Frankel welcomes Wolf call for Fairness Act, other Pa. non-discrimination updates

(Apr 05, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 5 – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, is welcoming Gov. Tom Wolf's renewed call to strengthen Pennsylvania's non-discrimination law. Frankel is the lead House sponsor of the Pennsylvania Fairness Act ( H.B. 1410 ), which would include sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in the types of discrimination banned statewide in the workplace, housing and public accommodations. "I appreciate Governor Wolf's continued strong support for including LGBT Pennsylvanians in the protections of our state law,” Frankel said. “Many Pennsylvanians are stunned when they learn state or federal law doesn't already protect LGBT people in in the workplace, in housing and public accommodations such as being able to eat in a restaurant or to get a hotel room like everyone else. “Polls have shown consistent 70 percent support for this in Pennsylvania for eight years, and it's the right thing to do. It has bipartisan support in the legislature, and there should be hearings and votes on it." Wolf also gave his support today to several other bills that would improve the state's non-discrimination law, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. The proposals include: updating the law to require postings by employers that refer specifically to sexual harassment, to be introduced by state Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny; expanding the law to cover all employers and to include domestic workers Read more

 

Frankel Recognizes Pitt Public Health

(Mar 22, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Frankel recognized Pitt Public Health with a House citation recognizing their achievements and contributions to public health at their 70th anniversary celebration. Read more

 

Frankel: Time to move forward with fair maps

(Mar 19, 2018)

PITTSBURGH, March 19 – State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, commented today on the recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania regarding the state's congressional redistricting maps: “I applaud today’s court decisions to allow us to move forward with fair Congressional maps for the 2018 elections. Pennsylvanians have been crystal clear – they want the opportunity to have their voices heard by voting in districts that aren’t gerrymandered for political gain. The court decisions today will allow for just that,” Frankel said. “I hope the unanimous rulings from Republican and Democratic judges today will encourage the Republican leadership in Harrisburg to cease any further challenges, whether it be more frivolous lawsuits that only serve to confuse voters, or any misguided and short-sighted attempts to impeach members of the judicial branch in Pennsylvania. Any legislation of that kind will be met with fierce opposition from Democrats and, I believe, the public.” Read more

 

Winter 2018 Newsletter

(Mar 14, 2018)

Working to protect women’s health and the environment - Fighting sexual harassment and sexual assault - Help with heating and water bills Read more

 

PA SAFE Caucus calls for gun safety reforms needed in Pennsylvania

(Mar 14, 2018)

HARRISBURG, March 14 – PA SAFE Caucus members today outlined their legislative goals related to gun safety reform during a Capitol news conference, one month following the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and coinciding with a national student walkout calling for immediate changes to gun laws across the country. Lawmakers spoke about their frustrations with trying to pass commonsense legislation as well as specific House bills that they would like to see move from committee. “The time is now to finally say enough is enough — to listen to the students whose wisdom and bravery is inspirational,” said PA SAFE Co-chair Madeleine Dean , D-Montgomery. “We can and must do something to combat this gun violence epidemic, not just to prevent mass shootings like in Parkland, but to combat the everyday violence that claims 33,000 lives a year in this country, and injures 80,000 others in the crossfire.” Members expressed their expectations ahead of a special set of hearings on gun laws scheduled for the week of April 9. "We are pleased to see that the House Judiciary Committee will give members a chance to speak about important gun safety proposals,” said PA SAFE Co-chair Dan Frankel , D-Allegheny. “But we also know that a hearing is not enough – we expect the chance to vet some of these bills on the House floor in the very near future.” “Family and close friends are often the first to notice early Read more

 

Frankel: Teamwork brought restoration of Pittsburgh local control

(Feb 12, 2018)

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 12 – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, commended the teamwork that led to today's restoration of local control over Pittsburgh's city finances. "This is good news for our city and reflects the optimism felt locally for the future of the region. This restoration of local control is the result of the hard work of responsible leadership, not only by Mayor Bill Peduto but also City Council. I thank Governor Tom Wolf for working with the city and with Pittsburgh's representatives and senators in Harrisburg to make this happen," Frankel said. ### Read more

 

Frankel welcomes Wolf's proposed increases for education, opioid treatment

(Feb 06, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, is welcoming the proposed funding increases for education and opioid treatment in the budget plan Gov. Tom Wolf fully unveiled today, as well as his renewed call for a severance tax on natural-gas drilling. Frankel said: "We've made so much progress in Governor Wolf's three years in restoring the Corbett-Republican education cuts to K-12 education and our state-owned and state-related universities, including Pitt. But there's more to do. And I'm glad to see the governor will be calling for tens of millions of dollars in new funding to build on the work we've already done to tackle the heroin and opioid crisis – we can't count on the Trump administration to deliver anything more than words on that front. Some of the counties hit hardest by the heroin and opioid crisis are in southwestern Pennsylvania, and Governor Wolf continues to recognize how important addressing it is to our region. "Governor Wolf is also right to call again for passing a commonsense severance tax on natural-gas drilling to help meet our needs such as education and balancing our budget. All other major natural-gas states – including neighboring Ohio and West Virginia – have such a tax. It's only right for Pennsylvania families to have the same measure of fairness, by having these companies pay their fair share of taxes here." ### Read more

 

Frankel encouraged by the new agreement between UPMC, Highmark

(Jan 05, 2018)

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 5 – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, released the following statement regarding health care access in western Pennsylvania: "I’m encouraged by Governor Wolf’s announcement that UPMC and Highmark have agreed to terms to ensure consumers will continue to have access to critical, unique services in our region moving forward. "I’m grateful for the governor’s leadership in protecting consumer access to our community facilities and I’m cautiously optimistic that this will solve some of the access issues facing western Pennsylvanians as the end of the existing consent decree approaches in 2019. "It is my understanding that the agreement provides in-network access to one-of-a-kind UPMC facilities including Western Psychiatric Institute, UPMC Center for Assistive Technology, UPMC Center for Excellence for treatment of Cystic Fibrosis and other important facilities. "We know that both providers and consumers suffer when patients can’t see their long-time doctors and when doctors can’t care for their long-time patients. Communities also suffer when asked to double the number of specialty hospitals because access is denied at the ones that already exist. "I’m hopeful that this agreement will ease many of the burdens faced by consumers in western Pennsylvania and I will continue to monitor this situation very closely and do what I can to help ensure that Read more

 

Frankel announces $500,000 state grant for Carnegie Science Center

(Dec 22, 2017)

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 22 – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, today announced a $500,000 state grant to benefit the Carnegie Science Center with an expansion of its 25-year-old facility, including nine classrooms. Frankel said the grant will help Carnegie Institute/Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh fund a 48,000-square-foot science center addition, including a traveling exhibits gallery, and space for special programs and events. Also on tap, according to Frankel, is conversion of the film-based Omnimax theater to a giant-screen 3D digital theater, along with improvements to the main entry, group welcome center, café and riverfront – as well as new and refreshed exhibits and programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. “This is an exciting upgrade to one of our region’s finest attractions, and I’m pleased to see the state recognizing the Carnegie Science Center’s educational value and importance,” Frankel said. “This RACP grant will help ensure that the facility stays state-of-the art now, and for future generations. This will also help with encouraging STEM learning from a young age.” Frankel thanked Gov. Tom Wolf for releasing the funding through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. RACP is administered by the Office of the Budget, for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement Read more

 

2018 Capitol Scenes Calendar

(Dec 18, 2017)

Click here and download Rep. Frankel's 2018 Capitol Scenes Calendar. Read more

 

Legislators Announce Agenda for Women’s Health

(Dec 12, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 12 – The Women’s Health Caucus, a bipartisan, bicameral legislative group supporting women’s health issues, today introduced this session's Pennsylvania Agenda for Women’s Health in a news conference. The agenda is a package of bills supported by the caucus. Caucus co-chairs state Sen. Judy Schwank, D-Berks; and state Reps. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, and Frank Farry, R-Bucks, were joined by outside advocates to discuss the agenda. The Agenda for Women’s Health covers a broad range of proposals that advance three main goals to enhance the health and well-being of women, families and communities: safety and dignity; economic security; and access to health services across the lifespan. “The Women’s Health Agenda is about empowering the 6.5 million women living in Pennsylvania,” Schwank said. “These bills will help them, and, in turn, help Pennsylvania prosper. The ability for our state to grow culturally and economically depends on how we face new challenges. The Women’s Health Caucus recognizes that we cannot afford attitudes and practices that hamper, stifle and waste the talent, skills and creativity women – and sometimes only women – can bring to the table.” Women’s Health Caucus co-chair Sen. Chuck McIlhinney, R-Bucks, said: “Members from all political parties have a shared interest in empowering women to live healthier, happier lives. It is encouraging Read more

 

Frankel, health advocates: Obamacare open enrollment starts Wednesday, Nov. 1; Opportunity to get covered or find a better plan

(Oct 30, 2017)

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 30 – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, and health advocates today promoted the upcoming open enrollment period for Affordable Care Act coverage. " Even with the shorter time period this year and a steep cutback in advertising , open enrollment is still an opportunity for many Pennsylvanians to get covered or find a better plan. I don't want anyone in western Pennsylvania to miss out," Frankel said. Leslie Bachurski, director of consumer navigation at the Consumer Health Coalition, said, “The key things people should know about the Affordable Care Act are that the law has not changed and that open enrollment has been shortened to only six weeks. People have a lot of questions right now, and navigators are a great local resource for getting the facts straight. Our navigators are working hard to be available in the community during open enrollment and help the enrollment process run as smoothly as possible.” People can shop for plans on www.healthcare.gov or find a local navigator at https://localhelp.healthcare.gov . The Squirrel Hill Health Center hosted today's news conference. CEO Susan Friedberg Kalson said, "Squirrel Hill Health Center welcomes the opportunity to highlight the upcoming open enrollment period for ACA Marketplace insurance plans. In addition to providing comprehensive primary medical, behavioral health and dental services to all, regardless of insurance status or Read more

 

Equality Caucus: Shame on Pa. senators for putting transgender kids at risk

(Oct 18, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 18 – Leaders of the legislature's LGBT Equality Caucus said the state senators who voted today to deny health care to transgender young people should be ashamed of themselves. "Shame on every senator who voted to add discrimination against trans young people to what had been a simple, clean, bipartisan renewal of the Children's Health Insurance Program, a commonsense, popular program that covers hundreds of thousands of kids in Pennsylvania," said co-chair Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny. House Bill 1388 passed the House 194-0 in June. Today, the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee voted to add an amendment that would deny reimbursement for gender or sex reassignment surgery, transition services, including physician's services, inpatient and outpatient hospital services, prescription drugs or even counseling services. Co-chair Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery/Delaware, said, "You wouldn't deny a child an appendectomy, or a cast for a broken leg, or reconstructive surgery for a cleft palate. Why block some of our most vulnerable kids from getting vital medical care? This amendment is evidence of a profound lack of understanding of transgender children's medical needs." Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., the only out LGBT member of the legislature, said, "This bill picks on some of the most vulnerable children in Pennsylvania. This bill is the opposite of pro-family. This bill would cut off funds for Read more

 

Frankel: Trump health care sabotage means higher premiums, less coverage

(Oct 13, 2017)

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 13 – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, today said President Trump's latest actions to undermine the Affordable Care Act's protections are sabotage. "President Trump is responsible for the mess he is creating. It's the Pottery Barn rule: 'you break it, you own it,'" Frankel said. "The president's actions at the end of this week are a one-two punch aimed at dismantling health care access for millions. First, he signed an order allowing for plans that don’t provide essential health benefits and now we know that he will withhold crucial cost-sharing payments, which is likely to throw the health care marketplace into turmoil. "The requirement for essential health benefits matters because Pennsylvanians have been confident that if they buy health insurance, it will allow them to access the care they need, including maternity care, mental health services and emergency room coverage. "Most importantly, the requirement ensured that children can go to the dentist and the eye doctor, to make sure that any problems get caught early so they can grow and thrive. These types of basic care are essential to health coverage. "Now, the Trump administration is destroying that promise by allowing junk plans to count as 'insurance' again. So we'll go back to the bad old days of people often not finding out about holes in their coverage until it's too late. Read more

 

Frankel Stands up for Crime Victims

(Sep 26, 2017)

Pa state Rep. Dan Frankel offered an amendment to exempt victims of crime – including children and veterans - from a bill (H.B. 1095) that would impose new requirements on people who need public assistance. The Republican-majority House narrowly voted down his amendment. Read more

 

Frankel urges Congress to pass comprehensive DREAM Act in light of President Trump’s ‘callous’ decision to end DACA

(Sep 06, 2017)

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 6 – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, released the following statement regarding President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: “As has been the case far too often over the last eight months, I am disheartened and frankly, disgusted, over President Trump’s decision to end DACA and upend the lives of hundreds of thousands of hard-working, tax-paying young people in the United States. “This action is callous and showcases a vacuum of true leadership to address the needs of our society in the 21 st century. “In light of the president’s decision, I will lend my voice to other community leaders to call on Congress to pass a stand-alone DREAM Act that creates substantive, lasting and compassionate changes to immigration policy. “The numbers speak for themselves: Ending DACA means 800,000 young people, including 6,000 Pennsylvanians, who’ve spent the majority of their lives in the United States will be denied the right to live in the only country many of them have ever really known. It also means a loss to Pennsylvania of more than $350 million in gross domestic product from the labor and market participation of young people who earn their livelihoods and build a life here. “We need to speak out loudly for our values. If we, as a nation, believe in the ideals of growth and enterprise, then how do we benefit Read more

 

Frankel, Wheatley, colleagues, faith leaders call for action on Pa. hate-crimes legislation

(Aug 21, 2017)

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 21 – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, colleagues and faith leaders held a news conference today at Freedom Corner to discuss the aftermath of the Charlottesville, Va., domestic terror attack and to call for action on hate-crimes legislation in Pennsylvania ( H.B. 505 / S.B. 96 ). "The hatred and ugliness displayed by white supremacist groups in Charlottesville, which culminated in murder, has been followed by a lack of leadership from the White House. So it is more important than ever that state and local leaders and all people of good will do what we can. In Pennsylvania, one of the the most important things we can do is to restore several protections that were only struck from our hate-crimes law on a technicality," Frankel said. "These protections were added in 2002 on a bipartisan basis and were struck from the hate-crime law by the state Supreme Court in 2008 not on the merits, but only because of the state Constitution's single-subject rule for bills. The state House and Senate should vote on legislation that would restore the inclusion of actual or perceived ancestry, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, and gender or gender identity. The law currently covers hate crimes committed because of the victim's race, color, religion or national origin." State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, said, "It's fitting that we are at Freedom Corner today, since this has been a Read more

 

Frankel renews call to strengthen Pa. hate crimes law in light of Charlottesville tragedy

(Aug 14, 2017)

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 14 – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, released the following statement regarding the tragic events in Charlottesville, Va., this past weekend: "I am heartbroken over the hatred and ugliness that was displayed by white supremacist groups in Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend, and I am saddened for the family of Heather Heyer, who was the victim of a domestic act of terrorism while expressing her freedom of speech. "Recent events serve as an important reminder that we need stronger protections in Pennsylvania, in light of the apparent uptick in neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups. For that reason, I’m calling on Republican leaders in the Pennsylvania General Assembly to schedule a vote on legislation to strengthen our hate crimes law ( H.B. 505 / S.B. 96 ). We must show our unity and resolve on this issue by passing meaningful legislation that will help protect all Pennsylvanians from heinous acts of hate. "There is an instilled duty in all of us to address this hatred we see around us, and to challenge those who seek to destroy our land of unity, peace and equality. We must all do more each day, including our president whose anemic response to Saturday’s tragic events calls into question his fitness for the job and his understanding of American values. He failed to call evil by its name and to strongly condemn those fully responsible for this weekend’s violence. I’d recommend Read more

 

Rep. Frankel's Telephone Town Hall - July 27, 2017

(Jul 28, 2017)

Rep. Frankel talks to thousands of area citizens about the issues that matter during his Telephone Town Hall Read more

 

Pa. LGBT Equality Caucus: Trump adding to string of broken promises, this time to trans service members

(Jul 26, 2017)

HARRISBURG, July 26 – Members of the Pennsylvania legislature's LGBT Equality Caucus are denouncing President Trump's announcement that he will discriminate against transgender people who serve or wish to serve in the U.S. military. State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, co-chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, said, "This is discrimination, adding to a string of broken Trump promises, this time one he made to LGBT Americans, and it's a waste of tax dollars and the talents and abilities of thousands of Americans who just want to serve their country. "A news report has already confirmed this morning that this is just a cynical political ploy . And it's unlikely to work, as former North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory's example shows – he lost re-election in 2016 in a swing state after discriminating against LGBT citizens. I would add that the health-care cost argument is false , like so many other things the president says or tweets. In addition, 18 other countries allow transgender people to serve – including several of our NATO allies and Israel – and who takes security more seriously than Israel? Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery/Delaware, co-chair of the caucus, said, "Thousands of transgender Americans currently serve honorably in our military, yet President Trump claims they are a 'disruption.' Perhaps when he claimed he would have the LGBTQ community's back, he was already planning to stab them in Read more

 

Frankel welcomes Wolf call for Fairness Act, other Pa. non-discrimination updates
Apr 05, 2018

Frankel Recognizes Pitt Public Health
Mar 22, 2018

Frankel: Time to move forward with fair maps
Mar 19, 2018

Winter 2018 Newsletter
Mar 14, 2018

PA SAFE Caucus calls for gun safety reforms needed in Pennsylvania
Mar 14, 2018

Frankel: Teamwork brought restoration of Pittsburgh local control
Feb 12, 2018

Frankel welcomes Wolf's proposed increases for education, opioid treatment
Feb 06, 2018

Frankel encouraged by the new agreement between UPMC, Highmark
Jan 05, 2018

Frankel announces $500,000 state grant for Carnegie Science Center
Dec 22, 2017

2018 Capitol Scenes Calendar
Dec 18, 2017

Legislators Announce Agenda for Women’s Health
Dec 12, 2017

Frankel, health advocates: Obamacare open enrollment starts Wednesday, Nov. 1; Opportunity to get covered or find a better plan
Oct 30, 2017

Equality Caucus: Shame on Pa. senators for putting transgender kids at risk
Oct 18, 2017

Frankel: Trump health care sabotage means higher premiums, less coverage
Oct 13, 2017

Frankel Stands up for Crime Victims
Sep 26, 2017

Frankel urges Congress to pass comprehensive DREAM Act in light of President Trump’s ‘callous’ decision to end DACA
Sep 06, 2017

Frankel, Wheatley, colleagues, faith leaders call for action on Pa. hate-crimes legislation
Aug 21, 2017

Frankel renews call to strengthen Pa. hate crimes law in light of Charlottesville tragedy
Aug 14, 2017

Rep. Frankel's Telephone Town Hall - July 27, 2017
Jul 28, 2017

Pa. LGBT Equality Caucus: Trump adding to string of broken promises, this time to trans service members
Jul 26, 2017