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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

 

Harris: People deserve a second chance

(Jun 10, 2015)

Joined by state Reps. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, and Cris Dush, R-Jefferson/Indiana, along with Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association members, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., called for support for bipartisan legislation to permit expungement of specific offenses from a person’s criminal record provided certain criteria are met. Read more

 

Patty Kim to participate in town hall meeting on riots and race

(May 07, 2015)

HARRISBURG, May 6 – State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, will participate in community town hall meeting about riots and race at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 9 at Beulah Baptist Church, 100 Livingston Street, Steelton. Kim will serve as a panelist and will help facilitate the conversation among the adults and youth in attendance. “Too often we just talk to our youth without allowing them to express themselves and their feelings,” Kim said. “This forum will give area youth a voice to discuss very important issues surrounding race and the recent riots in Baltimore.” Beulah Baptist Church Pastor Phillip T. Deal said the purpose of the event is “to increase the awareness that clergy and churches are committed to promoting peace, protecting life and ensuring justice is integral to our faith and community.” Kim will be joined on the panel by Cornelius Johnson, Susquehanna Township Health Officer; James Carter, a community activist; and Lawrence Claiborne, a youth worker. Four youths will also serve as panelists. For more information contact Rep. Kim’s Capitol office at 717-783-9342. ### Read more

 

Patty Kim to host ex-offender town hall meeting

(May 07, 2015)

HARRISBURG, May 7 – State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, announced that she is hosting an ex-offender resource town hall meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 14 at the Hamilton Health Center, 110 S. 17 th St . Kim said that Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel will be the keynote speaker at the event, which aims to help ex-offenders make the most of their lives. "I hope my town hall will provide ex-offenders with tools to expand their opportunities and help reduce the recidivism rate in the commonwealth,” Kim said. The town hall will include: An update on legislation to expunge past “non-violent” charges. A question-and-answer session with a panel of leaders helping ex-offenders. Vendors with job resource information. For more information contact Kim’s Steelton office at 717-986-1673. ### Read more

 

Democratic Policy Committee examines Patty Kim’s bill to increase Pa.’s minimum wage

(Apr 02, 2015)

Kim’s bill, H.B. 250, would increase the minimum wage from the current $7.25 per hour to $9 per hour after 60 days and then to $10.10 per hour a year later. It also includes an annual cost-of-living adjustment beginning January 1, 2016. Read more

 

Patty Kim to host House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on her bill to raise the minimum wage

(Mar 30, 2015)

HARRISBURG, March 30 – State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, today announced she will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on her bill to increase the state’s minimum wage at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 2 at Goodwin Memorial Baptist Church, 2447 Green St. Kim requested the hearing and will serve as co-chairman along with HDPC Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Kim said the hearing will focus on her bill, H.B. 250 , which will increase the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour. The current hearing agenda is: 2 p.m. – Welcome and Opening Remarks. 2:10 p.m. – Mark Price , labor economist, Keystone Research Center. 2:30 p.m. – Panel One Alissa Barron-Menza , vice president, Business For A Fair Minimum Wage. Richard Infante , owner of “Hungry? We Deliver” and member of the Small Business Majority. 3 p.m. – Panel Two Angela Owens , homecare worker and member of SEIU Healthcare. Anita Mentzer , director, Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network. 3:30 p.m. -- Closing Remarks Media coverage is invited. ### Read more

 

Patty Kim to reintroduce minimum-wage increase bill

(Feb 09, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 9 – State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, announced she is reintroducing her legislation to increase the state’s minimum wage, which would help struggling families pay their bills and reduce their reliance on government assistance programs. “According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 14 percent of Pennsylvanians are living in poverty,” Kim said. “Now is the time to start making Pennsylvania’s working families our top priority by increasing their wages.” Kim announced the reintroduction of the legislation, H.B.250, during a daylong event advocating for a minimum-wage increase hosted by the Raise the Wage Coalition, a statewide alliance of worker, religious, community, women’s and labor groups. Kim’s bill would increase the minimum wage from the current $7.25 per hour to $9 per hour and then to $10.10 per hour a year later. Increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would boost the earnings of a full-time worker by more than $5,900 to $21,008. For a single mother with two children who works 40 hours per week, this would get her family above the poverty line, which is $19,790 for a household of three. Currently, someone earning minimum wage who works 40 hours per week only makes $15,080, which is more than $4,700 below the poverty line, requiring many people to use government assistance programs just to get by. House Bill 250 also includes an annual cost-of-living Read more