House Democrats fight to protect your right to work without fear

(Feb 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 11 – To better protect workers, independent contractors and even volunteers at businesses of all sizes, House Democratic lawmakers announced new proposals today to help end workplace discrimination and harassment. The “Work Without Fear – It’s Your Right” plan is designed to give people the tools they need to protect themselves and their coworkers while also helping companies make sure everyone knows the rules. The plan includes: The PA Fairness Act – sponsored by Rep. Dan Frankel, Allegheny County – finally brings Pennsylvania into line with surrounding states by making sure nobody can be fired from a job or denied housing because of who they are or who they love. Until now, we’ve been counting on individual counties and cities to do the right thing and people and our economy has suffered. Give Victims Time for Justice – sponsored by Rep. Margo Davidson, Delaware County, and Rep Mary Isaacson, Philadelphia – gives victims the power to choose when to seek justice and guarantees them a right to trial by jury to seek damages by extending the timeline to file a complaint beyond the current 180 days. Ignorance is No Excuse – sponsored by Rep. Melissa Shusterman, Chester & Montgomery counties, makes sure workers and employers have the facts by requiring Employment Fair Practices notices posted in the workplace to include clear descriptions and examples of abuse so everyone is on the Read more

 

House Democrats fight for healthy people and a stronger economy

(Feb 08, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 8 – To make sure attacks on healthcare coverage don’t hurt Pennsylvania’s working families, a group of House Democratic lawmakers are introducing a package of proposals to make sure people can always afford to see a doctor when they get sick. The “Healthy People, Stronger Economy” plan protects consumers even if special interests are able to overturn the Affordable Care Act. The plan contains four bills putting people first, including: Protecting Your Coverage, Protecting Your Health – sponsored by Reps. Tony DeLuca and Dan Frankel, both of Allegheny County – recognizes that a consumer paying for an insurance plan that doesn't cover items as basic as hospitalization and emergency services has insurance that is almost worse than having no insurance at all. The bill guarantees all insurance plans sold in the state cover 10 essential benefits: emergency services; hospitalization; prescription drugs; maternity & newborn care; mental health & substance abuse disorder services; prescription drugs; rehabilitation; laboratory services to aid in diagnosis and treatment; chronic disease management; ambulatory patient services pediatric services, including oral and vision care. “If the Federal Health Care Reform law is ever abolished by the United States Supreme Court or the Congress, you could be left with health insurance policies that don’t cover the essential services Read more

 

Frankel stands with AG Shapiro in seeking legal action against UPMC

(Feb 07, 2019)

Today state Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, stood with Attorney General Josh Shapiro in calling for UPMC and Highmark to end their dispute and to do the right thing by putting patients, families and the people of Pennsylvania first. Read more

 

$560,000 awarded to 16 Allegheny County school districts, charter schools

(Jan 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – Sixteen education entities in Allegheny County today were awarded a total $560,000 in targeted grants provided through Gov. Tom Wolf’s PAsmart initiative, announced state Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation. The grants will fund training and equipment needed to prepare teachers and students for the expansion of computer science programs. Miller said each recipient will receive $35,000 through PAsmart, which has made Pennsylvania No. 2 in the nation for investing in K-12 STEM and computer science education. “The delegation is happy to announce this funding,” Miller said. “In the coming years, most jobs will require workers to use computers and advanced technology in an ever-changing workforce and economy. By providing this funding, we’re helping to ensure students and teachers will be adequately prepared to succeed in their line of work, and do so with confidence.” School districts and charter/intermediate unit schools awarded funding through PAsmart include: Baldwin-Whitehall School District (Reps. Harry Readshaw, Bill Kortz and Dan Miller) Carlynton School District (Reps. Anita Kulik and Dan Deasy) Chartiers Valley School District (Kulik and Miller) City Charter High School (Reps. Dan Frankel, Jake Wheatley, Adam Ravenstahl, Readshaw, Miller, Sara Innamorato, Deasy, Summer Lee and Ed Gainey) Deer Lakes School District (Rep. Frank Dermody) Duquesne Read more

 

OP-ED: Health care must remain accessible and affordable in PA

(Jan 11, 2019)

The Affordable Care Act, which finally made affordable, quality health insurance a reality for tens of millions of Americans and their families, has faced constant threats since it was passed by Congress in 2010, despite its success in reducing the rate of uninsured people in Pennsylvania and other states to the lowest level in history. The ACA expanded Medicaid, prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and placing annual and lifetime spending limits on coverage, and finally gives people who don't have health insurance through work an opportunity to purchase the coverage they and their families need at a price they can afford. Every insurance plan sold under the ACA must include 10 essential health benefits. Those include, among other things, emergency services, maternity and newborn care, pediatric services, mental health and substance abuse services, and chronic disease management. These services are vital to keeping individuals and families healthy, and our communities safe. The ACA also prohibits insurance companies from placing annual and lifetime dollar limits on your care. Before the ACA, these kinds of limits often left patients suffering from severe or chronic medical conditions with no coverage, no care, and no recourse. Health insurance plans should pay for the care you need when you need it. The Affordable Care Act finally made that a reality for Read more

 

Labor & Industry grant will help students looking to pursue careers in building and construction industry

(Jan 10, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 10 – An $115,641 business education partnership grant will provide Allegheny County students with hands-on exposure to careers in the building and construction industry, announced state Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation. “This grant money will have a positive impact on students from all House districts encompassed within the delegation,” Miller said. “The delegation is happy to announce this funding, as we all understand the importance of providing students with a means-to-an-end when it comes to choosing their prospective career paths. “Students looking to get involved in the building and construction industry will find the programs created by this funding to be not only rewarding, but also extremely informational and influential as they look to solidify their futures in the workforce.” Miller said the Three Rivers Workforce Development Board will join forces with PARTNER4WORK, a Pittsburgh-based workforce development organization, to carry out the three-pronged project. The first phase will include bringing together 14 building and construction unions, local colleges, businesses, students and others at the March 29 Building On … Careers in the Building and Construction Industry conference in Pittsburgh. The second phase involves the creation of the Summer in Trades internship program, which will provide students with hands-on experience and insight into the Read more

 

Seven Allegheny County members to lead key House committees

(Jan 07, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 7 – The Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation (ACHDD) today proudly announced that seven of its 16 members were appointed to key chair positions on House committees that handle major issues in western Pennsylvania and the state as a whole. State Rep. Dan Miller, chair of the ACHDD for the 2019-20 legislative session, noted the importance of the delegation’s appointments. “The ACHDD and its members take their responsibilities very seriously,” Miller said. “As Democrats, we will continue to prioritize family sustaining jobs, access to quality health care, and investments in education, and having so many of our members in the Caucus leadership will only aid in achieving those goals. Allegheny County will continue to be well-represented.” The newly appointed chairs and their committees include: Rep. Dan Deasy , Liquor Control Committee. Rep. Tony DeLuca , Insurance Committee. Rep. Dan Frankel , Health Committee. Rep. Bill Kortz , Game and Fisheries Committee. Rep. Rob Matzie , Consumer Affairs Committee. Rep. Harry Readshaw , Professional Licensure Committee. Rep. Jake Wheatley , Finance Committee. The appointments were announced by state Rep. Frank Dermody, also a member of the ACHDD, who recently was unanimously re-elected as the House Democratic Caucus leader. First-time chairs include Matzie, Kortz and Deasy. All leadership positions are determined every two years. The ACHDDs website, Read more

 

In the year ahead, a bold agenda to protect Pennsylvanians

(Jan 01, 2019)

As I make my oath of service to the residents of the Commonwealth, I do so with renewed commitment to the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians, but with my neighbors in the 23 rd District at top of mind. Our priorities as lawmakers are shaped by many factors, but can’t help but be informed by the challenges of our own communities. The recent tragic shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue – and the gun violence that senselessly ends residents’ lives all too often – show that, as an immediate priority, we need to empower city officials to pass commonsense gun reforms at the local level. At the same time, a recent decision by a Texas federal court holding that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional could – if upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court – have a devastating impact by taking away emergency care, hospitalization, maternity care, substance abuse treatment and other essential health benefits on which residents rely. That’s why another priority of mine this session will be passing legislation that guarantees those benefits for all Pennsylvanians under state law. I’ve spent the last 20 years fighting for civil rights for women and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, and I promise to continue to do so in the face of new attacks. But I won’t back down from pushing a bold agenda that reflects my constituents’ belief in the right to feel safe at home, safe in their houses of worship, and Read more

 

Frankel, Fontana speak out on need for gun reform at local level

(Dec 14, 2018)

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 14 – Speaking at a news conference today, state Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, called for commonsense gun reforms at the local level and highlighted the need to empower Pittsburgh city officials to enact those measures. Joining Frankel at the event to call for local gun reform were state Sen. Wayne Fontana, D-Allegheny, Gov. Tom Wolf, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, city council members, gun safety advocates, gun violence victims and concerned residents. “We’re tired of inaction and stonewalling at the state level as residents continue to die in gun violence and mass shootings like the Tree of Life massacre,” Frankel said. “Our neighbors are demanding stronger protections from weapons, but our elected leaders’ hands are tied by provisions in state laws designed to block local action. That’s why I’m introducing legislation this week that would eliminate those provisions and pave the way for commonsense gun reform. “We can’t afford to wait any longer to protect residents and stem the violence. Other cities have acted to create local regulations for firearms. It’s time to act, before more lives are lost.” Fontana lauded renewed efforts by city officials and community activists to pass proposals similar to measures he recently introduced on the state level. They include bills that would ban assault weapons and allow family members or law enforcement to petition to have a gun Read more

 

Pittsburgh wants to pass gun control. This Pa. legislation could make it possible

(Dec 13, 2018)

The proposal is from Rep. Dan Frankel, who represents Squirrel Hill. In the wake of the Tree of Life synagogue massacre, Pittsburgh officials want tougher gun laws. The problem won’t be political will in a city deeply shaken by tragedy, but Harrisburg. Read more

 

Rep. Frankel and Sen. Costa announce $1M PCCD grant for victims of Tree of Life mass shooting

(Dec 12, 2018)

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 12 -- Following the mass shooting attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) has granted a $1 million grant for the victims, Senator Jay Costa, Jr. and Rep. Dan Frankel announced today. On October 27, a gunman entered the Tree of Life Synagogue and opened fire – killing eleven people and wounding six more. There were at least 30 people present in the synagogue that morning. Following the attack, a Family Resource Center was set up to meet immediate needs of the victims, and the Center for Victims will now be able to provide more comprehensive victim services. The funds will pay for the Center for Victims to hire trauma informed counselors to reduce wait times for those in need. "The aftereffects of this shooting still reverberate across our neighborhood and city, in the lives of the individual victims, as well as to the congregations and community,” said Representative Frankel. “I'm hopeful that people will be able to take advantage of important resources necessary to find their path through healing." “The victims and their families of this horrific event have suffered beyond my imagination,” said Senator Costa. “As they grieve and move forward from this tragedy, they may need specialized counseling services and they should have easy, quick access to that. This grant will help provide the kind of care they’ll need, and I Read more

 

Rep. Frankel's 2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar

(Dec 03, 2018)

Click on the link above to download Rep. Frankel's 2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar. Read more

 

Rep. Frankel to host health insurance enrollment events

(Nov 20, 2018)

Insurance providers and health care navigators will be on hand to answer questions and find the best plan for each attendee. Read more

 

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Nov 05, 2018)

The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households, and crisis benefits of up to $600 for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Remember: These are grants and do not have to be repaid. This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,210 for an individual, $24,690 for couples and increases for each additional person in the household. Please click here for more LIHEAP information. Please consider visiting my office if you need help filing a LIHEAP application. Besides my office, LIHEAP information is available by: Contacting local County Assistance offices by phone or in person. Calling the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 or PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired. Applying online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us . Read more

 

Frankel asks nation to give community space to mourn

(Oct 30, 2018)

"Today, the most important thing is for the families of the victims to have the space to grieve and heal." Read more

 

Frankel: We will become stronger and more unified in the face of this tragedy

(Oct 28, 2018)

SQUIRREL HILL, Oct. 28 – A day after the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue that claimed the lives of 11 people, state Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, issued the following: "The outpouring of support from around the world for Pittsburgh in the face of this tragedy is a gratifying reminder that ultimately, people want to be united, and want to reject the scapegoating and hatred for the Jewish community -- for any community -- that gave rise to these murders. For us, that means taking comfort in the resilience that our community has always shown. "Today that looks like caring for the victims and their families, and creating as much of a feeling of safety as we can. "For those seeking to provide support for the victims, the Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh is coordinating donations. You can find that information at: https://jewishpgh.org . "While I know we will become stronger and more unified in the face of this tragedy, in the short term, this attack causes real fear. Law enforcement is increasing its presence at community events, and taking all threats seriously. Any immediate concerns or suspicions can be reported to the local police. Additionally, any suspicious or potentially violent hate speech on social media should be reported via the federation’s community security form: https://jewishpgh.org/incident-report . This information gets reviewed by the security officer and law enforcement. "For the next week, Read more

 

Frankel issues statement on Saturday shooting at Squirrel Hill synagogue

(Oct 27, 2018)

SQUIRREL HILL, Oct. 27 – State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, issued the following statement in response to Saturday morning's shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue: "My heart aches for the loss to our city and our community. The Tree of Life has provided comfort and support to families for decades. Our whole community is in mourning. I stand with them, and all our neighbors in grief. "While today is a day of grieving, tomorrow we have to begin the discussion in our communities and our country about what it means when people with weapons are incited to violence, divided by hate and seeking scapegoats. It is terrible, terrible to live in fear. No community should feel like a target." Frankel represents the Squirrel Hill community in Pittsburgh as part of the 23 rd Legislative District. He is past chairman of the Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition. He also is the co-chairman of the PA SAFE Caucus in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, a group of legislators who believe in reducing all types of violence in society through adequate funding for mental health services; stronger tools for law enforcement; resources to cure the effects of addiction and illegal drugs; and solutions that reduce gun violence and promote public safety. Read more

 

Frankel, Sims condemn Trump administration move to narrow civil rights protections for transgender people

(Oct 24, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 24 – State Reps. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, and Brian K. Sims, D-Philadelphia, today jointly condemned efforts by the Trump administration to roll back federal civil rights protections for transgender people. Their actions were prompted by news that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is attempting to impose a restrictive definition of gender as a biological, immutable condition determined at birth and limited to “male” or “female.” Doing so would remove protections available to transgender people under current civil rights laws such as Title IX, which bans gender discrimination in education programs that receive government assistance. “This administration is attempting to legislate transgender men and women out of existence. But it doesn’t work that way. People won’t feel differently about their own bodies and lives just because Trump tells them to ,” said Frankel, who is co-chairman of the House LGBT Equality Caucus. Sims said, “The Trump administration’s proposal is designed to erase the legal identities of transgender Americans by destroying decades of American jurisprudence and precedent that unquestionably recognizes the scientific and medical reality of transgender existence. This is an abhorrent and dehumanizing attack on the transgender community that will undoubtedly cause millions of Americans to suffer. The federal government’s planned assault on Read more

 

Thanks for attending!; Legislative Highlights from Session Week; Gov. Wolf approves PWSA Drinking Water Project

(Oct 23, 2018)

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I was happy to support education and screening efforts at an event in District 23. Read more

 

Frankel: House votes to increase protections for victims of domestic violence

(Sep 26, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 26 – A bill requiring people found guilty of domestic violence to relinquish their firearms within 24 hours and preventing them from turning those firearms over to friends and family members passed the House today, announced House Democratic Caucus Chairman Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny. House Bill 2060 would strengthen the Protection from Abuse (PFA) Act by mandating that firearms be forfeited on all final PFA orders, requiring law enforcement to serve PFAs, and ensuring that guns are turned over to licensed dealers, commercial armories, or law enforcement. Additionally, convicted domestic abusers would be required to turn over weapons within 24 hours rather than 60 days exclusively to law enforcement, an authorized gun dealer or commercial armory, or an attorney, instead of friends or family members as the law now permits. “We all know that guns in the wrong hands can have dire consequences, but guns in the hands of abusive men or women can prove deadly” said Frankel. “Sadly, we’ve seen time and time again that there is a tragic overlap between people who abuse those nearest to them and people who commit acts of mass murder in our communities.” Frankel noted that among Pennsylvania’s 117 domestic violence deaths in 2017, 78 of the victims were killed by a firearm from either a current or intimate partner, according to a report compiled by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Violence . Read more

 

House Democrats fight to protect your right to work without fear
Feb 11, 2019

House Democrats fight for healthy people and a stronger economy
Feb 08, 2019

Frankel stands with AG Shapiro in seeking legal action against UPMC
Feb 07, 2019

$560,000 awarded to 16 Allegheny County school districts, charter schools
Jan 17, 2019

OP-ED: Health care must remain accessible and affordable in PA
Jan 11, 2019

Labor & Industry grant will help students looking to pursue careers in building and construction industry
Jan 10, 2019

Seven Allegheny County members to lead key House committees
Jan 07, 2019

In the year ahead, a bold agenda to protect Pennsylvanians
Jan 01, 2019

Frankel, Fontana speak out on need for gun reform at local level
Dec 14, 2018

Pittsburgh wants to pass gun control. This Pa. legislation could make it possible
Dec 13, 2018

Rep. Frankel and Sen. Costa announce $1M PCCD grant for victims of Tree of Life mass shooting
Dec 12, 2018

Rep. Frankel's 2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar
Dec 03, 2018

Rep. Frankel to host health insurance enrollment events
Nov 20, 2018

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open
Nov 05, 2018

Frankel asks nation to give community space to mourn
Oct 30, 2018

Frankel: We will become stronger and more unified in the face of this tragedy
Oct 28, 2018

Frankel issues statement on Saturday shooting at Squirrel Hill synagogue
Oct 27, 2018

Frankel, Sims condemn Trump administration move to narrow civil rights protections for transgender people
Oct 24, 2018

Thanks for attending!; Legislative Highlights from Session Week; Gov. Wolf approves PWSA Drinking Water Project
Oct 23, 2018

Frankel: House votes to increase protections for victims of domestic violence
Sep 26, 2018