Newsletter: Shredding event and the 2020 Census

(Sep 16, 2020)

PA, shape your future – get counted. For everyone who doesn’t get counted, our community loses $2,000 every year. It’s less money for schools, roads and health care. You can fix this. It’s your money. Keep it in your community where it belongs. Read more


September 19 Shredding Event

(Sep 11, 2020)

Join my office on September 19! No walk-ins. Must be in vehicle to participate. Read more


Please opt-in to receive COVID-19 and legislative updates

(Sep 02, 2020)

According to the House rules, I need your permission to contact you 60 days before an election. This fall, that “blackout period” runs from Sept. 3 through the Nov. 3 general election. Read more


Fitzgerald lauds enactment of breast density screening and insurance law

(Jul 06, 2020)

HARRISBURG, July 6 – More women who are at higher risk for breast cancer will have affordable access to enhanced screening methods thanks to legislation signed into law last week, according to state Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., a longtime champion of the measure. Wolf last week signed a bill (S.B. 595) that is substantially identical to legislation (H.B. 1245) Fitzgerald sponsored in the House over the past two legislative sessions. Specifically, the new law extends insurance coverage to breast cancer screening methods recommended for women with high breast density, such as ultrasounds and magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs). It also would cover other known risk factors, such as family history. “We need to ensure proper access to screenings to enable early detection of breast cancer in women with high breast density, those with a higher risk for the disease,” Fitzgerald said. “I thank my colleagues in the House and Senate for passing this important measure, and I thank Governor Wolf for signing this life-saving legislation into law. “I also must thank and recognize Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority for their ongoing efforts to bring awareness to this issue in communities of color, providing support and advocacy, as well as mobile mammography for women in need.” Fitzgerald held a public policy hearing in Philadelphia in the last legislative session to further explore why the screening mandate is necessary. Read more


Small Business Assistance grants available

(Jun 25, 2020)

Applications are expected to be available June 30 for a new program aimed at providing critical funding to local businesses hurt by the coronavirus. Read more


Happy Juneteenth and office re-opening

(Jun 18, 2020)

As our commonwealth transitions to life with the “new normal”, it is important we all stay in touch and continue to practice best public health guidelines to keep down the number of positive COVID-19 cases and related deaths. Read more


COVID-19 update: voting, Census 2020, evictions, PUA & more

(May 12, 2020)

Just wanted to take a moment to touch base with you and update you on some of the resources and services available to you in this era of COVID-19 as well as share information with you that will be helpful to you in the next upcoming weeks. Read more


Boyle, State Government Committee Democrats: GOP bills put profits over human lives

(Apr 07, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, April 6 – Today, House State Government Committee chairperson Kevin Boyle, D-Phila., and other members of the committee released the following statements in response to H.B.s 2400 and 2376 , which House Republicans introduced to end stay-at-home social distancing measures and reopen statewide all retail and construction operations closed by Gov. Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 mitigations efforts: “What good is an increase in quarterly earnings if customers are dying? Of course, we will have to take steps to reopen stores to the public eventually, but communities will lose a lot more than money if we force them to open too soon,” Boyle said. “Experts on both sides of the aisle agree that we have one shot to reopen the economy, or we risk setting ourselves down an even worse financial path. Then, it will be even more clear that the human cost of these shortsighted bills will really have been for nothing.” "Today, the State Government Committee ran two bills that, as written, would diminish the efforts of the mitigation protocol currently in place in the commonwealth. We have yet to reach the ‘surge,’ and language is being proposed to potentially place citizens in jeopardy,” Rep. Pam DeLissio, D- D-Montgomery/Phila., added. “First, we need to protect the health and welfare of citizens. The robust state and federal packages of bills will help to keep citizens afloat for an Read more


Stay-at-home order extended, other COVID-19 updates

(Apr 03, 2020)

From the stay-at-home order extended to all schools closed indefinitely, here are the COVID-19 updates from the week of March 30 that you need to know. Read more


You're not alone, we're in this together

(Mar 31, 2020)

During times of crisis, it can sometimes feel easier to be angry and frustrated instead of positive and motivated. We find ourselves in an unprecedented situation where the unknowns strongly dictate our outlook on life. But, I want to tell you, we will get through this. How do I know? Because we're all in this together. We're seeing community leaders stepping up big time to offer free meals to our most vulnerable neighbors, financial opportunities to the unemployed and assistance to help local businesses weather the storm. My office is here to answer your questions and connect you with critical resources to help you and your family get back on your feet. Our doctors, health care workers, first responders, grocery store workers and other essential employees are all on the front lines, fighting to make sure you’re safe and have what you need when you need it. Simply put, you're not alone. Remember, it's always darkest before the dawn. Now is the time we need to be faithful not fearful and see the glass half full not half empty. I won't give up on you, and I ask that you don't give up on yourselves. We can do this, we will do this, but we must do this TOGETHER! Read more


COVID-19 Resources and Information

(Mar 21, 2020)

** Below is a list of informational links for resources in and around Philadelphia related to COVID-19. This will be updated as more/new information becomes available ** The latest info on COVID-19 cases and other data statewide from the Pennsylvania Department of Health : The latest information on COVID-19 cases and other data in Philadelphia from the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health : The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has activated a Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline . It’s available 24/7. If you have questions about symptoms and risk factors, what to do if you think you may have been exposed, testing resources, or recommendations for social distancing, you can contact the helpline at 1-800-722-7112. More info: List of essential Philadelphia services and how to access them: . Information about how SEPTA is operating: Information about how Amtrak is Read more


COVID-19 Information Recap

(Mar 20, 2020)

With new information coming in every day about COVID-19, here is a look at the major developments Pennsylvanians need to know to help get through this public health crisis. Read more


Fitzgerald announces $6,500 to help get an accurate 2020 Census count in Philadelphia

(Mar 19, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, March 19 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald today announced a $6,500 state grant to help Penn Asian Senior Services in Philadelphia promote awareness and participation in the upcoming 2020 Census. "The census only happens once a decade and provides a critical opportunity for our communities to get its fair share of millions in federal funding to strengthen schools, help seniors and fix roads," said Fitzgerald, D-Phila. " PASSi understands the importance of being counted and can use this funding to continue educating vulnerable populations in the Philadelphia area about the different ways to participate." As part of her efforts to help protect her neighbors from COVID-19, Fitzgerald is stressing that people can fill out their census forms safely online. "The well-being of my constituents is my top priority," explained Fitzgerald. "Participating in the census digitally allows a person to practice social distancing while making sure they don't miss out." This funding is part of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development's Census 2020 Outreach Grant program, which focuses on supporting efforts that target hard-to-count populations, including: Those who do not speak English as their primary language. Ethnic minorities. Immigrants. Members of the LGBTQ community. People Read more


Philadelphia House leadership, legislators, call on Governor Tom Wolf to halt all Public Utility Commission utility disconnections in wake of the COVID-19 virus

(Mar 12, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Mar. 12 – Members of Philadelphia leadership team in the state House were joined by fellow Philadelphia legislators in asking Gov. Tom Wolf to place a moratorium on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission from further utility shutoffs for the foreseeable future for all Pennsylvanians in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Philadelphia members in leadership positions, including Reps. Jordan Harris, Democratic whip; Joanna McClinton, Democratic chairwoman; Rosita Youngblood, Democratic secretary; Jason Dawkins, Philadelphia Delegation chairman; Stephen Kinsey, Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus chairman; and Jim Roebuck, Education Committee chairman, were joined by Philadelphia Reps. Donna Bullock, Morgan Cephas, Joe Hohenstein, Malcolm Kenyatta, Brian Sims, Maria Donatucci, Danilo Burgos, Isabella Fitzgerald, Mike Driscoll, Mary Isaacson, Pam DeLissio, Chris Rabb, Elizabeth Fiedler, Jared Solomon and Kevin Boyle in issuing the following statement: “The COVID-19 virus situation is literally evolving by the hour in Pennsylvania as we continue in what’s a situation many Pennsylvanians have never experienced. Many of our neediest residents have life-saving medical equipment that they use in their home, and it’s of the utmost importance that they have consistent access to that equipment through their electric utility. Our emergency rooms and first responders can’t be asked to spend finite resources on Read more


Fitzgerald applauds governor’s budget plan to put Philadelphia families first

(Feb 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald today released the following statement applauding Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal for the 2020-21 fiscal year: “Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget plan reflects the needs of families across the commonwealth and addresses critical issues we’re facing in Philadelphia, including gun violence, raising the minimum wage, fully funding education, creating good paying jobs and ridding our schools of dangerous toxins. “I’m proud the governor is committed to passing commonsense gun safety laws and is calling for $10 million to put towards prevention programs that help protect our neighborhoods. He shares my priority to end further bloodshed, while not taking away a person’s right to bear arms, which is evident in my bills that would: Enforce safe storage for firearms ( H.B. 2077 ). Require individuals to specify they have a concealed carry permit on their driver’s license and photo identification card ( H.B. 2076 ). Establish a 72-hour waiting period for purchases of semi-automatic assault rifles ( H.B. 2078 ). “The governor understands building a better tomorrow means investing in our children’s future by increasing funding for early education, but more specifically, he shares in my fight to implement full-day kindergarten and ensure all kids have access to learning at a young age. This combined with dedicating more than $1 billion for Read more


Fitzgerald Helping Seniors Ride SEPTA For Free

(Jan 27, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald’s office is here to help constituents sign up for SEPTA Key Senior ID Cards Read more


NW Economic Empowerment Summit

(Jan 21, 2020)

Flyer for NW Economic Summit Read more


Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Deadline is Dec. 31

(Dec 13, 2019)

The Dec. 31 deadline to apply for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is quickly approaching. Applications for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for taxes or rent paid in 2018 are available online and in my office. The program provides rebates up to $650 on rent or property tax paid by Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The application is available on the Department of Revenue’s website at . The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income and all Social Security cost-of-living increases are excluded. 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 2018 and meet all other eligibility criteria. Read more


Masterman senior: Fitzgerald right on gun issues

(Dec 12, 2019)

One pertinent issue that Fitzgerald has been fighting for is gun control. Gun violence is a serious threat in today’s society. Read more


Fitzgerald introduces legislation to protect gun owners, promote public safety

(Nov 25, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 25 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., announced she has introduced a series of bills designated to protect law-abiding gun owners, children and residents in the commonwealth. “It’s unfortunate that anyone could potentially become a victim to gun violence here in Pennsylvania. Whether accidental or intentional, one life lost is one too many. We must put commonsense legislation in place to prevent senseless killings from occurring in the future,” Fitzgerald said. “My three bills would preserve the rights of Pennsylvanians who are carrying guns legally, safeguard our children from being killed accidentally and enforce a ‘cooling-off’ period for a person who may have experienced an unpleasant incident in their life and who looks to potentially commit an act of violence.” The bills introduced by Fitzgerald are: H.B. 2076 – Would require driver’s licenses and photo identification cards to indicate a person possesses a concealed carry permit. H.B. 2077 – Would require all firearms be safely stored whenever they are not in use. H.B. 2078 – Would establish a 72-hour waiting period for purchases of semi-automatic assault rifles. Fitzgerald is a member of the PA SAFE Caucus , which is made up of 70 members of the PA House and Senate who believe in reducing all types of violence in society through Read more