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

 

Howard announces committee appointments for 2021-22 session

(Jan 11, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 11 – State Rep. Kristine Howard announced today her committee appointments for the 2021-22 session are to the Agriculture & Rural Affairs, Children & Youth, State Government and the Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness committees. “I am proud to have these opportunities to use my expertise and experience to shape and advocate for legislation that will improve the lives of all Pennsylvanians, from our youngest citizens to our esteemed veterans,” said Howard, D-Chester. “I’ll be a voice for our farmers who grow the food on our tables, and for every single Pennsylvanian by ensuring the security of our elections. “As a former child welfare investigator, I’m very glad I will continue serving on the Children & Youth Committee, as the well-being and safety of the most vulnerable members of our society are very close to my heart. “As an American committed to our constitutional right to free and fair elections, I will work to ensure that our elections are safe, secure and beyond question. As a supporter of Pennsylvania’s great agriculture industry, I will guarantee we have legislation that both regulates and protects agriculture in PA. As someone who cares deeply about the welfare of our veterans, I will strive to pass legislation that addresses their needs.” The description of the committees on which Howard will serve are the Read more

 

Howard takes oath for second term

(Jan 05, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 5 – State Rep. Kristine Howard took the oath of office at the state Capitol today, beginning her second term representing the 167th District in Chester County. The noon swearing-in ceremony marked the beginning of the 2021-22 session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Washington County Judge Brandon Neuman, a former House member, administered the oath of office. Howard served as Democratic secretary of the House Children & Youth Committee during the 2019-20 legislative session. Howard said she will focus on access to COVID-19 relief, affordable health care and prescription medication, environmental protection, opioid disaster relief, women’s reproductive rights, affordable higher education, and government transparency in the new term. She will receive committee assignments later in the month. “So many people are struggling right now,” Howard said. “I’m here to serve you and make sure that you, your family, your business and your community have the resources needed, not just to survive this pandemic, but to thrive. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me.” Howard said her office can help with a variety of state-related services, including home heating, children’s health insurance, prescription drug and property tax/rent rebate assistance. Her office phone number is 610-251-1070 . Residents also can learn more about Read more

 

Howard announces $1.5 million in state grants

(Dec 23, 2020)

MALVERN, Dec. 23 -- State Rep. Kristine Howard, D-Chester, announced today $1.5 million in state grants from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program has been awarded to West Whiteland Township to construct a new 44,000-square-foot public works facility. "This grant is great news for West Whiteland," said Howard, "not only in terms of economic growth, but also in the improved health and safety of township residents that will be made possible by the consolidation of public works resources." The representative thanked Gov. Tom Wolf for his assistance in making the grants available. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues or other measures of economic activity. Read more

 

Howard to host virtual workshop on Pennie health insurance marketplace

(Dec 11, 2020)

MALVERN, Dec. 11 – State Rep. Kristine Howard, D-Chester, will host a virtual workshop with the Pennsylvania Health Access Network on the Affordable Care Act and Pennie , the state’s new health insurance marketplace, at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15. “Pennie, the state’s new insurance marketplace, offers Pennsylvanians high quality, affordable health care coverage that meets their needs,” Howard said. “Deadlines are approaching, so I wanted to have this workshop where residents can learn about Pennie’s different plans and get their questions answered.” Pennsylvanians seeking individual health insurance coverage for 2021 through the Affordable Care Act will use Pennie.com instead of Healthcare.gov. Open enrollment runs through Jan. 15, but Dec. 15 is the last day to enroll for coverage to start in January. Coverage will begin in February for anyone who enrolls between Dec. 16 and Jan. 15. Anyone interested can watch the workshop at www.pahouse.com/Howard . Questions can be emailed in advance to RepHoward@pahouse.net and will be taken during the event. Anyone who needs more information should contact Howard’s office at (610) 251-1070 . Read more

 

Howard and Williams announce $1.78M in state grants to Chester County

(Dec 09, 2020)

MALVERN/COATESVILLE, Dec. 9 -- State Reps. Kristine Howard and Dan Williams, both D-Chester, announced today that the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency awarded $1.78 million in state grants to Chester County. “Women and children are among the most vulnerable members of our society, and we must do all we can to help them during the pandemic,” Howard said. “This state grant money will provide assistance to county and nonprofit organizations alike so they can continue to provide a safe harbor and a hopeful future to victims of violence.” “Life for parolees is challenging at the best of times, but during the pandemic, things have gotten so much harder,” Williams said. “This state funding will help Chester County’s Improvement of Adult Probation Services program aid our parolees during this critical period and so reduce recidivism, thus making our communities safer for all.” The breakdown of the awards is as follows: CAPPAC - Improvement of Adult Probation Services Funds The County Adult Probation and Parole Advisory Committee (CAPPAC) serves in an advisory capacity to PCCD to ensure reasonable and efficient administration on all matters pertaining to the Pennsylvania County Adult Probation and Parole System. Chester County Improvement of Adult Probation Services $533,144 VSAC - Federal STOP Violence Against Women Formula Read more

 

State lawmakers call for end to family deportations from Berks ICE facility

(Dec 02, 2020)

Legislators ask for release of families, children in face of COVID pandemic, unsanitary conditions Read more

 

Howard Fall 2020 NL

(Nov 18, 2020)

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Howard: $362K in school safety grants for local schools

(Nov 17, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 17 – State Rep. Kristine Howard, D-Chester, announced today that $362,025 in Safe Schools grants were awarded to local schools to purchase safety and security-related equipment. “It is more critical than ever before that our students have a safe learning environment in which to learn and grow,” Howard said. “The Safe Schools grants will ensure our students are able to learn in a productive and safe environment.” The following schools received funding for equipment: Great Valley School District $25,000 Villa Maria Academy High School $16,784 Church Farm School $23,716 Bishop Shanahan High School $ 20,430 Assumption B.V.M. $16,318 Pope John Paul II $20,937 SS Peter and Paul $24,937 St. Norbert $22,093 Upland Country Day School $24,923 Windsor Christian Academy $19,693 Woodlynde School $17,588 West Chester School District $24,606 Downingtown School District $25,000 The following school district received funding for School Resource Officer: West Chester Area School District $60000 The following school district received funding for safety programs: West Chester School District $20,000 The Read more