Isaacson introduces legislation to allow Unemployment Compensation applicants to receive PIN electronically

(23 hours ago)

HARRISBURG, April 8 – With a record number of Pennsylvanians applying for Unemployment Compensation benefits after suffering a loss of wages because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rep. Mary Isaacson has introduced legislation to allow those applicants to receive their Personal Identification Number, or PIN, electronically. “Life for so many Pennsylvanians has been upended,” Isaacson said. “People are worried about how they will pay their bills, how they will be able to afford the things they need in the midst of this pandemic, and their ability to receive Unemployment Compensation benefits in this chaotic time is hampered by an antiquated system. “Right now, the only way a person filing for Unemployment Compensation can receive their PIN is through snail mail,” Isaacson continued. “But we can and must do better for Pennsylvanians in need. That’s why I’m introducing legislation to require the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry to create an electronic delivery method for PINs needed for the unemployment compensation system, to provide people with another option.” Isaacson’s legislation would give Unemployment Compensation applicants the option to select to use the electronic delivery method during the application process, with traditional mail delivery being the default method. Since March 15, more than 1.1 million people have filed for Unemployment Compensation in Pennsylvania. ### Read more

 

COVID-19 support for PA business

(Apr 03, 2020)

Federal, state and local resources for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

 

COVID-19 Resources and Information

(Mar 21, 2020)

** Below is a list of informational links for resources in and around Philadelphia related to COVID-19. This will be updated as more/new information becomes available ** The latest info on COVID-19 cases and other data statewide from the Pennsylvania Department of Health : https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx The latest information on COVID-19 cases and other data in Philadelphia from the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health : https://www.phila.gov/services/mental-physical-health/environmental-health-hazards/covid-19/ The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has activated a Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline . It’s available 24/7. If you have questions about symptoms and risk factors, what to do if you think you may have been exposed, testing resources, or recommendations for social distancing, you can contact the helpline at 1-800-722-7112. More info: https://www.phila.gov/2020-03-14-greater-philadelphia-coronavirus-helpline-opened-by-health/?fbclid=IwAR2HZUc0yYdy66IMO4nrx8g4Z8vKMHE9qWUXmmLDe3OZFIjVhiwGDu0ZFIo List of essential Philadelphia services and how to access them: https://www.phila.gov/2020-03-18-essential-city-services-remain-open-here-is-how-to-access-them/?mc_cid=7f7be1d618&mc_eid=eda5e48c86 . Information about how SEPTA is operating: http://www.septa.org/service/rail/midday-schedule.html Information about how Amtrak is Read more

 

Democratic legislators applaud state Supreme Court decision to halt evictions

(Mar 18, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 18 – Following the announcement that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court would be halting all eviction notices, multiple House Democrats, who earlier in the day requested this halt, issued the following statement: “We’re extremely appreciative to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for showing judicious leadership in halting all evictions statewide through at least April 3 and possibly beyond depending on the COVID-19 pandemic. “As we continually urge Pennsylvanians to stay home out of great concern for their personal health as well as the health of their community, it’s unconscionable that they could still be evicted and thrown into a world of instability when stability is what they need most. This halting of evictions doesn’t only help the homeowner or lessee, it helps the entire community. “Far too many people are living paycheck to paycheck and now face the real situation of being out of work for an extended period of time. Ensuring they have a roof over their heads for the foreseeable future isn’t simply the right thing to do, it’s the moral thing to do.” The following House Democratic legislators signed on to a letter, which can be viewed here, requesting the Pennsylvania Supreme Court halt all eviction proceedings: Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny. Democratic Whip Jordan Harris, D-Phila. State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila. State Read more

 

Letter to Justice Saylor asking to suspend evictions

(Mar 18, 2020)

Letter to Chief Justice Saylor asking to expand a directive in Pennsylvania to include all foreclosures and evictions, beyond those processed through HUD. Read more

 

Isaacson, Lee to introduce legislation to stop evictions during pandemic

(Mar 17, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 17 — As Pennsylvania mobilizes to confront the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, state Reps. Mary Isaacson and Summer Lee are moving to introduce legislation that would halt eviction proceedings across the commonwealth, giving families one measure of security in the rapidly evolving crisis. “Vulnerable workers need our protection now. During a state of disaster emergency due to an epidemic or pandemic, being unemployed, losing a job or being unable to search for a job is stressful enough,” Isaacson said. “Workers so affected should not have the added burden of fearing for the loss of their home. “It is our responsibility as representatives to protect our workers, especially under the extraordinary circumstances arising when a state of disaster emergency is declared in the commonwealth.” The duo’s legislation would provide an exemption from eviction for workers who are unemployed, separated from their employment or unable to find employment when an epidemic or pandemic requires the Governor to declare a state of disaster emergency. Landlords in violation will face penalties. “We can’t close schools but discourage paid family leave. And we cannot encourage businesses to close and folks to lose a paycheck if their homes will be taken from them. That’s why as part of our shared response to the coronavirus we’re calling for a halt to eviction Read more

 

My district office is open by appointment only

(Mar 16, 2020)

Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus impacting our community, my district office will offer in-person constituent services by appointment only. Read more

 

Philadelphia House leadership, legislators, call on Governor Tom Wolf to halt all Public Utility Commission utility disconnections in wake of the COVID-19 virus

(Mar 12, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Mar. 12 – Members of Philadelphia leadership team in the state House were joined by fellow Philadelphia legislators in asking Gov. Tom Wolf to place a moratorium on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission from further utility shutoffs for the foreseeable future for all Pennsylvanians in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Philadelphia members in leadership positions, including Reps. Jordan Harris, Democratic whip; Joanna McClinton, Democratic chairwoman; Rosita Youngblood, Democratic secretary; Jason Dawkins, Philadelphia Delegation chairman; Stephen Kinsey, Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus chairman; and Jim Roebuck, Education Committee chairman, were joined by Philadelphia Reps. Donna Bullock, Morgan Cephas, Joe Hohenstein, Malcolm Kenyatta, Brian Sims, Maria Donatucci, Danilo Burgos, Isabella Fitzgerald, Mike Driscoll, Mary Isaacson, Pam DeLissio, Chris Rabb, Elizabeth Fiedler, Jared Solomon and Kevin Boyle in issuing the following statement: “The COVID-19 virus situation is literally evolving by the hour in Pennsylvania as we continue in what’s a situation many Pennsylvanians have never experienced. Many of our neediest residents have life-saving medical equipment that they use in their home, and it’s of the utmost importance that they have consistent access to that equipment through their electric utility. Our emergency rooms and first responders can’t be asked to spend finite resources on Read more

 

Isaacson announces $73K Pa. Commission on Crime and Delinquency grant for nonprofit that serves people often targeted by hate crimes

(Mar 11, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, March 11 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson announced today that the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency has awarded a $73,150 grant to a nonprofit organization in her district that serves populations who are often targeted by hate crimes. The grant, awarded to Friends of B’Nai Abraham, won in the first round of grants awarded by the commission as part of the Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program, which was created through legislation signed into law last year. “I am committed to working toward a world where people are not victims of hate crimes due to their race, religion, ethnicity or because of who they love,” Isaacson said. “But, while we’re working to make our communities more accepting, we must also protect the most vulnerable among us. I’m so glad that this grant has been awarded to Friends of Historic B’Nai Abraham to help them make their community safer.” B’nai Abraham is a nonprofit that strives to continue the traditions of their founders who followed the Orthodox understanding of Jewish rituals and Jewish life. Their warm and welcoming community is dedicated to reaching out — to inviting Jews of all backgrounds to gather with them for study, prayer and friendship. The grant application submitted by the Friends of Historic B’Nai Abraham was one of 805 total applications submitted for grant funding through the Nonprofit Read more

 

Isaacson announces 13 grants totaling more than $340K awarded to historic and cultural sites, museums in her district

(Mar 06, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, March 6 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., announced that 13 cultural or historic sites or museums in her district have received a total $340,881 in grant awards from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. “Philadelphia is a city rich with history and culture, and a lot of that history started here in the 175th,” Isaacson said. “As such, many residents, visitors and tourists flock to our district to learn about the history of our country. It’s wonderful to see such worthwhile organizations, museums and centers that seek to educate the public and keep a record of our history being recognized with grant funding from the state.” The organizations that received grants, and the awards they received, are as follows: • African American Museum in Philadelphia, $27,929. • American Philosophical Society, $40,000. • Arch Street Meeting House Preservation Trust, $7,190. • Carpenters’ Company of City and County of Philadelphia, $5,275. • Christ Church Preservation Trust, $7,576. • Historic Philadelphia Inc., $40,000. • Independence Seaport Museum, $40,000. • Museum of the American Revolution, $40,000. • National Constitution Center, $40,000. • National Liberty Museum, $27,504. • Philadelphia Fire Department Historical Read more

 

Isaacson introduces legislation to increase penalties for animal ear cropping not done by licensed veterinarians

(Mar 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 4 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., has introduced legislation that would change the penalty for animal ear cropping by anyone other than a licensed veterinarian from a summary offense to a third-degree misdemeanor. “I’m an animal lover,” Isaacson said. “Our pets cannot defend themselves. They look to us to act in their best interest, to care for them in ways that they cannot care for themselves. Ear cropping, which is believed to have originated in ancient Rome to prevent ear injuries to dogs raised for hunting, working or fighting, continues to be done today, mostly on puppies that will become show dogs or as a way to reduce ear infections in some dogs. “The law requires that this procedure be done by a licensed veterinarian,” Isaacson added. “But some people don’t follow the law. My legislation would show those who want to skirt the law that this abuse of animals is unacceptable, and that they will be punished appropriately.” In addition to increasing the penalty for the first offense, subsequent offenses would constitute a second-degree misdemeanor. Isaacson said there are a lot of dog owners and dog lovers in her district, one of whom came forward to tell her that they know this issue is relevant in the community, and that something ought to be done about it. “I’m grateful to the people who live in my district, Read more

 

Isaacson announces $3.1 million in safety grants for schools and behavioral health programs in her district

(Mar 02, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, March 2 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson announced today that more than $3.1 million in state grants has been awarded to schools and behavioral health centers in her district to develop and implement safety measures, including research-based violence prevention programs, security planning and security-related technology. “The safety of our children is a priority,” Isaacson said. “Ensuring that our children are safe at school where learning should be their only worry is our responsibility. This funding will provide for the most current technology and planning tools to make our schools and our neighborhoods safer for children.” The following grants under the School Safety Grant and Community Violence Prevention/Reduction Grant programs have been awarded: Children’s Crisis Treatment Center, $238,540 for a school-based behavioral health project. City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services, $285,851 for Network of Neighbors Responding to Violence. Philadelphia School District, $2,607,347 for research-based violence prevention programs that address risk factors to reduce incidents of problem behaviors among students, including bullying; security-related technology; trauma-informed approaches to education, etc. These grants are among $60 million in safety grants awarded to schools and organizations across Read more

 

Fund public schools

(Feb 19, 2020)

I read with disgust the piece about “school choice” by Vice President Mike Pence. I find it disheartening that the vice president is trying to hoodwink Pennsylvanians into buying his idea of “choice,” when what he’s peddling is a plan that is not equitable for all Pennsylvania children. It seems the vice president is unfamiliar with our state constitution, since it enshrines the maintenance and support of “a thorough and efficient system of public education to serve the needs of the commonwealth.” Additionally, our state constitution says, “No money raised for the support of the public schools of the commonwealth shall be appropriated to or used for the support of any sectarian school.” So, how about the vice president join elected officials like me who are familiar with what our state constitution demands and ensure that our public schools are adequately funded? Some of our Philadelphia schools aren’t safe for our children and their educators. How about we ensure that all parents have the choice to send their children to schools that won’t endanger their well-being? While we’re waiting to see if that will ever happen, I’ll be fighting for sn education system, a Philadelphia and a Pennsylvania that works for everyone. Published in the Philadelphia Inquirer Dialogue section, Feb. 17, 2020. Online at Read more

 

Isaacson commends Gov. Wolf’s plan to fund lead remediation, testing in budget

(Jan 28, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson issued the following statement to commend Gov. Tom Wolf for making lead remediation and testing a priority in the budget in response to news that he will be proposing a budget with “significant resources” for toxin cleanup in schools across Pennsylvania . “I’ve been advocating tirelessly for legislation that would protect our children from the grave dangers of lead poisoning,” Isaacson said. “From introducing legislation to fund lead abatement to creating a Childhood Blood Lead Test Act, which would require all children ages 1 and 2 in Pennsylvania be tested for lead, I have been speaking out on this critical issue for years. “I am so incredibly grateful that Governor Wolf has decided to make our children’s health a budget priority by allocating these vital funds toward getting lead out of our schools,” Isaacson said. “I have been in enough meetings, heard from enough people and read enough research to know the horrific health risk lead exposure poses to our children. Knowing that children in Philadelphia schools, and other schools across our state, where lead paint coats their classrooms and hallways might be spared dire health outcomes because of this funding is an immense victory.” While Isaacson said that she is incredibly hopeful about the news for the budget allocation, she intends to continue fighting to protect Read more

 

Isaacson announces $126K grant awarded to Perrystead Dairy LLC to start a new creamery in Fishtown-Kensington

(Jan 28, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 27 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson announced today that Perrystead Dairy LLC has been awarded a $126,039 state grant, which it will use to purchase equipment for its new dairy processing facility in Philadelphia. “Supporting the dairy industry in Pennsylvania means helping our incredible dairy farms,” Isaacson said. “This grant will support the dairy business in our commonwealth by funding the equipment for Perrystead Dairy to process exceptional PA milk into high value dairy goods that can be sold in other states." Yoav Perry, owner, area resident and a long time cheesemaking consultant to dairies across the nation said: “Perrystead Dairy will be an urban creamery set in Philadelphia’s Fishtown-Kensington area to produce premium dairy beverages and world-class artisan cheese, helping our community, city, PA’s family farm s, animals and land.” He added: “We are looking into scalable production that can double by year two to support a growing number of PA family farms with great land and herd practices. Their success is essential to ours here in the city, so paying high premium for superior PA milk is common sense.” The grant announced today is funded through the Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program, which is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, under the direction Read more

 

1/10/20 – House Bill 1974 – Philadelphia

(Jan 10, 2020)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Mary Isaacson. Read more

 

Isaacson, Policy Committee discuss legislation to stop transmission of unsolicited sexually explicit images

(Jan 10, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 10 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing today at the Crane Center on her H.B. 1974, which would prohibit someone from distributing sexually explicit images without consent from the receiving party. “It’s concerning that there’s nothing in place currently to protect unsuspecting Pennsylvanians from opening a text message or an email to find an unsolicited sexually explicit image,” Isaacson said. “Unsolicited sexually explicit images aren’t a flirtation tool nor are they a joke. They’re a form of sexual harassment, a contributor to rape culture, and a serious breach of consent, which is why I’ve introduced this legislation and why today’s hearing to discuss the issue was so important.” Testifiers during the hearing included Caroline Ellis Roche, chief of staff at Bumble; Jovida Hill, executive director of the Philadelphia Commission for Women; and Monique Howard, executive director of WOAR. This hearing was one in a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, a legislative and policy agenda focused on putting people first by growing good jobs, providing healthcare access, creating quality schools and providing training for jobs in a fair economy. More information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com . Hearing materials will be available at Read more

 

Isaacson to hold Policy hearing Friday in Philadelphia on her legislation that would stop transmission of unsolicited sexually explicit images

(Jan 06, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on her legislation (House Bill 1974) that would prohibit someone from distributing sexually explicit images without consent from the receiving party. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 10. at the Crane Center, 1001 Vine St., Philadelphia, PA 19107. Isaacson requested the hearing to discuss the issues of sexual harassment and consent as it relates to distributing sexually explicit images. She will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 10:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 10:10 a.m. Caroline Ellis Roche, Chief of Staff, Bumble 10:40 a.m. Panel of Advocates: Jovida Hill, Executive Director, Philadelphia Commission for Women Dr. Monique Howard, Executive Director, Women Organized Against Rape 11:20 a.m. Closing Remarks This hearing is among a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first by growing good jobs, providing health care access, creating quality schools and providing training for jobs in a fair economy. More information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com and hearing materials are at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . ### Read more

 

Isaacson Continues Fight To Raise The Wage

(Dec 19, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson voiced her frustration about not getting the chance to vote on legislation to raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Winter 2019 Newsletter

(Dec 18, 2019)

Read my Winter 2019 newsletter now! Read more

 

Isaacson introduces legislation to allow Unemployment Compensation applicants to receive PIN electronically
23 hours ago

COVID-19 support for PA business
Apr 03, 2020

COVID-19 Resources and Information
Mar 21, 2020

Democratic legislators applaud state Supreme Court decision to halt evictions
Mar 18, 2020

Letter to Justice Saylor asking to suspend evictions
Mar 18, 2020

Isaacson, Lee to introduce legislation to stop evictions during pandemic
Mar 17, 2020

My district office is open by appointment only
Mar 16, 2020

Philadelphia House leadership, legislators, call on Governor Tom Wolf to halt all Public Utility Commission utility disconnections in wake of the COVID-19 virus
Mar 12, 2020

Isaacson announces $73K Pa. Commission on Crime and Delinquency grant for nonprofit that serves people often targeted by hate crimes
Mar 11, 2020

Isaacson announces 13 grants totaling more than $340K awarded to historic and cultural sites, museums in her district
Mar 06, 2020

Isaacson introduces legislation to increase penalties for animal ear cropping not done by licensed veterinarians
Mar 04, 2020

Isaacson announces $3.1 million in safety grants for schools and behavioral health programs in her district
Mar 02, 2020

Fund public schools
Feb 19, 2020

Isaacson commends Gov. Wolf’s plan to fund lead remediation, testing in budget
Jan 28, 2020

Isaacson announces $126K grant awarded to Perrystead Dairy LLC to start a new creamery in Fishtown-Kensington
Jan 28, 2020

1/10/20 – House Bill 1974 – Philadelphia
Jan 10, 2020

Isaacson, Policy Committee discuss legislation to stop transmission of unsolicited sexually explicit images
Jan 10, 2020

Isaacson to hold Policy hearing Friday in Philadelphia on her legislation that would stop transmission of unsolicited sexually explicit images
Jan 06, 2020

Isaacson Continues Fight To Raise The Wage
Dec 19, 2019

Winter 2019 Newsletter
Dec 18, 2019