Innamorato: Hearing underscores need to close hazardous waste loophole

(Oct 14, 2020)

Testimony illustrates dangers to communities, public health Read more

 

Innamorato to hold virtual House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on radioactive and hazardous waste loopholes Wednesday

(Oct 09, 2020)

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 9 – State Rep. Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny, announced today that she will co-chair a House Democratic Policy Committee virtual public hearing on radioactive and hazardous waste loopholes. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14 via www.pahouse.com/live . The media and public are invited to watch this livestream. Requested by Innamorato, the hearing will feature testimony from state officials and policy experts about the impact of radioactive and hazardous waste loopholes on communities, worker safety and public health. She will be joined by HDPC Chair Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and other committee members. Testifiers will include: Rebecca Franz , chief deputy attorney general for Environmental Crimes Section, Office of Pennsylvania Attorney General. Dr. John Stolz , director, Duquesne University’s Center for Environmental Research and Education. Melissa Troutman , research and policy analyst, Earthworks. Justin Nobel , investigative journalist. Veronica Coptis , executive director, Center for Coalfield Justice. Dr. Marsha Haley , radiation oncologist, Physicians for Social Responsibility. Lois Bauer-Bjornson , outreach coordinator, Clean Air Council. Industry workers. Following the hearing, testimonies and full hearing video will be posted at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more

 

Cephas, Kenyatta and Innamorato hold hearing to discuss plan to help low-income tenants facing eviction amid COVID-19

(Oct 09, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 9 – In their ongoing efforts to keep people in their homes, state Reps. Morgan Cephas, Malcolm Kenyatta and Sara Innamorato held a public hearing today to discuss legal aid for tenants facing eviction amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The three brought members of the House Democratic Policy Committee and experts together to discuss legislation they are introducing to provide legal representation to low-income tenants facing an eviction hearing. "A study from the Center for American Progress shows nearly 90% of landlords and property managers across the country have access to legal representation compared to just 10% of tenants. And in most eviction cases, tenants without representation lose," said Cephas, D-Phila. "This ultimately comes down to fairness and the need to prevent our most vulnerable neighbors from being tossed out on the street. Our plan aims to connect them with the quality protection they need to help keep a roof over their head, especially during this health crisis." “The CDC’s moratorium will only stave off evictions until the end of the year, but the threat of a large-scale housing crisis still looms, so we must act now,” said Kenyatta, D-Phila. “During these uncertain and incredibly stressful times in which medical experts are urging everyone to stay at home, Pennsylvanians should be able to take solace in having a home of their own to retreat to. Read more

 

10/9/20 – Legal Aid for Tenants Facing Eviction – Virtual

(Oct 09, 2020)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing held virtually and co-chaired by State Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta, Sara Innamorato and Morgan Cephas. Read more

 

Rep. Innamorato, state Sen. Williams announce conservation grant funding for local projects

(Oct 09, 2020)

Public investments in conservation and greenspace in our communities are a welcome move Read more

 

House Democratic Policy Committee to hold virtual hearing Friday on legal aid for tenants facing eviction

(Oct 06, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 6 – State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, announced today that the House Democratic Policy Committee will hold a public hearing on legal aid for tenants facing evictions. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9. The media and public can watch the livestream at www.pahouse.com/live . Requested by state Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila; Morgan Cephas, D-Phila.; and Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny; the hearing will collect testimony from policy experts as they work on legislation to provide legal aid for tenants. Testifiers and legislators will speak remotely. Testifiers will include: Patrick Cicero , executive director, Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network. John Pollock , staff attorney, Public Justice Center. Sam Chenkin , founder, Reclaim The Sector. Rasheedah Phillips , managing attorney of housing policy, Community Legal Services Inc. Bob Damewood , staff attorney, Regional Housing Legal Services. Kevin Quisenberry , legislative director, Community Justice Project. A. Michael Snyder , chancellor, Philadelphia Bar Association. Catherine Carr , civil gideon and access to justice task force co-chair, Philadelphia Bar Association. Following the hearing, testimonies and full hearing video will be posted at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more

 

Ross Twp., Girty’s Run projects awarded $155,000 in enviro grants

(Oct 02, 2020)

Projects involve creek restoration, river conservation plan Read more

 

Sharpsburg awarded $125,000 grant for Kennedy Park

(Sep 25, 2020)

Project includes parking/pedestrian infrastructure, play equipment, other improvements Read more

 

Today’s House Democratic Policy Committee Hearing Postponed to October 9

(Sep 23, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 23 – State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, announced that the House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on legal aid for tenants facing evictions that was scheduled for 9 a.m. today has been moved to Friday, Oct. 9 due to the House being called into session on short notice. Requested by state Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila, Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., and Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny, the hearing will still be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in Room G-50 Irvis Office Building in Harrisburg on Oct. 9. The media and public are urged to watch the livestream at www.pahouse.com/live . Read more

 

Welcoming PA Caucus calls for investigation regarding Homeland Security practices

(Sep 17, 2020)

Lawmakers note that if true, allegations mark violation of human rights laws Read more

 

Conservation, watershed, and zoo projects receive $795,000 in state funding

(Sep 16, 2020)

Grants made possible through Allegheny County gaming grants program Read more

 

Miss my Tele-Town Hall? Listen to the discussion here.

(Sep 04, 2020)

Find out what your friends and neighbors had to say about the issues that matter to our community. Read more

 

House Democrats fight to keep renters, homeowners Safe at Home

(Aug 31, 2020)

The House Democratic Housing Working Group announced a package of bills to protect people across Pennsylvania as the state’s moratorium on evictions and foreclosures expires Read more

 

Reps. Dermody, Innamorato, Sen. Williams announce more than $3.1M in funding for local water, sewer projects

(Aug 18, 2020)

PITTSBURGH, AUGUST 18, 2020 - Senator Lindsey M. Williams, Representative Frank Dermody (D-33), and Representative Sara Innamorato (D-21) announced $2,303,317 in funding for local water and sewer infrastructure programs through the Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Program and an additional $800,000 in funding through the H2O PA Program. PA Small Water and Sewer grants are available to municipalities and municipal authorities to assist with the construction, improvement, expansion, or rehabilitation or repair of a water supply system, sanitary sewer system, storm sewer system, or flood control projects. The H2O PA Program was established in 2008 and provides for single-year and multi-year grants for the construction of drinking water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer projects; the construction or renovation of flood control projects; and the repair or rehabilitation of high-hazard unsafe dams. Both of these funds are administered through the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA). In Senate District 38/House District 33, funding was awarded to the following projects: Fawn-Frazer Joint Water Authority was awarded $200,000 for Route 908 tank improvements; Upper Allegheny Joint Sanitary Authority was awarded $150,000 for combined sewage outfall 19 reconfiguration and $175,000 for the Harrison Point sanitary sewer extension; East Deer Township was awarded $247,449 for a water improvement project; Harmar Township was awarded $100,000 for the Acme sanitary sewer Read more

 

2020 Summer Newsletter

(Aug 18, 2020)

Read Rep. Sara Innamorato's Summer 2020 Newsletter Read more

 

Innamorato, Muth propose legislation to protect health, environment

(Aug 13, 2020)

Bills would close the loophole allowing toxic drilling waste in Pennsylvania landfills Read more

 

Lawmakers: Time to close Amazon sales tax loophole

(Jul 20, 2020)

Proposed change would level the playing field between local businesses and online retailer Read more

 

Innamorato: Grants available to help nonprofits, businesses and organizations

(Jul 16, 2020)

State Rep urges groups to apply, says relief critical to helping COVID affected communities Read more

 

Shusterman authors legislation to help small businesses strengthen online presence

(Jul 13, 2020)

PAOLI, July 13 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman has drafted legislation (H.B. 2535) to help local businesses strengthen their online sales capabilities as Pennsylvania continues social distancing practices. Shusterman said her legislation would require the Department of Community and Economic Development to provide technical support and guidance to Pennsylvania businesses with five or fewer employees. Shusterman said her bill would particularly help micro-businesses survive the economic shutdown brought on by COVID-19 as well as help them expand their reach, allowing them to better compete against big-box stores. “The survival of small businesses throughout the Commonwealth is an integral part of our overall economic prosperity,” Shusterman said. “My bill aims to help these businesses thrive as they’re working to get back on their feet and if we experience a second wave of COVID-19 in the fall. If businesses are once again ordered to close, it’s the legislature’s job to implement creative, tangible solutions to ensure that they can stay afloat.” House Bill 2535 has gained bipartisan support from legislators throughout the Commonwealth, including state Rep. Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny. “I hear from our Main Street business owners on how hard it can be, even under normal conditions, for them to be financially successful,” Innamorato said. “At a time when social Read more

 

Innamorato: Putting people first as we reopen PA

(Jun 02, 2020)

PITTSBURGH, June 2 – As Allegheny County moves towards the green phase of Pennsylvania’s pandemic response, state Rep. Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny, said she will continue to put people – and not politics – first as the state moves towards its new normal. “Over the last two months, all of us have been asked to make great sacrifices to protect our communities, our neighbors and our loved ones,” Innamorato said. “And the good news is that our sacrifices and hard work have not been in vain – together we have slowed the spread of the coronavirus in Pa., saving, by some estimates, tens of thousands of lives. “As summer approaches, I too want to return to normal. I too want to go out to the farmers’ markets on the weekend, to visit the Bloomfield pool, and to spend time with my family and friends. I too want to see our Main Streets open and bustling. And every day brings us one step closer to that – by working with medical professionals, researchers, and public health experts, I think we will soon be in a place where we can all finally get back to work and enjoy our summer. “But what I will not do is risk my neighbors’, friends’ or relatives’ lives and health. I have advocated for worker protections so that we can safely reopen every business, rather than make people choose between their lives and livelihoods. “House Resolution 836, which was pushed through the Read more

 

Innamorato: Hearing underscores need to close hazardous waste loophole
Oct 14, 2020

Innamorato to hold virtual House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on radioactive and hazardous waste loopholes Wednesday
Oct 09, 2020

Cephas, Kenyatta and Innamorato hold hearing to discuss plan to help low-income tenants facing eviction amid COVID-19
Oct 09, 2020

10/9/20 – Legal Aid for Tenants Facing Eviction – Virtual
Oct 09, 2020

Rep. Innamorato, state Sen. Williams announce conservation grant funding for local projects
Oct 09, 2020

House Democratic Policy Committee to hold virtual hearing Friday on legal aid for tenants facing eviction
Oct 06, 2020

Ross Twp., Girty’s Run projects awarded $155,000 in enviro grants
Oct 02, 2020

Sharpsburg awarded $125,000 grant for Kennedy Park
Sep 25, 2020

Today’s House Democratic Policy Committee Hearing Postponed to October 9
Sep 23, 2020

Welcoming PA Caucus calls for investigation regarding Homeland Security practices
Sep 17, 2020

Conservation, watershed, and zoo projects receive $795,000 in state funding
Sep 16, 2020

Miss my Tele-Town Hall? Listen to the discussion here.
Sep 04, 2020

House Democrats fight to keep renters, homeowners Safe at Home
Aug 31, 2020

Reps. Dermody, Innamorato, Sen. Williams announce more than $3.1M in funding for local water, sewer projects
Aug 18, 2020

2020 Summer Newsletter
Aug 18, 2020

Innamorato, Muth propose legislation to protect health, environment
Aug 13, 2020

Lawmakers: Time to close Amazon sales tax loophole
Jul 20, 2020

Innamorato: Grants available to help nonprofits, businesses and organizations
Jul 16, 2020

Shusterman authors legislation to help small businesses strengthen online presence
Jul 13, 2020

Innamorato: Putting people first as we reopen PA
Jun 02, 2020