Children & Youth Committee approves Green’s Playground Safety Act

(Mar 19, 2024)

HARRISBURG, March 19 – The Pennsylvania House Children & Youth Committee today approved legislation ( H.B. 1443 ) sponsored by state Rep. Roni Green, D-Phila., that would make playgrounds in Pennsylvania safer. The Playground Safety Act would require the Department of Community and Economic Development to adopt regulations that would establish safety standards for the design, installation and maintenance of all playgrounds operated by Pennsylvania as well as public, private, and charter elementary and secondary schools, and approved child-care facilities. It would also establish a statewide advisory council on playground safety to give recommendations for the implementation and enforcement of playground regulations, standards, inspections and creation of safety plan models. “Playgrounds are hubs of fun, where children and families can play and enjoy the outdoors, and communities can congregate and grow,” Green said. “They play an important role in the development and long-term health of children. That’s why we must ensure that our playgrounds are safe. Far too often, playground equipment is prone to reaching unsafe temperatures due to intense sun that can lead to burns and discourage play. We need to fix that and make sure kids can play free from discouragement and worry.” The legislation now advances to the House floor where it will await a vote by Read more

 

Updates from Rep. Green: Spring Shred Event

(Mar 15, 2024)

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Testifiers, lawmakers maintain push for minimum wage increase

(Mar 06, 2024)

The House Majority Policy Committee gathered testimony from minimum wage earners and public policy experts during a hearing Wednesday as the push to finally increase the wage in Pennsylvania continues. Read more

 

Pennsylvania House Bill 1130 Sheds Light on Crime Prevention

(Mar 01, 2024)

“The Safe Communities Grant Program is another tool in our toolbox to improve public safety and keep our children and young people safe,” said Green. Read more

 

Updates from Rep. Green: Making Communities Safer

(Mar 01, 2024)

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Kenyatta introduces legislation to study impact of ‘benefits cliff’

(Feb 29, 2024)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 29 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., has introduced legislation to study the public assistance benefits cliff, which refers to a situation when public benefit programs phase out quickly for families as household earnings increase. This legislation would direct the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a study and issue a report on the impact of benefits cliffs in Pennsylvania. In Pennsylvania, roughly 12 percent of all Pennsylvanians live in poverty, with eight percent living in extreme poverty. “In many instances, Pennsylvanians living in poverty become constrained to a life of poverty due to the ‘cliff effect,’ which perpetuates the poverty cycle, rather than incentivizing individuals to become self-sufficient,” Kenyatta said. “This study should give us a better idea of just how much the benefits cliff affects Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable families, and how we can ensure these families get the most out of important public benefit programs.” Kenyatta is joined by state Reps. Morgan Cephas and Roni Green, both D-Phila., and La’Tasha D. Mayes, D-Allegheny, in introducing this bill. Cephas explained how benefits cliffs impact marginalized communities. “Not only are Black women paid less than white or male counterparts, opportunities to escape this cycle of poverty are fewer – leading to the public assistance Read more

 

Committee highlights House steps to address public safety

(Feb 27, 2024)

“The Safe Communities Grant Program is another tool in our toolbox to improve public safety and keep our children and young people safe by directly addressing crime and gun violence in our communities,” Green said. “I am grateful the House supported and passed my bill in July, because this program could help all communities by ensuring public spaces are safe spaces.” Read more

 

Updates from Rep. Green: Town Hall and FAFSA Update

(Feb 23, 2024)

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Updates from Rep. Green: Investing in Education

(Feb 16, 2024)

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Updates from Rep. Green: The Governor's Budget Address

(Feb 09, 2024)

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Updates from Rep. Green: Out and About in the Community

(Feb 01, 2024)

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Updates from Rep. Green: Supporting our Youth

(Jan 26, 2024)

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Updates from Rep. Green: Investing in the Future

(Jan 19, 2024)

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Updates from Rep. Green: Bringing Grants to the Community

(Jan 12, 2024)

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Updates from Rep. Green: Congratulations to Mayor Cherelle Parker

(Jan 05, 2024)

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Updates from Rep. Green: Happy Holidays

(Dec 22, 2023)

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Rep. Green's Winter Newsletter

(Dec 18, 2023)

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Updates from Rep. Green: Removing Lead from Schools

(Dec 15, 2023)

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2022-23 Funding Request Instructions and Information

(Dec 12, 2023)

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Green Protecting Children from Lead in Drinking Water

(Dec 12, 2023)

Pa. state Rep. Roni Green spoke on bipartisan legislation she introduced that would address lead contamination in drinking water in Pennsylvania schools. Green says this legislation would correct a long-standing problem in schools across the commonwealth. Read more