is reminding students and families that the 2018-19 PA State Grant application filing deadline in May 1. Read more

 

DeLuca highlights 'good government' bills at news conference, calls on State Government Committee chairman to move bills

(Apr 17, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 17 – At a Capitol news conference today Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, highlighted his package of “good government” bills aimed at increasing political transparency and expanding voter rights throughout the commonwealth. DeLuca also expressed his frustration that the bills have been sitting in the House State Government Committee for more than a year with no action. “My bills are about accountability and accessibility,” DeLuca said. “Earning and keeping the public trust are a public official’s most important responsibilities. The citizens of Pennsylvania deserve to know that their concerns are the number-one priority in the minds of lawmakers. "At the same time, Pennsylvania voters deserve the broadest possible access to the polls to make their voices heard. Both of these are important components of our Democratic Plan for PA, which puts people first. Unfortunately, my bills that would further these objectives have been stuck in committee for more than a year without a vote.” DeLuca’s package of “good government” bills includes the following: H.B. 94 5 , which would allow for same-day voter registration; H.B. 946 , which would establish an early voting process in the commonwealth; H.B. 947 , which would require a candidate holding one office to resign from that office before running for a new elected position; H.B. 948 , which would limit Read more

 

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(Apr 17, 2018)

I have introduced several good government bills to help put people first. However, none of these bills have yet to receive a vote or hearing in the House State Government Committee. It's been far too long and it's time to take action. Click to learn how you can help! Read more

 

DeLuca will highlight ‘good government’ bills, call on chairman to act at Tuesday news conference

(Apr 16, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 16 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny will host a news conference highlighting his package of “good government” bills—aimed at increasing political transparency and expanding voter rights—which have been stuck in the House State Government Committee for more than a year. DeLuca will call on the committee chairman to move the bills out of committee so they can be considered by the full House. The event will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 17 in the Capitol Media Center. Joining DeLuca will be representatives from the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania and Common Cause Pennsylvania, non-partisan organizations dedicated to enhancing citizens’ participation in government and making it more responsive to citizens’ needs. Media coverage is invited. Members of the media may also listen to the news conference by calling 717-787-9903 through 9910. Read more

 

DeLuca announces funding to create housing for formerly homeless veterans

(Apr 13, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 13 – Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, announced today that Allegheny County will receive $300,000 in funding for the Tiny Homes Community Project – a community that will provide housing for formerly homeless veterans. “Our veterans have dedicated their lives to protecting our freedom and defending our country,” DeLuca said. “But some have found themselves facing difficult life circumstances. This fund, which would provide housing for our local veterans in need of it, is such a great way for us to give back to those who have served.” With funding made available through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement fund, the Veterans Place will create an innovative housing model for formerly homeless veterans. The Penn Hills community will consist of about 15 one- and two-bedroom tiny homes, a 5,000-square foot community center, a shared community garden and a greenhouse. “Funds from this project will restore dignity and hope to local veterans who’ve found themselves in need of a place to call home,” DeLuca said. “It’s the least we can do to say thank you to our men and women who’ve served.” PHARE is managed by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. Funding comes largely from the sales of securities and from fees paid by program users, not by public tax dollars. Read more

 

House passes DeLuca bill that would create state health standards for tattoo, body piercing industry

(Apr 11, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 11 – Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, announced that the House today passed his bill, H.B. 456, which would establish state health standards and a central registry for the tattoo and body piercing industry. The bill received overwhelming bipartisan support. “Studies have shown that about 40 percent of people under age 40 have or have had a tattoo, and body piercings are on the rise among young people,” DeLuca said. “At the same time, employees who perform these procedures are not subject to state health standards or regulations, and they may be practicing in unsterile environments. Given the risk of infection these procedures pose, it’s critical that we act now to safeguard Pennsylvanians.” DeLuca’s bill would require the state Department of Health to establish sterilization, sanitation and safety standards for any business engaged in tattoo or body piercing and would require anyone performing those procedures to pass a written examination demonstrating competency in the standards as a condition to becoming registered. The bill also would create a central registry within the department for employees who perform these procedures and for the businesses where they are performed. The bill would prohibit tongue-splitting procedures unless performed by a state licensed physician or dentist and would prohibit ocular tattooing unless performed under the direction of a physician or other authorized health care Read more

 

DeLuca: Forty-two charged in AG’s statewide insurance fraud sweep

(Apr 06, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 6 – Forty-two people have been charged after a statewide insurance fraud sweep by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Insurance Fraud Section, Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, announced today. DeLuca, who is chairman of the House Insurance Committee, credits the investigators’ diligence in rooting out the fraud. “I applaud the efforts of our state fraud investigators, whose zealous work culminated in these charges,” DeLuca said. “People think of insurance fraud as a victimless crime, but in reality, it impacts all of us by squandering resources and forcing premiums up. These arrests are a victory for honest citizens of the commonwealth.” The people involved are from Eastern, Central and Western sections of Pennsylvania and are charged with common forms of insurance fraud, including automobile insurance fraud and property insurance fraud. The investigators made the sweep during the month of March. A complete list of those charged is available at www.attorneygeneral.gov/taking-action/ . DeLuca praised the attorney general office’s monthly fraud sweeps as a great enforcement tool. “High insurance rates hurt all ratepayers, particularly home and automobile owners,” he said. “Rooting out fraud is one of the best ways to make sure rates are fair for everyone in the commonwealth.” Since January 2017, the Insurance Fraud Section has charged 244 people with insurance fraud in Read more

 

DeLuca to introduce legislation safeguarding residents of small personal care homes

(Mar 27, 2018)

HARRISBURG, March 27 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, in the near future will introduce legislation geared toward protecting the health, safety and well-being of residents in small personal care homes. Currently, only homes for four or more adults are regulated by the state. “We have smaller, unregulated homes in which three or fewer residents currently reside,” DeLuca said. “Some of these homes are run poorly, which results in negligence to those paying to stay there. The steps laid forth in my upcoming legislation will ensure the safety of individuals residing in these homes.” Personal care homes are designed to provide safe, humane, comfortable and supportive residential settings for adults in exchange for payment where food, shelter and personal assistance or supervision are provided for a period exceeding 24 hours. The bill would define small personal care homes to be those with one or three paying residents. DeLuca’s upcoming legislation also would extend two provisions of current regulation to small personal care homes by calling for a once-a-year, unannounced visit to such facilities from the state Department of Human Services, and requiring owners or operators of small personal care homes to submit to a criminal background check. Additionally, all small personal care homes would be registered. “Residents of small personal care homes deserve the same treatment as those who live in larger facilities,” Read more

 

DeLuca legislation plays role in Gov. Wolf’s 21st century voting reform plan

(Mar 26, 2018)

HARRISBURG, March 26 – A bill introduced by state Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, that would allow same-day voter registration on Election Day is a crucial piece of legislation that makes up the body of Gov. Tom Wolf’s 21 st century voting reform plan. Under H.B. 945 , voters would have the opportunity to register at their polling place on Election Day by providing a form(s) of identification that includes a photo, name and permanent address. An example would include a valid driver’s license or government ID card. Expired forms of ID also would be able to be used, along with proof of a current address. “Thirteen states and the District of Columbia now have same-day voter registration programs. In 2012, voter turnout in these states averaged 68.8 percent, as opposed to an average of 58.3 percent in all other states,” DeLuca said. “Critics of same-day registration often claim that this will open the floodgates to increased voter fraud. However, there has not been one documented incident of voter fraud as a result of same-day voter registration in the years since these states have implemented this initiative.” DeLuca’s legislation is among a number of bills that make up the framework of the governor’s 21 st century voting reform plan, which includes same-day and automatic voter registration, modernizing absentee voting, ending gerrymandering and enacting campaign finance reform to reduce the influence of special Read more

 

DeLuca introduces legislation limiting amount of times school districts could increase taxes without taxpayers’ consent

(Mar 15, 2018)

HARRISBURG, March 15 – Fearing that school districts are continuously spending beyond their means and leaving taxpayers no choice but to foot the bill, state Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, has introduced legislation that would require school districts to ask the taxpayer’s permission to raise property taxes in certain instances. Each September, the Pennsylvania Department of Education publishes an index for determining the allowable district tax rate increase for the following fiscal year. If a school district proposes a tax rate increase above the posted index, there are currently two options available: (1) the tax rate increase must be approved by referendum by the district’s voters at the next primary election, or, (2) a referendum exception must be obtained from PDE, thereby bypassing the referendum process. “Taxpayers are being left out of the decision making process on an issue that directly affects the money in their pocket,” DeLuca said. “If a school district is recklessly spending more money than allotted for a fiscal year, it shouldn’t be forced upon the taxpayer to make up the deficit.” DeLuca’s legislation, H.B. 2142 , would amend the Taxpayer Relief Act of 2006 by limiting a school district to two consecutive exception requests to raise property taxes above the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s mandated property tax index during a three-year period. A third request to raise taxes above the Read more

 

PennDOT, DEP seek volunteers for statewide spring cleanup, beautification effort

(Mar 12, 2018)

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Department of Environmental Protection are in search of volunteers for this year’s Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania that began March 1 and runs through March 31. Those participating in PennDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway program, which involves volunteers cleaning roadsides year-round, also are encouraged to participate in the initiative. The cleanup is sponsored each year by PennDOT , DEP , Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, and other partners. Gloves, trash bags and safety vests for the cleanup campaign will be provided. Last year, 132,695 volunteers collected over 5.3 million pounds of litter from Pennsylvania’s roads, trails and shorelines. PennDOT’s AAH program contributed 20,404 volunteers who cleaned up nearly 16 percent of the collected litter on 10,576 miles of cleaned-up roadways. Through this program, volunteers collect litter on a 2-mile section of state highway at least two times a year. The program currently has over 4,900 participating groups, more than 85,920 volunteers and 10,612 miles of adopted state-maintained roadways. To learn more about available volunteer opportunities through PennDOT, including the Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania and Adopt-A-Highway, visit www.penndot.gov . Read more

 

Persian Gulf veterans: a benefit program is available to you

(Mar 01, 2018)

Rep. Tony DeLuca reminds Persian Gulf veterans about their eligibility for a benefit program. The deadline to apply is Aug. 31. Read more

 

Verona Borough gets $200,000 grant for traffic signal upgrades

(Feb 26, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, today announced a $200,000 grant to Verona Borough for the installation of a traffic signal at Allegheny River Boulevard and Wildwood Avenue. The source of funding – PennDOT’s Automated Red Light Enforcement Program – comes from red light violations in Philadelphia. An eight-member committee distributes the money statewide for relatively low-cost projects that improve safety, enhance mobility and reduce congestion. “This is excellent news for the borough of Verona,” DeLuca said. “Installing a traffic signal at this busy intersection will not only minimize congestion, but it will also ensure the safety of our residents who travel these busy roadways on a daily basis.” DeLuca said the grants can be applied for and used for improvements to traffic signals, roadways at intersections with traffic signals, or school zones. The grants also can be used for installing guiderails or making roadside safety enhancements. DeLuca said any municipality interested in applying for 2018 funding should contact one of his offices. Read more

 

DeLuca letter calls on state's Department of Education to deny Penn Hills School District's request to raise taxes

(Feb 20, 2018)

Penn Hills School District officials recently adopted a 2018-19 preliminary budget with a tax hike and an estimated $5 million shortfall. The district is currently about $172 million in debt with most of it coming from the construction of the elementary and high school. The district also spent nearly $6 million over budget last year and approximately $500,000 over budget in 2015-16. It appears we are going further and further into a hole. Read more

 

DeLuca bill to toughen sentencing for committing violent crime with a firearm passes House

(Feb 08, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 8 – Five-year mandatory sentences for committing a violent crime with a firearm would have to be served consecutively with other sentences, under a bill authored by state Rep. Tony DeLuca that passed the House on Tuesday. DeLuca, D-Allegheny, said the purpose of H.B. 348 , which passed 134-59, was to stop the district attorney practice of folding the firearms punishment into a plea bargain where it could be served concurrently with sentences for other crimes. “By allowing these firearms sentences to be run concurrently with other sentences, we are devaluing the punishment for a very dangerous and life-threatening crime,” DeLuca said. “The firearms sentence should be meted out – and served – on its own. When it is served at the same time as another sentence, the punitive aspect of committing a violent crime with a firearm is watered down.” DeLuca’s bill would require that the mandatory sentence imposed under Section 9712 of Title 42 be imposed consecutively to any other sentence imposed by the court; it also would prohibit concurrent sentences for such violent offenses. House Bill 348 heads to the state Senate. Read more

 

Pa. Ed Dept. looking for organizations to participate in Summer Food Service Program

(Feb 01, 2018)

The Pennsylvania Department of Education is encouraging organizations across the state to help provide nutritious meals to children in low-income areas during the summer months through the Department’s Summer Food Service Program. “The Summer Food Service Program is a critical initiative that ensures students are receiving proper nutrition, even when they aren’t in school,” Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera said. “No child should ever be denied access to healthy and nutritious food, and keeping students well over the summer break prepares them to return to school ready to learn.” Rivera added that during the summer of 2017, 306 organizations participated in the Summer Food Service Program, providing nutritious meals to children at over 2,600 locations throughout the state, however to reach more children and narrow the hunger gap that summer may bring, more organizations and meal sites are needed throughout the state, especially in rural areas. The Summer Food Service Program, which began in 1976, is a federally-funded child nutrition program designed to reach those who are age 18 or younger in economically disadvantaged areas. People over 18 who are mentally or physically handicapped and participate in public or nonprofit private programs established for the disabled are also able to receive free meals at the Summer Food Service Program sites. Under the program participating organizations are reimbursed for meals served to Read more

 

Education Department Seeks Sponsors for Summer Meals and Nutrition Program

(Feb 01, 2018)

The PA Education Department is seeking sponsors for its Summer Food Service Program that helps low-income children. Read more

 

DeLuca: State Insurance Department releases brochures to help home-based and small-business owners
May 02, 2018

DeLuca bill would increase frequency of school safety drills
Apr 26, 2018

DeLuca to introduce bill requiring transparency in school personnel separation agreements
Apr 24, 2018

PHEAA Reminds Students of Approaching 2018-19 PA State Grant Application Deadline
Apr 23, 2018

DeLuca highlights 'good government' bills at news conference, calls on State Government Committee chairman to move bills
Apr 17, 2018

Help me make government more accountable and put people first!
Apr 17, 2018

DeLuca will highlight ‘good government’ bills, call on chairman to act at Tuesday news conference
Apr 16, 2018

DeLuca announces funding to create housing for formerly homeless veterans
Apr 13, 2018

House passes DeLuca bill that would create state health standards for tattoo, body piercing industry
Apr 11, 2018

DeLuca: Forty-two charged in AG’s statewide insurance fraud sweep
Apr 06, 2018

DeLuca to introduce legislation safeguarding residents of small personal care homes
Mar 27, 2018

DeLuca legislation plays role in Gov. Wolf’s 21st century voting reform plan
Mar 26, 2018

DeLuca introduces legislation limiting amount of times school districts could increase taxes without taxpayers’ consent
Mar 15, 2018

PennDOT, DEP seek volunteers for statewide spring cleanup, beautification effort
Mar 12, 2018

Persian Gulf veterans: a benefit program is available to you
Mar 01, 2018

Verona Borough gets $200,000 grant for traffic signal upgrades
Feb 26, 2018

DeLuca letter calls on state's Department of Education to deny Penn Hills School District's request to raise taxes
Feb 20, 2018

DeLuca bill to toughen sentencing for committing violent crime with a firearm passes House
Feb 08, 2018

Pa. Ed Dept. looking for organizations to participate in Summer Food Service Program
Feb 01, 2018

Education Department Seeks Sponsors for Summer Meals and Nutrition Program
Feb 01, 2018