Measure containing Kenyatta legislation passes House

(1 hour ago)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 23 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta announced his legislation that would expand the type of businesses that could apply for a performing arts facility liquor license was amended into a bill that passed the House. Kenyatta’s bill (H.B. 1576) would allow theaters that primarily screen independent films, classic films and second-run films if they have between 100 and 350 seats to get such a license. That legislation was amended into H.B. 1589, which would permit performing arts facilities to serve alcohol prior to 1 p.m. on Sundays. Businesses would be able to move operating hours to as early as 10 a.m. “Small businesses are the backbone of communities across Philadelphia and the commonwealth. They not only keep our neighborhoods thriving, but they are a great source of jobs and feed into the local economy,” Kenyatta said. “I hope this legislation moves quickly through the Senate and onto Governor Wolf’s desk for him to sign in order to help level the playing field for small business owners in Philadelphia and beyond.” House Bill 1589 is the first bill to pass for Kenyatta as a first-time legislator. It now awaits consideration in the Senate. Read more

 

LaSalle Academy and Young Scholars Charter School receive Safe Schools Targeted Grants

(1 day ago)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 21 – As part of his continuing leadership on school safety in the commonwealth, state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta announced two schools in the 181st Legislative District have been awarded a combined $64,531 in state funding for school safety and violence reduction initiatives. The Pennsylvania Department of Education announced $7.2 million in Safe Schools Targeted Grants awarded to schools to prevent and reduce violent incidents. The grants can be used to purchase safety and security-related equipment and to fund training for staff and police officers. “Children should not have to worry about gun violence taking place in their school. Unfortunately, the reality is that it could happen anywhere,” Kenyatta said. “School should be a safe environment where students can learn and grow. The funding being awarded to these two schools will help them continue to be a nurturing and safe space for children.” LaSalle Academy will receive $23,783 for the purchase of equipment and Young Scholars Charter School will receive $20,000 for a public safety program. PDE’s Office for Safe Schools offers four types of safety grants: equipment grants of up to $25,000, program grants of up to $20,000, School Police Officer grants of up to $40,000 and School Resource Officer grants of up to $60,000. Each grant is aimed at assisting schools in reducing disciplinary actions and promoting an Read more

 

Kenyatta urges Pa. Supreme Court to restore cash assistance to Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens

(Oct 17, 2019)

State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta released the following statement today urging the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to restore cash assistance to the commonwealth’s most vulnerable citizens: “While I strongly feel General Assistance should never have been eliminated in the first place and must be fully reinstated, bringing back this critical lifeline temporarily, as being considered by the state Supreme Court , is at least a step in the right direction. “This effort reflects my legislation ( H.B. 1709 ) that would provide emergency relief to those who previously received support through GA – such as families living below the poverty line, domestic violence survivors, veterans and individuals in active drug treatment. “GA provided roughly $200 a month to help our most vulnerable citizens afford life’s necessities – including soap, toothpaste, meals and a ride to work. It’s our obligation as public servants to do what’s in the best interest of all Pennsylvanians, not just those who see this program as a costly handout. However, that’s the exact message the legislature sent back in June when other members voted to end it. “We’ve been down this path before when GA was eliminated in 2012, and I hope the state Supreme Court will once again decide that this latest action to kick people while they’re down is unconstitutional,” said Kenyatta, D-Phila. ### Read more

 

Kenyatta: LGBTQ+ Americans should not be fired for who they are or love

(Oct 08, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 8 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta issued the following statement after the Supreme Court heard arguments over whether federal civil rights law protects the LGBTQ+ community from job discrimination: “The cases before the Supreme Court today cut to the heart of whether LGBTQ+ Americans like me should have full access to the freedom and protections that my straight friends so often take for granted. We should not have to worry if we can keep our jobs or be fired for who we are or who we love. “I hope that sooner rather than later, LGBTQ+ kids will be able to grow up where they have no limits. We should all live in a country without having to hide who we are, who we love and how we identify. This should never be challenged or used against us, and this is why we fight. “It’s unfortunate that we may have to wait for the results on this important decision by the Supreme Court. It’s unfortunate we live in a country or even a state that doesn’t protect our LGBTQ+ young people. However, the Pennsylvania General Assembly can change that. I am a proud co-sponsor of House Bill 1404, which would provide equal protection to LGBTQ+ family members and neighbors across the commonwealth. It is our duty to lead and do everything in our power to protect all citizens. “I am extremely grateful to Aimee Stephens, Donald Zarda and Gerald Bostock. They faced discrimination in Read more

 

Kenyatta praises Gov. Wolf’s executive action to reduce greenhouse emissions

(Oct 04, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 4 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., applauded Gov. Tom Wolf’s executive action instructing the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. “The governor’s call for the DEP to implement a plan to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants is a bold first step to provide cleaner air and water for everyone, including our young people. Climate change is detrimental to this commonwealth and the entire nation, and if people don’t believe the scientists about this occurrence, all they have to do is believe with their eyes and their ears. “This past week, Philadelphia saw 90-plus degree weather, and it’s October. How are some people still not believing this is direct result to climate change? This past summer, the city dealt with several days of scorching heat, resulting in an increase in pollution and poor air quality and creating breathing difficulties for the young and old. The decline in our climate and increase in pollution is a social justice issue that hits poor and working-class communities the hardest. “The governor’s executive action serves as a reminder that the Pennsylvania General Assembly must look to itself and redouble its efforts on climate change, renewable energy and cutting carbon emissions in the commonwealth. While most of my Democratic colleagues in the House fully Read more

 

Kenyatta amendment would help small movie theaters boost business

(Sep 25, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 25 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., announced today that the House voted unanimously to add language from his H.B. 1576 into H.B. 1589 , which was introduced by state Rep. Steve Samuelson. Kenyatta’s bill would allow theaters that primarily screen independent films, classic films, and second-run films to get a performing arts facility liquor license if they have between 100 and 350 seats. “Small businesses across the state help spur economic development in their communities, so it’s important for us to encourage them through inclusive bills that promote job growth, Kenyatta said. “I am glad that my legislation has the chance to level the playing field for small business owners in Philadelphia and beyond.” Samuelson’s bill would allow performing arts facilities to serve alcohol prior to 1 p.m. on Sundays. Under his legislation, businesses could move operating hours to as early as 10 a.m. “Under the current structure, 95 active and pending licensees could be affected by this change,” Kenyatta said. “My hope is to extend those benefits to even more Pennsylvania businessowners.” House Bill 1589 continues to advance in the PA House of Representatives. Read more

 

Legislators fight to bring back General Assistance Fund

(Sep 24, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 24 – Joining advocates, former recipients of General Assistance and state senators, state Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta, Melissa Shusterman and Elizabeth Fiedler repeated the call for the General Assembly to restart the program that many vulnerable residents depended on in the commonwealth. “Ending General Assistance was one of the cruelest legislative decisions that has been made in this body since I became a member. There is no logical excuse or argument for denying support for the most vulnerable communities when they needed it most. It was like kicking them while they’re down,” Kenyatta, D-Phila., said. “That is why I’ve introduced House Bill 1709 to bring this vital resource back. I’m urging my colleagues across the aisle to understand the severity of the harm this has caused for Pennsylvania families and fix it now.” Kenyatta is the main sponsor of H.B. 1709, which would provide emergency relief to those Pennsylvanians who previously received support through the General Assistance Fund. The program provided $200 a month in cash assistance to those who were unable to work, those caring for loved ones who were sick or disabled, veterans, victims of domestic violence and those receiving treatment for substance abuse, among others. In June, the General Assembly voted to end the program, despite the pleas from many, including Kenyatta and Shusterman, Read more

 

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(Sep 12, 2019)

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Kenyatta condemns Republican attempt to block gender-neutral driver’s licenses in PA

(Sep 05, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 5 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., is condemning the efforts of House Republicans to stop PennDOT from offering gender-neutral driver’s licenses in Pennsylvania. In July, PennDOT announced its plans to let gender-queer and non-binary individuals select a neutral option for gender on driver’s licenses. This week, Rep. Jesse Topper, R-Bedford, announced plans to introduce a bill blocking the change. “Sometimes we see really dumb ideas come out of Harrisburg and this bill is a prime example. Allowing all Pennsylvanians to have an ID that reflects their gender identity is common sense and doesn’t infringe on the rights of anyone else,” Kenyatta said. “There is no good reason to block this change from happening, other than to play politics with the lives of those who are already marginalized. “I fully support the Wolf administration’s initiative to add an ‘X’ to the forms so that non-binary, trans, and other queer Pennsylvanians have an option that they feel best represents them,” Kenyatta continued. “This bill should never make it to the floor and if it does it should be soundly defeated. We have serious things to focus on like stemming gun violence, restoring General Assistance, and expanding job opportunities for all Pennsylvanians. This is silly season. “ Kenyatta also called on other House members to join him in his vehement opposition to the bill which he Read more

 

8/13/19 – Environmental Justice – Philadelphia

(Aug 15, 2019)

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

 

Kenyatta calls for action following city’s 7th mass shooting this year

(Aug 15, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 15 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta on Thursday commended the bravery of Philadelphia Police Department officers and skill of medical professionals who were called to action after six police officers were shot Wednesday in Philadelphia’s seventh mass shooting this year. “I am grateful to the police commissioner and his officers, the mayor and district attorney for ending yesterday’s gun violence without any additional injury to the suspect, officers or the public,” Kenyatta said. “I was at the hospital last night for hours and saw the bravery of our officers and medical professionals firsthand. I also saw the anguish of having to deal with yet another shooting in our beloved city. North Philly is a beautiful community of hardworking folks and this is not why we should be receiving national media attention. “I am shocked by how much firepower was in that house and call again on Harrisburg and Washington to lay down the rigid ideology that has prevented action on this issue to date so we can finally do something about these guns. Our city, state and country are in crisis. Further delay would be criminal.” Read more

 

Kenyatta, Dawkins condemn latest act of gun violence involving multiple officers

(Aug 14, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 14 – State Reps. Jason Dawkins and Malcolm Kenyatta, both D-Phila., tonight are reacting to the ongoing office involved shooting in North Philadelphia. Dawkins is chairman of the House Philadelphia Delegation while Kenyatta is vice chairman. “First and foremost my prayers are with the officers injured in today’s incident,” Kenyatta said. “I’m fervently praying for a speedy end to this situation. I urge folks in the area to stay indoors and follow police instructions. When our law enforcement agents put on their uniforms and go into the field every one of their families prays to not see headlines like we’re seeing today. There are far too many guns on our streets, and today’s incident is one more sober reminder of it.” Dawkins agreed. “As 80 children waited in place at a nearby daycare and Temple University went on lockdown, I not only thought of these young people and their families, I thought of all the lawmakers in Harrisburg and across the nation who for years have turned a blind eye to this anguish and devastation. While I pray for the injured officers and their families, and all of those affected by this ongoing standoff, I also strengthen my resolve to hold this state and our nation accountable for any more lives lost to senseless gun violence.” Dawkins, Kenyatta and a number of their colleagues recently called for an emergency session of the General Read more

 

Kenyatta, Policy Committee discuss environmental justice in disadvantaged communities

(Aug 13, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 13 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., held a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing today at Lutheran Settlement House to discuss environmental justice. Kenyatta requested the hearing in his legislative district, the 181 st , to discuss environmental justice and health issues affecting Pennsylvanians, particularly those in disadvantaged communities. He was joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “In Philadelphia, many of our residents send their children to school buildings where lead paint poses a serious health risk, many of our residents are dealing with health issues related to air quality, and many of our residents are seeing daily the impact of pollution,” Kenyatta said. Sturla added, “People in our urban centers, especially those people in disadvantaged communities, are being put at risk by the environmental factors around them. Today’s hearing provided an opportunity for experts in the field to explore those risk factors and possible solutions.” Testifiers included Justin Dula, eastern regional coordinator for the Office of Environmental Justice, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; Dr. Marilyn Howarth, director of community outreach and engagement, University of Pennsylvania’s Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology; Ebony Griffin, staff attorney for Environmental Justice, The Public Interest Read more

 

Kenyatta, legislators call for special session to address gun violence

(Aug 08, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 7 – Following the recent deadly shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas, state Reps. Kevin Boyle, Malcolm Kenyatta, and Danielle Friel Otten were joined by other legislators to call on Gov. Tom Wolf to convene a special session of the House and Senate to address gun violence in the commonwealth. “From Ohio to Texas, California to Pennsylvania, one shooting is one too many. People should not have to fear for their lives by just walking out of their house, going to the store or attending an event in their community. These tragedies are beyond commonplace,” Boyle said. “The continuous lack of action and the thoughts and prayers mentality must be a thing of the past. We can no longer stand idly by and watch communities and families being torn apart by these senseless acts of violence. The time to act on commonsense gun reform in Pennsylvania must be now.” Boyle added there is legislation pending in both the House and Senate that includes bills to ban assault weapons, close the loophole for gun background checks, and adopt Extreme Risk Protective Orders that equip families, law enforcement, and the courts to temporarily restrict access to guns for people at risk of violence to themselves or others. Kenyatta stated that the ongoing gun violence in Pennsylvania, particularly in Philadelphia, has become a public epidemic. Kenyatta said, “I’ve sat with way too many families who have lost loved ones to gun Read more

 

Kenyatta Calls on Governor to Convene Special Session on Gun Violence

(Aug 08, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta held a press conference to urge Governor Wolf to bring the House and Senate back to Harrisburg for a special session to address gun violence following recent deadly shootings in Texas and Ohio, and the many shootings across Pennsylvania in recent years. Read more

 

Kenyatta commends citizen who reported suspicious statements in Temple University terroristic threats case

(Aug 05, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 5 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta on Monday commended the citizen who reported hearing suspicious statements by a man later charged with terroristic threats involving Temple University . “’If you see something, say something,’ has become a mantra of public safety experts, but it’s not always advice the general public follows,” Kenyatta said Monday. “Last week, an employee in the sporting goods department of a store heard something that did not sit right with them. That employee reported what they heard, and the store took the report seriously and passed it along to law enforcement. Thanks to that quick-thinking employee, a man who police say had made multiple purchases of ammunition, knives, small-cylinder propane bottles, and other items, has been arrested.” According to news reports , a store employee overheard a 29-year-old man talking to another customer about the security at Temple University on July 31, while he was buying ammunition. The man was asking questions about the campus police’s response time and commenting that the customer would see him in the news in the next two weeks. A store employee overheard the conversation and reported it to a manager. Police investigated the case and filed charges against the 29-year-old. Temple University President Richard M. Englert said Monday that the university was immediately made aware of the situation and remains in contact with local and Read more

 

Kenyatta praises Wolf’s executive order to protect children from abuse

(Jul 31, 2019)

HARRISBURG, July 31 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., announced his praise for Gov. Tom Wolf’s executive order creating an Office of Advocacy and Reform, with a new child advocate position. “As elected officials, protecting children is one of the greatest responsibilities we have,” Kenyatta said. “I have been leading this issue in Harrisburg because it’s up to us to ensure that the kids at Glen Mills, and all other facilities like it, are safe. I want to see everyone responsible for the mistreatment of the children at Glen Mills School held fully accountable. This is a step in the right direction.” In March, Kenyatta introduced H.R. 320 to urge the state Department of Human Services to investigate allegations of abuse and review procedures for reporting potential child abuse in all state-licensed reform schools following reports of abuse at Glen Mills School. Today, Wolf, citing revelations of violence against children at the Glen Mills Schools, ordered the state to restructure its oversight of Pennsylvania’s juvenile residential programs. Wolf also instructed state agencies to reduce the number of children placed in institutions across the state and increase accountability for these institutions. Read more

 

Kenyatta: North Philly non-profit receives $4.5M Department of Labor reentry grant

(Jul 25, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, July 25 — State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., announced that OIC of America was awarded a U.S. Department of Labor Reentry Grant totaling $4.5 million, which will be used to expand its Skills, Opportunities, Achievement, and Responsibility program. These grants give organizations the opportunity to develop methods that maximize participants' inclusion and integration into society, employment opportunities, family support, and economic and social self-sufficiency. The funds will be used to address the full range of challenges faced by justice-involved individuals transitioning back to the community. “I’m thrilled that this funding will come to the district to help this great organization continue its work bringing formerly incarcerated individuals back home successfully and without friction,” Kenyatta said. “This will help provide positive work and education opportunities to participants and enable them to become productive, responsible members of the community. ” The SOAR program will expand to serve 570 additional participants, bringing the total number of individuals served to nearly 3,000 by 2022. OIC of America is based in Philadelphia and operates as a national network of community-based organizations that focuses mainly on vocational training, job readiness, healthcare, education, reentry, and youth development. Read more

 

Kenyatta applauds Community Legal Services and Disability Rights Pennsylvania for lawsuit to save General Assistance

(Jul 22, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA , July 22 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta on Monday applauded Community Legal Services of Philadelphia and Disability Rights Pennsylvania for filing a class-action lawsuit on behalf of the more than 11,000 people who are set to lose General Assistance funding when the program ends Aug. 1. “Community Legal Services and Disability Rights Pennsylvania are speaking out on behalf of the most vulnerable among us in filing this lawsuit,” said Kenyatta, D-Phila. “Many of those who receive General Assistance are people who have a temporary or permanent disability that keeps them from work. “I and many of my Democratic colleagues spoke out on behalf of these citizens when we urged our Republican colleagues to save General Assistance,” Kenyatta said. “We were not heard in Harrisburg, but hopefully this lawsuit will be heard and heeded, and General Assistance can be saved.” In June, the General Assembly voted to end General Assistance, despite the pleas from many, including Kenyatta. Earlier this month, Kenyatta and state Rep. Melissa Shusterman introduced legislation to create an Emergency Relief program , funding for which would come from the state’s General Fund, to provide relief to those who will lose General Assistance. General Assistance provides about $200 of cash assistance to about 11,000 people across the state, including grandparents caring for their grandchildren, pregnant mothers and wounded Read more

 

Kenyatta hopeful organizations will save St. Christopher’s Children Hospital from closing

(Jul 18, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, July 17 — Today, state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., announced his support for four organizations that are coming together to attempt to buy St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Einstein Healthcare Network, Jefferson Health, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Temple Health have joined forces to negotiate the acquisition of the hospital from its owner, American Academic Health System. “I’m thrilled that these healthcare groups have decided to come together to save this important children’s hospital from closure,” Kenyatta said. “These kids will be able to continue their care without relocating and it will help protect jobs for many of the nurses and doctors. ” The group will submit a letter of intent to the owner in hopes of keeping the doors to St. Christopher’s open while the sale is discussed. All four organizations use St. Christopher’s as a training hospital for their medical education programs. Kenyatta also opposed the closing of Hahnemann, which recently stopped admitting patients into the emergency room. Read more

 

Measure containing Kenyatta legislation passes House
1 hour ago

LaSalle Academy and Young Scholars Charter School receive Safe Schools Targeted Grants
1 day ago

Kenyatta urges Pa. Supreme Court to restore cash assistance to Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens
Oct 17, 2019

Kenyatta: LGBTQ+ Americans should not be fired for who they are or love
Oct 08, 2019

Kenyatta praises Gov. Wolf’s executive action to reduce greenhouse emissions
Oct 04, 2019

Kenyatta amendment would help small movie theaters boost business
Sep 25, 2019

Legislators fight to bring back General Assistance Fund
Sep 24, 2019

Miss my Telephone Town Hall? Listen to the discussion here.
Sep 12, 2019

Kenyatta condemns Republican attempt to block gender-neutral driver’s licenses in PA
Sep 05, 2019

8/13/19 – Environmental Justice – Philadelphia
Aug 15, 2019

Kenyatta calls for action following city’s 7th mass shooting this year
Aug 15, 2019

Kenyatta, Dawkins condemn latest act of gun violence involving multiple officers
Aug 14, 2019

Kenyatta, Policy Committee discuss environmental justice in disadvantaged communities
Aug 13, 2019

Kenyatta, legislators call for special session to address gun violence
Aug 08, 2019

Kenyatta Calls on Governor to Convene Special Session on Gun Violence
Aug 08, 2019

Kenyatta commends citizen who reported suspicious statements in Temple University terroristic threats case
Aug 05, 2019

Kenyatta praises Wolf’s executive order to protect children from abuse
Jul 31, 2019

Kenyatta: North Philly non-profit receives $4.5M Department of Labor reentry grant
Jul 25, 2019

Kenyatta applauds Community Legal Services and Disability Rights Pennsylvania for lawsuit to save General Assistance
Jul 22, 2019

Kenyatta hopeful organizations will save St. Christopher’s Children Hospital from closing
Jul 18, 2019