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Philadelphia elected officials call for state, local reform of community-police relationships

Expungement bill championed by Harris poised to become law

(Jan 27, 2016)

Calling it a second chance for some of Pennsylvania’s neediest citizens, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., praised today's House concurrence vote on Senate Bill 166, which sends the bill to Governor Tom Wolf for his signature. "Criminal record expungement is a topic that matters to people in my district and across Pennsylvania," Harris said. "I’ve talked about the need for this throughout my first two terms in the House and I’m glad to be able to play a leading role in giving so many Pennsylvanians a second chance and a way to atone for past mistakes. The goal is for this bill to help many Pennsylvanians become employed as the transgressions of their past will be shielded from potential employers." Read more


Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property

(Jan 01, 2016)

Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Read more


PA Power Switch: Ask the right questions

(Dec 30, 2015)

In Pennsylvania, you can choose the company that generates your electricity – also known as your electric supplier. This means that you have the power to switch to a competing supplier who can offer the lowest price, or provide a specific service you want, such as “green” or renewable energy. Read more


Harris: We Need a REAL Budget

(Dec 22, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Jordan Harris speaks out on his resolve to truly fund our schools and social services with a real budget, not the underfunded, inadequate stopgap the GOP is pushing that just repeats the mistakes of the past. Read more


Harris: Don't Hinder Police

(Nov 17, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Jordan Harris speaks against a measure that would allow police departments to withhold officers' names in police-involved shootings. Harris says the unintended consequence of this bill would be to divide communities and hinder police from doing their jobs. Read more


Harris Stands Up for Cheyney

(Nov 10, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Jordan Harris is joined by hundreds of students to demand the Commonwealth do more to help Cheyney University – America’s oldest historically Black institution of higher education – as it struggles to survive in a time of budget crisis and faltering student enrollment. Read more


Harris: Expungement is a Second Chance

(Oct 27, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Jordan Harris applauds the House’s approval of a bill that would allow thousands of Pennsylvanians to have their criminal records expunged. S.B. 166, which was written with Harris' input, would allow a person convicted of a third- or second-degree misdemeanor, and who completed their sentence at least 10 years ago, to ask to appear before a judge to request an order for limited access of their criminal record. The bill would give a second chance to many people, including Philadelphians, who are struggling to find housing and employment due to their prior convictions. Read more


Criminal record expungement legislation championed by Harris passes House

(Oct 27, 2015)

Legislation put forth both last session and this session by state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., which would allow for expungement of specific offenses from a person’s criminal record provided certain criteria are met, today passed the House and heads to the Senate for concurrence. “Criminal record expungement is something incredibly important to me and I’m thankful that my fellow legislators and I were able to come to a bipartisan agreement to get this language into current legislation,” Harris said. “It is my hope that this will end the stories of those who made mistakes in their past and have been unable to find gainful employment, afford a good education or attain quality housing opportunities because of that mistake.” Read more


Harris: We need a REAL budget

(Sep 24, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Jordan Harris speaks out against a short-term stopgap budget that does nothing more than create another budget crisis for schools and non-profit social service agencies until October and urges the passage of a true compromise budget that delivers long-term, sustainable funding. Read more


Harris praises Commonwealth Court ruling on gun law

(Jun 25, 2015)

Calling Act 192 of 2014 unconstitutional from the beginning, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., praised the Commonwealth Court ruling striking it down as a violation of the single-subject rule. "Act 192 was rammed through the legislative process on the last session day in an unconstitutional way," Harris said. "Attaching this amendment to a bill dealing with criminal penalties was a clear violation of the Pennsylvania Constitution and the single-subject rule, and I’m glad the Commonwealth Court agreed with this ruling. Read more


Time to reform Pa. schools

(Jun 15, 2015)

As legislators, we have witnessed, year after year, the tragedy that befalls tens of thousands of children in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania who are trapped in public schools that consistently fail to meet the needs of their students. Read more


Harris calls for support for bipartasian expungement legislation

(Jun 10, 2015)

State Rep. Jordan Harris calls for support for bipartisan legislation to permit expungement of specific offenses from a person’s criminal record provided certain criteria are met. Harris says non-violent offenders who have become law-abiding citizens deserve the chance to find gainful employment and housing. Read more


Harris: People deserve a second chance

(Jun 10, 2015)

Joined by state Reps. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, and Cris Dush, R-Jefferson/Indiana, along with Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association members, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., called for support for bipartisan legislation to permit expungement of specific offenses from a person’s criminal record provided certain criteria are met. Read more


Harris appointed to powerful House Rules Committee

(Jun 09, 2015)

State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., Tuesday was appointed to the House Rules Committee by House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny. Read more


Baltimore events troubling but not surprising

(May 04, 2015)

The events of Baltimore are troubling but not at all surprising. What I wonder today, after watching yet another American city burn is this: who or what, is most responsible for this upheaval? Read more


A 4 a.m. closing time? Lawmaker wants to extend your night at the bar

(Apr 14, 2015)

Bars could stay open until 4 a.m. under a new proposal that would create an "extended use" permit. "This legislation would create a more attractive Pennsylvania and further a goal of appealing to young professionals and millennials who can greatly improve our local economies," said Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Philadelphia. "This bill would put our city on par with some of the largest cities in the country as far as having a healthy, vibrant nightlife." Read more


Pa. Lawmaker Wants to Extend Sale of Alcohol to 4 a.m.

(Apr 14, 2015)

Will the last call for alcohol soon be two hours later for Pennsylvania? That’s what one Philadelphia lawmaker is proposing. Read more


Harris to introduce legislation authorizing extended liquor sales

(Apr 13, 2015)

State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phlia., announced today that he plans to introduce legislation which would amend the Liquor Code to allow businesses to apply for extended use permits, which would authorize the sale of alcohol beyond 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. Read more


Bold Budget Will Help Our Community

(Mar 04, 2015)

State Rep. Jordan Harris outlines the bold vision Gov. Wolf presented in his budget and says he’s ready to fight to make the plan a reality to deliver better schools, jobs that pay family-sustaining wages and a better future for Philadelphia and the entire commonwealth. Read more


Harris: Privatization bad for Philadelphia, bad for Pennsylvania

(Feb 26, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., today stated he will be voting against H.B. 466, the liquor privatization bill, due to the negative impact it will have across Pennsylvania and specifically in Philadelphia. “This bill is simply the wrong choice at the wrong time for Pennsylvania,” Harris said. “Our state is facing a budget deficit approaching $2 billion, and the other side of the aisle has decided now is the appropriate time to sell off an asset that brings in $80 million annually to the General Fund budget. This is simply not the time to entertain this idea. “In addition, nearly 4,000 hard-working Pennsylvanians will suddenly be without a job. These are family-sustaining jobs that provide good benefits and a living wage. The inclusion of minor grants for furthering their education and additional points on a civil service test for employees who lose their job do not go nearly far enough to ensure that our state store workers are taken care of. “The bottom line is that House Bill 466 is not the answer for Pennsylvania, and I refuse to vote for decreased income for the General Fund and increased unemployment throughout our state.” Read more