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Donatucci: House committee votes on gun safety legislation

(Jun 19, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 19 – The House Judiciary Committee today voted on several gun safety bills, including legislation authored by state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila., which would deal with people with mental health issues and firearms. House Bill 273 would establish a voluntary "no firearm purchase list" that the Pennsylvania State Police would maintain. A person could request to be placed on the list for at least one year and up to five years. State police also would inform a person 20 days before his or her time ends on the list and provide a way for reenlistment should that person desire. “This bill is similar to legislation that created the existing voluntary gambling self-exclusion list. It would help people who are struggling with mental or physical health issues and who fear they may be a danger to themselves or others,” Donatucci said. “If my legislation could save at least one life, then it is truly worth it.” In addition to Donatucci’s bill, the following pieces of legislation were voted out of the committee and will now go to the full House of Representatives for a vote: H.B. 2060 – Would require a person to surrender his or her firearms 48 hours after being convicted of domestic violence. H.B. 2227 – Would prohibit someone who could be an extreme risk of causing harm to himself, herself or others from possessing firearms. H.B. 2275 – Would prosecute someone convicted of attempted rape, Read more

 

Deadline extended for Pa. Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

(Jun 11, 2018)

I'm happy to announce that the deadline for the 2017 Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended to Dec. 31, 2018. The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650. Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2017 and meet all other eligibility criteria. Applications can also be filed online at www.revenue.pa.gov . There is NO charge to apply for this program. If you need assistance with applying, please contact my office. Read more

 

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

(Apr 24, 2018)

The 2018-19 PA State Grant application filing deadline is Tuesday, May 1. This deadline applies to all renewal applicants and first-time applicants who plan to enroll in colleges, universities, or a college transfer program at 2-year public or private colleges (except community colleges and designated Pennsylvania Open Admission institutions). Additionally, unlike a student loan, a grant is gift aid which does not have to be repaid. To apply for a PA State Grant, applicants must first complete the 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applicants can access this form online by clicking here or here . In addition to completing the FAFSA, first-time applicants must also submit a completed PA State Grant Form. First-time applicants who submit the FAFSA online will be automatically redirected to the SGF by following the onscreen prompts on the confirmation page. First-time applicants who have already submitted their FAFSA but have not completed the SGF will receive an email directing them to PHEAA’s secure Account Access site for completion. Both applications are free to submit. First-time applicants who plan to enroll in a community college, business, trade, or technical school, a hospital school of nursing, a designated Pennsylvania Open Admission institution, or a non-transferable 2-year degree program at a community, 2-year or 4-year college have until Aug. 1, 2018 to complete their PA State Grant application. Students and families are Read more

 

Donatucci Fighting to End Gun Violence

(Apr 18, 2018)

At a House Judiciary Committee special hearing on gun violence & public safety, Pa. state Rep. Maria Donatucci testified on her legislation to create a voluntary "no firearm purchase list" in Pennsylvania, and speaks about the overall scourge of guns in Philadelphia. Read more

 

Donatucci: It’s Time to End the Gender Pay Gap

(Apr 10, 2018)

In an ongoing fight to close the gender pay gap, Pa. state Rep. Maria Donatucci took part in a rally in Harrisburg to support Equal Pay Day and put an end to pay discrimination. Read more

 

Pa. legislators call for action on Equal Pay Day

(Apr 10, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 10 – State legislators and advocates held a rally in the Capitol today to call for action on strengthening Pennsylvania's outdated, ineffective equal-pay law. Today is Equal Pay Day, the symbolic day when women’s average earnings catch up to men’s from the previous year. "Our state ranks 29th in the United States for pay equity. Women in Pennsylvania on average make 79 percent of what men make. It takes women an additional four months and four days to get paid the same as their male counterparts. This is despite the fact that we are just as qualified and have the same amount of experience," said state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, chairwoman of the Philadelphia County Delegation. "I am fighting for change with my legislation, House Bill 830 . It would ensure equal pay for equal work. The bill currently sits in the House Labor and Industry Committee, where it has remained for more than a year. The facts have remained the same for far too long: women make far less than men here in Pennsylvania and that is unfair and economically self-defeating." Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, co-chairman of the Women's Health Caucus, said, "Mother's Day is coming up next month. Instead of nice words, it's time to deliver something that working mothers and all Pennsylvania working women deserve: equal pay for equal work! I have been hearing from so many women who are angry about what's been going Read more

 

Policy Committee looks at Donatucci bill for Safe Campuses

(Apr 06, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, April 6 – As part of House Democrats’ Plan4PA, state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at Temple University on House Bill 962 , which would create the Safe Campuses Act. Donatucci requested this hearing to collect public input on the legislation. Members of the Policy Committee from all over the state, including Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, attended today’s hearing. Donatucci said, “Our legislation would require all post-secondary schools, colleges and universities in the state to adopt policies and establish programs to make students, staff and officials aware of the risks of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Now more than ever, it is time for our higher education institutions to take action. ” Sturla added, “I commend Representative Donatucci for being a leader on this issue of making college campuses safer for all students while raising important awareness. House Democrats’ Plan4PA advocates for quality schools and student safety is vital.” Testifiers included: Stephanie Ives, Dean of Students, Temple University; Penelope Ettinger, Executive Director, Network of Victim Assistance; and Monique Howard, Executive Director, Women Organized Against Rape. Today’s hearing materials will be available at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Additional information on House Democrats’ Plan4PA is available at planforpa.pahouse.com Read more

 

Donatucci, Davis to host House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on Safe Campuses legislation Friday in Philadelphia

(Apr 04, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, April 4 – As part of House Democrats’ Plan4PA, state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, and state Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing to discuss their House Bill 962 that would create the Safe Campuses Act. The public hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 6 at Temple University, Shusterman Hall, 1834 Liacouras Walk, Philadelphia. Donatucci and Davis requested the meeting to collect input on their bill, which would require all post-secondary schools, colleges and universities in the state to adopt policies and establish programs to make students, staff and officials aware of the risks of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Members of the Policy Committee from all over the state, including Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, will be in attendance. The current agenda is: 10 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 10:10 a.m. Stephanie Ives , dean of students, Temple University 10:40 a.m. Panel of Victims’ Advocates: Penelope Ettinger , executive director, Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) Monique Howard , executive director, Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR) 11:20 a.m. Closing Remarks This meeting is one in a series across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA that includes putting people first, good jobs, quality schools and fair taxes. Visit planforpa.pahouse.com for Plan4PA details and www.pahouse.com/policycommittee Read more

 

Donatucci Putting #PeopleFirst with the #Plan4Pa

(Apr 03, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Maria Donatucci is fighting for good paying jobs, quality schools and putting people first by empowering small businesses with the Plan4Pa. Read more

 

Donatucci: #Gunsense Can Save Lives

(Mar 14, 2018)

One month after the tragedy in Parkland, Fla., Pa. state Rep. Maria Donatucci participated in a news conference to demand change, fight for commonsense gun reform, and protect communities across the commonwealth. Read more

 

Donatucci announces $1.5M grant to improve dangerous intersection

(Feb 26, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 26 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, announced today a $1.5 million grant for the realignment of the 20 th St., Penrose, Moyamensing and Packer intersection. “The City of Philadelphia is moving in the right direction. We continue to support important infrastructure projects to ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available. I’m glad that we were able to secure a grant for this particular intersection, not only for the safety of our community, but also for the people who drive around on a daily basis,” Donatucci said. “This funding is crucial to make the intersection more efficient, facilitate better traffic flow, increase pedestrian safety, and decrease or eliminate potential traffic crashes.” The Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) funding program is a state-administered competitive grant program established in 2010 to improve safety by reducing vehicle crashes and injuries due to red-light-running at signalized intersections. It uses net revenue from traffic violation fines to fund road safety projects statewide. Read more

 

Donatucci: Wolf budget proposal would move Philadelphia forward

(Feb 06, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila.,/Delaware, chairwoman of the Philadelphia County Delegation, called Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal for the 2018-19 fiscal year the best way to move Philadelphia forward. “As chairwoman of the Philadelphia County Delegation, I am excited to see that Governor Wolf’s budget proposal falls in line with our delegation’s initiatives for this upcoming year,” Donatucci said. “For years, we needed greater investments in education, access to high-quality child care, and resources to tackle the drug and opioid epidemic. These are programs and initiatives that Philadelphians need and our delegation will make sure that the appropriate bills are sent to the governor’s desk to be signed.” Wolf’s 2018-19 budget proposal includes: $100 million increase in basic education; $40 million increase in Pre-K Counts and Head Start; $20 million increase for special education; A proposal to increase Pennsylvania's minimum wage to $12 per hour; $25 million investment in state funds to expand access to high-quality childcare; Proposals to protect Pennsylvania women and families by closing the gender wage gap, guaranteeing sick leave, and protecting people from sexual assault; and $26.5 million investment in federal Cures Act funding to expand treatment to address the opioid drug epidemic. Donatucci added, “The job of government is to make people’s Read more

 

Phila. Delegation calls for federal reassurance on Pa. medical marijuana

(Feb 01, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 1 – The Philadelphia Delegation in the state House of Representatives is calling on federal authorities for southeastern Pennsylvania to provide clear reassurance of non-interference to patients in the state's medical marijuana program. State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, delegation chair, said: "Thousands of patients in our area, both children and adults, are relying on this medicine or soon will. However, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Jan. 4 that he is changing the direction of federal marijuana enforcement. So these vulnerable patients deserve a clear reassurance from current and future federal authorities similar to the one that the U.S. attorney for central and northeastern Pennsylvania has already given for that area. They deserve an on-the-record statement or letter that provides the same reassurances for patients in Philadelphia and all of the nine counties in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania." The Eastern District of Pennsylvania includes Philadelphia, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton counties. The delegation sent a letter on Jan. 22 to Acting U.S. Attorney Louis Lappen, Eastern District of Pennsylvania; and Special Agent in Charge Jonathan Wilson, Philadelphia Division, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. The letter was also copied the same day to: William McSwain, nominee for U.S. attorney, Eastern District, at his Drinker Biddle law office, Read more

 

Bill to protect net neutrality in Pennsylvania moving through House

(Feb 01, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 1 – Legislation to ensure a free and open internet in Pennsylvania is being drafted, said state Rep. Tim Briggs, who will sponsor the bill. Based on a California bill, the legislation would prohibit an internet service provider from blocking, degrading or impairing lawful internet traffic based on content, application or service. It also would prohibit an ISP from allowing certain websites preferential treatment for a fee or sum. In December, the Federal Communications Commission took steps to repeal net neutrality regulations. Without these consumer protections, ISPs would be able to block, slow, or speed up websites depending on content or service agreements. “The loss of fair internet delivery is a big problem for consumers, but an even bigger impediment for new business, new ideas and the voices of people online who expect their democratic rights to outweigh powerful and moneyed interests,” Briggs said. “Allowing corporations to act as internet gatekeepers would be an alarming – if not terrifying – adjustment to how we inform ourselves and advocate for social progress, democracy and transparency. “My bill would stop that from happening in Pennsylvania. All websites, large or small, should be provided to the consumer at the same speed.” The bill also will have a procurement clause requiring the commonwealth of Pennsylvania to only purchase internet services from ISPs that abide by the principals Read more

 

Donatucci: $500,000 grant awarded to Monroe Energy

(Dec 22, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 22 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, today announced a $500,000 grant has been awarded to Monroe Energy from the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. Donatucci said the funding will be used for the company’s major refinery improvement project at its Trainer facility. The project includes the installation of an ultra-low sulfur gasoline unit to produce gasoline in compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s mandate for Tier 3 Sulfur Standards for Gasoline. “I’m pleased to see the governor and legislative leaders are investing in Monroe Energy to help with this important project,” Donatucci said. “The upgrades funded by this grant will help the company comply with the necessary federal standards.” RACP is administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measures of economic activity. RACP projects are state-funded projects that cannot obtain primary funding under other state programs. Read more

 

Donatucci Stands Against Sexual Harassment and Abuse

(Dec 11, 2017)

Advocating for the Me Too movement, Pa. state Rep. Maria Donatucci stood with her female legislative colleagues to address the need to fight back against sexual harassment and not allow these intolerable acts from happening in the workplace without consequence. Read more

 

Donatucci Fighting Philly Blight, Illegal Dumping

(Nov 21, 2017)

Fighting to keep Philadelphia clean, Pa. state Rep. Maria Donatucci stands in support of Pa. state Rep. Angel Cruz’s legislation to crackdown on illegal dumping and increasing penalties for violators. Read more

 

Donatucci backs sexual harassment accountability bill

(Nov 20, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 20 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, chair of the House Philadelphia Delegation, announced her support for pending Senate legislation to increase accountability for sexual harassment. "Accusations of sexual harassment should be taken very seriously and thoroughly investigated. I support legislation sponsored by Sen. Judy Schwank, D-Berks , that would prohibit non-disclosure agreements in the settlement of civil claims for sexual assault or harassment. I would welcome the chance to vote on this legislation in the House once the Senate acts on it. We must hold people accountable. As I always have, I stand in support of all the victims of sexual harassment," Donatucci said. ### Read more

 

Ahead of SRC meeting, Cruz joins Philadelphia Delegation members to defend disbanding decision

(Nov 16, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 16 -- Two weeks after Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney called for the School Reform Commission to disband itself, state Reps. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., and Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, joined fellow members of the Philadelphia Delegation to defend the decision. Ahead of a scheduled SRC meeting, the state lawmakers held a news conference Thursday afternoon inside the library of the Philip Sheridan Elementary School. “The commission had more than a decade to fix the issues within the School District of Philadelphia, but it seems things have just gotten worse,” Cruz said. “I have been fighting to dissolve the SRC for the past three years to bring control of our schools back to the city that depends on its success and the taxpayers who help fund them.” Cruz introduced House Bill 654 in January, which would eliminate the SRC and establish an elected board to oversee operations of the city’s school district. He’s been pushing for this cause since 2014. Donatucci, chairwoman of the Philadelphia County Delegation, said, “At the end of the day, the students are our top priority. The success of this country starts in the classroom, and that includes the young, bright minds that make up the School District of Philadelphia. I support what’s best for them, and what’s best for them is a local school board that has their best interests at heart calling the shots.” During today's SRC meeting, the Read more

 

House Democrats join Gov. Wolf for signing of ‘stop and go’ law

(Nov 01, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 1 – State Reps. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., and Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, today joined Gov. Tom Wolf, members of the state Liquor Control Board, and state and local Philadelphia legislators for the signing of a bill that increases the state’s ability to better deal with “stop and go” nuisance establishments in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania. The new authority is included in a Fiscal Code bill (H.B. 674), which the House passed last week. Under the legislation, if the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board finds that a licensed establishment does not meet the seating, square footage, food or health requirements under the state Liquor Code, the LCB can suspend the license immediately. The new law also gives local government entities the power to make recommendations to the LCB to investigate establishments believed to be failing to meet code requirements. Harris, chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, who sponsored earlier legislation to address "stop and gos," said, “In June, we began to work on legislation to increase the ability of local law enforcement agencies to stop the unscrupulous business practices of local ‘stop and go’ establishments. Today, we are able to begin the process of removing this nuisance from our community. Although this is just one of many steps needed to ensure the safety and serenity of our neighborhoods, the political will and courage displayed by Read more

 

Donatucci: House committee votes on gun safety legislation
Jun 19, 2018

Deadline extended for Pa. Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program
Jun 11, 2018

PHEAA Reminds Students of Approaching 2018-19 PA State Grant Application Deadline
Apr 24, 2018

Donatucci Fighting to End Gun Violence
Apr 18, 2018

Donatucci: It’s Time to End the Gender Pay Gap
Apr 10, 2018

Pa. legislators call for action on Equal Pay Day
Apr 10, 2018

Policy Committee looks at Donatucci bill for Safe Campuses
Apr 06, 2018

Donatucci, Davis to host House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on Safe Campuses legislation Friday in Philadelphia
Apr 04, 2018

Donatucci Putting #PeopleFirst with the #Plan4Pa
Apr 03, 2018

Donatucci: #Gunsense Can Save Lives
Mar 14, 2018

Donatucci announces $1.5M grant to improve dangerous intersection
Feb 26, 2018

Donatucci: Wolf budget proposal would move Philadelphia forward
Feb 06, 2018

Phila. Delegation calls for federal reassurance on Pa. medical marijuana
Feb 01, 2018

Bill to protect net neutrality in Pennsylvania moving through House
Feb 01, 2018

Donatucci: $500,000 grant awarded to Monroe Energy
Dec 22, 2017

Donatucci Stands Against Sexual Harassment and Abuse
Dec 11, 2017

Donatucci Fighting Philly Blight, Illegal Dumping
Nov 21, 2017

Donatucci backs sexual harassment accountability bill
Nov 20, 2017

Ahead of SRC meeting, Cruz joins Philadelphia Delegation members to defend disbanding decision
Nov 16, 2017

House Democrats join Gov. Wolf for signing of ‘stop and go’ law
Nov 01, 2017