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PLBC, Philadelphia Delegation hail passage of new authority to deal with 'stop-and-go' nuisances

(Oct 25, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 25 – State Reps. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., and Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, today hosted a news conference in the state Capitol, celebrating passage of a bill that would increase the state's authority to deal with "stop-and-go" nuisance businesses in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania. The new authority is included in a Fiscal Code bill (H.B. 674), which the House passed Tuesday. The Senate passed the bill Monday. Under the bill, if the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board finds that a licensee does not meet a requirement under the Liquor Code for seating, square footage, food or health, it could suspend the license immediately. The bill also would give local government entities the power to make recommendations to the LCB to investigate establishments believed to be failing to meet code requirements. “While stop-and-go enforcements have always been a popular idea, it took a great amount of courage and political will to get it done,” said Harris, chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. “There were a lot of sacrifices made to ensure these enforcements were put in place. None of this would be possible without the bipartisan and bicameral collaboration that we saw take place.” In September, Harris hosted state Sen. Chuck McIlhinney, R-Bucks, for a tour of stop-and-go establishments in Philadelphia. Harris also sponsored earlier legislation to address the issue of stop-and-gos. Read more

 

Donatucci Ending Stop and Go Nuisances

(Oct 25, 2017)

After years of fighting, Pa. state Rep. Maria Donatucci celebrates a major victory in the battle against stop and gos. A bi-partisan effort pushed legislation to the governor’s desk that would crack down on the nuisance establishments. Donatucci picked up the torch of this fight from her late husband who began the effort in the mid-1980s. Read more

 

Donatucci Leads Breast Cancer Awareness

(Oct 03, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Maria Donatucci leads the House of Representatives with a House Resolution designating October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and October 20 as National Mammography Day in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Pa Legislative Black Caucus and the Philadelphia County Delegation condemn actions of white nationalist groups

(Aug 17, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 17 – State Reps. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chair of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, and Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, chair of the Philadelphia County Delegation, released the following statement regarding the white nationalist protests that took place in Charlottesville, Va.: “As legislative leaders representing countless Pennsylvanians of color, we condemn the actions of white nationalists in Charlottesville as racist and un-American. As proud Americans, we know that these actions and ideals do not represent the values of tolerance, inclusiveness, and equality that our country strives to uphold. The diversity of our Commonwealth – and of our country – is an asset that must be fully utilized if we are to fulfil the promise of our democracy. “The flags, statues and monuments of the Confederacy are not the celebration of heritage, but are instead the articulation of hatred using the language of an enemy nation. No other country celebrates the conquered, just as no other country flies the flag of the defeated. The Confederacy and the monuments erected long after its defeat represent an ideology that should not be celebrated. This ideology commemorates treason while romanticizing slavery and systemic oppression. “Monuments honoring the Confederacy should be to the Civil War as Benedict Arnold is to the American Revolution. These symbols do not deserve to tower over those they once oppressed, but belong Read more

 

Donatucci: We Need to Get this Budget Done

(Jul 21, 2017)

Chairwoman of the Philadelphia Delegation, Rep. Maria Donatucci expresses her frustration with the budget process, citing many ideas for balancing the budget that have been ignored by House Republican leadership. Read more

 

Philadelphia lawmakers urge return to Harrisburg to finalize state budget, offer solutions to fix recurring revenue gap

(Jul 18, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, July 18 – Members of the Philadelphia Delegation in the state House of Representatives today urged Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, to call the House back to Harrisburg to wrap up the 2017-18 state budget. "The main spending bill was passed on June 30, on a bipartisan basis, and it became law on July 10. So now we have to pay for that budget. And we need recurring, sustainable revenue to do it. Another year of mostly using gimmicks, what I refer to as 'smoke and mirrors,' will put us at risk of more credit downgrades, which just cost Pennsylvania taxpayers more. Unfortunately, Republican leaders shut down the House without finishing the job," said delegation chair Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware. Legislators outlined three major solutions to Pennsylvania's revenue gap that should receive votes in the full House: A severance tax on natural gas drilling companies: "Pennsylvania has already given away more than $2 billion in potential revenue by writing the natural gas law to favor the industry and shortchanging Pennsylvania residents. We simply want a severance tax comparable to the one every other natural gas-producing state in the nation have already put in place," said Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila. Closing corporate tax loopholes: "Without closing the so-called Delaware loophole here in Pennsylvania, we lose hundreds of millions in revenues each year by allowing large corporations to avoid state Read more

 

Donatucci supports 2017-18 spending plan

(Jun 30, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 30 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, today said the Pennsylvania General Assembly settled on a bipartisan $32 billion spending plan, sending it to the governor hours before the July 1 start of the new fiscal year. Donatucci said the spending plan provides additional funding for education while maintaining the same levels of services offered by counties and human service providers. “This passage today is only half the budget - we still need to figure out how to pay for it,” Donatucci said. “Fortunately, the spending plan that was passed today is a major improvement over the version passed with only Republican votes in April. “I am eager to return as soon as possible to Harrisburg in an effort to come up with a complete budget package to send to Gov. Tom Wolf for his signature.” Within a year, this funding will provide an additional $100 million for basic education, a $25 million increase for special education, and another $30 million for Pre-K Counts and Head Start programs. Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities will see an $8.9 million increase while funding will remain the same for the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Donatucci, chairwoman of the Philadelphia County Delegation to the House of Representatives, said the budget continues to provide needed funding for the School District of Philadelphia. “The $34 million for basic and special education for Read more

 

Donatucci Strikes a Blow to Stop and Gos

(Jun 27, 2017)

Chairwoman of the Philadelphia Delegation Rep. Maria Donatucci 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

 

Donatucci: House passes Stop-and-Go bill, huge step for Philadelphia

(Jun 27, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 27 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila., said that the passage of H.B. 1547 by the House of Representatives today is a huge step for Philadelphia in order to answer the people’s call for safe and productive communities. Donatucci, chairwoman of the Philadelphia Delegation, said, “This was an effort on behalf of the entire delegation. We held meetings and hearings earlier this year, and with input from different sectors we crafted this legislation as a tool to make our neighborhoods safer, reduce crime and stop the proliferation of convenience stores and Stop-and-Go’s, which constantly put our families and loved ones at risk.” House Bill 1547 was introduced by state Reps. Jordan Harris and Donna Bullock, both D-Phila.; and Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. The bill would allow the state Liquor Control Board to designate saturated nuisance market areas, where violations would be subject to enhanced penalties, fines and suspensions, and allow the board to remove licenses from those areas. The bill passed with a Donatucci amendment to clarify the process for establishing a saturated nuisance market area and designate a county as a declaration of need. “The amendment sets the requirements to file petitions and the time frame that the board has to approve or disapprove them. The decision should be taken within 90 days, and licensees have the right to appeal. Also, licensees in a saturated nuisance market Read more

 

Donatucci Fights For Jobs

(Jun 20, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Maria Donatucci joined a huge crowd at a Capitol labor rally in defense of jobs that provide a family sustaining wages, good benefits and a Pennsylvania worker's right to unionize. Read more

 

Donatucci, Youngblood applaud ‘stop and go’ bill as it advances to full House

(Jun 14, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 14 – A bill introduced by members of the Philadelphia County Delegation to address the issue of “stop and go” nuisance alcohol-selling businesses has advanced out of the Liquor Control Committee to the full House of Representatives. H.B. 1547 was introduced by state Reps. Jordan Harris and Donna Bullock, both D-Phila.; and Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. The bill would allow the state Liquor Control Board to designate saturated nuisance market areas, where violations would be subject to enhanced penalties, fines and suspensions, and allow the board to remove licenses from those areas. The bill was strongly supported by state Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., and Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware. Youngblood and Donatucci, who is also the Democratic secretary on the House Liquor Control Committee, have held several public meetings on the issue this year. They have expressed their satisfaction with the Philadelphia Delegation coming together to unite around the issue. Donatucci, chairwoman of the House of Representative’s Philadelphia Delegation, said, “This was an effort on behalf of the entire Philadelphia Delegation, and without the hearings held earlier this year, we would have never gotten this far. Through cooperation and a united front, the delegation can accomplish great things for the city of Philadelphia.” Youngblood, the Democratic Caucus Secretary, said, “This legislation is a Read more

 

Donatucci condemns VGTs in gambling expansion bill

(Jun 07, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 7 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, today voted against legislation that would dramatically expand gambling in Pennsylvania. Donatucci, chairwoman of the House of Representative’s Philadelphia Delegation, 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 she 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. “Video Gaming Terminals in the 9,000 liquor license establishments across the commonwealth are bad for Pennsylvanians. They are bad for families, children, older Pennsylvanians, and bad for our state lottery fund and state gaming fund,” Donatucci said. “Philadelphia families don't want gambling in their corner stores. “VGTs authorized in this bill are not all about helping bars and taverns but more about helping out those out of state VGT operators from Las Vegas and Chicago. They are all cued up to make hundreds of millions of dollars off the backs of Pennsylvania's bars and taverns, and our defenseless constituents," Donatucci said. Donatucci added the "stop and go" liquor businesses that have been such a problem in Read more

 

Pa. charter school reform bills' goal: Treat all public schools equally

(Apr 19, 2017)

HARRISBURG, April 19 – House Democrats today unveiled a package of eight charter school reform bills designed to treat all Pennsylvania public schools – both traditional and charter – and their students equally under law. "I am hopeful we can pull together bipartisan support for these bills that improve efficiencies and accountability, which means that there will be more money available for education. Providing high-quality education to all Pennsylvania students should be the ultimate goal of our educational system," said Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee. Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, has introduced a bill ( H.B. 1199 ) that would end conflicts of interest in tax-funded payments for charter school leases. "The auditor general's office has identified millions of dollars in questionable charter school leases. We need to prevent these conflicts of interest up front, and we need to recover taxpayers' money to benefit students when there has been an inappropriate payment for one of these leases. Every dollar that goes to an inappropriate lease is a dollar that doesn't go to educate our kids," Roebuck said. Rep. Mike Carroll, D-Luzerne, introduced a bill ( H.B. 1198 ) that would bring charter schools in line with school districts by imposing limits on the surpluses that charter schools may accumulate. "My legislation Read more

 

Donatucci to introduce new charter school reform bill

(Apr 13, 2017)

HARRISBURG, April 13 – Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, is set to introduce legislation that would provide savings for both state and local taxpayers. Donatucci called for support of her reform bill that would provide a clear process for school administrators to follow when closing a school building due to financial, enrollment, charter revocation under the state charter school law or other applicable reasons. Under current state law, there are no procedures in place to guide administrators who are in the process of closing a school. “The closing of a traditional or charter school can generate chaos for any local community and force area parents into a frustrated scramble for alternatives,” Donatucci said. The bill, H.B. 1204, would require administrators to provide ample notification of a school closing to parents, the community and the state, and set forth a clear procedure for reporting and transitioning students to other facilities and programs. This legislation would also protect students, parents, taxpayers and communities, and provide guidance and assistance to administrators at all types of public schools in Pennsylvania -- including traditional neighborhood, brick-and-mortar charter, and cyber-charter schools. Donatucci said that with enactment of her bill, the state also would have the opportunity to develop a database for those unused or underutilized school facilities in Pennsylvania to ensure Read more

 

Sims, Donatucci, Bullock, Davis push equal-pay bills at Capitol rally

(Apr 04, 2017)

HARRISBURG, April 4 – State Reps. Brian Sims and Donna Bullock, both D-Phila.; Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware; and other leading advocates for equal pay for women held a Capitol rally today. The event was hosted by the American Association of University Women and Business and Professional Women. Sims, Donatucci, Bullock and Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, are lead sponsors of legislation that would address the pay gap in Pennsylvania: H.B. 830 , which would significantly increase the fines for violating the equal-pay law; H.B. 931 , which is modeled on Massachusetts' pay equity law; and a pending bill that would combat secrecy that hides unequal pay and increase protections for employees who file an equal-pay complaint. Sims said, "Pennsylvania women are paid on average 54 to 83 cents for every dollar a man makes, depending on which county they live in. Equal work deserves equal pay – anything less is unacceptable. Pennsylvania's current equal-pay law is more than 50 years old and clearly not strong enough to get the job done. Paying women equally for their work isn’t just the right thing to do -- it will help foster what we all want: a stronger economy that works for every Pennsylvanian." Donatucci said, "This year, April 4 is Equal Pay Day, the symbolic day when a woman’s salary catches up to a man’s salary from the previous year. In Pennsylvania , the wage gap costs women $430,480 over a 40-year career compared Read more

 

Another View: Time for honesty on equal pay in the Pa. workplace

(Mar 15, 2017)

Recently, an editorial written by two of our fellow legislators from the Senate was published advocating for S.B. 241 and equal pay for equal work – the idea that women should rightfully be paid the same as men for doing the same job. We would like to applaud Sens. Jake Corman and Tom McGarrigle for supporting this idea, however we believe it is vital to inform them that S.B. 241, which passed the Senate in February, would actually take several steps away from achieving pay equity. Read more

 

Philadelphia Delegation condemns criminal vandalism of Jewish cemetery

(Feb 28, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 28 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, chair of the Philadelphia Delegation to the House of Representatives, released the following statement today with fellow members of the delegation in response to the criminal acts committed at the Mount Carmel Cemetery, which is located in the legislative district of Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila.: "To say the Philadelphia Delegation condemns this hate crime is an understatement,” Donatucci said. “It does not matter if it happened in Pittsburgh, Pittston or Pitcairn, the delegation would stand behind the sentiment. "This is the kind of senseless, futile act that can bring a community to its knees, but the last few days have shown the opposite: people are rising up. "The efforts of Representative Solomon are to be commended and shown as an example of how to collectively work together and take a stand against prejudice and hate, and the delegation is proud to stand in lockstep with him," she said. State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, said, "The members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus condemn the hate crimes that are on the rise lately, including the disgusting vandalism at a Philadelphia Jewish cemetery, the threats to several Jewish community centers in Pennsylvania and the horrific shooting of two Indians in Kansas and another man who came to their aid. "We stand with our Jewish Read more

 

Donatucci announces $800,000 grant for Philadelphia International Airport

(Feb 23, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 23 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, announced today that the Philadelphia International Airport is the recipient of an $800,000 grant for the purpose of facility upgrades. The funding is being issued through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's Multimodal Fund, which was created in 2013 as part of the state's transportation funding program under Act 89. "The Philadelphia airport is one of four airports across the state to receive funding of this sort," Donatucci said. "This distinction illustrates the focus that is being placed on the future of this airport." Donatucci added the funds will be used to extend an existing runway. "Infrastructure improvements are necessary to make sure a place like the airport is operating on solid ground," Donatucci said. "The airport is an economic engine for the city and the state and this grant will help to keep it running as such." PennDOT's Multimodal Fund was created to provide Transportation Department funds for nodes of transportation beyond the automobile, including trains, planes, waterways and also bicycle and pedestrian right-of-ways. Read more

 

Donatucci to lead Philadelphia Delegation of the Democratic Caucus in state House; 22 members take oath of office

(Jan 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, was sworn in today for a fourth term representing the 185th Legislative District in the House of Representatives, which consists of portions of the city of Philadelphia, as well as Colwyn Borough, Sharon Hill Borough and part of Darby Township in Delaware County."I don’t think I can name a more humbling experience than this," Donatucci said. "Serving the people I represent is a great opportunity and even greater responsibility." Read more

 

Donatucci applauds Gov. Tom Wolf’s appointment to Pa. Gaming Control Board

(Oct 06, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 6 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, chairwoman of the Philadelphia County Delegation to the House of Representatives , issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s appointment of Ahmeenah Young to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board: "Today, as a proud Philadelphian, I applaud Governor Wolf's appointment of Ahmeenah Young to the state's Gaming Control Board. "Ms. Young holds an impressive resume that includes being president and chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority. She has worked extensively on economic development and job creation projects that have benefited the city of Philadelphia and the entire commonwealth. "I offer congratulations to her on this achievement and I look forward to working with her as a fellow public servant to the people of this commonwealth." The PGCB was established in 2004 by the legislature to oversee licensing and regulating all aspects of the slots gaming industry in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

PLBC, Philadelphia Delegation hail passage of new authority to deal with 'stop-and-go' nuisances
Oct 25, 2017

Donatucci Ending Stop and Go Nuisances
Oct 25, 2017

Donatucci Leads Breast Cancer Awareness
Oct 03, 2017

Pa Legislative Black Caucus and the Philadelphia County Delegation condemn actions of white nationalist groups
Aug 17, 2017

Donatucci: We Need to Get this Budget Done
Jul 21, 2017

Philadelphia lawmakers urge return to Harrisburg to finalize state budget, offer solutions to fix recurring revenue gap
Jul 18, 2017

Donatucci supports 2017-18 spending plan
Jun 30, 2017

Donatucci Strikes a Blow to Stop and Gos
Jun 27, 2017

Donatucci: House passes Stop-and-Go bill, huge step for Philadelphia
Jun 27, 2017

Donatucci Fights For Jobs
Jun 20, 2017

Donatucci, Youngblood applaud ‘stop and go’ bill as it advances to full House
Jun 14, 2017

Donatucci condemns VGTs in gambling expansion bill
Jun 07, 2017

Pa. charter school reform bills' goal: Treat all public schools equally
Apr 19, 2017

Donatucci to introduce new charter school reform bill
Apr 13, 2017

Sims, Donatucci, Bullock, Davis push equal-pay bills at Capitol rally
Apr 04, 2017

Another View: Time for honesty on equal pay in the Pa. workplace
Mar 15, 2017

Philadelphia Delegation condemns criminal vandalism of Jewish cemetery
Feb 28, 2017

Donatucci announces $800,000 grant for Philadelphia International Airport
Feb 23, 2017

Donatucci to lead Philadelphia Delegation of the Democratic Caucus in state House; 22 members take oath of office
Jan 03, 2017

Donatucci applauds Gov. Tom Wolf’s appointment to Pa. Gaming Control Board
Oct 06, 2016