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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: What are the Pitfalls of Not Passing a Budget?

(Mar 10, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Maria Donatucci asks Randy Albright, Pennsylvania's Budget Secretary, about the perils of not passing a 2015-2016 budget and the challenges it puts in front of the 2016-2017 budget. Read more

 

Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms available at my office

(Feb 15, 2016)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2015 tax year are available at my district office – and my staff is ready to help you file yours for free ! 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 2015 and meet all other eligibility criteria. The oft-extended deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2015 is June 30, 2016, and the rebates normally are distributed by the Deparment of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more

 

Donatucci honors K9 services in Pa. with approved resolution

(Feb 10, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 10 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has unanimously adopted a measure authored by state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, marking "K9 Veterans and Services Day" in Pennsylvania on March 13, 2016, which is 74 years after the United States K9 Corps was created. "These dogs and their handlers serve and protect us all so that we may be safe," Donatucci said. "They put themselves in grave danger to save lives, and some even make the ultimate sacrifice. The least we can do is recognize them for their efforts and show our appreciation for their unwavering dedication." Donatucci’s H.R. 678 notes besides dogs and their handlers, K9 services include trainers and other helpers involved in customs, search and rescue, border patrol, police services, secret service and drug enforcement. They are used by the military, law enforcement and other governmental agencies. Though the official United States K9 Corps was established to acknowledge K9 services in World War II and beyond, military working dog handler Joseph J. White later initiated a movement to honor "K9 Veterans and Services Day" each year to raise awareness about the importance of K9 participants. To mark this year’s celebration, Donatucci will present a citation to Melissa Wallace, canine enforcement officer with the federal Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection, and her K9 service dog, Read more

 

PACE prescription programs benefit seniors

(Feb 10, 2016)

PACE, PACENET and PACE plus Medicare are Pennsylvania's prescription assistance programs for older adults, offering low-cost prescription medication to qualified residents, age 65 and older. As of this year, the legislature passed a law excluding Social Security Medicare Part B premiums from being counted towards income levels. Read more

 

Donatucci lauds Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget plan to help students, middle class

(Feb 09, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 9 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, issued the following statement after Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address for the 2016-17 fiscal year: "Obviously, the state is in a unique situation right now, but the fact remains that there are two paths we can take in Pennsylvania: one that puts us back on the path of fiscal stewardship, and another that continues the irresponsible cuts from the past five years and further damages our credit. We’ve had enough of the status quo, so it’s time to take action. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I look forward to working with my fellow colleagues throughout the entire budget process to ensure we get Pennsylvania back on track. "Governor Wolf was elected in large part because of his commitment to funding public education. The funding boost he is proposing will help some of our most vulnerable schools, especially in Philadelphia, where too many students are crammed into small classrooms with fewer teachers. If we want future generations to succeed – and I know we do – we must invest in education now . Our children and grandchildren will be better off. "We also need to pass a balanced budget that addresses the projected $1.9 billion budget deficit for the upcoming fiscal year. Instead of cutting programs to the bone and using funding gimmicks to cover what’s missing, we need to pay our bills and help Pennsylvania build a better economy Read more

 

CHIP offers kids protection and parents peace of mind

(Jan 29, 2016)

Pennsylvania has a Children's Health Insurance Program that provides free and low-cost health insurance to children. CHIP is not welfare – it covers children of working parents whose employers don't offer coverage and who can't afford private insurance. If you can't afford health insurance for your children, chances are they are eligible for CHIP. Read more

 

Donatucci marks ‘Equal Pay Can’t Wait Week’ with revived push to end gender wage gap in Pa.

(Jan 28, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – In connection with tomorrow’s seventh anniversary of the signing of the federal Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law, state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, is renewing her call for the House Labor and Industry Committee to consider her H.B. 1250 , which would update the state’s Equal Pay Law. Donatucci is participating in “Equal Pay Can’t Wait Week” along with other legislators nationwide to help bring attention to the gender wage gap. “It’s downright shameful that in 2016, women are paid, on average, only about 78 cents for every dollar a man brings in,” Donatucci said. “Everyone deserves to be paid fairly for their work, no matter their gender. It’s long past time for us to close this embarrassing chapter in our history and pay women and men equally.” Donatucci’s H.B. 1250 would increase fines to between $2,500 and $5,000 per day of violation and per violation for employers that knowingly violate the state’s Equal Pay Law, falsify related records or interfere with investigations under the act, among other things. Penalties under the act have not been updated since the law was established in 1959. “The law was enacted more than 50 years ago, and life has certainly changed since then,” Donatucci said. “We need to bring the penalties for knowingly paying women less than men for equal work in line with the 21 st century.” Read more

 

Donatucci measure acknowledges ‘Kawasaki Disease Awareness Day’ in Pa.

(Jan 27, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 27 – A resolution authored by state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, and unanimously approved by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives names January 26, 2016 “Kawasaki Disease Awareness Day” in the commonwealth. “Fifty-five years ago, Japanese pediatrician Dr. Tomisaku Kawasaki first discovered a set of symptoms that would later become Kawasaki Disease,” Donatucci said. “However, many of us still haven’t heard of this disease, so it’s important we spread awareness so that parents can recognize the symptoms of this serious illness.” There is no known cure for Kawasaki Disease, which is characterized by inflammation of the blood vessels throughout the body and most commonly affects young children and infants. Symptoms include fever lasting at least five days; bloodshot eyes; rash; inflammation of the mouth, lips and throat; and swollen hands, feet and lymph nodes. Donatucci’s H.R. 652 notes the disease is more prevalent in boys than in girls, and more often presents itself in children of Asian and Pacific Island descent, thought it affects all racial and ethnic groups. If left untreated, approximately one-quarter of affected children develop heart disease. “We all want to protect our children and grandchildren however we can,” Donatucci said. “I thank my colleagues for helping to start a dialogue about this disease and further the mission of improving Read more

 

Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property

(Jan 01, 2016)

Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Read more

 

PA Power Switch: Ask the right questions

(Dec 30, 2015)

In Pennsylvania, you can choose the company that generates your electricity – also known as your electric supplier. This means that you have the power to switch to a competing supplier who can offer the lowest price, or provide a specific service you want, such as “green” or renewable energy. Read more

 

Donatucci supports education funding, property tax relief for seniors

(Oct 07, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 7 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, released the following statement after supporting the commonsense tax increases included in Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget: “This budget isn’t just about getting through the next fiscal year; it’s about putting Pennsylvania on the right fiscal path now so that our children and grandchildren don’t have to clean up our mess later. “For years, the previous administration cut education and human service programs to the bone, while letting corporations off the hook. The results were just as you’d suspect: Pennsylvania now has the most inequitable schools in the nation, our state’s credit has been downgraded multiple times and our seniors are dealing with sky-high property tax rates. Something has to change. “Governor Wolf’s bold vision would restore education funding and include a $400 million increase for basic education. This means the Philadelphia City, Southeast Delco and William Penn school districts would be positioned to cut class sizes, offer advanced courses to prepare students for college and bring back teachers who were laid off due to budget cuts. “In addition, the plan would eliminate school property taxes for about 331,000 seniors and people with disabilities, and expand the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program to include another 569,000 households. It would also finally enact a reasonable severance tax on natural gas – just Read more

 

Pa. House passes Donatucci bill to protect privacy of 911 callers

(Oct 06, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 6 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today unanimously passed a bill authored by state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, designed to protect people who call 911. Donatucci’s H.B. 1310 would prohibit the release of any identifying information related to a person calling a 911 center, including the person’s name, telephone number, address and location. “We want to protect the privacy of everyone who finds themselves in the unfortunate position of having to call 911,” Donatucci said. “Many times, victims or witnesses of crime or domestic violence may be hesitant to call 911 for fear of retribution. We want to make sure this doesn’t happen, and give Pennsylvanians peace of mind if they ever have to call 911 for help.” The legislation follows a 2011 Commonwealth Court ruling in the case of County of York v. Pennsylvania Open Records and Ted Czech. The court decided that the county had to release destination addresses or cross-street information with its 911 time response logs under Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law. “It’s important that we know how quickly our emergency service professionals are responding to calls, but we also need to maintain the privacy of those calling 911,” Donatucci said. “It’s a delicate balance, but we can manage it.” A similar measure unanimously passed the House last session. House Bill 1310 moves to the Senate for Read more

 

Donatucci recognizes women veterans with House resolution

(Oct 02, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 2 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, said the state House of Representatives unanimously adopted her H.R. 486 , which honors the female veterans who have served as members of the United States Armed Forces. “Throughout history, women have played a crucial role in protecting and serving our country,” Donatucci said. “From the Revolutionary and Civil wars, to Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, these female veterans have put themselves in harm’s way to keep us all safe. This measure is a small way of thanking these courageous women for their dedicated service.” More than 600,000 women have served in armed conflicts overseas since the military started accepting women into its ranks in the 20 th century. Donatucci pointed to the federal Department of Defense’s order to lift the ban on women engaging in ground-combat, which takes effect next year. “Starting New Year’s Day, women in our armed forces will be able to serve in a variety of roles they haven’t undertaken before,” Donatucci said. “I believe this diversity will make our military even stronger. We’ve seen that women are capable of graduating from the difficult Army Ranger School, so I look forward to seeing just how much more women can do in our military.” Donatucci also noted she is co-sponsoring H.R. 324 , which would establish the Task Force on Women Veterans’ Health Care. Read more

 

Donatucci resolution makes September 2015 ‘Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Awareness Month’

(Sep 30, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 30 – September 2015 marks “Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania, thanks to an adopted resolution authored by state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware. “Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS, affects more than 5 million women in the United States,” Donatucci said. “This debilitating condition greatly diminishes a woman’s reproductive ability, threatening the dreams of many women wishing to become mothers. It’s time we raise more awareness about PCOS and let women who are struggling with it know that they’re not alone.” The Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously approved Donatucci’s H.R. 492 , which defines PCOS as the presence of cysts on the ovaries combined with the absence of ovulation. Symptoms may include irregular or no menstrual periods, acne, obesity, weight gain, depression, excess or abnormal hair growth and distribution, and infertility, among many others. The official cause of PCOS is unknown, though many experts believe several factors, including genetics, may contribute. Women with PCOS are at greater risk of developing serious health conditions, including diabetes and heart disease. Though there is no known cure for PCOS, experts say women can change their lifestyle habits and make small adjustments to diet and exercise in order to help improve their chances of conception by 10 percent. “Let’s open up the conversation Read more

 

Pa. marks ‘Peace Day’ thanks to Donatucci resolution

(Sep 29, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 29 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has unanimously adopted a resolution offered by state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, designating Sept. 21, 2015 as “Peace Day” in the commonwealth. “Pennsylvania was founded as a place to enjoy civil and religious freedom, which leads to peace,” Donatucci said. “These days, when war and conflict are prevalent everywhere we look, it’s important to remember the peaceful roots that helped to shape this great state.” Donatucci’s H.R. 491 details the history behind Peace Day celebrations. The United Nations established the International Day of Peace in 1981, while the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a measure in 2001 declaring Sept. 21 as an annual day of nonviolence and ceasefire. In addition, the United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia has also established Peace Day Philly, an annual local effort involving Philadelphia-area organizations, community groups and civic leaders. This year, activities promoting local and global peace took place throughout Philadelphia from Sept. 15 to 21. “Cities throughout America, including Philadelphia, have faced their own societal challenges recently,” Donatucci said. “I’m proud to see the City of Brotherly Love stepping up to support peace, nonviolence and unity over discord and strife.” Read more

 

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

Donatucci: What are the Pitfalls of Not Passing a Budget?
Mar 10, 2016

Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms available at my office
Feb 15, 2016

Donatucci honors K9 services in Pa. with approved resolution
Feb 10, 2016

PACE prescription programs benefit seniors
Feb 10, 2016

Donatucci lauds Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget plan to help students, middle class
Feb 09, 2016

CHIP offers kids protection and parents peace of mind
Jan 29, 2016

Donatucci marks ‘Equal Pay Can’t Wait Week’ with revived push to end gender wage gap in Pa.
Jan 28, 2016

Donatucci measure acknowledges ‘Kawasaki Disease Awareness Day’ in Pa.
Jan 27, 2016

Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property
Jan 01, 2016

PA Power Switch: Ask the right questions
Dec 30, 2015

Donatucci supports education funding, property tax relief for seniors
Oct 07, 2015

Pa. House passes Donatucci bill to protect privacy of 911 callers
Oct 06, 2015

Donatucci recognizes women veterans with House resolution
Oct 02, 2015

Donatucci resolution makes September 2015 ‘Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Awareness Month’
Sep 30, 2015

Pa. marks ‘Peace Day’ thanks to Donatucci resolution
Sep 29, 2015