Frankel: State budget passed with missed opportunities to invest vital relief funds in our communities

(Jun 28, 2021)

In the end, I voted no on this budget bill. There were simply too many opportunities to allocate $10 billion to our residents left on the table. I saw this budget as the General Assembly turning their backs on the first responders, frontline workers, students and families of our great commonwealth. Read more

 

Legislators urge organizations to apply for gun violence grants

(Jun 26, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 26 – With the deadline to apply fast approaching, the members of the PA SAFE Caucus are urging nonprofits and local governments to apply for a share of $5 million available to help fund programs aimed at reducing gun violence in Pennsylvania. “Every day, communities around Pennsylvania feel the impacts of gun violence, and we simply have to do more to keep people safe,” said Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware and co-chair of the PA SAFE Caucus. “I’m hopeful that this funding will help local nonprofits and government organizations implement programs that will reduce the violence that devastates so many families. I encourage those eligible to apply soon.” According to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, which manages the grant program, the organization will prioritize support for nonprofit organizations working at the neighborhood and community level to prevent and reduce gun violence, especially those that have not previously received funding. “The crisis of gun violence is destroying families and communities every day in Pennsylvania, and we need to make sure that that we are using every possible tool to combat it,” said Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny and co-chair of the PA SAFE Caucus. “This grant program creates opportunities for community organizations that know their neighborhoods best to lead the way in improving public safety.” More information about the grant program Read more

 

LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus comments on the Supreme Court ruling that strikes against anti-discrimination laws in Philadelphia, nation

(Jun 22, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 22 – The LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus has called for statewide anti-discrimination protections after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a private Catholic agency and not with the city of Philadelphia last week, despite the fact the agency had violated a Philadelphia law by refusing to consider placing children for adoption with married LBGTQ+ couples. “This ruling is more evidence that elections matter and that we in Pennsylvania cannot and should not rely on the courts for protections for LGBTQ+ people,” said state Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., co-chair of the LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus. “Because we cannot rely on the right-leaning U.S. Supreme Court, we lawmakers at the state level must pass nondiscrimination laws to protect the people in our commonwealth. “LGBTQ+ rights are human rights, and I will continue to fight for the rights that I and so many others across our state are entitled to,” Sims added. The LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus is a bicameral, bipartisan group of Pennsylvania legislators who advocate for equal protections for LGBTQIA+ Pennsylvanians. “This is obviously a disappointment and a reminder that the battle for LGBTQ+ equality is far from over,” said state Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, who co-chairs the LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus with Sims and state Sen. Katie Muth. “As long as we have Read more

 

LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus introduces PA Fairness Act

(Jun 15, 2021)

In order to extend protection from discrimination to LGBTQ+ Pennsylvanians, lawmakers in the LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus unveiled the PA Fairness Act on Tuesday. If passed, the PA Fairness Act would prohibit discrimination against an individual based on their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression in the commonwealth, providing a long-overdue update to Pennsylvania’s law. Read more

 

It’s time for Pa. budget to reflect LGBTQ+ priorities

(Jun 09, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 9 – The Pennsylvania LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus, a bipartisan and bicameral caucus made up of members of the General Assembly who advocate for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer residents, has released an open letter to Gov. Tom Wolf, and state Senate and House leadership, urging them to include funding for LGBTQ+ communities in this year’s state budget. “Each year we negotiate a budget that should support all Pennsylvanians and ensure that the commonwealth is inclusive and competitive place to live and work,” said Rep. Brian Sims, Caucus co-chair. “Unfortunately, our budget has historically excluded LGBTQ+ communities in Pennsylvania and it’s time that we prioritized and empowered the people, places and organizations that make Pennsylvania the diverse and vibrant place that it is.” Highlighting critical issues in health care, housing and education that LGBTQ+ Pennsylvanians have to endure, lawmakers emphasized the need for immediate action. “I knew when I became co-chair of the LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus this year that although the wind may be at our back, there is a fight to be had to enact even the most basic protections in Pennsylvania for our LGBTQ+ family,” said Sen. Katie Muth, Caucus chair. “Spending priorities should align with equitable policy that actually improves the lives and well-being of our queer communities. Make no mistake, sexual minorities Read more

 

House Republicans continue attacks against women’s health, family rights in Pennsylvania

(Jun 09, 2021)

Legislation passed this week puts politics ahead of patients’ health Read more

 

LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus Budget Letter

(Jun 09, 2021)

LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus open letter to the governor, state Senate and House leadership, highlighting health care, housing, and education needs. Read more

 

Frankel: Legislature must stop stonewalling and empower local communities to protect people

(Jun 03, 2021)

Legislation would allow communities to respond to shootings, violence by ending state preemption Read more

 

Frankel introduces legislation to ensure doctor-patient trust

(May 20, 2021)

The legislation, H.B. 1444, would ensure that doctors cannot be forced to provide or withhold information or treatment in a way that is not evidence based or medically accurate – a response to a national movement by conservative state legislatures to require doctors and other healthcare professionals to stick to a certain script, even if it conflicts with medically accurate information. Read more

 

Frankel: Stop the Attacks on Science

(May 04, 2021)

Heath Committee hearing on organ donation veers into pseudoscience, unfairly attacks Pitt Read more

 

Frankel: Reproductive health highlights areas of real need amid GOP push to limit abortion access

(Apr 22, 2021)

Says legislature needs to address health disparities, mental health needs, family support Read more

 

Women’s Health Caucus: Facts matter in discussion about abortion

(Apr 08, 2021)

“Today, for the first time in a decade, I was grateful to have the opportunity to share some facts at a hearing on this important topic. Abortion is one of the safest and most regulated of medical procedures, one that is ultimately a private medical decision for patients in consultation with their doctors and family, if appropriate – not politicians.” Read more

 

Lawmakers: Legislation is hateful attempt to ignite culture war in Pa

(Apr 05, 2021)

Say proposed bill is disingenuous, harmful Read more

 

Frankel, Women’s Health Caucus decry focus on abortion bans

(Mar 18, 2021)

Hearings a missed opportunity to improve Pa.’s maternal health Read more

 

Frankel applauds House passage of bike lane bill named in memory of Pittsburgher

(Mar 17, 2021)

Susan’s and Emily’s Law would allow municipalities to create protected bicycle lanes Read more

 

Allegheny County rental relief program now accepting applications

(Mar 15, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 15 – Financial assistance is now available to help Allegheny County residents struggling to pay rent or utilities during the COVID-19 pandemic as part of a program that is partially funded by legislation members of the Allegheny County Democratic Delegation helped to pass. The Allegheny County Emergency Rental Assistance program has a total of $79.9 million to distribute to eligible county residents. Of that funding, $43 million came from Act 1 of 2021, which Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law last month. Eligibility requirements for the program include: having at least one person who qualifies for unemployment, has lost income or suffered financially due to COVID-19. being at risk of experiencing homelessness. having a total income below 80% of the Area Median Income for Allegheny County. ACDD Chairman state Rep. Austin Davis, as well as state Reps. Jessica Benham, Dan Deasy, Tony DeLuca, Dan Frankel, Ed Gainey, Sara Innamorato, Emily Kinkead, Anita Kulik, Summer Lee, Brandon Markosek, Robert Matzie, Dan Miller, Nick Pisciottano and Jake Wheatley, issued the following statement: “People living in Allegheny County have been struggling for over a year during this pandemic. This program has been a long time coming and helps provide direct relief to those who’ve been scrambling to pay their rent and bills during this Read more

 

Sen. Costa, Rep. Frankel: $1.5 million in security grants awarded to local nonprofits at risk of being targeted

(Mar 10, 2021)

Grants stem from legislation lawmakers championed in 2019 Read more

 

PA LGBTQ Equality Caucus denounces U.S. Sen. Rand Paul for bringing his transphobia to the confirmation hearing of Dr. Rachel Levine

(Feb 25, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 25 – Members of the Pennsylvania LGBTQ Equality Caucus, a bipartisan and bicameral caucus made up of members of the General Assembly who advocate for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer residents, today condemned U.S. Sen. Rand Paul for the sickening and misinformed transphobic comments he made during the confirmation hearing of Dr. Rachel Levine. Levine, who if confirmed would be the highest ranking openly trans government official at the federal level, is President Joe Biden’s nominee for assistant secretary of Health and Human Services. She previously served as Pennsylvania’s physician general and secretary of Health. State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila, a caucus co-chairman, said Levine’s testimony should have left no doubt about her commitment to public health and her qualifications to take on such a role. He condemned Paul for using an opportunity to learn more about a remarkable woman who helped to lead Pennsylvania through a once-in-a-generation worldwide pandemic to instead spew dangerous hate and bigotry. “As the Biden administration moves forward appointing the top experts that reflect the true diversity of our nation to key positions, sadly bigots like Rand Paul still lurk about our government,” Sims said. “Despite his hateful and transphobic rantings and attempt to demean her during questioning, Dr. Levine did what she’s done time and time again, she answered his hate, Read more

 

Frankel lauds plans for vaccine registry, encourages ongoing equity efforts

(Feb 24, 2021)

State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, sent a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf and Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam Wednesday afternoon urging them to continue moving forward with plans to create a statewide COVID-19 vaccine registry Read more

 

Frankel, Democratic Health Committee members prioritize healthcare equality and access; abortion rights headed into 2021

(Feb 09, 2021)

‘Health care is a human right, and we have a long way to go to fulfill that promise’ Read more

 

Frankel: State budget passed with missed opportunities to invest vital relief funds in our communities
Jun 28, 2021

Legislators urge organizations to apply for gun violence grants
Jun 26, 2021

LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus comments on the Supreme Court ruling that strikes against anti-discrimination laws in Philadelphia, nation
Jun 22, 2021

LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus introduces PA Fairness Act
Jun 15, 2021

It’s time for Pa. budget to reflect LGBTQ+ priorities
Jun 09, 2021

House Republicans continue attacks against women’s health, family rights in Pennsylvania
Jun 09, 2021

LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus Budget Letter
Jun 09, 2021

Frankel: Legislature must stop stonewalling and empower local communities to protect people
Jun 03, 2021

Frankel introduces legislation to ensure doctor-patient trust
May 20, 2021

Frankel: Stop the Attacks on Science
May 04, 2021

Frankel: Reproductive health highlights areas of real need amid GOP push to limit abortion access
Apr 22, 2021

Women’s Health Caucus: Facts matter in discussion about abortion
Apr 08, 2021

Lawmakers: Legislation is hateful attempt to ignite culture war in Pa
Apr 05, 2021

Frankel, Women’s Health Caucus decry focus on abortion bans
Mar 18, 2021

Frankel applauds House passage of bike lane bill named in memory of Pittsburgher
Mar 17, 2021

Allegheny County rental relief program now accepting applications
Mar 15, 2021

Sen. Costa, Rep. Frankel: $1.5 million in security grants awarded to local nonprofits at risk of being targeted
Mar 10, 2021

PA LGBTQ Equality Caucus denounces U.S. Sen. Rand Paul for bringing his transphobia to the confirmation hearing of Dr. Rachel Levine
Feb 25, 2021

Frankel lauds plans for vaccine registry, encourages ongoing equity efforts
Feb 24, 2021

Frankel, Democratic Health Committee members prioritize healthcare equality and access; abortion rights headed into 2021
Feb 09, 2021