Weekly Update: Don't Forget to Vote!

(May 13, 2022)

Aspiring teachers and social workers must complete field placements, such as internships or student teaching. These positions are rarely paid, causing many to postpone or abandon their ambitions. Read more

 

Howard: It’s past time to encode reproductive rights into PA law

(May 10, 2022)

Yes, the U.S. Supreme Court is ready to strike down Roe v. Wade. But while the draft majority opinion obtained by Politico is frightening, it is hardly shocking. We knew this was coming – the justices met and voted in December. We can take a moment to breathe and remember that this is a three-month-old draft, not a final opinion. That said, the clock is ticking, and a final opinion is expected over the summer. Let this serve as a rallying cry. Our plans for the future must be more than a vague hope a justice or two changes their mind before the decision is published. Indeed, we have relied far too much on the Supreme Court for the past half-century. Rather than codifying reproductive rights into law, legislatures – both state and federal – have tacitly adopted a policy of simply pointing to a Supreme Court decision. We turned temporary relief into long-term policy without actually enacting anything. As Justice Alito himself points out in the draft, “[Roe v. Wade] concluded with a numbered set of rules much like those that might be found in a statute enacted by a legislature.” Relying entirely on the Supreme Court, we became complacent, leaving the power over reproductive freedom entirely with the court. Facing the distinct possibility that these rights will now lack federal protection, it is up to the individual states to uphold reproductive rights. Decisions regarding reproductive health are extremely personal and intimate. Read more

 

Howard: Let’s keep no-excuse mail-in voting

(Mar 07, 2022)

Act 77, which created mail-in voting in Pennsylvania, was introduced as a simple bill to eliminate straight ticket voting. While introduced by a Democratic senator, Republicans leapt to support it, and the bill became anything but the bipartisan victory the Republicans claimed it as. In 2019, when the bill was introduced, Pennsylvania was one of only seven states permitting straight ticket voting in presidential elections. Initially a simple voting reform, the Republicans turned Act 77 into something far less noble. The Republican senators on the State Government Committee made what turned out to be a very astute observation – then-president Donald Trump was an albatross around their party’s electoral neck. By eliminating straight ticket voting, the Republicans figured they could improve the chances of their candidates down ballot by distancing them, however subtly, from a president less than popular with many of their voters. In a bid to assuage any partisan opposition, the bill was amended to include the creation of no excuse mail-in voting. However, the majority of Democrats voted against what was ultimately more electoral smoke and mirrors than genuine voting reform, leaving the bill an example of anything but the triumph of bipartisanship it was claimed to be. Not only did the Republicans not raise any legal or constitutional objections to mail-in voting at the time, but they also pushed the idea from the jump, with only two Republican House members Read more

 

RELEASE: Reps. Shusterman, Williams, Howard joint statement on health care access following recent violence

(Feb 17, 2022)

CHESTER COUNTY, Feb. 17 – State Reps. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, Dan K. Williams, D-Chester, and Kristine Howard, D-Chester, have released a joint statement following the violent attack that occurred at Lincoln University on Wednesday night. “We were appalled to learn this morning of the three students stabbed in a Lincoln University dorm room last night. While many details are still unknown, we do know that one of the victims was pronounced dead at the scene and that the other two victims were taken to Christiana Hospital – some 26 miles away – for treatment. “Twenty-six miles is no short ride under the best of circumstances, but when the circumstances are literally life and death, 26 miles is endless. “Until December, hospital care for Lincoln University students was just four miles away at Jennersville Hospital. Unfortunately, Jennersville closed at the end of 2021. This was followed by the closure of Brandywine Hospital in Caln Township last month. These closures were the result of a sale that fell through. “While the victim who was killed died before help could arrive, it is hard to believe a closer treatment option would not have made a difference in only slightly different circumstances, or that a timelier arrival may have changed this outcome. Whether you have a broken arm or COVID-19 symptoms or you are giving birth, time is a serious factor. “Last Read more

 

Weekly Update: SEPTA ID Expiration Extended

(Jan 28, 2022)

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Winter Newsletter 2021-2022

(Jan 11, 2022)

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Howard: $525K awarded for land preservation

(Dec 30, 2021)

WILLISTOWN TOWNSHIP, Dec. 30 – State Rep. Kristine Howard, D-Chester, has announced the Willistown Conservation Trust is set to receive two grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to further land conservation efforts in Chester County. The grants awarded are: $500,000 toward acquisition of approximately 12 acres for an addition to the Kirkwood Preserve. $25,400 for further development of Ruston Woods Preserve, including construction of a pedestrian walkway, ADA access and landscaping. “Willistown Conservation Trust’s phenomenal work in protecting and preserving more than 7,500 acres has given people of all ages the chance to enjoy nature,” said Howard. “I’m excited to see the trust utilize these grants to not only grow protected lands, but to make them more accessible for all.” Howard said the funds are part of the Pennsylvania DCNR grant program, which pulls from multiple state and federal funding sources to award grants. More information on DCNR grant programs can be found on the department’s website Read more

 

E-BLAST (Nov. 18): My legislation to improve Pennsylvania's behavioral health field

(Nov 18, 2021)

Recruiting and retaining behavioral health workers, especially for residential treatment facilities, presents a serious challenge. Read more

 

Howard supports AG’s criminal charges against pipeline operator, seeks increased penalties

(Oct 05, 2021)

MALVERN, Oct. 5 – PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro filed 48 comprehensive criminal charges against Energy Transfer Partners following an 18-month investigation. These charges include a felony charge for “willfully and consistently” failing to report inadvertent releases to the Department of Environmental Protection. “These charges have been a long time coming,” state Rep. Kristine Howard, D-Chester, said. “On January 24, 2019, as one of my first acts in office, I called on Attorney General Shapiro to investigate ETP. “I see this move as the best way to hold ETP responsible for their long history of mistakes and violations. By filing these charges, the attorney general has not only named ETP as a bad actor, but a downright criminally bad actor with a complete disregard for both the environment and the people of Pennsylvania.” The charges against ETP include 45 counts of releasing industrial waste at 22 sites across 11 counties, one for using unapproved additives in drilling fluid and one for contaminating local water supplies, as well as a felony charge for failure to report the releases. “I agree with the attorney general that fines are not enough,” Howard said. “Last January, in the wake of DEP’s issuance of $30.6 million in fines to ETP for violations related to the 2018 Revolution Pipeline explosion and fire, I said I was underwhelmed, and that Read more

 

August 2021 Newsletter

(Aug 25, 2021)

Information on Rep. Howard's upcoming events, legislation, constituent services and more. Read more

 

Community Shredding Event

(Jul 30, 2021)

Free shred event from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 18. Read more

 

Howard announces $38.9K in state grants for Historic Waynesborough

(Jun 02, 2021)

MALVERN, June 2 – S tate Rep. Kristine Howard, D-Chester, announced today that $38,950 in state grants was awarded to Historic Waynesborough , a house museum in Paoli. The grant was among 54 awarded today by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The museum was the home of Anthony Wayne, an officer in the Continental Army and who later was c ommissioned Commander in Chief of the Legions of the United States by President George Washington. The museum aims to promote Wayne’s historical importance as well as preserve, display and interpret the property and home’s collections. The home is owned by Easttown Township, administered by the Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks , and supported by many longtime guides and volunteers. “I’m glad that this beautiful piece of our history will be able to continue to educate young and old about Major General Wayne and his role in the founding of our nation,” Howard said. Keystone Historic Preservation Grants provide funding to support projects that identify, preserve, promote and protect historic and archaeological resources in Pennsylvania for both the benefit of the public and the revitalization of communities. Funding also helps facilitate municipal planning initiatives that focus on historic resources or may be used to meet building or community-specific planning goals. The program also supports construction activities at Read more

 

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant portal reopens Saturday, April 24th

(Apr 23, 2021)

The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced that the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal will reopen on Saturday, April 24. Updated documents and guidance will be available today (Friday, April 23rd) by clicking here . This is a grant program established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, and is administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance. Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue , with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees. Eligible entities include: Live venue operators or promoters. Theatrical producers. Live performing arts organization operators. Museum operators. Motion picture theater operators (including owners). Talent representatives. Other requirements of note: Must have been in operation as of February 29, 2020. Venue or promoter who received a PPP loan on or after December 27, 2020, will have the SVOG reduced by the PPP loan amount. Read more

 

Starting a Small Business in Pennsylvania Virtual Event

(Apr 14, 2021)

A virtual event on starting a small business in Pennsylvania from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 14. Read more

 

Howard to hold virtual event on starting a small business April 14

(Mar 25, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 25 – State Rep. Kristine Howard will hold a virtual event on starting a small business in Pennsylvania from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 14 at www.RepKHoward.com The panelists will be: Meredith Klinger, division chief, Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations, Pennsylvania Department of State. Donald Poligone and Tracy Donley, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Maria Smith, chairperson, SCORE Chester and Delaware counties. “With the influx of federal aid to help Pennsylvania build back better after the pandemic, people will have new funding opportunities at the local and state levels to start new businesses,” Howard said. “This virtual town hall is geared to help inform prospective business owners about the steps they can take to start new businesses in the commonwealth.” Constituents can send questions before or during the event to RepHoward@PaHouse.net or by phone at 610-251-1070. The event will be livestreamed on www.RepKHoward.com . Those interested in learning about the event can call her office at 610-251-1070. Read more

 

Howard announces state security grants for local nonprofit serving the Jewish community

(Mar 10, 2021)

MALVERN, March 10 – S tate Rep. Kristine Howard, D-Chester, announced today that $23,456 in state grants to support safety and security has been awarded to Congregation Or Shalom in Berwyn . The grant, through the Nonprofit Security Grant program established by Act 83 of 2019, was approved today by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. “William Penn founded our commonwealth on the principle of religious freedom,” Howard said. “This grant money protects this foundational right by helping to ensure that everyone in our community is able to practice their religion freely and safely. “Hate has no place in our community.” Grants awarded from the program may be used by nonprofit organizations that serve people or groups often targeted by hate crimes because of race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or gender. The awards can be used for any safety or security improvement the nonprofit organization wants to put in place, including training and planning, the purchase of technology or equipment, or the improvement of the nonprofit’s facilities. The grants are provided through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program created by Act 83 of 2019 , for which Howard voted. More information on the program is available at this link . Read more

 

SSHE Proposed Integration

(Mar 10, 2021)

Join live at 5 p.m. March 10 for a live discussion among officials evaluating the proposed integration of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education with Chancellor Daniel Greenstein. Read more

 

Howard announces $3,645 state grant awarded to The Mill at Anselma Preservation and Educational Trust Inc. for archival preservation

(Mar 03, 2021)

MALVERN, Mar. 3 -- State Rep. Kristine Howard, D-Chester, announced today $3,645 in state Historical & Archival Records Care grants has been awarded to The Mill at Anselma Preservation and Educational Trust Inc. to scan and provide archival preservation of The Mill’s historical collection of original manuscripts from previous owners, oral histories, photographs, newspaper clippings, books recording daily sales, and other materials illustrating life in an important rural community centered on a colonial-era grist mill. “I am very pleased that the Mill’s efforts at preserving our colonial past are being supported by the HARC,” Howard said. “ The Mill represents an important part of our cultural heritage, giving us rare insights into local colonial history. This grant money will help the Trust increase access to our heritage through the preservation and digitization of their treasure trove of written records. “To have a sense of ourselves as a community today, it is critical that we know who we were yesterday.” HARC awards are designed to improve the preservation and accessibility of historically significant records maintained by local governments, historical societies and academic institutions. Projects may include initiatives such as digitization; arranging, describing and rehousing collections into appropriate formats, containers and environments; collection assessment; records surveys; Read more

 

Howard, Chancellor Greenstein to discuss PASSHE integration March 10

(Feb 23, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 23 – State Rep. Kristine Howard will hold a virtual event on the proposed integration of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education with Chancellor Daniel Greenstein from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 10 at www.RepKHoward.com . “The PASSHE system has offered high quality, higher education to Pennsylvanians for decades, but the rising cost of education has either closed the doors to higher education for many potential students or required others to incur high levels of debt,” Howard said. “The proposed merger of some universities in the PASSHE system promises to strengthen the organization, enabling it to continue to provide affordable, quality higher education to Pennsylvanians and their families for years to come .” PASSHE is exploring two possible mergers – the integration of the California-Clarion-Edinboro and the Bloomsburg-Lock Haven-Mansfield schools. Each combination would operate as a single accredited entity with a single leadership, faculty, enrollment management strategy, and budget while honoring local identity.? This month, Greenstein gave the integration progress report to the PASSHE Board of Governors at its meeting, and the b oard will give its response to the plans at its April meeting. If the plans are approved, they will be the focus of two public hearings and a 60-day public comment period. The b oard will review the comments and decide whether to give Read more

 

Howard virtual mental health resource fair Feb. 4

(Jan 14, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 14 – State Rep. Kristine Howard will hold a virtual mental health resource fair at 6 p.m. Feb. 4 at www.RepKHoward.com . Howard will be joined by Colleen Drake, Foundations Behavioral Health; Trooper Jessica L. Tobin , Pennsylvania State Police; Erin Matthews, Holcomb Behavioral Health; Tanya B. Dyson , Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health ; Wendy Gaynor, Chester County Food Bank; Lisa Fowler, Theraplay Inc.; and Liia Richmond, Child Guidance Resources Center. “Many people have been affected by the pandemic due to increased financial insecurity and social isolation, to name just two,” Howard, D-Chester, said. “I’m holding this virtual mental health resource fair with subject matter experts to give people ways to improve their mental health during this period.” The event will be livestreamed on www.RepKHoward.com . Those interested in learning about the fair can call her district office at 610-251-1070. Read more