Rep. Kevin Boyle Introduces Bills to Ensure Economic Support for Israel

(Apr 08, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, April 7 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, joined with state Rep. Nick Micarelli, R-Delaware, to sponsor two pieces of legislation to ensure that Pennsylvania is using its economic power to support Israel. Boyle said the bills would specifically prohibit the state from investing pensions or contracts with companies that engage in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The BDS movement is a global campaign designed to weaken the Israeli economy in an attempt to punish the government of the state of Israel for policy decisions it has made. “It is vital that the government of Pennsylvania does its part to support an important US ally, Israel,” Boyle said. “Protecting Israel has been a principle of our foreign policy. Consequently, economic actions such as boycotts and divestment should not be tolerated.” The first bill would prohibit commonwealth agencies from entering into contracts with persons who engage in boycotts against or divestment from Israel. Under this legislation, the Department of General Services would compile a list of firms and persons with stated BDS policies. The list would be updated every 180 days. DGS would also have to certify that an individual’s name does not appear on the list before a contract is signed. The second bill would require the State Treasurer, the State Employees’ Retirement System and Public School Employees’ Retirement System to divest from Read more

 

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(Feb 17, 2016)

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Boyle to conduct two special forums at KleinLife to assist residents with state forms

(Feb 13, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 19 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, will host two special forums to help area residents with filling out forms and services offered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The forums will be held on Thursday, March 3 and Wednesday, March 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Avenue. Boyle’s office will assist residents with forms and application such as: the 2015 property tax rental rebate, LlHEAP (Low Income Heating Assistance Program), PACE applications, medical assistance applications, SNAP applications, reduced senior vehicle registration, handicapped placards, PENNDOT issues, birth and death certificates, and unclaimed property applications. In addition, they can provide information on living wills, how to obtain a free credit report, senior directories, and 2015 PA tax booklets and tax forms. The public is asked to make an appointment in advance by calling his district office at 215-331-2600 in order to attend. Those responding prior to February 24th will be invited to join Klein center members for lunch. ### Read more

 

Rep. Kevin Boyle says state hate crimes law must include attacks based on sexual orientation

(Feb 11, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 21 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, responded to Friday’s guilty verdict for Kathryn Knott by reiterating the need for prosecutors in Pennsylvania to be able to charge attacks based on sexual orientation as hate crimes. “While Kathryn Knott was found guilty of assault and reckless endangerment, this attack was clearly a hate crime against a gay couple and it should have been treated as such,” Boyle said. Knott was part of a group of friends who encountered a same-sex couple in Center City Philadelphia on Sept. 11, 2014. News reports state that the group of friends asked the men if they were “boyfriends,” taunted them, and then physically attacked them. One of the victims was hospitalized with facial injuries that included a broken jaw from the attack. Two of the other attackers, Philip Williams and Kevin Harrigan, pled guilty earlier this year and accepted a plea deal while Knott decided to go to trial. Boyle introduced H.B. 218 , which would amend the state’s hate crimes law to include sexual orientation. A crime motivated by hatred toward these protected classes would be graded one degree higher than already specified in law. “Many believe, and I agree, that the horrible attack perpetrated by Knott and her friends was a hate crime,” Boyle said. “Unfortunately, the current law did not give Philadelphia’s district attorney the opportunity to charge these attackers Read more

 

PACE prescription programs benefit seniors

(Feb 10, 2016)

PACE, PACENET and PACE plus Medicare are Pennsylvania's prescription assistance programs for older adults, offering low-cost prescription medication to qualified residents, age 65 and older. As of this year, the legislature passed a law excluding Social Security Medicare Part B premiums from being counted towards income levels. Read more

 

CHIP offers kids protection and parents peace of mind

(Jan 29, 2016)

Pennsylvania has a Children's Health Insurance Program that provides free and low-cost health insurance to children. CHIP is not welfare – it covers children of working parents whose employers don't offer coverage and who can't afford private insurance. If you can't afford health insurance for your children, chances are they are eligible for CHIP. Read more

 

Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property

(Jan 01, 2016)

Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Read more

 

PA Power Switch: Ask the right questions

(Dec 30, 2015)

In Pennsylvania, you can choose the company that generates your electricity – also known as your electric supplier. This means that you have the power to switch to a competing supplier who can offer the lowest price, or provide a specific service you want, such as “green” or renewable energy. Read more

 

Boyle holding holiday drive for local food banks

(Dec 07, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 7 - State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila., announced he is holding a food drive to benefit local food banks. Non-perishable food donations may be dropped off between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at either of his offices: 7420 Frankford Ave. 7801-A Hasbrook Ave. Boyle said food banks often run low during the holiday season when demand is high. "As the holidays approach, food banks will undoubtedly receive an increase in clients," Boyle said. "It is important now more than ever that we assist those in need." Boyle said his offices collected more than 200 pounds of food during last year’s food drive and he hopes to collect even more this year. Anyone with questions should contact Boyle’s office at (215) 331-2600. ### Read more

 

Boyle hosting free shredding event Dec. 5

(Nov 19, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. XX – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Mont., is hosting a free shredding event for the community to destroy unwanted confidential documents from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, in the parking lot of his district office at 7801 Hasbrook Ave. The event will allow people to protect themselves from identity theft by disposing of unwanted documents that contain personal information, such as Social Security numbers, credit card numbers and bank account numbers. Residents may bring up to four plastic shopping bags of documents to shred. ### Read more

 

Boyle refuses paycheck until budget is enacted

(Nov 09, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 9 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, issued the following statement on the budget impasse, which has left state government without a working budget for the new fiscal year that started July 1, 2015: “The budget impasse has now reached more than 130 days, which is impacting many school districts and social services agencies that serve some of our state’s most vulnerable citizens. “I am disappointed that more than four months after the June 30 deadline we still do not have a balanced budget in place to pay for the programs and services that touch the lives of every Pennsylvania citizen. “Until a balanced budget is enacted into law, I refuse to accept my legislative salary because if schools and social service agencies aren’t getting paid than either should legislators.” ### Read more

 

Boyle offers assistance in health care enrollment

(Nov 04, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 4 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, announced today that his constituent service office at 7801-A Hasbrook Ave. is offering onsite enrollment help for health care insurance coverage. Constituents can sign up for appointments or walk in between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Nov. 4 to Jan. 31. “All residents, regardless of age, income and employment status, should have access to quality health care – and the Affordable Care Act has been working to make this a reality,” Boyle said. “A random accident or unexpected illness not only jeopardizes your health, but also your financial future. Having health insurance is not only a smart health decision, but also makes economic sense.” Those enrolling for the first time should bring the following: All documents (i.e., pay stubs, pension awards, unemployment compensation, etc.) that will help determine expected annual income for 2015; The names, birth dates, Social Security numbers and immigration/naturalization documents for all household members; and Your email address and email password, if applicable. Constituents who are re-enrolling should bring all the documents mentioned above, as well as the following: Any renewal letters received from the Marketplace or their insurance provider; Sign-in information from their Marketplace account, if they have one; and Immigrants should bring their immigration documents (green Read more

 

Boyle Supports Common Sense Firearms Laws

(Oct 15, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Kevin Boyle stood with gun-safety advocate, domestic-violence experts, and victims of gun violence to rally behind a plan to enact universal background checks for gun purchases in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Boyle’s prisoner transport vehicle bill passes House

(Jun 11, 2015)

HARRISBURG, June 11 – A bill giving emergency vehicle designation to Philadelphia Prison System prisoner transport units sponsored by state Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, passed the House Wednesday. "My bill, H.B. 898 , is important because this designation will allow prisoner transport units to operate using flashing lights when transferring prisoners," Boyle said. "There is no doubt this will reduce risks associated with prisoner transfers." Due to the vast State Road prison complex, prisoners are transported across Northeast Philadelphia every day. All of these transfers can potentially lead to problems if there are traffic issues or one of the prisoner transport units gets into an accident. Boyle explained that prison transports are subject to high-volume traffic, which poses a risk when moving prisoners from location to location. Also, the complex infrastructure of the City of Philadelphia makes it necessary for prisoner transport units to have a clear path to facilities. "I will continue to lead the push for this bill all the way to the governor’s desk to make Philadelphia’s streets safer," Boyle said. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration. ### Read more

 

Boyle and Miccarelli Announce Formation of Pennsylvania Future Caucus

(Mar 02, 2015)

HARRISBURG, March 2 – State Representatives Kevin Boyle, D-Mont./Phila., and Nick Miccarelli, R-Delaware, have joined to form the Pennsylvania Future Caucus. Working with the Millennial Action Project (MAP), the Pennsylvania Future Caucus will seek to form a bipartisan coalition of political contemporaries in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives that are dedicated to finding common ground solutions to the problems facing the commonwealth. Miccarelli and Boyle will co-chair the Pennsylvania Future Caucus and hope to recruit their Millennial Generation colleagues to join them in this new caucus. Both lawmakers have cited the need to bridge the political divide and work towards engendering a spirit of teamwork in the Pennsylvania House as a means to end the partisan gridlock that often stalls legislation in the chamber. “Many of our millennial cohorts have expressed their dissatisfaction with the perceived inability of government to address the problems facing Pennsylvania,” said Miccarelli. “What is often mistaken as political apathy among millennials is really an expression of frustration at the lack of progress and results. The Future Caucus will help to open a dialogue amongst younger lawmakers that share a desire for progress rather than platitudes.” “There is a certain lack of trust in government among the younger generations as evidenced by lower voter turnout and involvement,” added Boyle. “By uniting our Read more

 

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Rep. Kevin Boyle sworn in to third term as state representative

(Jan 06, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – At a state Capitol ceremony Tuesday, state Rep. Kevin Boyle was sworn in to his third term representing the 172nd Legislative District.The swearing-in ceremony in the House chamber marked the beginning of the 2015-16 legislative session. The state constitution mandates that the legislature convene at noon on the first Tuesday of January."Today I was honored to be sworn in to represent the people of the 172nd Legislative District for the third time," Boyle said. "In the upcoming session, I plan to continue working to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods.”Boyle will serve as the co-vice chairman of Philadelphia County Delegation in the House of Representatives for the new legislative session. The delegation focuses on issues and legislation to improve the lives of Philadelphia citizens.Boyle’s constituent services offices are located at 7801-A Hasbrook Ave., which can be reached at (215) 695-1016, and at 7420 Frankford Ave., which can be reached at (215) 331-2600.Constituents can also visit his website at www.pahouse.com/KBoyle for information on various state-related services and programs.### Read more

 

Hope for Hannah legislation becomes law

(Dec 28, 2014)

Pennsylvania's children have a new protection thanks to Hannah's Law, named after Hannah Ginion of Bristol Township, who suffered from the rare genetic disorder called Krabbe disease. Hannah passed away on Dec. 28, 2014. Read more

 

Beware IRS phone scams

(Nov 29, 2014)

Recently, my office received information about phone calls received statewide in which an individual claimed to be from the IRS and demanded payment on taxes owed. Please be aware – this phone call is a scam, and the IRS will NOT initiate first contact with you on the phone about taxes owed. Always be wary of unsolicited phone calls in which an individual claims to represent a business or government entity and aggressively demands payment. The IRS does not operate this way and will always send official correspondence through the mail to make its first contact with you. Read more

 

HEROIN: What you need to know about Pennsylvania’s Good Samaritan Law

(Nov 24, 2014)

Landmark legislation passed during the 2013-14 Legislative Session now allows first responders, including law enforcement, fire fighters, EMS or other organizations the ability to administer a medication known as naloxone, a life-saving opioid-overdose antidote. The law also allows individuals such as friends or family members who might be in a position to help a person at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose to obtain a prescription for naloxone. Additionally, Act 139 provides immunity from prosecution for those responding to and reporting overdoses. Read more