PA SAFE Caucus decries Judicial legislative agenda, calls for substantive action on gun-safety legislation

(Sep 23, 2019)

Judiciary meeting a missed opportunity to address the public health crisis of gun violence Read more

 

Schenley Park’s Flagstaff Hill restoration project to receive $100,000 state grant

(Sep 17, 2019)

A project to restore key historic portions of Schenley Park’s Flagstaff Hill has been selected to receive a $100,000 state grant. Read more

 

9/13/19 – The Public Health Epidemic of Gun Violence – Pittsburgh

(Sep 13, 2019)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Dan Frankel. Read more

 

Frankel hosts policy hearing on gun violence

(Sep 13, 2019)

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 13 – State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee meeting at the University of Pittsburgh, William Pitt Union Ballroom. Read more

 

Frankel to host policy hearing on gun violence Friday in Pittsburgh

(Sep 10, 2019)

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 10 – State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, announced today he will hold a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing this week on gun violence. The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13 at the University of Pittsburgh, William Pitt Union Ballroom, 3959 Fifth Ave. Media and the public are invited to attend. Frankel requested the hearing to discuss ways to address the public health epidemic of gun violence in Pennsylvania. He will be joined by fellow state legislators, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Testifiers will include: Dr. John Rozel , medical director, resolve Crisis Service, and president, American Association for Emergency Psychiatry. Dr. Deborah Moss , pediatrician and president, Pennsylvania Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Raquel Forsythe , director of trauma, UPMC Presbyterian. Heath Johnson , crime analysis coordinator, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. Ross Watson, violence prevention program manager, Allegheny County Health Department. Councilperson Erika Strassburger, District 8, Pittsburgh City Council. Lee Davis, life coach and violence interrupter, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health's Violence Prevention Initiative. Nicole Molinaro, president and CEO, Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh. Read more

 

LGBTQ Equality Caucus condemns anti-LGBTQ legislation

(Sep 05, 2019)

As the Pennsylvania House and Senate prepare to return to session this fall, a bicameral group of lawmakers has vowed to fight anti-LGBTQ legislation that is being prepared by some House members. Read more

 

Frankel, Kosierowski introduce vaccination legislation at Pittsburgh event

(Aug 20, 2019)

State Reps. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, and Bridget Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna, announced legislation to promote childhood immunizations and protect Pennsylvania residents from preventable diseases. Read more

 

PA SAFE Members Applaud Governor’s Executive Order Addressing Gun Violence

(Aug 16, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 16 – House members of the PA SAFE Caucus and others today joined Gov. Tom Wolf in announcing a slate of executive actions to make sweeping changes to state agencies and programs to better target the public health crisis of gun violence. At a news conference Friday in Harrisburg announcing the executive actions, Wolf directed his administration to create new state offices focused on violence prevention and reduction, expand programs that promote safety, refocus departments on combatting gun violence as a public health crisis, and increase collaboration and data sharing between the public, government agencies and other states. Reps. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) and Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia) joined Wolf at the news conference and spoke of the significance of the governor’s actions in light of recent events in their districts, expressed gratitude for Wolf’s leadership and said the state legislature must commit to taking on gun violence when it returns to session in September. Speaking on the tragic impact of gun violence in not only his district, but in those across Pennsylvania, Harris said, “This must stop. It must end. There are far too many victims, there are far too many people who have lost their life to gun violence in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Time is out for the talk. We have to do action, and we have to do it now.” Furthering this call for action, Frankel said, “We currently have about two dozen Read more

 

Frankel stands with Wolf, calls for legislature to act on gun violence

(Aug 16, 2019)

State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, today joined Gov. Tom Wolf in announcing a slate of executive actions to make sweeping changes to state agencies and programs to better target the public health crisis of gun violence. Read more

 

PA SAFE Caucus calls for special joint legislative session to address gun violence, extremism

(Aug 06, 2019)

In a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf, the chairs of the PA SAFE Caucus called for a special session to respond to the recent mass shootings. Read more

 

Rep. Frankel, Sen. Costa announce $8 million in state grants for Allegheny County

(Aug 02, 2019)

One of the projects funded will allow ACTION Housing to move forward with the redevelopment of the old Squirrel Hill Theater, which has been vacant since 2010. Read more

 

Frankel calls Trump tweets racist, invocation of Judaism ‘insulting’

(Jul 16, 2019)

State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, condemned President Donald Trump’s recent tweets about four U.S. representatives. Read more

 

July 2019 E-Newsletter

(Jul 12, 2019)

A budget battle, bike lanes and more work ahead on UPMC-Highmark Read more

 

Frankel announces $1.26 million in funding to expand affordable housing options in Allegheny County

(Jul 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, July 11 – Allegheny County will be able to expand the availability of affordable housing options, including the Flats on Forward project in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, thanks to $1.26 million provided through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement fund, state Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, and state Sen. Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, announced today. “These funds will positively impact thousands of residents in our region, including the Squirrel Hill neighborhood, with the end result being a place they can truly call home,” Frankel said. “In addition to providing affordable housing, these funds can also be used to provide assistance with rent or utility payments, a down payment or closing costs on a new house, or refurbishing abandoned buildings or lots into affordable housing.” “This project is a huge win for our region, in particular the Squirrel Hill neighborhood,” Costa said. “We know that affordable housing is a huge concern and must remain a top priority. These new dollars will spur the construction of a new building and help create affordable housing opportunities for our community.” PHARE funding was awarded to the following organizations (including the project and amount): ACTION-Housing (Flats on Forward/LIHTC) – $1,000,000 HEARTH (HEARTH: A Safe Place Matters) - $50,000 Allegheny County (Housing Counseling for Allegheny County Save Your Read more

 

Frankel says Wolf made difficult but right choice to veto bill

(Jul 05, 2019)

Calls on legislature to make voting machine money available to counties Read more

 

Frankel’s ‘It’s On Us’ anonymous reporting bill headed to governor

(Jun 28, 2019)

New law requires higher education organizations offer online, anonymous reporting of sexual assault Read more

 

Frankel: UPMC must restore public’s trust; legislature must prevent future health care impasse

(Jun 24, 2019)

PITTSBURGH, June 24 – State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, and the Democratic Chair of the House Health Committee, issued the following statement today regarding the new 10-year agreement between UPMC and Highmark: “I'm relieved that Pennsylvanians no longer have to worry about their health care being upended at the end of this month. I’ve been proud to stand alongside of our residents, many of whom are quite ill, and call for UPMC to comply with the standards of a purely public charity worthy of the tax exemptions, philanthropic dollars, and state support that helps build its facilities. “Attorney General Shapiro did an extraordinary job bringing these organizations together and facilitating a long-term solution that puts the public first. “Now that our patients are out of immediate danger and able to focus on their health and healing, UPMC can start the hard work of restoring trust with the public they serve, and the legislature can ensure that we never find ourselves in this mess again. “If UPMC is serious about restoring the confidence of our communities, it must prove that the organization’s moral compass points in the direction of the public good – proving they care about patients and community, not just profits. Otherwise, they should bring in new leadership who can rebuild confidence in the institution’s ability to respect its own workers, put patient care first, and ensure that the benefits they offer Read more

 

Frankel disappointed by court ruling on consent decree

(Jun 14, 2019)

PITTSBURGH, June 14 – The Commonwealth Court’s announcement Friday that it would not intervene in the impending June 30 dissolution of the consent decree between UPMC and Highmark should be a call to action for legislators, said state Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny. “I am deeply disappointed to learn that the Commonwealth Court is not going to help provide a way out of this cynical game of brinksmanship that UPMC is foisting upon the people of Pennsylvania. “It is now crystal clear that if we want institutions like UPMC to do the right thing, the laws need to change. While this case makes its way through the courts, I implore my colleagues to pass my bipartisan legislation to require charity hospital-insurance company hybrids to behave in the public interest and stop the predatory business practices. “While appeals are expected and could change the course of this impending calamity, thousands of vulnerable Pennsylvanians must now prepare to be cut off from their doctors. This path is causing a terrible breach of trust for patients and their loving family members who believed that UPMC represented a caring support system, and it undermines the relationships of 50,000 doctors and nurses and other health care providers who will be forced to tell their patients they can't see them anymore. “UPMC had already tacitly admitted their own wrong-doing by walking back the most harmful policies that they had previously threatened. That Read more

 

Frankel: Much remains to be done in UPMC situation

(Jun 07, 2019)

Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, the Democratic chair of the House Health Committee, issued the following statement in relation to the ongoing negotiations between UPMC and Highmark, and the pending expiration of the current consent decree. Read more

 

The latest news from Rep. Frankel and what's happening in Harrisburg

(Jun 07, 2019)

Read my monthly e-newsletter for the latest from Harrisburg and updates regarding ongoing Pittsburgh-area issues. Read more

 

PA SAFE Caucus decries Judicial legislative agenda, calls for substantive action on gun-safety legislation
Sep 23, 2019

Schenley Park’s Flagstaff Hill restoration project to receive $100,000 state grant
Sep 17, 2019

9/13/19 – The Public Health Epidemic of Gun Violence – Pittsburgh
Sep 13, 2019

Frankel hosts policy hearing on gun violence
Sep 13, 2019

Frankel to host policy hearing on gun violence Friday in Pittsburgh
Sep 10, 2019

LGBTQ Equality Caucus condemns anti-LGBTQ legislation
Sep 05, 2019

Frankel, Kosierowski introduce vaccination legislation at Pittsburgh event
Aug 20, 2019

PA SAFE Members Applaud Governor’s Executive Order Addressing Gun Violence
Aug 16, 2019

Frankel stands with Wolf, calls for legislature to act on gun violence
Aug 16, 2019

PA SAFE Caucus calls for special joint legislative session to address gun violence, extremism
Aug 06, 2019

Rep. Frankel, Sen. Costa announce $8 million in state grants for Allegheny County
Aug 02, 2019

Frankel calls Trump tweets racist, invocation of Judaism ‘insulting’
Jul 16, 2019

July 2019 E-Newsletter
Jul 12, 2019

Frankel announces $1.26 million in funding to expand affordable housing options in Allegheny County
Jul 11, 2019

Frankel says Wolf made difficult but right choice to veto bill
Jul 05, 2019

Frankel’s ‘It’s On Us’ anonymous reporting bill headed to governor
Jun 28, 2019

Frankel: UPMC must restore public’s trust; legislature must prevent future health care impasse
Jun 24, 2019

Frankel disappointed by court ruling on consent decree
Jun 14, 2019

Frankel: Much remains to be done in UPMC situation
Jun 07, 2019

The latest news from Rep. Frankel and what's happening in Harrisburg
Jun 07, 2019