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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

 

Kim sworn in to second term in House of Representatives

(Jan 06, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, today took the oath of office for her second term as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives serving the 103rd Legislative District, which includes Harrisburg, Steelton, Highspire, Paxtang and parts of Swatara Township.  "I am passionate about public service and eager to make government responsive to my constituents," Kim said. "I will continue to be accessible and available to my residents and fight for what’s best in their interest."During her first term in the legislature, Kim introduced a number of important pieces of legislation, including a bill to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour. She said she will continue to lead the charge for a livable wage in the new session.Kim's constituent service office is located at 8 S. Front St., Steelton, and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The telephone number is 717-986-1673. Her Capitol office is Room G-01 Irvis Building, Harrisburg; open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; phone 717-783-9342.She can be contacted via e-mail at RepKim@pahouse.net and her website is www.pahouse.com/Kim. She also provides updates online at www.facebook.com/RepPattyKim and www.twitter.com/RepPattyKim.### 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

 

December 2014 Expense Report

(Dec 01, 2014)

December 2014 Expenses District Office Lease: $1000.00 District Office Cooler/Water Services: $23.24 District Office Cleaning Services: $95.40 District Office Utilities: $299.80 District Office Supplies: $95.37 District Office Window Cleaning: $53.00 Homicide/Victim Outreach: $26.50 Homeless Holiday Dinner Event Supplies: $36.32 Posted February 24, 2015. Rep. Kim does not accept per diems. 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

 

In the News: Dept. of Human Services name change better reflects mission

(Nov 24, 2014)

House Bill 993, which renamed the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare as the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, was signed into law as Act 132 during the 2013-14 Legislative Session. According to advocates for the change, renaming the department was long overdue, and as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported, the name change better reflects the department’s mission. Read more