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McCarter joins with Gov. Wolf, bipartisan and bicameral legislators and climate experts to announce Climate Action Plan, Pa.’s entry into U.S. Climate Alliance

(Apr 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 29 — State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, joined with Gov. Tom Wolf, state Sens. Steve Santarsiero, Art Haywood, Jay Costa, House Democratic Leader Rep. Frank Dermody, Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell, fellow members of the Climate Caucus and others to announce Pennsylvania’s climate action plan and its membership in the U.S. Climate Alliance . “Thanks to all of you for helping to support this next step in Pennsylvania’s plan to deal with the problem of climate change,” said McCarter, founder and co-chair of the Pennsylvania Climate Caucus . “Hardly a week or even a day goes by that we’re not reminded of the changes happening across our planet, our nation and this commonwealth. Emerging heat waves, rampant wildfires, drought and devastating floods have all become the new normal. “The scientific community has been very clear: What we are witnessing now is only the beginning of what has surely become humanity’s greatest concern. By joining forces here today, this group of legislators and climate experts plan to honor our commitments to act, find climate solutions, and protect our workers and communities from the ravages of social and economic change caused by climate change.” With dozens of legislative supporters standing with McCarter, Wolf, Santarsiero, Dermody and others Monday at the Capitol Media Center in Harrisburg, the group announced Read more

 

4/22/19 – The Future of Nuclear Energy – Wyndmoor

(Apr 26, 2019)

Materials from House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Steve McCarter. Read more

 

Twenty years after Columbine, much has changed, much has not

(Apr 24, 2019)

Today I joined Jami Amo, a Willow Grove resident and gun safety activist; state Sen. Art Haywood ; and Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkoosh at a Jenkintown event hosted by CeaseFirePA , Moms Demand Action and Orange Wave to mark the 20 th anniversary of the horrific Columbine High School massacre on April 20, 1999. Amo (pictured) is a survivor of that shooting. Twenty years ago, I was a teacher. I taught high school history for 35 years before joining the legislature. I know the halls and classrooms of high schools. I know how schools operate. And I can imagine exactly how Amo, her fellow students and her teachers felt at Columbine. On that day -- April 20, 1999 -- my life and the lives of all of us in public education changed. The Columbine massacre hit us like 9/11 hit most Americans. It is a date that separates all that came before and all that was to come after. But it is also a date after which not enough has changed in terms of comprehensive gun safety legislation. I find that almost incomprehensible. One of the reasons I became a legislator was to fight for public schools, teachers and our young people. But it is our young people -- not the legislators with whom I share the House Floor in Harrisburg -- who have lately been leading the way on this issue. They are cutting through the noise surrounding gun ownership in America, and they are getting results. According to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence , 67 new gun safety laws were Read more

 

Future of nuclear energy focus of McCarter’s House Democratic Policy Hearing

(Apr 22, 2019)

WYNDMOOR, April 22 – State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing in the Springfield Township Administration Building on the future of nuclear energy and its impact on alternative energy portfolio standards. “It’s imperative that we consider our environment and economy when we look to the future of nuclear energy. The protection of jobs and growing a greener portfolio of energy sources is critical in the evaluation of nuclear generation in Pennsylvania,” McCarter said. McCarter is co-introducing legislation that would modernize Pennsylvania’s renewable energy standards by expanding the Alternative Portfolio Standards Act Tier 1 requirement from 8% to 30% by 2030. The bill also would provide several protections that control costs for electricity customers and would direct the Public Utility Commission to study the benefits of a renewable energy storage program. The committee heard testimony from: Steve Aaron , member, Nuclear Powers Pennsylvania; Chad Trainer, legislative director, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO; Asim Haque, executive director of strategic policy and external affairs, PJM; Mark Szybist, senior attorney of Climate and Clean Energy Program, The National Resources Defense Council; Rob Altenburg, director, PennFuture Energy Center; Mandy Warner, senior policy manager of programs, Environmental Defense Fund; and Tom Schuster, senior campaign representative, Sierra Club. Hearing Read more

 

Comitta, McCarter seek to modernize Pennsylvania’s renewable energy standards

(Apr 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 17 — At a Capitol news conference, state Reps. Carolyn T. Comitta, D-Chester, and Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, joined state Sens. Art Haywood, Thomas H. Killion and Steven J. Santarsiero to call attention to climate change, its grave impacts and the urgent need to modernize the commonwealth’s renewable energy standards. Comitta and McCarter are both members of the bicameral, bipartisan Pennsylvania Climate Caucus. Comitta is vice chair; McCarter is its founder and chair. Their bill and a Senate companion bill introduced by Haywood, Killion and Santarsiero both seek to implement stronger renewable energy goals within the commonwealth to create good jobs, cut pollution and ensure a sustainable and prosperous Pennsylvania for future generations. “I am proud to join the calls for modernizing the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards,” Comitta said. “Our state has already made important investments in alternative and clean-energy technologies, but we must do more. Adjusting our electrical energy requirements to 30 percent by 2030 will solidify our path to reducing our carbon footprint and advance Pennsylvania toward becoming a national energy leader.” The Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act was a forward-looking policy when it was enacted in 2004. But in the intervening years, Pennsylvania has fallen behind neighboring states like New Jersey and Maryland, which have enacted stronger energy standards, creating Read more

 

McCarter, Solomon host successful conversation with veterans

(Apr 16, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 16 – State Reps. Steve McCarter and Jared Solomon hosted “A Conversation with Veterans” on Saturday at Salus University in Elkins Park as an opportunity for the legislators to hear directly about the daily experiences and ongoing concerns of our military service members. The goal: to find meaningful solutions to the problems veterans face in areas of health, finances, education and employment. The members noted that life after military service presents significant challenges, including embarking on new career paths, finding housing, pursuing further education, coping with unfamiliar civilian demands and addressing psychological fallout – such as PTSD, survivor’s guilt, depression and substance abuse – from traumatic experiences. “There are many things in Pennsylvania we have done to try to help the veteran population; at the same time, we know there are probably a hundred more things that we have not yet addressed,” said McCarter, D-Montgomery. “We are trying to pinpoint veterans’ needs and concerns so we can identify what we can do in Pennsylvania to help their situations.” Said Solomon, D-Phila., “The experience of a deployed service member is such a unique one that a lot of people in our society really can’t comprehend what that is about. One of the reasons for this event was to get service members to speak openly about that experience, then we in the legislature Read more

 

Click here to take action: RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE FOR WORKING FAMILIES, PENNSYLVANIA’S ECONOMY

(Mar 19, 2019)

It's time to act for the good of working people, our economy and our state. Please pass a minimum wage increase in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

SIGN HERE to Say YES to Fairness in Pennsylvania

(Feb 21, 2019)

SIGN HERE to Say YES to Fairness in Pennsylvania Read more

 

McCarter appointed to House Appropriations Committee

(Jan 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – State Rep. Steve McCarter today announced he was assigned to the powerful House Appropriations Committee, in addition to other influential committees. McCarter was also reassigned to the Education and Aging and Older Adult Services committees and is chairman of the bipartisan, bicameral Climate Caucus. The House Appropriations Committee is responsible for reviewing bills that regulate state spending. “The Appropriations Committee directs how we invest in our future, and I look forward to giving Southeastern Pennsylvania a greater voice in that process,” said McCarter, D-Montgomery. “Through these committee assignments, I will also continue my strong advocacy for excellence in public education and for programs that benefit senior citizens – two of the cornerstones of my work in Harrisburg since I was first elected in 2013.” The Education Committee reviews bills related to education funding as well as bills related to the Department of Education and other agencies. The Aging and Older Adult Services Committee works with the Department of Aging and reviews bills that would affect senior citizens. And the Climate Caucus addresses all manner of issues relating to climate change in Pennsylvania, including jobs, industry, manufacturing, clean air and clean water. Read more

 

McCarter applauds executive order establishing statewide goal to reduce carbon pollution in Pennsylvania

(Jan 08, 2019)

State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, issued the following statement after Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order establishing the first statewide goal to reduce carbon pollution in Pennsylvania and the GreenGov Council: Read more

 

McCarter Hosts 6th Annual Senior Fair

(Sep 05, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Steve McCarter hosted his sixth annual Senior Fair to assist area seniors and their families in getting information and resources they need for a happy and healthy life. Read more

 

Update from meeting on water quality concerns

(Aug 08, 2018)

Materials from water quality meeting Read more

 

Save the Date: Senior Fair is Aug. 30

(Jul 18, 2018)

Mark your calendars: My sixth annual Senior Fair will be held this year from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 30 at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Rd., Elkins Park, PA 19027. Nearly 100 exhibitors — including representatives from federal, state, county and local agencies as well as non-government exhibitors — will be there to offer information on health care, volunteer opportunities, prescription-drug plans, identity theft, unclaimed property and so much more. Read more

 

McCarter to host community resource forum on opioid crisis June 9

(May 31, 2018)

GLENSIDE, May 31 – State Rep. Steve McCarter and the Montgomery County Office of Drug and Alcohol will host an Opioid Crisis: Community Resource Forum from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 9 in the Commons Great Room at Arcadia University, 450 S. Easton Road in Glenside to share information, conversation and community around the addiction crisis. Exhibitors will include county and local agencies as well as organizations relevant to treating addiction, preventing addiction and supporting those with loved ones in the throes of addiction. All who suffer from addiction, their loved ones and anyone eager for information about the opioid crisis and what to do to help those in crisis are encouraged to attend. Attendees can receive on-site training on how to save a life by administering naloxone, commonly sold under the brand names Narcan, Evzio or others. According to the most recent data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the commonwealth has the fourth-highest rate of drug overdose deaths per 100,000 people in the country. State health officials, citing increases in 2017 emergency room visits for opioid overdoses, expect the death toll only to rise. “None of us is untouched by this epidemic,” said McCarter, D-Montgomery. “It is evident in our towns, on our streets and, sometimes, in our very homes. If we are to help ourselves, our neighbors and fellow Pennsylvanians, we need insight into the problem, information about Read more

 

With Harrisburg mired in partisanship, Democrats and Republicans join forces to tackle climate change

(Apr 18, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 18 – With Earth Day only days away, Democratic and Republican legislators from every corner of the commonwealth and from both chambers of the General Assembly came together to introduce groundbreaking legislation to make Pennsylvania a leader in the effort to solve climate change. The matching bills were introduced by state Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., and state Sen. Charles McIlhinney, R-Bucks. The newly introduced legislation (H.B. 2132/S.B. 1140) sets out to transition Pennsylvania to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. The scientific community in Pennsylvania and internationally have stated that we must eliminate global warming pollution by 2050 to avoid a climate change “tipping point” from which the planet cannot turn back. "The vast majority of scientists agree: Climate change is real. And you don't have to be a scientist to notice its effects. We've seen so many weather extremes in recent years, including Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, Harvey, Irma and Maria. Those last three all happened just last year," Rabb said. "Our military – hardly a liberal bastion – is already preparing for the effects of climate change. The changing climate will force us to move some bases, and it threatens to increase instability around the world. As the bipartisan American Security Project says, climate security is national security." While similar proposals are pending in state legislatures in California, Read more

 

Sign here to say NO to arming PA teachers

(Mar 27, 2018)

I strenuously oppose Senate Bill 383 and the alarming idea of arming teachers. Read more

 

PA SAFE Caucus calls for gun safety reforms needed in Pennsylvania

(Mar 14, 2018)

HARRISBURG, March 14 – PA SAFE Caucus members today outlined their legislative goals related to gun safety reform during a Capitol news conference, one month following the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and coinciding with a national student walkout calling for immediate changes to gun laws across the country. Lawmakers spoke about their frustrations with trying to pass commonsense legislation as well as specific House bills that they would like to see move from committee. “The time is now to finally say enough is enough — to listen to the students whose wisdom and bravery is inspirational,” said PA SAFE Co-chair Madeleine Dean , D-Montgomery. “We can and must do something to combat this gun violence epidemic, not just to prevent mass shootings like in Parkland, but to combat the everyday violence that claims 33,000 lives a year in this country, and injures 80,000 others in the crossfire.” Members expressed their expectations ahead of a special set of hearings on gun laws scheduled for the week of April 9. "We are pleased to see that the House Judiciary Committee will give members a chance to speak about important gun safety proposals,” said PA SAFE Co-chair Dan Frankel , D-Allegheny. “But we also know that a hearing is not enough – we expect the chance to vet some of these bills on the House floor in the very near future.” “Family and close friends are often the first to notice Read more

 

McCarter to hold extended office hours March 19; Boyle’s office to participate too

(Mar 06, 2018)

GLENSIDE, March 5 – State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, will hold special extended office hours from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, March 19 at his district office, 115 E. Glenside Ave., Suite 8. Congressman Brendan Boyle’s office staff will hold extended office hours in his office, which is located in Suite 1 in the same complex, on the same night. “It’s important that constituents who are unable to visit during normal working hours have full access to state- and federal-government services,” McCarter said. McCarter’s staff will be on hand until 8 p.m. to help with property tax and rent rebates, SEPTA Key Senior ID cards, birth and death certificate requests, PACE, PennDOT problems and all other state government-related issues. Boyle’s staff also will be available until 8 p.m. to address concerns involving Social Security, Medicare, veterans’ benefits, federal student loans, passports and visas, IRS issues and any other federal government-related issue. No appointments are necessary. Read more

 

McCarter, Boyle, Haywood to co-host town hall on opioid crisis Feb. 17

(Feb 13, 2018)

GLENSIDE, Feb. 13 – State Rep. Steve McCarter, U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle and state Sen. Art Haywood will host a “Conversation about the Opioid and Addiction Crisis” from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road in Elkins Park. The lawmakers will host local addiction experts to talk about what’s being done to combat the growing crisis in the region and across Pennsylvania, and to answer questions. Experts scheduled for the event are: Dr. Joseph D’Orazio Assistant professor of emergency medicine at Temple University School of Medicine and a member of the City of Philadelphia Opioid Task Force Alison Slickers Addiction specialist and peer leader coordinator with the Council of Southeast Pennsylvania Kevin Steele Montgomery County district attorney Kay McGowan Administrator of the Montgomery County Office of Drug and Alcohol According to the most recent data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the commonwealth has the fourth-highest rate of drug overdose deaths per 100,000 people in the country. State health officials, citing increases in 2017 emergency room visits for opioid overdoses, expect the death toll to rise. “None of us is untouched by this epidemic,” said McCarter, D-Montgomery. “It is evident in our towns, on our streets and, sometimes, in our very homes. If we are to help ourselves, our Read more

 

McCarter Honors La Salle College High School Boys Ice Hockey Team
May 01, 2019

McCarter joins with Gov. Wolf, bipartisan and bicameral legislators and climate experts to announce Climate Action Plan, Pa.’s entry into U.S. Climate Alliance
Apr 29, 2019

4/22/19 – The Future of Nuclear Energy – Wyndmoor
Apr 26, 2019

Twenty years after Columbine, much has changed, much has not
Apr 24, 2019

Future of nuclear energy focus of McCarter’s House Democratic Policy Hearing
Apr 22, 2019

Comitta, McCarter seek to modernize Pennsylvania’s renewable energy standards
Apr 17, 2019

McCarter, Solomon host successful conversation with veterans
Apr 16, 2019

Click here to take action: RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE FOR WORKING FAMILIES, PENNSYLVANIA’S ECONOMY
Mar 19, 2019

SIGN HERE to Say YES to Fairness in Pennsylvania
Feb 21, 2019

McCarter appointed to House Appropriations Committee
Jan 28, 2019

McCarter applauds executive order establishing statewide goal to reduce carbon pollution in Pennsylvania
Jan 08, 2019

McCarter Hosts 6th Annual Senior Fair
Sep 05, 2018

Update from meeting on water quality concerns
Aug 08, 2018

Save the Date: Senior Fair is Aug. 30
Jul 18, 2018

McCarter to host community resource forum on opioid crisis June 9
May 31, 2018

With Harrisburg mired in partisanship, Democrats and Republicans join forces to tackle climate change
Apr 18, 2018

Sign here to say NO to arming PA teachers
Mar 27, 2018

PA SAFE Caucus calls for gun safety reforms needed in Pennsylvania
Mar 14, 2018

McCarter to hold extended office hours March 19; Boyle’s office to participate too
Mar 06, 2018

McCarter, Boyle, Haywood to co-host town hall on opioid crisis Feb. 17
Feb 13, 2018