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Kim: Expungement Bill Will Change Lives

(Feb 16, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Patty Kim joined Governor Tom Wolf today as he signed into law a bill that expands criminal record sealing in Pennsylvania in order to reduce recidivism, relieve the pardon system, and provide ex-offenders greater opportunity to join the workforce. Rep. Kim knows this will give a second chance to tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians who are held back by a minor crime or charge years ago. Read more

 

Patty Kim: Criminal record expungement bill headed to governor

(Feb 15, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 27 – Language that would allow criminal record expungement in certain situations, written by state Reps. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, and Jordan Harris, D-Phila., is on its way to becoming law. “I am thrilled that criminal expungement legislation will finally become law in Pennsylvania,” Kim said. “There are too many cases in which people make a mistake when they're young and it wreaks havoc on their life for years to come. Making record expungement more accessible prevents a completed sentence from becoming an indefinite sentence.” Kim and Harris’ language is in S.B. 166 , which would allow people convicted of a third- or second-degree misdemeanor, if at least 10 years have passed since they completed their sentence, to request the opportunity to appear before a judge and ask for an order for limited access of their criminal record. Criminal justice and government agencies would not be subject to the order for limited access, and they still would be able to see a person’s entire criminal record information. “This will help thousands of Pennsylvanians who have turned their lives around to find employment and contribute to society,” Kim said. “The more people who are successful after prison means less of a financial drain for prison costs and court systems.” The governor is expected to sign the bill in the next few days. ### Read more

 

Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms available at my office

(Feb 15, 2016)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2015 tax year are available at my district office – and my staff is ready to help you file yours for free ! The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650. Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2015 and meet all other eligibility criteria. The oft-extended deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2015 is June 30, 2016, and the rebates normally are distributed by the Deparment of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more

 

Patty Kim asks residents to volunteer on Martin Luther King Day

(Feb 11, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 12 – As co-chairwoman for Harrisburg’s 2016 MLK Day of Service, state Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, urged area residents to sign up to volunteer on the Jan. 18 Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Kim said there are a number of volunteer opportunities available across Central Pennsylvania. She said interested volunteers can look at the various opportunities and register to participate at www.centralpamlkday.org . “Martin Luther King Jr. Day should be celebrated as a day on and not a day off,” Kim said. “I believe we can best honor his legacy by volunteering to help our fellow citizens.” Area residents are also invited to attend the 2016 MLK Day of Service opening ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18 at Steelton-Highspire High School cafeteria, 250 Reynders Ave., Steelton. The opening ceremony includes: Children’s activities (crafts/face painting) On-site volunteer opportunities Collection bin for Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Donations accepted for local shelters. President Bill Clinton signed legislation making the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday a national day of service in 1995. Over the past 20 years, millions of people have volunteered across the country on the January holiday. ### Read more

 

Kim: Raising Minimum Wage Helps Us All

(Feb 10, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Patty Kim spoke at a rally in Harrisburg to support her bill to raise Pennsylvania's minimum wage. In the middle of the ongoing budget impasse, Kim explained how raising the minimum wage helps close the budget deficit and reduces the use of government assistance by working families. 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

 

Kim Stands Up for Second Chances

(Jan 19, 2016)

As Governor Tom Wolf and Corrections Secretary John Wetzel announced today that Pennsylvania’s state inmate population decreased by nearly 850 inmates in 2015, Pa. state Rep. Patty Kim highlights her recent efforts to help ex-offenders find employment and potentially expunge non-violent crimes from their records. 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

 

Patty Kim named co-chair for 2016 MLK Day of Service

(Dec 24, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 17 – The Central Pennsylvania Martin Luther King Day of Service Committee named state Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, co-chair for Harrisburg’s 2016 MLK Day of Service. Kim said she is honored to serve as a co-chair and plans to continue the positive work of the committee. “Over the last seven years, a strong foundation has been built to honor Dr. King through our actions on MLK Day,” Kim said. “It’s important to me to continue this tradition of making an impact in our community.” Melissa Snyder, a founding member of the Central PA MLK Day of Service Committee, said Kim was chosen with Aaron Effiong to serve as a co-chair because she has participated in the MLK Day of Service for years and is a strong advocate for service to the community. President Bill Clinton signed legislation making the Martin Luther King holiday a national day of service in 1995. Over the past 20 years, millions of people have volunteered across the country on the January holiday. The Central PA MLK Day of Service Committee was formed in 2009 and hosted its first event at Harrisburg School District in 2010. Community organizations and nonprofits interested in hosting a service project, and interested volunteers, can register to participate on the committee’s website at www.centralpamlkday.org . ### Read more

 

Kim: We're Ready to Work

(Dec 11, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Patty Kim says that she and her House Democratic colleagues are in the State Capitol ready to pass a budget and calls upon the House Speaker to bring the House back into session to work until the budget process is complete. Read more

 

Kim Honors Veterans

(Nov 12, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Patty Kim held a ceremony to honor veterans in Dauphin County for their military service. The event also brought local, state and federal agencies together to make sure the men and women who served our nation are getting all the services and assistance they have earned. Read more

 

Patty Kim: Criminal record expungement bill passes the House

(Nov 10, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 27 – Language that would allow criminal record expungement in certain situations, written by state Reps. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, and Jordan Harris, D-Phila., passed the House of Representatives today as part of an amended Senate bill. “I am thrilled that this language has passed the House, and I will continue to work to get it all the way to the governor’s desk,” Kim said. “There are too many cases in which someone makes a mistake when they're young and it wreaks havoc on their life for years to come. We need to make record expungement more accessible because if we don't reform the current system, a completed sentence becomes an indefinite sentence.” Kim and Harris’ language is in S.B. 166 , which would allow a person convicted of a third- or second-degree misdemeanor, if at least 10 years have passed since they completed their sentence, to request the opportunity to appear before a judge and ask for an order for limited access of their criminal record. Criminal justice and government agencies would not be subject to the order for limited access, and they would still be able to see a person’s entire criminal record information. All violent offenses punishable by imprisonment of more than two years, and many others of a serious nature, would be prohibited from being subject to an order for limited access under the bill. The bill now goes back to the Senate for consideration. ### Read more

 

Kim & Readshaw Celebrate Camp Curtin

(Nov 09, 2015)

Pa. state Reps. Patty Kim and Harry Readshaw celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the closing of Camp Curtin in Harrisburg, which was the largest military camp used during the U.S. Civil War. Read more

 

LIHEAP Back To Help Keep Families Warm

(Nov 02, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Patty Kim joined Governor Tom Wolf to kick off the start of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) application process for the 2015-16 season. LIHEAP provides assistance for home heating bills to keep low-income Pennsylvanians warm and safe during the winter months. It’s available to renters and homeowners. Crisis and regular LIHEAP grants begin Nov. 2, 2015 through April 1, 2016. Read more

 

Patty Kim to host veterans’ recognition ceremony

(Oct 22, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 22 – State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, announced she will host a veterans’ recognition breakfast from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 12 at VFW Post 8638, 408 High St., Highspire. At the ceremony, Kim will recognize those residents in her legislative district -- Harrisburg, Steelton, Highspire, Paxtang and part of Swatara Township -- who have served in the military. "This is one small way that we can thank those heroes who sacrificed so much for our freedom," Kim said. "I hope all area veterans will attend so they can receive the recognition and appreciation that they deserve." The event will also include the state’s Mobile Veterans Outreach Van to provide information and assistance on benefits available to veterans. Kim requests that veterans who want to be recognized and receive a personalized citation contact her office at 717-986-1673. ### Read more

 

Patty Kim named as a co-chair for 2015 Grand Review

(Sep 28, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 28 – State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, today said that she is honored to be selected as a co-chair for the 2015 Civil War United States Colored Troops Grand Review. The 2015 Grand Review Weekend, which will mark the 150 th anniversary of a parade of black Civil War veterans in Harrisburg on November 14, 1865, will be held in Harrisburg on November 13-14, 2015. This event commemorates and honors the sacrifice of the more than 180,000 African American patriots of the Civil War. “Unity and solidarity are the hallmarks of the United States Colored Troops,” Kim said. “That's why we gather and galvanize our community resources to come together to honor the patriots of the Civil War who were critical to the success of the Union. I am truly honored to be co-chair of this historic event.” United States Colored Troops re-enactors from several states will participate in the Grand Procession during the Grand Review, and many of the other events connected to the weekend. For more information about the 2015 Grand Review and an event schedule, visit www.2015grandreview.com . ### Read more

 

Kim: Fund Our Schools Now

(Jul 28, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Patty Kim joined other House Democrats in York to call for a responsible state budget leading to increased education funding and lower property taxes. They say Gov. Tom Wolf was right to veto the Republican budget, which was loaded with funding gimmicks and failed to address the state's $3 billion structural budget deficit, underfunded schools, and skyrocketing property taxes forcing Pennsylvanians out of their homes. Read more

 

Kim: Pennsylvanians Deserve a Better Budget

(Jun 27, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Patty Kim voted “no” on a bad Pennsylvania budget that does nothing to help restore school funding cuts that have hurt students in our area and does nothing to reduce property taxes for homeowners. Read more