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Boyle joins Wolf in calling for swift passage of legislation to ensure counties are prepared ahead of Nov. 3 general election

Boyle: House GOP continues reckless attempt to undermine trust in elections with zero evidence of any impropriety, fraud

(Nov 23, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 23 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, Democratic chairman of the House State Government Committee, again denounced the ongoing recklessness of House Republicans after they held yet another news conference Monday during which they called into question the integrity of the election process in Pennsylvania without evidence of any wrongdoing or impropriety.  Read more

 

Boyle Opposes Unnecessary Audit of 2020 Election

(Nov 20, 2020)

Democratic Chairman of the House State Government Committee Rep. Kevin Boyle spoke against a measure by Republicans, calling for an unnecessary audit of the 2020 election. He defended election officials who were successful in preventing voter fraud and ensuring every vote was counted. Read more

 

Boyle: House Republicans’ latest baseless attempt to sow doubt in the election process and delay certification of election results ‘shameful’

(Nov 10, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 10 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, Democratic chairman of the House State Government Committee, denounced the partisan posturing House Republicans exhibited Tuesday morning when they called for an investigative committee with subpoena power to audit the election process in Pennsylvania, while admitting they have no evidence of any wrongdoing or impropriety. “If you want to ensure that the election process here in Pennsylvania is fair and free, you can start by not sowing doubt and discord without evidence of any wrongdoing,” Boyle said.  Read more

 

ICYMI: State Rep. Kevin Boyle featured in The New Yorker article about election concerns in Pennsylvania

(Oct 30, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 30 – In case you missed it, State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, was featured in an article in The New Yorker magazine this week discussing his concerns about the upcoming election and the tactics Republicans might take to steer the results. In the article, Boyle spoke about the Select Committee on Election Integrity that House Republicans sought to create in recent weeks, before a Republican member of the State Government Committee tested positive for COVID-19, and House session was delayed. Boyle spoke about how Republicans had thwarted efforts by Democrats and a few Republicans to allow pre-canvassing by counties to begin ahead of the election, and he expressed his concern that House Republicans could reintroduce the legislation to create the Select Committee on Election Integrity immediately after Election Day, ultimately influencing the outcome of the election. “It’s pretty clear that Republicans are carrying Trump’s strategy to delay the vote count in Pennsylvania,” Boyle said in The New Yorker article. “This whole pre-canvassing thing is about creating doubt in the results so they can sell the override of the state popular vote.” The full article in The New Yorker can be read on The New Yorker’s website . Read more

 

In Pennsylvania, Republicans Might Only Need to Stall to Win

(Oct 30, 2020)

On September 10th, Kevin Boyle, a Democratic state representative in Pennsylvania, opened his e-mail to find an invitation to a Zoom call with several Democratic advocates and former politicians. They wanted to speak with him on behalf of Keep Our Republic, a nonpartisan civic-engagement group that formed this past summer, amid the pandemic, to investigate unconventional threats to the election. The call included high-powered figures such as Richard Gephardt, the former U.S. representative and Presidential candidate, and Tom Rogers, the founder of MSNBC and CNBC. Boyle, who is forty and has a thick beard, represents a working-class district in northeast Philadelphia. He wondered why they wanted to talk to him. “I’m not a big shot,” he told me recently. “I represent sixty-five thousand people.” Read more

 

Lawmakers discuss legislation to ensure equitable access to contraceptives

(Oct 28, 2020)

' HARRISBURG, Oct. 28 – State Reps. Leanne Krueger, Kevin Boyle and Tina Davis today discussed legislation to expand and protect access to contraceptives. Krueger, Boyle and Davis introduced H.B. 2813 following a U.S. Supreme Court decision that allows virtually any employer to opt out of the Affordable Care Act mandate to provide contraceptive coverage if they object to birth control on religious or moral grounds. The bill would protect access to this important form of health care by making sure insurers in Pennsylvania provide coverage for contraception. “Now more than ever, we need Pennsylvania to take action. Creating barriers to this basic preventative care puts the health and well-being of millions of Pennsylvania women at risk,” said Krueger, D-Delaware. “In addition to preventing unintended pregnancies, contraceptives are often used to address a variety of women’s health issues. This legislation would help make sure women are able to make their own medical decisions and receive quality care.” Boyle, D-Montgomery/Phila, said, "Birth control is health care, and health care should be accessible to everyone. With the recent decision by the Supreme Court potentially cutting off access to birth control for 2.5 million women, it's vital that we act to provide another option to ensure women have access to the health care they need." Davis, D-Bucks, added, “Contraception is a fundamental aspect of Read more

 

Boyle, Kenyatta to introduce legislation to ensure democracy isn't compromised in the November election

(Sep 28, 2020)

Just weeks before the general election, state Reps. Kevin Boyle and Malcolm Kenyatta are introducing legislation to strengthen Pennsylvania's election laws and help ensure democracy isn't compromised in November. "It's no secret that this president will go to great lengths to ensure victory, no matter what the American people want," said House State Government Committee Democratic Chairman Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery. "With Pennsylvania being a key battleground state, we have a responsibility in the state legislature to close unnecessary loopholes and make sure everyone's vote counts." Boyle said today their proposal would crackdown on so-called faithless electors by amending Pennsylvania's Election Code to require presidential electors to vote for the presidential and vice-presidential candidates who received the highest number of votes in the commonwealth during the general election. Under this plan, which is similar to Colorado and Oklahoma's law, faithless electors who vote against the candidates they vowed to support, would: Face a misdemeanor punishable by fine. Have their vote invalidated. Be replaced. “Faithless electors disregard the will of the people and ultimately tarnish the integrity of our democracy,” Kenyatta Read more

 

Boyle joins Wolf in calling for swift passage of legislation to ensure counties are prepared ahead of Nov. 3 general election

(Sep 15, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 15 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, today joined Gov. Tom Wolf in urging swift action on legislation that would provide the support county election officials need to make sure Pennsylvanians can vote safely and have their ballots timely counted. Boyle, Wolf and other public officials met in York today to outline the legislation the General Assembly should pass this month to improve the mail-in ballot process ahead of the Nov. 3 general election and give county officials the time they need to count ballots and return election results quickly. “The House State Government Committee is planning to meet this Wednesday to discuss legislation related to the election code. We have an opportunity in committee this week to make vital, time sensitive changes to allow counties more time to pre-canvass mail ballots so they can return election results timely on Election Day,” said Boyle, who serves as Democratic chairman of the committee. “Immediate action is needed to address the enormous volume of mail-in ballots expected to be cast. We need to ensure that Pennsylvania does not become a national embarrassment on Election Day. “To that end, I am introducing several amendments this week during committee, to expand counties’ ability to pre-canvass mail-in ballots, and to expand county residents’ eligibility to serve as poll workers.” Boyle said the committee is Read more

 

House State Government Committee Update

(Sep 10, 2020)

The abrupt entrance of COVID-19 and the movement to guarantee voting rights and access has resulted in an even greater need to put the House State Government Committee to work. This newsletter details some of the legislation the committee, of which I am the Democratic chairman, has worked on over the past year and a half. Read more

 

Boyle Expresses Confidence in Vote-By-Mail Security, USPS

(Aug 11, 2020)

Democratic Chairman of the State Government Committee Rep. Kevin Boyle reaffirmed his confidence in Pennsylvania’s new mail-in voting laws. Boyle went on to challenge President Trump’s claim that expanded mail-in voting is part of a Democratic plot to rig the 2020 election pointing out that 105 of 107 Republicans in the Pa. House voted for the new election code. Read more

 

Boyle seeks attorney general investigation into House COVID-19 case kept secret

(May 28, 2020)

State Rep. Kevin Boyle is appealing to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro to investigate the actions of House Republican lawmakers and leaders and any House officials who failed to duly notify lawmakers and staff of a House lawmaker's COVID-19 positive test as required by the Department of Health and CDC. Read more

 

Boyle, State Government Committee Democrats: GOP leadership must strike reprehensible comments from the record

(May 04, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, May 4 – Today, House State Government Committee Chairman Kevin Boyle, D-Phila., and other members of the committee released the following statements in response to Rep. Chris Dush’s comments today in committee: "Comparing Governor Wolf’s Administration’s policies in relation to his response to this pandemic to the Nazi Party of 1930s and 40s Germany is incomprehensible and evil. I was very disappointed no Republican member of the State Government Committee joined me in condemning these comments. I call upon GOP leadership to repudiate these disturbing comments made by Representative Dush and strike them from the record.” A video clip of Boyle’s full statement today in committee is available to watch here. Read more

 

Boyle Opposes School Layoff Bill

(Apr 28, 2020)

Chairman of the Pa. House State Government Committee, state Rep. Kevin Boyle strongly opposed legislation that would ultimately lead to massive layoffs in schools across Pennsylvania. During a hearing in Harrisburg, he explained the negative impact this bill would have on students in a post COVID-19 world. Read more

 

Boyle Supports Recognition of Ramadan

(Apr 28, 2020)

As chairman of the Pa. House State Government Committee, state Rep. Kevin Boyle supported a resolution to recognize the observance of the Holy Month of Ramadan in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Boyle, Solomon team up to deliver PPE to Jeanes Hospital in Northeast Philadelphia

(Apr 24, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, April 24 – State Rep. Kevin J. Boyle was joined by state Rep. Jared Solomon, both D-Phila., on Thursday to deliver personal protective equipment to Jeanes Hospital, located in Boyle’s 172 nd Legislative District. “Northeast Philadelphia has been among the areas with the highest reported cases of COVID-19 in the city, leaving Jeanes Hospital staff scrambling to treat residents suffering from this virus and doing so without the proper protections,” Boyle said. “I was honored to help deliver these donations because we must do all we can to protect those on the frontlines working hard to protect us despite the risks.” Solomon concurred, saying, “There has been a nationwide shortage of PPE for medical workers on the frontlines, but we’ve been fortunate to be able provide these donations to keep our nurses, doctors and hospital staff safe. I am incredibly grateful to these medical professionals on the frontlines and was humbled to be able to thank them personally with this donation.” The Northeast Philadelphia lawmaker duo coordinated the drop-off with PPE donated by the American Chinese United Association, headed by chairman Jason Lam. The association has been providing donations to hospitals, nursing homes and churches across Philadelphia. Read more

 

Boyle: I Stand with Unions in Opposing this Legislation

(Apr 22, 2020)

State Rep. Kevin Boyle spoke out against legislation that would create unnecessary risks for construction workers by allowing them to return to the job too soon amid the COVID-19 public health crisis. Read more

 

Boyle: We Can't Ignore the Warnings from Health Care Experts

(Apr 22, 2020)

Citing warnings from health experts, State Rep. Kevin Boyle opposed legislation that would move to reopen the economy too soon and create unnecessary risks for Pennsylvanians during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

 

Boyle: Republican Car Sales Bill is Unnecessary, Irresponsible

(Apr 13, 2020)

Pa. House State Government Committee Chairman Rep. Kevin Boyle explains why proposed legislation to reopen car sales in the Commonwealth is irresponsible and unnecessary. Read more

 

Boyle, State Government Committee Democrats: GOP bills put profits over human lives

(Apr 06, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, April 6 – Today, House State Government Committee chairperson Kevin Boyle, D-Phila., and other members of the committee released the following statements in response to H.B.s 2400 and 2376 , which House Republicans introduced to end stay-at-home social distancing measures and reopen statewide all retail and construction operations closed by Gov. Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 mitigations efforts: “What good is an increase in quarterly earnings if customers are dying? Of course, we will have to take steps to reopen stores to the public eventually, but communities will lose a lot more than money if we force them to open too soon,” Boyle said. “Experts on both sides of the aisle agree that we have one shot to reopen the economy, or we risk setting ourselves down an even worse financial path. Then, it will be even more clear that the human cost of these shortsighted bills will really have been for nothing.” "Today, the State Government Committee ran two bills that, as written, would diminish the efforts of the mitigation protocol currently in place in the commonwealth. We have yet to reach the ‘surge,’ and language is being proposed to potentially place citizens in jeopardy,” Rep. Pam DeLissio, D- D-Montgomery/Phila., added. “First, we need to protect the health and welfare of citizens. The robust state and federal packages of bills will help to keep citizens afloat for an Read more

 

Moving Primary Election Date Doesn't Go Far Enough

(Mar 25, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Kevin Boyle discussed legislation to move Pennsylvania's Primary Election to June 2nd amid concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus. He explained why this proposal doesn't go far enough to ensure voters can get to the polls safely to cast their ballot. Read more

 

Boyle: House GOP continues reckless attempt to undermine trust in elections with zero evidence of any impropriety, fraud
Nov 23, 2020

Boyle Opposes Unnecessary Audit of 2020 Election
Nov 20, 2020

Boyle: House Republicans’ latest baseless attempt to sow doubt in the election process and delay certification of election results ‘shameful’
Nov 10, 2020

ICYMI: State Rep. Kevin Boyle featured in The New Yorker article about election concerns in Pennsylvania
Oct 30, 2020

In Pennsylvania, Republicans Might Only Need to Stall to Win
Oct 30, 2020

Lawmakers discuss legislation to ensure equitable access to contraceptives
Oct 28, 2020

Boyle, Kenyatta to introduce legislation to ensure democracy isn't compromised in the November election
Sep 28, 2020

Boyle joins Wolf in calling for swift passage of legislation to ensure counties are prepared ahead of Nov. 3 general election
Sep 15, 2020

House State Government Committee Update
Sep 10, 2020

Boyle Expresses Confidence in Vote-By-Mail Security, USPS
Aug 11, 2020

Boyle seeks attorney general investigation into House COVID-19 case kept secret
May 28, 2020

Boyle, State Government Committee Democrats: GOP leadership must strike reprehensible comments from the record
May 04, 2020

Boyle Opposes School Layoff Bill
Apr 28, 2020

Boyle Supports Recognition of Ramadan
Apr 28, 2020

Boyle, Solomon team up to deliver PPE to Jeanes Hospital in Northeast Philadelphia
Apr 24, 2020

Boyle: I Stand with Unions in Opposing this Legislation
Apr 22, 2020

Boyle: We Can't Ignore the Warnings from Health Care Experts
Apr 22, 2020

Boyle: Republican Car Sales Bill is Unnecessary, Irresponsible
Apr 13, 2020

Boyle, State Government Committee Democrats: GOP bills put profits over human lives
Apr 06, 2020

Moving Primary Election Date Doesn't Go Far Enough
Mar 25, 2020