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McClinton on Merit Selection for Judges

(May 09, 2017)

At a recent meeting of the Pa. House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Joanna McClinton explains that she is in favor of a bill creating a merit selection system for appellate judges because it creates a more equal opportunity for minorities and women to be on the bench in the Commonwealth's highest courts. Read more

 

McClinton to host 2017 Community Day at Cobbs Creek

(May 09, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, May 9 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton will hold her 2017 Community Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 20 at Add B. Anderson Elementary School, 1034 S. 60th St. The event will feature a parade for peace, free health screenings, health and wellness information, children’s activities and main stage entertainment. “This is a wonderful opportunity for me meet with constituents face to face and outline for them the services they may not know they can utilize through my district office,” she said. “It also gives me a chance to discuss with them one-on-one the issues and problems that concern them.” McClinton said she is expecting more than 300 neighbors from the Cobbs Creek and Southwest Philadelphia communities to attend, as well as Mayor Jim Kenney. Elected officials will speak at 1 p.m. “I’m looking forward to enjoying myself, socializing with friends and neighbors and to meeting some new people,” McClinton said. “I’m sure this event will be a success. I hope everyone will come out and spend the day." McClinton and her staff will provide assistance for constituents applying for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Medicaid and the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Read more

 

McClinton hosts shredding event to help avoid identity theft

(May 08, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, May 8 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, welcomed more than 300 constituents of the 191 st Legislative District to her shredding event recently to help them properly dispose of papers containing personal information. "Identity theft remains a constant threat in our modern world," McClinton said. "That is why I am pleased to host this event again to offer a convenient way to safely dispose of confidential documents." McClinton said she wanted to thank the Burns Family and the Fresh Grocer for sponsoring the event and The Boys Scouts of America Cradle of Liberty Council for helping throughout the morning. Constituents shredded documents containing information such as Social Security numbers, credit card or bank account numbers, credit card applications, canceled or unused checks and bank statements, among others. Access photo gallery here . Read more

 

McClinton hosts Philadelphia Zoo event for local families

(Apr 25, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, April 25 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, recently hosted local families for a visit to the Philadelphia Zoo. Built on last year’s success, McClinton extended an invitation to the residents of the 191 st Legislative District again for this year. Families were able to receive information on a number of Pennsylvania Game Commission issues involving wildlife, conservation and wetlands. “I want to thank the Philadelphia Zoo, Principal Gaddy of W.C. Bryant Promise Academy Achievability and Bartram Village Resident Council for helping to make this visit possible,” McClinton said. “We want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to see what their local zoo has to offer in education and attractions,” she said. "It’s also a great chance to enjoy a family friendly outlet within the community.” The Philadelphia Zoo is home to nearly 1,300 animals, both rare and endangered. Seeing more than 1.2 million visitors per year, its mission is to leverage its platform as “America’s First Zoo” and serve as a model for children’s zoos nationwide. The 191 st District includes parts of west and southwest Philadelphia, as well as the boroughs of Darby and Yeadon. Read more

 

McClinton to host FREE shredding event and Community Day in May

(Apr 24, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, April 24 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila., is hosting two free events in the Cobbs Creek community this May. A shredding event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 6 at the Cobbs Creek Shopping Center; 5740 Baltimore Ave. Constituents are encouraged to bring unneeded paper items to be shredded for disposal, including old bills, health records and financial items, as well as any other paper items of a personal nature. “With the identity theft rate increasing every year, it’s our responsibility to educate people about this issue,” McClinton said. “Improper disposal of old documents is a leading cause of identity theft and we’re bringing the constituents the best defense against becoming a victim of this of crime by organizing shredding events.” McClinton is also inviting citizens to join her from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for 2017’s Community Day on Saturday, May 20 at Add B. Anderson Elementary School, 1034 S. 60th St. According to McClinton, the event will feature a parade for peace, free health screenings, health and wellness information, children’s activities and main stage entertainment. “This is a wonderful opportunity for me meet with constituents face to face and outline for them the services they may not know they can utilize through my district office,” she said. “It also gives me a chance to discuss with them one-on-one the issues and problems that concern Read more

 

McClinton announces $7.9 million Pennvest investment for Susquehanna and Delaware estuaries

(Apr 19, 2017)

HARRISBURG, April 19 – Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila.\Delaware, announced today that the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary was awarded a grant for $7.9 million to construct a freshwater mussel hatchery. Originally proposed last year, the grant was approved by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority. “This hatchery will produce hundreds of thousands of mussels annually and contribute to the improvement of water quality in both the Susquehanna and Delaware estuaries,” McClinton said. The focus of this project is to restore historic populations of native mussel beds. Riparian buffers are normally used to play a key role in removing nitrogen and partially protecting a stream from the impact of adjacent land uses. Instead of buffers, the hatchery will be designed to filter out nutrients, particularly nitrogen, which run off the land and into hundreds of streams in both watersheds. It will provide for 4.3 million mussels in these areas and remove a higher amount of nitrogen. “In the years to come this investment will prove a positive environmental impact, as well as a financial one with significant cost reductions,” McClinton said. Pennvest serves the state of Pennsylvania by distributing grants and low-interest loans for design, engineering and construction of publicly and privately owned drinking water distribution and treatment facilities, storm water conveyance and wastewater treatment and Read more

 

McClinton: Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness

(Apr 18, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton thanks the House of Representatives for their unanimous support of her resolution recognizing April 10, 2017 as "National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day" in Pennsylvania. The day of awareness is aimed at reducing infections among young people nationwide. Read more

 

4/12/17 – Pretrial and Bail Procedure Reform – Philadelphia

(Apr 17, 2017)

Testimonies from House Democratic Policy Committee hearing hosted by State Rep. Joanna McClinton. Read more

 

McClinton: Bail & Pretrial Procedure Reform Needed

(Apr 13, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton hosted the House Democratic Policy Committee in South West Philadelphia for a discussion on reforming the pretrial and bail procedures in Pennsylvania. Many inmates are stuck in jail because they have pretrial issues or simply cannot afford bail which not only increases costs for taxpayers, but also has a human cost for the incarcerated and their families. Philadelphia and Allegheny Counties have instituted some reforms that have seen positive results and McClinton is looking to apply that statewide. Read more

 

McClinton, Policy Committee discuss pretrial and bail procedure reform

(Apr 12, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, APRIL 12 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Philadelphia, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at the Southwest Leadership Academy to explore pretrial and bail procedure reform. “I am excited the House Democratic Policy Committee came to discuss how we can potentially reform the bail process. There may be better options for those who are not a flight risk and not accused of serious, dangerous crimes. Implementing a new bail process gives these people the option to continue to work and provide for their families. I look forward to further House consideration of my legislation,” McClinton said. McClinton has introduced House Bill 1092 that would reform Pennsylvania’s pretrial and bail procedures to provide a fairer, effective and less costly criminal justice system. The bill would encourage and incentivize counties to establish pretrial service programs that utilize standards proven to reduce the monetary and human cost of corrections. “Representative McClinton’s hearing placed a spotlight on a reasonable effort that could ultimately save the taxpayers money. The reality is, the state is facing a $2 billion budget deficit and this is an innovative way to save while improving efficiency,” said state Rep. Mike Sturla, chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee. Testifiers included: Keir Bradford-Grey, chief public defender, Defender Association of Philadelphia; Judge Benjamin Lerner (Ret.), Read more

 

McClinton to host Policy Committee Hearing on Pretrial and Bail Procedure Reform Wednesday in Philadelphia

(Apr 07, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, APRIL 7 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Philadelphia, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on pretrial and bail procedure reform at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 12 at the Southwest Leadership Academy, 7101 Paschall Ave. McClinton is introducing legislation that would reform Pennsylvania’s pretrial and bail procedures to provide a fairer, effective and less costly criminal justice system. The bill would encourage and incentivize counties to establish pretrial service programs that utilize standards proven to reduce the monetary, and human cost of corrections. The current agenda is: 2 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 2:10 p.m. Panel One: Keir Bradford-Grey , chief public defender, Defender Association of Philadelphia Judge Benjamin Lerner , Deputy Managing Director for Criminal Justice, City of Philadelphia 2:40 p.m. Panel from County Commissioners of Pennsylvania: Maureen Barden , fellow Kevin Barnhardt , Berks County commissioner 3:10 p.m. Panel from Pennsylvania Pretrial Association: Nicole Schnovel , board president (Berks County) Shannon Danley , board treasurer (Dauphin County) Maureen McManus , board director-past president (Lehigh County) Janice Radovick-Dean , board director-past president (Allegheny County) Robin Campbell , communications director, Pretrial Justice Institute 4 p.m. Closing remarks Read more

 

McClinton hosts seminar to help citizens improve financial planning

(Apr 06, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, April 6 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, hosted an event designed to provide constituents with tools and information they can use to make informative decisions about their finances. Over 50 constituents attended the event held on Thursday, April 6 at Mercy Hospital of Philadelphia. Attendees learned about banking, budget management, savings, investing, credit repair, retirement and repaying student loans. McClinton said financial literacy is crucial to help ensure people save enough to provide adequate income in retirement while avoiding high levels of debt that might result in bankruptcy and foreclosures. “Any improvement in financial literacy will have a profound impact on our citizens and their ability to provide for their future while avoiding the pitfalls of debt,” McClinton said. The agencies that provided advice to attendees are Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union, Budget Me Budget Services, Clarifi, The Student Loan Doctor, The Ivy Investor, Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc. and Bryan’s Retirement Blue Print. McClinton said she wanted to thank Mercy Hospital of Philadelphia for their hospitality. Access photo gallery here . Read more

 

McClinton to host Financial Literacy Seminar

(Mar 31, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, March 31 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, announced she will host an event designed to provide constituents with tools and information they can use to make informative decisions about their finances. The Financial Literacy Seminar will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 6 at Mercy Hospital of Philadelphia, 501 S. 54th St., 7th Floor, 19143. McClinton said constituents can learn useful information to help them navigate their public and private financial matters, including ones concerning insurance, taxes, real estate, savings and more. “Financial literacy can benefit people in regards to entrepreneurship, home ownership, education, their community and their future,” McClinton said. “I hope everyone will attend this informative event and become more invested in their financial profile for years to come.” McClinton said that invited guests include Clarifi Credit Counseling, Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union, The Student Loan Doctor LLC, Budget Me Budget Services and The Ivy Investor. For more information about the event, constituents can contact McClinton’s office at (215) 748-6712. Read more

 

McClinton hosts Entrepreneurship Seminar to boost small businesses in the district

(Mar 31, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, March 31 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, hosted a seminar to provide tools for local business owners and for people aspiring to open their own small business. About 10 federal, state and local government agencies offered assistance to nearly 100 entrepreneurs who attended the event held on Tuesday, March 28 at the Ezekiel Baptist Church. Attendees learned about the basic steps to establish a business and the available financial opportunities to help them start or expand operations. They also learned how to promote a brand effectively in all forms of media. “Small businesses are fundamental in our district. They contribute significantly to our economy, providing jobs and opportunities for our neighbors. If small businesses prosper we all win,” McClinton said. Local entrepreneurs shared their stories looking to provide motivation to those who have business ideas and desires to make them happen. “Having local entrepreneurs sharing their stories is a way to ignite a spark of inspiration on those who have business ideas, but for some reason are scared or not motivated to take the first step,” she said. The agencies who provided advice to attendees are The Enterprise Center, the U.S. Department of Small Business Administration, City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce's Office of Business Services, City of Philadelphia Department of Procurement, Read more

 

McClinton: Stop-and-Gos Must Go

(Mar 27, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton is working to rid Philadelphia of Stop-and-Go establishments that are a detriment on neighborhoods and families. McClinton attended the first of a series of public meetings across Philadelphia seeking information and resources on how to eliminate the negative impact of these illegal businesses. Read more

 

McClinton condemns bill for reviving unconstitutional mandatory minimums

(Mar 22, 2017)

HARRISBURG, March 22 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, spoked out against H.B. 741, which aims to revive mandatory minimum sentences for a number of drug-related offenses. The bill was reported out of the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday. McClinton said a letter that she received from the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association stated that mandatory minimums work to improve public safety, something that she said she wrestles with. “I wonder where the safety has improved,” McClinton said. “Time and time again, I look at the unfortunate homicide rate in Philadelphia and the number of non-fatal shootings where I live and they are always high, no matter how many people are behind bars serving 10-20, 25 to life.” House Bill 741 seeks to revive mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes that were ruled unconstitutional in cases before both the Pennsylvania and U.S. supreme courts. It also would increase sentences for certain offenses. “This bill would potentially get more support if there were studies that showed crime was reduced, that neighborhoods are safer, that people stop selling drugs at the same intersection where someone gets arrested,” McClinton said. “Where is the decreased recidivism? Why hasn’t it happened yet in my community? Why are there drugs readily available and we have all these sentences, yet nothing has changed?” McClinton has been a strong advocate on criminal Read more

 

McClinton: Mandatory Minimums Don't Work

(Mar 21, 2017)

In a Pa. House Judiciary Committee meeting, state Rep. Joanna McClinton speaks out against legislation that would reintroduce mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug-related offenses. Read more

 

McClinton Leads the Pa. House in Prayer

(Mar 21, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton was asked by the Speaker of the House to lead the chamber in its opening prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. Read more

 

McClinton to host Entrepreneurship Seminar March 28

(Mar 17, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, March 17 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, will host an event to provide helpful tools for current local business owners or for people aspiring to open their own small business. The Entrepreneurship Seminar will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 28 at the Ezekiel Baptist Church, 5701 Grays Ave. Attendees will learn what it takes to establish a business and secure the necessary finances to make it happen, how to effectively establish a business by promoting a brand in all forms of media, and hear experiences in effectively establishing a business and the paths taken to achieve inspiration. “Small businesses are the backbone to our community, so we must assist them with tools to help them grow and remain successful. If small businesses thrive in our neighborhoods, then job opportunities are available to more neighbors,” McClinton said. “I encourage everyone – business owners or those looking to take on a different pathway and own a business – to come be inspired and informed.” McClinton noted seminar participants include the Enterprise Center, the U.S. Department of Small Business Administration, City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce, Office of Business Services, City of Philadelphia Department of Procurement, Southwest Community Development Corporation, Citizens Bank, African Cultural Alliance of North American, INC. and local entrepreneurs. For more information, constituents Read more

 

Another View: Time for honesty on equal pay in the Pa. workplace

(Mar 15, 2017)

Recently, an editorial written by two of our fellow legislators from the Senate was published advocating for S.B. 241 and equal pay for equal work – the idea that women should rightfully be paid the same as men for doing the same job. We would like to applaud Sens. Jake Corman and Tom McGarrigle for supporting this idea, however we believe it is vital to inform them that S.B. 241, which passed the Senate in February, would actually take several steps away from achieving pay equity. Read more