Frankel: Protect Our Clean Water

(Jun 06, 2016)

At a Capitol news conference today, Pa. state Rep. Dan Frankel comments on the importance of House Bill 2114, known as the Pennsylvania Water Resource Act. Frankel says the potential revenue generated could help Southwestern Pennsylvania deal with the impacts of fracking and a major water/sewer infrastructure upgrade. Read more


Frankel, Pa. physician general to speak in Pittsburgh on transgender issues

(May 31, 2016)

PITTSBURGH, May 31 – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, will speak on an Allegheny County Bar Association panel about transgender issues along with Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. June 9 at the Omni William Penn Hotel. Frankel is prime House sponsor of the proposed Pennsylvania Fairness Act , which would make it illegal statewide to fire someone or deny them housing or business services due to sexual orientation or gender identity. Levine is a professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine and the highest-ranking out transgender person ever to serve in Pennsylvania government. They will be joined by Michael Silverman, executive director of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund. To RSVP by the Saturday deadline or for more information, please contact Alysia Keating at or 412-402-6658. Those interested should note that there is a fee for non-ACBA members to attend. ### Read more


Frankel: Education Cuts Must Be Restored

(May 12, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Frankel attended a Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee hearing in Philadelphia to talk about the drastic cuts to education over the years and why that not only needs to be reversed, but why the funding needs to be fairly distributed across all of Pennsylvania's school districts. Read more


Frankel Advocates for Firearms Safety

(May 10, 2016)

Pa state Rep. Dan Frankel says expert testimony about House Bill 1010 in front of the House Democratic Policy Committee today shows guns purchased at gun shows shouldn't be treated any differently than guns purchased from brick-and-mortar retailers, and background checks to keep guns out of the hands of people living with mental illness or criminals needs to happen. Read more


Frankel Marks Holocaust Remembrance Days

(May 02, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Frankel speaks in support of H.R. 833, a resolution designating May 2 through 8, 2016, as "Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust" and May 5, 2016, as "Holocaust Remembrance Day" in Pennsylvania. Read more


Frankel: House approves police grant program with addiction recovery, heroin antidote included

(Apr 12, 2016)

HARRISBURG, April 12 – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, praised Monday’s passage of H.B. 176 , the first bill in the country to establish a framework for a statewide grant program to promote police-assisted addiction recovery programs. The bill now heads to the state Senate, where Frankel hopes it will be taken up quickly. "Individual police departments across the country and in Pennsylvania are looking for ways to help citizens into drug treatment; state government should be there to provide resources, training and guidance to help them," said Frankel, author of the grant language that was successfully amended into the bill last week. Frankel said that while California and New Mexico have passed legislation to help police address mental health issues, H.B. 176 is the first bill aimed at helping police respond to the growing opioid epidemic. The legislation would establish a grant program under the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to assist local police departments, regional police departments and the Pennsylvania State Police. The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs would work with the PCCD in administering these programs. Grants could also be used by police departments to buy naloxone and train their officers. Frankel’s effort would help better link law enforcement to the professionals who already operate on a county level through drug and alcohol single-county authorities. Read more


Frankel: Social Workers Deserve Better

(Apr 12, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Frankel speaks in support of social workers at a rally at the state Capitol in Harrisburg. Frankel says these caring professionals help those who can’t help themselves, and calls for better resources to help social workers do their jobs. He supports legislation that would update social worker licensing requirements and reflect the changes that have taken place in the industry over the years. Read more


Frankel: Stop HB1948

(Apr 11, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Frankel says if signed into law, H.B. 1948 would lead Pennsylvania to have the most restrictive abortion law in the country. He says women should have the right to make decisions about their own bodies, especially in cases when their unborn children face severe medical issues. Read more


Frankel praises Wolf executive orders to expand non-discrimination

(Apr 07, 2016)

HARRISBURG, April 7 – State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, praised Gov. Tom Wolf for signing two executive orders on LGBT non-discrimination, including one that will expand protections to employees of state contractors. Wolf signed two orders today. One reaffirms existing protections against discrimination in the executive branch, where most state employees work. The other order will ban discrimination based on race, gender, creed, color, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression in the awarding, selection or performance of any contracts or grants issued by state agencies. Frankel said: "I am proud of Governor Wolf for acting to protect tens of thousands of people who work for state contractors, and to make sure LGBT Pennsylvanians' tax dollars aren't used to discriminate against them. It's wrong to fire someone simply because they're LGBT. Being gay or transgender has nothing to do with someone's ability to fix a car or a computer, for example. For about eight years, a consistent 70 percent of Pennsylvanians have supported updating state law to ban this type of discrimination against our family members, friends and neighbors. "At a time when some states like North Carolina and Mississippi are passing anti-LGBT laws, Governor Wolf is moving Pennsylvania forward and making our state more attractive and competitive for visitors, workers and businesses. Now the legislature needs to pass the bipartisan Pennsylvania Fairness Read more


Frankel: Pa. House GOP rushing anti-abortion bill, strictest in nation

(Apr 06, 2016)

HARRISBURG, April 6 – State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, said the House Republican majority is rushing an abortion ban, just introduced late Friday, that would be the nation's strictest. "It is wrong to rush through a bill that affects women's health so intimately and involves such a deeply personal choice. We need time to hear from the medical community on House Bill 1948. We need time to scrutinize this! This late-term abortion ban would be the nation's strictest because similar laws have been put on hold or struck down in every other state where they have passed," Frankel said. Frankel is supporting a motion today to postpone consideration of the bill to June 15. On Monday, a motion in the House Health Committee to postpone the bill to hold a public hearing failed on a tie vote. "Republicans had total control of state government from 2011 through 2015 under Governor Tom Corbett. Yet they did not pass this ban on late-term abortion during those four years. They have yet to give a good reason why they are racing to do so now. Cynical minds may point to the April 26 primary election. "House Republican leaders made the House wait more than a year to vote on the medical marijuana bill that passed the state Senate 40-7. Their priorities are backward." ### Read more


Frankel: UPMC right to raise wage; statewide minimum wage hike overdue

(Mar 29, 2016)

HARRISBURG, March 29 – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, applauded UPMC's announcement that it will increase the minimum starting wages for entry-level jobs at most Pittsburgh facilities to $15 an hour by January 2021. "As one of western Pennsylvania's largest employers, UPMC is showing leadership on this issue. This is the direction we should be moving as a state. The minimum wage in Pennsylvania has been stuck at $7.25 an hour since 2009, while all of our neighboring states have raised theirs ," Frankel said. "I continue to work to raise the minimum wage statewide. People who work full-time shouldn't struggle to afford rent, groceries and utilities, and raising the wage would generate much-needed revenue at a time when the state has a budget deficit. "Governor Tom Wolf recently signed an executive order increasing the wage to $10.15 for about 450 low-wage state workers, but the legislature still needs to act -- we should be striving toward one fair minimum wage for ALL employees." ### Read more


Frankel: House passage of medical marijuana bill means hope for many ill Pennsylvanians

(Mar 16, 2016)

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, today welcomed House passage of a medical marijuana bill. "As a longtime supporter of the medical marijuana option, I am pleased the House has finally passed this vital legislation to give the hope of better health to many, including numerous suffering children. I hope the Senate will soon concur so Governor Tom Wolf can sign this bill into law. For so many Pennsylvanians with cancer, HIV/AIDS, epilepsy, post-traumatic stress disorder or other qualifying conditions, the legislature can and should leave this decision up to patients and their doctors," Frankel said. Read more


Frankel Stands up for Gun Safety

(Mar 15, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Frankel joined members of PA SAFE, a group of state lawmakers and firearm-safety advocates, to announce their mission and outline legislation they support to help protect Pennsylvanians from the increasing threat of gun violence. Read more


Frankel: Naloxone Saves Lives

(Mar 01, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Frankel says legislation he helped write has allowed police officers to reverse more than 600 opioid overdoses in just over a year. Frankel says the decision to allow police officers, first responders and family members of addicts to carry the life-saving medication naloxone is helping to crack down on the heroin and opioid epidemic ravaging the state, including Allegheny County. 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


Pa. SAFE Caucus leaders denounce Ted Nugent anti-Semitic rant, call for NRA to drop him from board

(Feb 10, 2016)

The co-chairs of the Pennsylvania SAFE Caucus are calling for the National Rifle Association to remove Ted Nugent from its board following Nugent's anti-Semitic rant against gun safety actions and advocates. State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, said: "Nugent called 12 prominent Jewish American supporters of commonsense gun reforms 'Nazis' and used an image showing an Israeli flag on all 12 of their photos. His hateful actions are outrageous and no decent organization would keep Nugent on its board after that, especially not after he doubled down after the initial post." 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


Frankel: End the Budget Crisis

(Feb 09, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Frankel says it's time for lawmakers to put people before politics and take Pennsylvania down a path where schools are funded, those in need get help and our homeowners don't face higher property taxes every year. Read more


Women's Health Caucus: Nonpartisan report recommends ways to help low-income families become more self-sufficient

(Feb 01, 2016)

Leaders of the legislature's bipartisan Women's Health Caucus are welcoming a recent legislative study that recommends ways to avoid or reduce so-called "cliff effect" obstacles that hamper efforts by low-income families to become self-sufficient. State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, House Democratic co-chairman of the caucus, said: "I think we should all be able to agree on removing barriers from the way of people who are working to leave the safety net and become self-sufficient. I welcome this report and urge action on this legislation this year." 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