Legislative Overview-Redistricting Proposed Solutions

(Sep 09, 2019)

HB 22 would amend the PA Constitution to create an independent redistricting commission for both congressional and legislative redistricting. A PA Constitutional amendment would require a bill with the exact language to pass in the PA House and the Senate in two consecutive years, and then the proposed constitutional change must face a public vote as a ballot question. HB 23 would create an independent commission just for congressional redistricting. The goal of this package of legislation is to create an 11-member commission in charge of both legislative and congressional redistricting. It would be charged with analyzing U.S. Census data, drawing district maps, and preparing a redistricting plan. The commission would be required to hold public meetings across the state before the maps are drawn, and again after they’re to collect public feedback. For more information about redistricting reform in PA, visit https://fairdistrictspa.com/updates/two-bills-one-commission. For more information about independent citizen commissions, visit https://www.brennancenter.org/blog/redistricting-commissions-what-works. Read more

 

Krueger invites community to Pet Expo September 7

(Aug 23, 2019)

FOLSOM, Aug. 23 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger invites community members to a Pet Expo, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Folsom Fire Co., 411 Sutton Ave. Krueger is co-hosting the event with state Sen. Tim Kearney. The event will feature pet resources, including information on Victoria’s Law and other animal-related legislation, pet-related vendors, light refreshments, a low-cost vaccine clinic and more. A pet costume parade will be held at noon. The low-cost vaccine clinic will be offered by Providence Animal Center on a first-come basis. Dogs must be leashed. The clinic is not recommended for cats for their safety, since the clinic is outdoors. The clinic will offer one-year shots including Dewormer, Distemper, Bordetella, Rabies, Lepto, Canine Flu and Lyme, as well as microchips. Pets are welcome but must be leashed. Anyone with questions can call Krueger’s office at 610-534-6880. Read more

 

Krueger announces $1M in redevelopment money for regional projects

(Aug 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 1 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger today announced two $500,000 state grants for development projects in Aston and Nether Providence townships. The money comes from the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, which is administered by the Office of the Budget and funds economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects across Pennsylvania. Aston Township will use the money to build a new much-needed public works facility in the municipality. Little demolition is required to prepare the site for construction, but completion of the project will include general site clearing, grading, and development of appropriate stormwater provisions, including the construction of an underground basin and a 300-square-foot retaining wall. The new 19,587-square-foot public works facility will include an administrative office, a truck shop, an equipment storage building, and a new salt barn to better meet the municipality's needs. “The new facility will greatly improve trash collection, recycling, parks services, storm sewers and road maintenance, leaf collection, and snow removal – often overlooked services, but vital for Aston residents,” said Krueger, D-Delaware. “The award will help offset local taxes, which is goal of mine and the administration.” The other award was granted for Nether Providence Township’s Summit Site redevelopment. The township is expected to Read more

 

Krueger congratulates VFW Post 928 for Fresh Paint Days grant

(Jul 26, 2019)

FOLSOM, July 26 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger congratulated the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 928 in Folsom on being awarded a grant through Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s 2019 Fresh Paint Days Pennsylvania program. The program provides community groups with paint and painting supplies to transform community structures. In September, the VFW Post 928 will be able to renew its building using up to 20 gallons of exterior paint and a gift card for painting supplies. “The VFW serves our community in many ways, supporting military members and veterans and doing other outreach work,” said Krueger, D-Delaware. “It’s important to support organizations that do good in our community, so I’m thrilled to see the VFW awarded this grant to give the building a fresh update.” More information about the Fresh Paint Days program is available here . Eight organizations were awarded grants through the 2019 program. Read more

 

July 4th 2019 Events - 161st Legislative District

(Jul 01, 2019)

Independence Day Festivities happening in and around the 161 st District Aston Date : Thursday, July 4 Time : celebration begins at 7:00 p.m. fireworks show will begin at dusk, around 9:15p.m. Location : behind Sun Valley High School, 2881 Pancoast Ave Come out and join the Aston community in celebrating the 4th of July and the beautiful fireworks display! Refreshments will be available. Please bring lawn chairs. Rutledge Date : Thursday, July 4 Time : Parade gather at 9:45, judging begins at 10:00 a.m. and parade begins at 10:30 a.m. ceremony 11:00 a.m. and games at 11:30 a.m. Location : Borough Hall, 212 Unity Terrace The parade begins at Borough Hall and proceeds to Triangle Park for ceremony and games. Children 8 and under & 9 can participate in 25 yard dash, 75 yard dash, sack race, egg throw, water balloon and many more. . Fire hose immediately following the games. Thanks to the Morton- Rutledge Fire Company! http://www.rutledgepa.org/event/rutledge-independence-day-celebration/ Rose Valley Date : Thursday, July 4 Time : Parade forms at 1:15 p.m. and marches at 2:00 p.m. Location : Rose Valley Train Station, line up on Woodward Road. Flag raising ceremony 3p.m. at the Rose Valley Swimming Pool. The Rose Valley Borough and Rose Valley Swimming Pool 22nd Annual Fourth of July Celebration! Parade, Pool Party, and Picnic (All residents are invited. You do not have to be a pool member!) Parade Route: Train Station to Woodward Read more

 

Krueger: We must protect workers as PES closes

(Jun 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 26 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger, D-Delaware, today issued a statement following news reports that Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) would be closing its South Philadelphia refinery. “Today we learned that despite the hundreds of employees seeking to return to work after last week’s fire at PES, the company’s executives have decided to shutter the refinery,” she said. “After years of laying off employees, and maximizing profits for private equity and out-of-state corporations, PES’ decision to close its South Philadelphia refinery is especially stinging to the workers and their families. “Last week’s fire and explosion was frightening for many of us, but especially for the workers who were on site at the time and worked hard to mitigate the damage and save lives. They deserve answers to what caused last week’s fire and resulting explosion and while the investigation is underway, I will work with local labor leaders — especially from United Steelworkers, who represents the employees of the refinery, many of whom live and raise their families in Delaware County — to ensure that the displaced workers get the short-term and long-term resources they need to provide for their families. “As Secretary of the House Committee on Labor and Industry, I have already been in touch with the secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry to urge him to hold the company Read more

 

Wallingford Elementary kids help environment, lead push against plastic straws

(Jun 19, 2019)

UNO President and CEO Jim Ilaria came to Susan Knight’s class Friday afternoon to show his appreciation to the class for shaping the company’s drinking straw policy to a “request-only” model for its over 100 stores. This will help the company save an estimated six million single-use plastic drinking straws from being disposed and reduce harm among marine life. Read more

 

Delaware County receives $1.4M for countywide services, including for women

(Jun 13, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 13 – Members of the House Democratic Southeast Delegation today lauded the announcement of more than $1.4 million in grants for Delaware County family, women, victim and related countywide services. “The public investments coming to our communities in Delco reflect the hard work and collaboration among its citizens and public servants first and foremost,” said state Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware. “I’d also like to thank the Wolf administration for putting public money back into the hands of the people.” The grants were approved by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency at its meeting Wednesday. “Helping a victim become a survivor is the kind of work we must support with all our might,” said Rep. Mike Zabel, D-Delaware. “It is not easy work, and it often comes at a price that exceeds what local taxes can support. Any time that the state invests in the systems working on the ground directly with people, we’re delivering literal hope to those who need it most.” “I have been to visit service providers here in Delaware County and have seen firsthand the need for these services. The difference this funding makes is truly life-changing for survivors, women, children, their families and our community,” said Rep. Leanne Krueger, D-Delaware. “I will always fight for survivors.” “Congratulations to these hardworking groups that go to work for Read more

 

Push to boost minimum wage a battleground issue in Pa. budget talks

(Jun 12, 2019)

Topping the bill for Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in budget negotiations this year is a raise in the state’s minimum wage, currently set at $7.25 per hour. Read more

 

Krueger announces $99,788 grant for Rose Valley Centennial Foundation

(Jun 07, 2019)

DELAWARE, June 7 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger, D-Delaware, today announced that the Rose Valley Centennial Foundation would receive a $99,788 grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Keystone Construction grant program. “I am so pleased to see our grant approved so that we can truly realize the potential of the Thunderbird Lodge,” Krueger said. “Rose Valley and the Thunderbird Lodge have a great historical and architectural significance in our community. Many plans have been in the works at the Rose Valley Centennial Foundation, but funding is never easy to get. I can’t wait to see what is possible with the grant that we have been awarded.” Rose Valley Centennial Foundation continues to work with the local community and organizations to sustain the magic of Rose Valley, with the restoration of Thunderbird Lodge as their signature project. Residents who would like to learn more about this, or other state-related matters, can call Krueger’s district office at 610-534-6880. ### Read more

 

Unclaimed property help from Krueger’s office in June

(May 28, 2019)

FOLSOM, May 28 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger is hosting two events in June to help local residents claim property the state may be holding in their name. Help is available in her Folsom office at 701 MacDade Blvd. on Tuesday June 4, and the Brookhaven Municipal Center at 2 Cambridge Road on Wednesday, June 5. Both events are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. “The state Treasurer’s Office currently holds more than $3 billion in unclaimed property that should be returned to its rightful owners,” Krueger said. “I encourage residents to stop by so we can help search and help you claim what’s yours.” Examples of unclaimed property include closed bank accounts, uncashed checks, lost stocks and bonds, contents of safe deposit boxes and expired gift cards or certificates. Krueger’s said those seeking help are encouraged to bring their driver’s license or appropriate identification so her office can notarize their claim should they have one. According to Krueger, the state Treasury is required to advertise the names and addresses of unclaimed property owners each year in general circulation newspapers in the owner’s last known county of residence. The advertisement was recently placed, but only the names of those who are owed more than $250 were listed. More information is available by calling Krueger’s office at 610-534-6880. Read more

 

Bringing Awareness to Infertility; Shred event tomorrow

(May 03, 2019)

Dear Neighbor, I spoke on the House Floor this week about an issue that many families face, but few talk about - infertility. One in eight women have trouble getting pregnant, and I was among them. After my diagnosis of unexplained infertility, I was lucky to be able to undergo treatment and eventually have my son, now a healthy 7-year-old. But all families don’t get that result, and it can be a heartbreaking, stressful and expensive experience. I introduced House Resolution 253, which passed unanimously, to designate Infertility Awareness Week in Pennsylvania and to let women and families struggling with infertility know they are not alone. Hear more in my remarks below. Fighting to protect public health and safety This week, we fought back on a package of bills that would roll back commonsense regulations to protect our air, our water, worker people and our kids. Four of the bills passed narrowly, despite our efforts, but we were able to defeat one, H.B. 1055, which would have created a “repealer” office that could have demanded the repeal of any regulation or rule that corporate special interests want gone. The votes were a lot closer than when we fought these same bills last session, and that’s a testament to the fact that voters chose to send more Read more

 

Krueger calls for infertility awareness in PA

(May 02, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 2 – In a first-of-its-kind resolution approved by the House April 30, state Rep. Leanne Krueger calls for infertility to be recognized as a public health issue in Pennsylvania. The unanimously passed resolution, H.R. 253, officially designates the week of April 21 through April 27 as “Infertility Awareness Week in Pennsylvania,” echoing the National Infertility Association’s national week of awareness. “One in eight couples has trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy,” Krueger said. “Infertility does not discriminate based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or socioeconomic status; it’s an issue that any family can face, and it’s one for which help is available.” Krueger also noted her own difficulty in conceiving her son, who is now 7, describing the days of treatments and tests, many of which can be costly. “I was given the diagnosis of unexplained infertility,” Krueger said. “This diagnosis can be heartbreaking. It means that a doctor has confirmed that someone has a hard time getting pregnant, but they cannot figure out why and they’re not sure how to fix it.” Bringing awareness to infertility as a public health issue, she said, helps individuals and couples struggling to conceive cope and realize they are not alone. Krueger said anyone who has a documented issue with a healthcare provider or a question about healthcare Read more

 

Krueger: We need to address climate change

(Mar 27, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 27 – After a meeting of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee today, state Rep. Leanne Krueger, D-Delaware, voiced her concern about a guest invited to give testimony. Gregory Wrightstone, a Pittsburgh geologist and self-proclaimed climate change “skeptic,” was invited by Chairman Daryl Metcalfe to "present his research on climate science and factually debunking some of the modern myths surrounding the 'climate change' discussion,” [SIC] according to the hearing notice. “Climate change is a very real and very pressing problem here in Pennsylvania,” said Krueger following the meeting. “Severe weather events have already begun to affect us, and our agriculture and winter tourism industries are at risk. The scientific community overwhelmingly agrees that human activity is causing the earth’s climate to warm. “Yet, instead of taking action to address this, the majority chairman created an entire hearing so a climate change denier could give his testimony. We need to stop having discussions about whether climate change is real and start drafting a plan to address it. The people of Pennsylvania are trusting us to take action.” During the meeting, Krueger pointed out that Wrightstone’s book is self-published and not peer-reviewed. A video with Krueger’s remarks can be found here . Read more

 

Krueger proposes legislation to create #MeToo Pennsylvania General Assembly Act

(Mar 25, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 25 - State Rep. Leanne Krueger held a press conference today to discuss her new legislation creating the #MeToo Pennsylvania General Assembly Act. “The General Assembly has a duty to be a leader in the fight against sexual harassment and assault,” said Krueger, D-Delaware. “This legislation will protect members, staff and employees and hold those who harm others accountable. It is past time for sexual harassment to be taken seriously in the Capitol and for reforms to create an environment where victims feel safe enough to come forward without fear of retribution.” The legislation, introduced as H.B. 1000 in the House and S.B. 480 in the Senate, would ban non-disclosure agreements that mask the name of members who harass staffers, prohibit General Assembly members from using taxpayer funds to pay secret settlement agreements and provide for other reforms. Similar legislation was introduced as H.B. 1965 last session. That bill had the support of advocates who support survivors of sexual harassment and sexual assault. A hearing took place in the House Labor and Industry Committee in September 2018, where there was no opposition, but the majority committee chairman never brought the bill up for a vote. “This legislation is an important step in preventing sexual harassment right here in Harrisburg. I am proud to lead this fight and thank my colleagues for their support,” Krueger said. Krueger was supported by Read more

 

Chester, Delaware lawmakers urge Wolf to halt Mariner operations until safety protocols are in place

(Mar 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 11 – Pennsylvania lawmakers representing 11 House districts and three Senatorial districts across Chester and Delaware counties have signed a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf asking him to impose a moratorium on the transmission of natural gas liquids products through the Mariner East pipeline system until the mandated protocols are in place for local responders to properly manage a pipeline emergency. Chester County Emergency Services and local school districts along the pipeline, including Downingtown Area School District, Rose Tree Media School District and West Chester Area School District have requested Energy Transfer Partners' subsidiary SPLP to provide its Emergency Response Plan for the Mariner East project, which the responders and school districts need to complete their comprehensive All Hazards Emergency Response Plans and fulfill their statutory requirements under Title 35 of state law . The letter urges Wolf to preserve the health, welfare and safety of constituents who live, work and raise their families in the high-consequence areas of Chester and Delaware counties within the impact radius of Mariner East. “We have pipelines currently transporting highly volatile products through our communities, and our local first responders are not able to adequately plan their emergency response or mitigate our risk because the operator has failed to cooperate with repeated requests for their Emergency Response Plan,” said Read more

 

Krueger Addresses Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

(Feb 12, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Leanne Krueger participated in the first of many hearings regarding Pennsylvania’s 2019-20 budget. She addressed the issue of grandparents raising grandchildren and asked the PA Department of Aging where these individuals should turn to for help Read more

 

Legislators respond to DEP decision to suspend review of Energy Transfer permits

(Feb 08, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 8 – State Reps. Carolyn Comitta, Danielle Friel Otten, Kristine Howard, Leanne Krueger, Christina Sappey and Melissa Shusterman met with Gov. Tom Wolf and his staff last week to address the growing problems with Energy Transfer’s Mariner East project. Today, those representatives have issued the following statement regarding news that the Department of Environmental Protection has suspended review of all permit applications and other pending approvals for Energy Transfer due to noncompliance: “We applaud the unwavering efforts of community members who continue to make their voices heard and draw attention to serious hazards and areas of oversight that need improvement. "The action taken by the Department of Environmental Protection today is a step in the right direction. "We are grateful for the opportunity to have a seat at the table for our communities and we look forward to continued collaboration with our state agencies and the governor’s staff to put the interests of the people of Pennsylvania first and foremost. There is still a lot of work to be done and we will use every tool available to us to make our community’s voice heard." The same six representatives sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission earlier this week, urging action related to a recent sinkhole along the Mariner East 1 pipeline. The letter can be found here. A statement sent last week by the legislators to the Read more

 

Krueger takes on expanded leadership roles in state House

(Feb 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 1 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger, D-Delaware, this week announced that she has been appointed to additional responsibilities in the state House while continuing to serve on the Appropriations, Environmental Resources and Energy and Labor and Industry committees. Krueger’s new responsibilities include being appointed the Democratic chair for the subcommittee on Government and Financial Oversight for the House Appropriations Committee and regional vice chair for Delaware County within the House Democratic Southeast Delegation. “With the new session comes new responsibilities and I am honored that my colleagues have entrusted me with these expanded committee and delegation leadership roles,” Krueger said. “That includes making sure taxpayer dollars are being used responsibly and as intended as the Democratic chair for the subcommittee on Government and Financial Oversight.” The Southeast Delegation, the largest in the PA House, is one of the most powerful delegations. With 35 members, 14 of whom are freshman, the delegation is also one of the fastest-growing. Members in the delegation represent eight counties: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Montgomery and York. “My appointment as regional vice chair for Delaware County is a tremendous opportunity to give Delco a strong voice in the House’s largest delegation,” Krueger said. “I look forward to continuing to work with my Read more

 

Krueger sworn in for another term as state representative

(Jan 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky was sworn in for another term as state representative for the 161 st Legislative District during a Capitol ceremony today. Krueger-Braneky, first elected during a special election in August 2015, promised to continue advocating for matters of concern to her constituents. “I’m honored that residents of the 161 st district have put their trust in me for another term, and I’m excited to have the chance to continue fighting for their interests,” said Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware. “We’ve made some progress in recent years, but there’s still so much to be done. I’ll continue to fight to make sure we are putting the needs of Pennsylvanians first in Harrisburg.” In her next term, Krueger-Braneky said she will fight for the rights of workers, protect access to health care, and stand up for survivors of sexual harassment and abuse. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives swearing-in ceremony corresponds with the first Tuesday in January every two years. This year marks Pennsylvania’s 203 rd legislative session. Read more

 

Legislative Overview-Redistricting Proposed Solutions
Sep 09, 2019

Krueger invites community to Pet Expo September 7
Aug 23, 2019

Krueger announces $1M in redevelopment money for regional projects
Aug 01, 2019

Krueger congratulates VFW Post 928 for Fresh Paint Days grant
Jul 26, 2019

July 4th 2019 Events - 161st Legislative District
Jul 01, 2019

Krueger: We must protect workers as PES closes
Jun 26, 2019

Wallingford Elementary kids help environment, lead push against plastic straws
Jun 19, 2019

Delaware County receives $1.4M for countywide services, including for women
Jun 13, 2019

Push to boost minimum wage a battleground issue in Pa. budget talks
Jun 12, 2019

Krueger announces $99,788 grant for Rose Valley Centennial Foundation
Jun 07, 2019

Unclaimed property help from Krueger’s office in June
May 28, 2019

Bringing Awareness to Infertility; Shred event tomorrow
May 03, 2019

Krueger calls for infertility awareness in PA
May 02, 2019

Krueger: We need to address climate change
Mar 27, 2019

Krueger proposes legislation to create #MeToo Pennsylvania General Assembly Act
Mar 25, 2019

Chester, Delaware lawmakers urge Wolf to halt Mariner operations until safety protocols are in place
Mar 11, 2019

Krueger Addresses Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Feb 12, 2019

Legislators respond to DEP decision to suspend review of Energy Transfer permits
Feb 08, 2019

Krueger takes on expanded leadership roles in state House
Feb 01, 2019

Krueger sworn in for another term as state representative
Jan 01, 2019