Pennsylvania lawmakers lead introduction of bipartisan bill removing lead in Pa. schools’ drinking water

(Dec 11, 2023)

State Reps. Roni Green and Tarik Khan, both D-Phila., and other state representatives will circulate a co-sponsorship memo next week for a bipartisan House bill addressing lead contamination in drinking water in Pennsylvania schools. They are being joined by state Reps. Abby Major, R-Armstrong/Westmoreland; Jim Haddock, D-Lackawanna/Luzerne; Jason Ortitay, R-Allegheny/Washington; and Joe Hogan, R-Bucks, as prime co-sponsors of this bill. “This legislation corrects a longstanding problem within our schools across the commonwealth,” Green said. “Children have a right to be in a safe environment, have clean drinking water, and maximize their learning journey free from harm and hazardous particles. It’s unacceptable to still have children being exposed to lead while in school. Our bill ensures that all Pennsylvania children’s rights are respected and that our children can be safe from lead exposure in school.” Green pointed out that this legislation is like a bill passed last year by the Philadelphia City Council and signed into law. This legislation would require the replacement of old drinking fountains with lead-filtering water stations by 2025 and direct funding to help school districts achieve this goal. The other sponsors noted their support for the bill. “As a state representative, one of my top priorities is keeping the children in my community safe,” Haddock said. “This bill will help schools in Read more


Updates from Rep. Green: Happy Thanksgiving

(Nov 23, 2023)

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Updates from Rep. Green: Some Legislation We Passed This Week

(Nov 17, 2023)

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Updates from Rep. Green: We have a soon-to-be new mayor

(Nov 10, 2023)

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Updates from Rep. Green: Another Successful Shred Event

(Nov 02, 2023)

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Green: Tell Your State Senator to #RaiseTheWage

(Oct 30, 2023)

PA state Rep. Roni Green hits the Philly airwaves to encourage everyone to contact their state Senator and tell them to pass the minimum wage increase legislation that the House sent to them in June. Read more


LIHEAP and Pennie Opening Soon

(Oct 27, 2023)

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Updates from Rep. Green: New Satellite Office Hours

(Oct 26, 2023)

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Green applauds New Jersey raising Minimum Wage above $15

(Sep 28, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 27 – State Rep. Roni Green, D-Phila., said she is excited for the working people of New Jersey following the recent announcement that the minimum wage in that state would increase to $15.13 per hour effective Jan. 1, 2024. “If they can do it across the Delaware, we can do it here,” Green said. “We need to be proactive about raising wages here in Pennsylvania; otherwise, our neighboring states will leave us further behind as their economies grow and strengthen. Working people deserve a fair wage, and raising the minimum wage is the first step toward that end.” As a longtime labor organizer and proponent of increasing the minimum wage in Pennsylvania, Green has supported legislation that would increase the minimum wage in Pennsylvania, such as that which the House passed in June. Green said she hopes Senate Republicans do the right thing, take up H.B. 1500 , and give more than 1 million Pennsylvanians a pay raise. Read more


Philadelphia House Delegation advancing eviction reform

(Aug 30, 2023)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 30 – In response to a series of violent incidents involving landlord-tenant officers taking place in the city, members of the Philadelphia House Delegation today said the organization has been working hand in hand with the House Housing and Community Development Committee to help end the practice of private contractors performing eviction services. As part of this collaboration, both organizations held a public hearing Tuesday in the Philadelphia City Council Chambers on proposed reforms regarding landlord and tenant officers and evictions. Rep. Morgan Cephas, chair of the Philadelphia House Delegation, explained that a vital concern is that the eviction services are executed by people without the proper training, and carrying guns. “Moving forward there needs to be accountability and transparency with an agency that is responsible to the citizens of Philadelphia,” Cephas said. “We are determined to take this task away from the unaccountable, private entities. “We respect the need for landlords to run their business and receive their payments in a timely manner. However, the need for compassionate, respectful interaction with tenants was made obvious in the hearing,” she added. Rep. Mike Sturla, chair of the PA House Housing and Community Development Committee, highlighted that when it comes to housing it is important to look at the Read more



(Aug 23, 2023)

PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Economic Development: Keystone Communities Program Who May Apply : Units of local government, redevelopment and/or housing authorities, nonprofit organizations to include economic development organizations, housing corporations, etc., community development corporations, business improvement districts, neighborhood improvement districts, and similar organizations incorporated as authorities. Use : Multiple uses, including: Planning grants (address a particular need or circumstance within a community, undertake a study relevant to an identified need, or study the results of implementing a specific activity) Implementation grants (assist designated KC program communities in implementing critical components of their approved Five-Year Strategy) Façade grants (to stimulate private investment in properties, foster an attractive environment, and preserve the architectural heritage of properties and communities. The grant funds may be used for primary street-facing, exterior building improvements in a defined target area of a downtown or neighborhood such as storefront signs, exterior façade painting, design assistance, etc.) Development grants (available to fund a variety of physical improvements, see program guidelines for full list) Public improvement grants (available to assist communities in a variety of development projects to help Read more


PA House passes legislation to create Safe Communities Grant Program

(Jul 07, 2023)

HARRISBURG, July 7 – A bill ( H.B. 1130 ) sponsored by state Rep. Roni Green, D-Phila., which would create the Safe Communities Grant Program passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives today by a vote of 102-101. The legislation would establish the Safe Communities Grant Program within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, which would provide grant funding to communities to install lighting and security cameras around schools, playgrounds, community centers, and high crime areas. “By passing this bill, we are embracing an evidence-based approach to reducing violent crime in Pennsylvania,” Green said. “Studies have shown that taking care of the physical space in which we live — something as simple as cutting the grass or putting up lights — can have a positive effect on reducing violent crime. “This program will light up dimly lit public spaces and make criminals think twice about committing crime. We want a safe commonwealth for all Pennsylvanians, and this is a program that will help us achieve that goal.” The bill now goes to the Pennsylvania Senate for consideration. Read more


Green Safe Community Grant bill approved by Judiciary Committee

(Jun 29, 2023)

HARRISBURG, June 29 – The Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee held a voting meeting Tuesday, where it reported House Bill 1130 out of committee and to the House floor. This legislation would establish the Safe Communities Grant Program administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to provide grant funding to communities to install lighting and security cameras around schools, playgrounds, community centers and high crime areas. The legislation also would add a $10 fee to be paid by applicants for a license to carry a firearm that will go toward funding the program. “Violent crime is harming our communities here in Pennsylvania, and it’s time we take some innovative steps toward curbing it,” state Rep. Roni Green, the bill’s sponsor, said. “There’s robust evidence that taking care of the physical space — fixing broken windows and doors, trimming yards — and putting up lights and cameras in previously dimly lit public spaces helps to reduce violent crime in areas experiencing high crime rates. “This program will help communities in Pennsylvania afford to put in lights and cameras that will deter criminals and is a part of our commitment to the commonwealth’s residents to make the state a safe place to live.” Read more


Green releases statement on passage of minimum wage bill

(Jun 21, 2023)

HARRISBURG, June 21 – State Rep. Roni Green, D-Phila., said the House’s passage of legislation ( H.B. 1500 ) that would increase the minimum wage in Pennsylvania was a step in the right direction but there’s more work to be done. “I want to take a moment to acknowledge the work labor, labor organizations like the SEIU and activists put in, tapping into the overwhelming public support for raising the minimum wage in Pennsylvania,” Green said. “We got it passed in the House with help from their advocacy. This bill is not my ideal version of minimum wage legislation, but it is a start, and it will help more than a million Pennsylvanians who will see a pay increase should it be signed into law. And that is the most important thing to keep in mind: this will help working people and strengthen the commonwealth’s economy.” This legislation would increase the minimum wage in Pennsylvania to: $11 per hour on Jan. 1, 2024. $13 per hour on Jan. 1, 2025. $15 per hour on Jan. 1, 2026. The bill would provide for annual cost-of-living increases beginning in 2027 and would also set the minimum wage for tipped workers at 60% of the hourly minimum wage. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration. Read more


Green Votes to #RaiseTheWage

(Jun 13, 2023)

As a lifelong supporter of workers rights, Pa. state Rep. Roni Green voices her support for a long overdue raise in the state's minimum wage. In a House Labor & Industry Committee meeting, Green called out the fear mongering of the House GOP, calling for a living wage so that hard working Pennsylvanians can support themselves and their families. Read more


Hearing details support needed for career and technical education

(Apr 12, 2023)

“A college education is not the perfect fit or even a possibility for every student,” said Rep. Roni Green, who hosted the hearing. “I am a product and living proof of that reality, having graduated from Dobbins Technical School, and I can honestly say the education and skills I learned in technical education have helped me throughout my life.” Read more


With Democratic House majority, advocates hopeful progressive policy goals will become law

(Apr 05, 2023)

At a Democratic Policy Committee hearing Monday on state Rep. Roni Green’s, D-Philadelphia, proposal to increase the minimum wage in Pennsylvania to $18 an hour, lawmakers heard from a home health care worker and a Harrisburg coffee shop owner about the need for and benefits of paying a livable minimum wage. Read more


Green: Lighting Upgrades are Just the Beginning

(Apr 03, 2023)

Pa. state Rep. Roni Green joined state Senator Vincent Hughes to present a check for $89,860 to the East Falls Development Corporation. The funds are earmarked for lighting improvements along Ridge Avenue in the East Falls area of Philadelphia. Green says this is the first phase in a larger plan to improve the area. Read more


Representatives, testifiers advocate to Raise the Wage

(Mar 27, 2023)

“We are here to fight on behalf of workers, and – I think I can speak for my colleagues here today – we will not stop until we get it done,” said hearing host Rep. Roni Green from Philadelphia. “The old cliché holds true, a happy worker is a productive worker. We can do better, we must do better.” Read more


Green announces almost $2.5 million for local projects

(Mar 16, 2023)

“I’m excited to see the state taking seriously its commitment to investing in infrastructure and community services statewide and in Philadelphia,” Green said. Read more