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Donatucci supports budget investing in schools, human services

(Jun 30, 2016)

HARRISBURG, June 30 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, and chairwoman of the Philadelphia County Delegation to the House of Representatives, issued the following statement after the House passed the state budget bill today: “I am hopeful that today’s bipartisan support of Senate Bill 1073 means that Pennsylvania will soon have a balanced, timely budget. Our schools and human service organizations, especially those in Philadelphia, cannot afford another lengthy and irresponsible budget impasse. “As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I have had some time to reflect on the fiscal spending plan. While the legislation will not solve all of the state’s financial woes, especially in such a difficult budget year, it will go a long way in supporting our students and vulnerable residents. “Pennsylvania’s schools will receive an increase of $250 million overall from the previous fiscal year, which is welcome news. This figure includes $200 million for K-12, $30 million for pre-K and Head Start, and a $20 million increase for special education. As a result, the School District of Philadelphia would receive a basic education funding increase of $47,067,862, or 4.6 percent, and a special education funding boost of $3,210,990, or 2.4 percent. “Philadelphia’s students have gone far too long with fewer teachers, extracurricular activities and support staff. We have a constitutional obligation to provide Read more

 

Gov. Wolf signs Donatucci’s 911 privacy bill into law

(May 27, 2016)

HARRISBURG, May 27 – Gov. Tom Wolf has signed into law a measure authored by state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, designed to better protect the identity of victims, witnesses and other people placing 911 calls. “This measure will help give peace of mind to anyone who may be hesitant to call 911 for fear of retribution,” Donatucci said. “The law now protects the privacy of victims and witnesses, in addition to the caller, so that private information that should not be available for public consumption is able to remain confidential.” Under H.B. 1310 , now Act 30 of 2016, in response to a request under the state’s Right-to-Know Law, a public safety access point is prohibited from releasing the name, telephone number and home address of victims, witnesses or people calling 911. The only case in which this information would be made available is if the 911 center or a court determines it is in the public’s best interest to have such information. The location of the incident would still be public information, unless the location is the home address of the caller, victim or witness, or the disclosure of the location would compromise the identity of the caller, victim or witness. The street block identifier, cross street or mile marker nearest the incident location would also still be made public. “My colleagues and I crafted the bill in such a way that it would still provide the public the opportunity to assess the Read more

 

Donatucci honors the 'Bob Pantano Saturday Night Dance Party' on Pa. House floor

(May 24, 2016)

HARRISBURG, May 24 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has recognized the "Bob Pantano Saturday Night Dance Party" radio program as the first and longest-running radio dance party in the United States, thanks to a resolution authored by state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware. "Bob Pantano is a south Philadelphia native and Temple University graduate who is one of the most recognizable voices on radio today," Donatucci said. "Many of us grew up listening to his live dance party and have great memories set to the soundtrack of his program. I look forward to the continued success of greater Philadelphia’s favorite Saturday night radio tradition." House Resolution 178 , which was unanimously adopted by the House, notes that the "Bob Pantano Saturday Night Dance Party" program first premiered in 1977, and features music from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. The program is broadcast live from the Adelphia Restaurant and Nightclub in Deptford, N.J. It airs each Saturday night in Philadelphia on 98.1 WOGL-FM, and in New Jersey on 96.1 WTTH-FM in Atlantic City and 93.1 EZ-FM in Cape May. Donatucci added Pantano has received a number of awards throughout his career, including the Kal Rudman Philadelphia Radio Milestone Award, Millay Club’s Man of the Year Award, and the Philadelphia Phillies Gamble & Huff Community Partnership Award. He has also been inducted into both the Temple University School of Read more

 

Donatucci resolution highlights sleep apnea symptoms, treatment

(May 19, 2016)

HARRISBURG, May 19 – A measure adopted by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and authored by state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, designates May 2016 as Sleep Apnea Awareness Month in the commonwealth. “Having lost my husband to complications from sleep apnea, I know the devastating toll this condition can take on families,” Donatucci said. “I encourage anyone who suspects they or a loved one might be living with this disorder to discuss their symptoms with their doctor.” Donatucci’s H.R. 884 noted sleep apnea is a common chronic disorder affecting more than 18 million adults, and up to three percent of children, in the United States. People who suffer from sleep apnea experience shallow breaths or pauses in breathing while sleeping, which can last from a few seconds to a few minutes. Symptoms include loud snoring, obesity, persistent daytime sleepiness, awakening out of breath during the night and waking up in the morning with a dry mouth or headache. Experts say those who suffer from sleep apnea can help reduce the severity of the disorder by losing weight, avoiding alcohol and quitting smoking. Sleep apnea treatments can include the use of a continuous positive airway pressure device, dental appliances, repositioning the lower jaw and tongue, and upper airway surgery to remove tissue in the airway. Left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, depression and other Read more

 

Donatucci’s National Prevention Week measure approved by Pa. House

(May 18, 2016)

HARRISBURG, May 18 – The week of May 15 through 21, 2016 in Pennsylvania is National Prevention Week, thanks to a resolution authored by state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, and recently adopted by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. “The goal of National Prevention Week is to raise awareness about substance abuse and mental health issues, especially among students this time of year,” Donatucci said. “The spring and summer seasons provide so many exciting activities, such as prom, graduation parties and weddings. While many young people will celebrate responsibly, these events still serve as a breeding ground for dangerous behaviors, like substance use and abuse. That’s why we want to ensure students understand how to make responsible decisions while still enjoying these milestones.” Donatucci’s H.R. 885 noted National Prevention Week is sponsored annually by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This year’s theme is “Strong as One. Stronger Together.” Each day during the week is designated a specific theme, including the prevention of tobacco use, underage drinking and alcohol misuse, prescription and opioid drug misuse, illicit drug use and youth marijuana use, and suicide; and the promotion of mental health and wellness. Participating community organizations across the country host health fairs, block parties, educational assemblies, town hall meetings, memorial Read more

 

Donatucci’s 911 privacy bill awaits governor’s signature to become law

(May 17, 2016)

HARRISBURG, May 17 – A measure authored by state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, that would better protect the identity of victims, witnesses and other people placing 911 calls is on its way to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today unanimously voted to concur in Senate amendments of Donatucci’s H.B. 1310 . “The passage of this bill demonstrates that the legislature is taking the right to privacy very seriously,” Donatucci said. “No one should feel hesitant to call 911 because they fear retribution or are concerned their private information will be made public. Think about a domestic violence victim who flees to a friend’s house and calls 911. Their abuser shouldn’t be able to find out where they are calling from and harm them even further. This legislation would give people peace of mind when they find themselves in the unfortunate situation of having to call 911.” Under H.B. 1310, in response to a request under the state’s Right-to-Know Law, a public safety access point is prohibited from releasing the name, telephone number and home address of victims, witnesses or people calling 911. The only case in which this information would be made available is if the 911 center or a court determines it is in the public’s best interest to have such information. “We know that a person who calls 911 is likely a victim or witness, but that’s not always the Read more

 

Donatucci’s 911 privacy bill passes state Senate

(May 13, 2016)

HARRISBURG, May 13 – The Pennsylvania Senate passed legislation authored by state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, designed to better protect the identity of crime victims, witnesses and other people placing 911 calls. “I commend the Senate for taking such important action to look after those who find themselves in these unfortunate situations,” Donatucci said. “Sometimes, people are hesitant to call 911, whether they are a crime victim or witness, or become aware of a crime through other means. We never want to deter anyone from calling 911 for fear of retribution. This bill will go a long way to give people peace of mind and keep them safe.” The Senate amended Donatucci’s H.B. 1310 so that, in response to a request under the state’s Right-to-Know Law, a public safety access point is prohibited from releasing the name, telephone number, and home address of a person calling 911, the crime victim, and the crime witness. The only instance in which this information would be made available is if the 911 center or court determines it is in the public’s best interest to have such information. The location of the incident would still be made public, unless the location is the home address of the caller, victim or witness, or the disclosure of the location would compromise the identity of the caller, victim or witness. In addition, the street block identifier, cross street or mile marker nearest the incident location Read more

 

Donatucci: Local summer camps now accepting applications

(May 13, 2016)

SHARON HILL, May 13 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, announced Delaware County Technical High Schools are now enrolling students in their Career Heroes Summer Camp 2016. “Learning doesn’t have to stop when schools shut their doors for the summer,” Donatucci said. “Our area summer camps provide our students many enriching opportunities, allowing them to continue to learn and explore possible career paths in a fun way. If parents check out the various summer programs in our area, I am sure they will find something that sparks their children’s interest.” The schools will host two separate week-long camp sessions. The first camp will run June 20 through 24, with most sessions taking place at the schools’ Folcroft campus at 701 Henderson Blvd., Folcroft. The sessions there will focus on cosmetology, culinary arts, computer networking and engineering. Another session to be held at Marple Education Center, 89 N. Malin Road in Broomall, will also focus on culinary arts. The second camp, running from June 27 through June 30, will highlight building trades, cosmetology, graphic design, computer science and health careers. It will take place at the schools’ Aston campus, located at 100 Crozerville Road in Aston. The camps are for children 11 through 14, and campers must be residents of Delaware County. The enrollment deadline is May 20. For more information and to enroll, visit Read more

 

Donatucci: Education Funding Must Be Truly Fair

(May 12, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Maria Donatucci attended a Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee Hearing in Philadelphia to discuss the public education crisis in the city and statewide. Donatucci wants a funding that addresses the large inequities between rich and poor school districts so that all kids have access to a quality education. Read more

 

Donatucci resolution honors nursing home residents, staff

(May 06, 2016)

HARRISBURG, May 6 – The week of May 8 through 14, 2016 marks “National Nursing Home Week” in Pennsylvania, thanks to a resolution authored by state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, and recently adopted by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. “There are more than 81,000 Pennsylvanians residing in some 700 nursing homes across the state,” Donatucci said. “These men and women are a living testament to our history and have greatly contributed to our communities. Many of these residents have fought in our wars, worked in our factories, and built our neighborhoods from the ground up. We owe them our appreciation not just during this special week, but every day.” Donatucci’s H.R. 794 noted this year’s national theme for “National Nursing Home Week” is “It’s a Small World, with a Big Heart.” The theme highlights the bond between staff and older adults and others who receive therapies or who have developmental disabilities. “The staff members who work at our nursing homes should also be commended for their compassion and dedication,” Donatucci said. “They keep our nursing home residents healthy and happy, and we are all appreciative of their efforts.” Read more

 

Donatucci: Tech event to showcase area students’ skills

(Apr 28, 2016)

SHARON HILL, April 28 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, announced a CTC Remix: Careers, Technology and Coding event will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5 at Delaware County Technical High Schools’ Aston campus, 100 Crozerville Road, Aston. The event will host a mobile application pitch competition featuring teams of middle school girls who participated in #DelcoGirlsCODE, a four-month workshop where students identified a community problem and developed an app prototype and business plan to address the issue. It will also feature an interactive career and technology showcase where current high school students demonstrate the technologies they have worked on in class. “We all know our STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and math – are becoming increasingly important in our society, so I applaud Delaware County Technical High Schools for helping to put together this event,” Donatucci said. “I am also proud that there are so many young women taking part in coding and other technological activities. We need to continue to encourage our students, especially our girls, to engage their curiosity in such a meaningful way.” In addition, Tamalee Brassington, the state Education Department’s division manager of adult and post-secondary career and technical education, is expected to serve as keynote speaker. Interested attendees are required to RSVP. To RSVP and to find a Read more

 

Donatucci acknowledges ‘Take It All Back Day’ with House resolution

(Apr 15, 2016)

HARRISBURG, April 15 – “Take It All Back Day” will be recognized tomorrow, April 16, 2016 in Pennsylvania, thanks to a resolution sponsored by state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, and recently adopted by the state House of Representatives. “The goal of ‘Take It All Back Day’ is to raise awareness about sexual assault and abuse in all forms,” Donatucci said. “Unfortunately, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified sexual assault as an urgent public health crisis, while the Federal Bureau of Investigation has reported that sexual violence is the most underreported crime. Clearly, our society needs more education about sexual assault if we want to stop it in our communities.” House Resolution 793 recognizes Women Organized Against Rape and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape for their work to inform the public about sexual assault. WOAR organizes an annual “Take It All Back Community Walk,” honoring sexual assault victims, to shed light on the issue. Donatucci also cited a recent report issued by Pennsylvania State University in which 80 percent of female students surveyed at its main campus said they had experienced some form of sexual harassment. “This particular news is extremely troubling,” Donatucci said. “College campuses should be welcoming environments where our children can learn, and shouldn’t have to worry about feeling unsafe. Read more

 

Donatucci resolution recognizes ‘Rainforest Awareness Month’

(Apr 13, 2016)

HARRISBURG, April 13 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today approved a resolution authored by state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, designating May 2016 as “Rainforest Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania. “Our rainforests are slowly but surely disappearing, and it’s largely manmade reasons that are causing them to suffer,” Donatucci said. “We contribute to climate change, chop down trees, mine for precious metals, and drill for oil, and all of these habits are hurting our rainforests. We must take responsibility for our actions and help to reverse their devastating effects.” The Rainforest Foundation US recognizes May as “Rainforest Awareness Month” each year to help publicize the importance of this ecosystem and the growing destruction of it. RFUS reports rainforests once covered 12 percent of the Earth’s surface, but now make up only 6 percent. The organization estimates land the size of one football field is destroyed every second, leading to a loss of 32 million acres of rainforest annually. “Our rainforests help absorb carbon monoxide into the atmosphere and play a key role in controlling flooding, erosion and siltation by absorbing large amounts of rainfall and later releasing it as a constant supply of clean water, overall making our world a better place,” Donatucci said. “We can’t forget about them simply because they’re thousands of miles away. Read more

 

Donatucci elected Pa. House Philadelphia County Delegation chairwoman

(Apr 06, 2016)

HARRISBURG, April 6 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, was elected as the chairwoman of the Philadelphia County Delegation to the House of Representatives for the remainder of the 2015-16 legislative session. "What an honor it is for me to be able to represent my constituents in this way," Donatucci said. "As a longtime member of the delegation, I have devoted my legislative career to fighting for the residents of Philadelphia. In this new position, I look forward to making sure our schools, public safety departments, health care facilities, transportation systems, and other important resources have the tools they need to effectively serve our residents." Donatucci represents the 185th Legislative District, which includes part of the city of Philadelphia, and was elected by other members of the delegation. Currently serving her third legislative term, Donatucci also serves on the House Appropriations, Labor and Industry, Liquor Control and Transportation committees. She is also the Democratic subcommittee chairwoman on Security and Emergency Response for the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, and serves as a deputy whip for the House Democratic Caucus. Donatucci is a staunch advocate for empowering hardworking Philadelphians. She has sponsored legislation to increase fines for employers that knowingly pay women less than men for equal work, and another bill to expand paid sick leave statewide. In Read more

 

Donatucci: State accepting applications for fire assistance grants

(Mar 30, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, March 30 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, today announced the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is accepting applications for its Volunteer Fire Assistance grant program, aimed at saving lives and protecting property in unprotected or inadequately protected rural areas. The VFA grant provides assistance to state foresters and other officials for their efforts to aid local forces in rural areas or communities with under 10,000 residents, to prevent and control fires threatening human life, livestock and their natural surroundings. “Our firefighters lay their lives on the line every day to keep us safe and protect our environment,” Donatucci said. “The least we can do is make sure they have the updated equipment they need to do their jobs. I encourage organizations to see if they qualify for this important opportunity.” The cost-share program will cover up to half of project expenditures, with a maximum grant award of $7,500. Grants can be used for purchase of wildfire suppression equipment, wildfire protective gear, and mobile or portable radios; installation of dry hydrants; wildfire prevention and mitigation; wildfire training; and the conversion and maintenance of federal excess vehicles received from the Bureau of Forestry. However, priority will be placed on projects that include purchase of wildland fire suppression equipment and wildland fire protective gear. All applications Read more

 

Donatucci resolution promotes colorectal cancer awareness

(Mar 24, 2016)

HARRISBURG, March 16 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has unanimously adopted a measure authored by state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, recognizing March 2016 as “National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania. “Experts suggest up to 60 percent of deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented if people age 50 and older were regularly screened and appropriately treated for this disease,” Donatucci said. “As uncomfortable as some people may be discussing colorectal cancer, it’s important to raise awareness about the illness so that people don’t live in fear.” The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, killing 49,700 Americans in 2015. Donatucci noted she understands the devastating toll the disease can have on families if left undetected. “I lost my father to colon cancer in 1998,” Donatucci said. “I want to make sure other families don’t have to go through what my family and I did, especially so many cases of this disease are preventable.” Donatucci’s H.R. 709 noted colorectal cancer often begins as a polyp, which is a growth that forms on the inner wall of the colon or rectum. In addition to polyps, risk factors for colorectal cancer can include age, family history, certain genetic mutations, excessive alcohol use, obesity, Read more

 

Donatucci: Budget resolution just first step in fixing Pa.’s fiscal woes

(Mar 23, 2016)

HARRISBURG, March 23 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, today issued the following statement after Gov. Tom Wolf announced he will allow H.B. 1801 , the GOP-crafted state budget for 2015-16, to become law without his signature: “The governor has brought an end to the budget impasse, but I still believe there are important issues that need to be addressed in order to balance the upcoming 2016-17 budget and do what’s right for Pennsylvania. “Harrisburg is broken, and has become more and more like Washington with each passing week. The commonwealth still faces a massive structural deficit that will remain if we don’t raise the necessary revenues to pay our bills. Our schools will continue to be underfunded and our human service providers will be forced to contemplate closing their doors if we don’t fix the way we budget. The state could truly be headed for disaster if we let the budgeting gimmicks of the prior administration continue to stand. “As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I’m committed to doubling down with my colleagues and working to prevent another budget stalemate like the one we’ve all just had to live through. It’s time to stop putting politics before our children, seniors and most vulnerable residents. Let’s get to work on fixing Pennsylvania’s fiscal house, and ensure our 2016-17 budget is a much more sustainable, responsible one than the plan that’s Read more

 

Donatucci resolution promotes colorectal cancer awareness

(Mar 23, 2016)

HARRISBURG, March 23 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has unanimously adopted a measure authored by state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, recognizing March 2016 as “National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania. “Experts suggest up to 60 percent of deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented if people 50 or older were regularly screened and appropriately treated for this disease,” Donatucci said. “As uncomfortable as some people may be discussing colorectal cancer, it’s important to raise awareness about the illness so that people don’t live in fear.” The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, killing 49,700 Americans in 2015. Donatucci noted she understands the devastating toll the disease can have on families if left undetected. “I lost my father to colon cancer in 1998,” Donatucci said. “I want to make sure other families don’t have to go through what my family and I did, especially since so many cases of this disease are preventable.” Donatucci’s H.R. 709 noted that colorectal cancer often begins as a polyp, which is a growth that forms on the inner wall of the colon or rectum. In addition to polyps, risk factors for colorectal cancer can include age, family history, certain genetic mutations, excessive alcohol use, Read more

 

Donatucci: Get Screened to Prevent Colorectal Cancer

(Mar 23, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Maria Donatucci helps spread awareness about colorectal cancer, which is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Donatucci’s father died from the disease in 1998 and did not undergo regular screening for the disease, which can be successfully treated if detected early. Donatucci’s House Resolution 709 names March 2016 as “National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania and encourages residents to get screened and maintain a healthy lifestyle to help prevent colorectal cancer. Read more

 

Donatucci measure honors Pa. registered dietitian nutritionists

(Mar 16, 2016)

HARRISBURG, March 16 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, today announced the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has unanimously approved her resolution designating March 9, 2016 as “Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day” in Pennsylvania. Donatucci’s H.R. 708 explained registered dietitian nutritionists are food and nutrition experts who use nutrition to find solutions for healthy living. To be considered a registered dietitian nutritionist, a person must complete an accredited supervised practice program, pass a national examination and complete continuing professional educational requirements to earn their credential. Many of these professionals work in hospitals, schools, public health clinics, nursing homes, fitness centers, the food industry and other entities. “Experts say maintaining a healthy diet is key in preventing illness and boosting overall wellness,” Donatucci said. “The work being done by our registered dietitian nutritionists is so important in improving public health and educating communities about how to be healthy. I’d like to thank my colleagues for their support of this measure honoring these vital professionals.” Approximately 3,700 residents of the commonwealth are members of the Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, an affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This year, the academy’s theme for “National Nutrition Month” is Read more

 

Donatucci supports budget investing in schools, human services
Jun 30, 2016

Gov. Wolf signs Donatucci’s 911 privacy bill into law
May 27, 2016

Donatucci honors the 'Bob Pantano Saturday Night Dance Party' on Pa. House floor
May 24, 2016

Donatucci resolution highlights sleep apnea symptoms, treatment
May 19, 2016

Donatucci’s National Prevention Week measure approved by Pa. House
May 18, 2016

Donatucci’s 911 privacy bill awaits governor’s signature to become law
May 17, 2016

Donatucci’s 911 privacy bill passes state Senate
May 13, 2016

Donatucci: Local summer camps now accepting applications
May 13, 2016

Donatucci: Education Funding Must Be Truly Fair
May 12, 2016

Donatucci resolution honors nursing home residents, staff
May 06, 2016

Donatucci: Tech event to showcase area students’ skills
Apr 28, 2016

Donatucci acknowledges ‘Take It All Back Day’ with House resolution
Apr 15, 2016

Donatucci resolution recognizes ‘Rainforest Awareness Month’
Apr 13, 2016

Donatucci elected Pa. House Philadelphia County Delegation chairwoman
Apr 06, 2016

Donatucci: State accepting applications for fire assistance grants
Mar 30, 2016

Donatucci resolution promotes colorectal cancer awareness
Mar 24, 2016

Donatucci: Budget resolution just first step in fixing Pa.’s fiscal woes
Mar 23, 2016

Donatucci resolution promotes colorectal cancer awareness
Mar 23, 2016

Donatucci: Get Screened to Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Mar 23, 2016

Donatucci measure honors Pa. registered dietitian nutritionists
Mar 16, 2016