McClinton: Republican Budget Bad For PA

(Sep 12, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton joined her House Democratic colleagues to demand a responsible alternative revenue proposal and to ask our Republican colleagues to stop playing games and get the 2017-18 state budget passed. Read more

 

McClinton’s Back to School Resource Fair a success

(Sep 08, 2017)

DARBY, Sept. 8 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, hosted a Back to School Resource Fair at the Darby Borough Recreation Center. McClinton invited residents of the 191st Legislative District to receive school supplies and other resources for students to have a productive and safe school year. “Our students are in line to become the next generation of leaders,” McClinton said. “That is why we have to provide them with the resources they need to lead. My Back to School Resource Fair is just one of the many initiatives I have to ensure that our younger residents are successful.” McClinton said more than 130 families participated in the resource fair and over 100 children received school supplies. Students also received free haircuts and hair styles by Manners Make Men, BBC Beauty Academy, and Uncle Lou's Barbershop. There were more than 20 local vendors in attendance – including representatives from Aetna, the Maternity Care Coalition and the William Penn School District – providing information on health care and school safety to attendees. McClinton was joined by Mayor Helen Thomas, Darby Borough Council President Janice Davis, Darby Police Chief Robert Smythe and Lieutenant Joseph Gabe. “I would like to thank our corporate sponsors as well as the residents of the 191st Legislative District. With their help, the event was a success, and hundreds of students now have the resources they need to have a Read more

 

A reminder from Philly House Democrats about landmark Pa. animal protection law taking effect today

(Aug 28, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 28 – Today, a landmark overhaul of Pennsylvania’s animal protection laws takes effect, and state Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Jared Solomon, all D-Phila.; and Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, want the public to know what to expect. Named after a Boston terrier puppy rescued from near death on a Lancaster County farm last summer, Libre’s Law will allow felony charges for first-time animal cruelty offenders. This is a first for the state. According to Humane PA, this level of punishment was usually used in cases of animal fighting or killings of endangered species. The new law also spells out the rules for tethering an animal. It specifically requires: A leash must be three times the length of the pet or 10 feet, whichever is longer. No tow or logged chain or pinch, choke, or prong collars used with a tether. A well-fitted collar and no open sores or wounds on the dog's body. The lead must be on a swivel and ideally a lead that has a coated cover to avoid getting tangled. The area where the pet is kept must be kept clear of excessive feces, with access to drinkable water and shade. No more than nine consecutive hours on a leash in a day's time. No more than 30 minutes tied up when temperatures are lower than 32 degrees or higher than 90 degrees. Anyone who tethers a dog outside in extreme weather or severely abuses a horse will face more than a summary offense. In the past, Read more

 

PLBC mourns the passing of former state Rep. Thomas Blackwell

(Aug 24, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 24 – State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chair of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, released the following statement regarding the passing of former state Rep. Thomas W. Blackwell: Harris said, “The City of Philadelphia, and our Commonwealth, has lost a giant. Representative Blackwell dedicated his life to public service and fought to improve the lives of countless Philadelphians. He will be deeply missed. I am certain his legacy will live on and guide the next generation of public servants. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.” State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., the House Democratic Caucus secretary, said, “It was an honor to serve with Tommy in the legislature. I have known him and his family for very long time, and he was always a man of integrity and compassion. He had a true vision and was a steward of his community throughout his life. We’re going to miss him and I will keep his family in my prayers.” State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila/Delaware, the Philadelphia County Delegation secretary, said, “Representative Blackwell was a steward of wisdom, guidance and direction. He was the perfect model of how to put the people first as we do the people’s business. I will pray for his family in the hopes that they are comforted through this very emotional time.” Harris added, “Many of the issues he fought for even after leaving office – reducing crime, Read more

 

Over 1,200 constituents attend McClinton & Cephas’ 60th Street Health and Wellness Summer Jam

(Aug 18, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 18 – State Reps. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, and Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., welcomed more than 1,200 constituents of the 191st and 192nd Legislative Districts to the Second Annual 60th Street Health and Wellness Summer Jam, where families could enjoy a day of fun and entertainment. “It was my honor to host the event again this year. We provided health screenings and resources for our constituents, but more importantly we united our communities even more. Communities where back in the days neighbors were not allowed to cross from one side to another,” McClinton said. “This event proves that peace is possible and that communities can come together, grow and thrive.” The Summer Jam began with a March for Peace and included health screenings conducted by Sayre Health Center, Mercy Health System and Penn Medicine; children’s activities, food and refreshments. Philadelphia radio show personality Dezzie hosted live performances that included the African Dance and Drum Ensemble, Carnival, and L&L Dance Company. With more than 50 exhibitors, attendees also had the opportunity to gather information on a variety of local organizations and state programs such as the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Medicaid and the state Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Congressman Dwight Evans, state Sen. Anthony Williams, state Rep. Donna Bullock and Councilmembers Jannie Blackwell and Curtis Jones Jr. Read more

 

McClinton and Cephas to host Health and Wellness Summer Jam on Aug. 12

(Jul 28, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, July 28 – State Reps. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, and Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., are proud to announce the 60th Street Health and Wellness Community Summer Jam. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12 at 60th Street between Arch and Chestnut streets . It will feature health screenings and resources, children’s activities – including a moon bounce, main stage entertainment, food, refreshments and fun for the whole family. “We are excited to host this event, because it lets us interact with neighbors who want to ask questions and provide feedback on a wide range of matters,” McClinton said. “People from every neighborhood and community in the district are invited to come together to enjoy food, games, entertainment, win prizes, and learn about important community health partners in Philly.” Cephas said, “Often, people aren’t aware of everything that is available to them through the state. My job as a state representative is to help get that information to them, and this event is a great way for me to reach a lot of my constituents while we all enjoy ourselves.” Legislative staff will be available to answer any state-related concerns constituents may have, including on a variety of state programs such as the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Local and state agencies will also be available onsite. More information Read more

 

McClinton, Bullock to introduce bill to create community-based sentencing programs for women with children

(Jul 27, 2017)

HARRISBURG, July 27 – State Reps. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Deleware, and Donna Bullock, D-Phila., announced that they will introduce legislation that would direct Pennsylvania courts to sentence the primary caretakers of children younger than 18 to individualized community-based sentencing programs. The bill would require judges to determine if an offender is the primary caretaker of a child under 18, and if so, to hand down a sentence of non-confinement for low-level and non-violent offenses as long as they do not carry mandatory minimums. The offender would be required to complete a number of rehabilitative services instead of serving time in prison. “The tough-on-crime stances in our Commonwealth are ineffective and are tearing families apart,” McClinton said. “Yes, individuals who break the law should be held accountable. However, if they have committed a low-level, non-violent offense, they should not be sent to prison where they would lose custody of their child.” Over the past 30 years, the number of incarcerated women in the United States increased by over 700 percent, rising from 26,378 in 1980 to 215,332 in 2014. More than 60 percent of women in state prisons are reported to have a child under 18. Incarcerated mothers are forced to either relinquish their child to foster care or place them under the care of relatives. “Incarcerating women for low-level, non-violent offenses has detrimental effects on children,” Read more

 

Philadelphia lawmakers urge return to Harrisburg to finalize state budget, offer solutions to fix recurring revenue gap

(Jul 18, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, July 18 – Members of the Philadelphia Delegation in the state House of Representatives today urged Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, to call the House back to Harrisburg to wrap up the 2017-18 state budget. "The main spending bill was passed on June 30, on a bipartisan basis, and it became law on July 10. So now we have to pay for that budget. And we need recurring, sustainable revenue to do it. Another year of mostly using gimmicks, what I refer to as 'smoke and mirrors,' will put us at risk of more credit downgrades, which just cost Pennsylvania taxpayers more. Unfortunately, Republican leaders shut down the House without finishing the job," said delegation chair Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware. Legislators outlined three major solutions to Pennsylvania's revenue gap that should receive votes in the full House: A severance tax on natural gas drilling companies: "Pennsylvania has already given away more than $2 billion in potential revenue by writing the natural gas law to favor the industry and shortchanging Pennsylvania residents. We simply want a severance tax comparable to the one every other natural gas-producing state in the nation have already put in place," said Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila. Closing corporate tax loopholes: "Without closing the so-called Delaware loophole here in Pennsylvania, we lose hundreds of millions in revenues each year by allowing large corporations to avoid state Read more

 

Delaware County Lawmakers offer a mid-July Budget Update

(Jul 13, 2017)

House Democratic Members from Delaware County give an update to citizens on the 2017-2018 state budget Read more

 

McClinton Welcomes Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake

(Jun 28, 2017)

Pa. state Rep Joanna McClinton welcomed the Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake to deliver the opening prayer for the Pa. House of Representatives. Read more

 

McClinton Strikes a Blow to Stop and Gos

(Jun 27, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton voted to increase penalties and enforcement against nuisance bars, commonly referred to as “Stop and Gos,” that are a burden on many Philadelphia neighborhoods, dragging down business corridors, hurting communities and lowering quality of life for families. Read more

 

Bill to address 'stop and go' alcohol nuisance issue advances to full House

(Jun 13, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 13 – A bill introduced by three Philadelphia state representatives to address the issue of "stop and go" nuisance alcohol-selling businesses today advanced out of the Liquor Control Committee to the full House of Representatives. House Bill 1547 was introduced by state Reps. Jordan Harris and Donna Bullock, both D-Phila.; and Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. The bill would allow the state Liquor Control Board to designate saturated nuisance market areas, where violations would be subject to enhanced penalties, fines and suspensions, and allow the board to remove licenses from those areas. Harris said, "While the majority of business owners who sell alcohol are responsible business owners, there are those who have been able to operate using business practices that are not in the best interests of the communities that they provide service to; understanding that, we have created legislation that will provide greater state and municipal oversight of those businesses who have skirted the rule of law and created nuisances in our communities that in many cases have altered the quality of life for those residents who live in the areas these businesses serve." Bullock said: "A key part of this bill is allowing for more coordination between the state and local communities to regulate these nuisance businesses. Under this bill, the Liquor Control Board would be given the authority to look at the number of citations, police Read more

 

Governor Wolf Voices Support for House Bill that Makes Opioid Education Mandatory in Schools

(Jun 08, 2017)

Governor Tom Wolf today voiced his support for House Bill 1190, which proposes a school-based substance abuse prevention and intervention program for all students in grade kindergarten through 12. The legislation is sponsored by Representative Joanna McClinton, 191st legislative district, Philadelphia and Delaware counties. Read more

 

Over 600 constituents attend McClinton’s 2017 Community Day

(May 25, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, May 24 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, welcomed more than 600 constituents of the 191 st Legislative District to her 2017 Community Day, where the whole family could enjoy a day of fun and entertainment. “It was my honor to host the first ever Cobbs Creek Community Day in the school yard of one of our neighborhood elementary schools, Add B. Anderson,” McClinton said. “The purpose of the event was to celebrate community, promote peace in our streets and empower neighbors with resources. I love to hear first-hand what issues our constituents face in their daily lives, and my staff was able to provide on-the-spot assistance.” The event began with a March for Peace that left from the schoolyard of Bryant Elementary School and included health screenings conducted by Penn Medicine and Sayre Health Center, children’s activities provided by Art(is) for Kids, food and refreshments donated by Fred’s Water Ice, HERR’S, WaWa, McDonalds, the Pretzel Factory and Sunshine Supermarket, and live stage entertainment. Attendees also had the opportunity to gather information on a variety of state programs such as CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program), Medicaid, and the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Congressmen Bob Brady and Dwight Evans, state Rep. James Roebuck and Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell participated in the event. McClinton said she wanted to thank the Klutch Kings, Motivation High Read more

 

McClinton Cobbs Creek Community Day

(May 24, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton hosted a Community Day for the Cobbs Creek area to bring people together and support peaceful neighborhoods and community. The day began with a March for Peace with Congressman Bob Brady and ended at Anderson Elementary with a fair of information, food and fun. Read more

 

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: Republican Budget Bad For PA
Sep 12, 2017

McClinton’s Back to School Resource Fair a success
Sep 08, 2017

A reminder from Philly House Democrats about landmark Pa. animal protection law taking effect today
Aug 28, 2017

PLBC mourns the passing of former state Rep. Thomas Blackwell
Aug 24, 2017

Over 1,200 constituents attend McClinton & Cephas’ 60th Street Health and Wellness Summer Jam
Aug 18, 2017

McClinton and Cephas to host Health and Wellness Summer Jam on Aug. 12
Jul 28, 2017

McClinton, Bullock to introduce bill to create community-based sentencing programs for women with children
Jul 27, 2017

Philadelphia lawmakers urge return to Harrisburg to finalize state budget, offer solutions to fix recurring revenue gap
Jul 18, 2017

Delaware County Lawmakers offer a mid-July Budget Update
Jul 13, 2017

McClinton Welcomes Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake
Jun 28, 2017

McClinton Strikes a Blow to Stop and Gos
Jun 27, 2017

Bill to address 'stop and go' alcohol nuisance issue advances to full House
Jun 13, 2017

Governor Wolf Voices Support for House Bill that Makes Opioid Education Mandatory in Schools
Jun 08, 2017

Over 600 constituents attend McClinton’s 2017 Community Day
May 25, 2017

McClinton Cobbs Creek Community Day
May 24, 2017

McClinton on Merit Selection for Judges
May 09, 2017

McClinton to host 2017 Community Day at Cobbs Creek
May 09, 2017

McClinton hosts shredding event to help avoid identity theft
May 08, 2017

McClinton hosts Philadelphia Zoo event for local families
Apr 25, 2017

McClinton to host FREE shredding event and Community Day in May
Apr 24, 2017