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McClinton, Kinsey to introduce legislation to increase opportunities for pardons in Pennsylvania

McClinton’s Legislative Luncheon a success

(Oct 18, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 18 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, hosted a senior Legislative Luncheon for residents in the 191st Legislative District. The luncheon took place Oct. 13 at Presbyterian Homes, Mary Fields Building, 2000 S. 58th St. “Our seniors are our most treasured residents,” McClinton said. “That’s why I was excited to host my senior Legislative Luncheon. The luncheon is only one of my many initiatives to ensure that our wisest neighbors have access to the resources they need.” McClinton said there were more than 75 seniors in attendance. McClinton provided attendees with a legislative update on what has been going on in Harrisburg as well as information on various state-related resources available to seniors. “I would like to thank AARP, Traci’s Bio, the Greater Philadelphia Health Action, Inc., PECO and Penn Medicine for making this event a success. With their help, we were able to provide our seniors with many of the resources they have been searching for,” she said. ### Read more

 

McClinton helps returning citizens get a second chance

(Oct 05, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 5 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, welcomed more than 200 constituents of the 191 st Legislative District to the Re-Entry Resource Fair: Pathways to Pardons and Expungement Clinic, co-hosted by state Sen. Anthony Williams and Lt. Gov. Mike Stack. "This event opened the window of opportunity for those who may have made a mistake years ago as young adults and were still paying for it today. This also helps reduce costs associated with our overburdened criminal justice system," said McClinton. “The Defender Association of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity provided more than 50 expungements. Many people learned exactly how to apply for a pardon. Others in attendance have family members who are currently incarcerated but needed to learn how to seek commutation. With strong community partnerships and government working together we can empower neighbors to move forward,” McClinton added. McClinton said she wanted to thank Williams and Stack for co-hosting the event, and resource vendors who provided citizens the information needed to move forward, such as Gateway to Re-Entry, Career Wardrobe, Pennsylvania CareerLink, the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Reintegration Services (R.I.S.E.) and JEVS Prison Program. Access photo gallery here. Read more

 

McClinton Helping to Give a Second Chance

(Sep 26, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton is hosting a Re-Entry Resource Fair for those seeking to expunge criminal records and looking for a pathway to pardon. McClinton welcomes Lt. Governor Mike Stack and more local organizations for discussion and assistance on getting a second chance. Read more

 

McClinton, to co-host Pathway to Pardons and Expungements Resource Fair

(Sep 14, 2017)

PHILDELPHIA, Sept. 14 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, will join state Sen. Anthony Williams and Lt. Gov. Mike Stack for a resource fair designed to inform constituents about the possibilities of clearing their name from minor past convictions. The Re-entry Resource Fair: Pathways to Pardons and Expungements will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 at the Francis J. Myers Recreation Center, 5800 Chester Ave., 19143. McClinton said constituents can learn how the pardon process works in Pennsylvania and how they can seek a pardon for past convictions. “Many people have fallen on hard times as a result of a minor conviction that keeps haunting them,” McClinton said. “I believe this workshop will help constituents find a way to clear that conviction from their name and set them on the right path.” McClinton added many local agencies will be on hand with valuable information that focuses on reentry. Anyone who is looking for an expungement for free should call Sen. Williams’ office at (215) 492-2980 to RSVP. Read more

 

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

 

Summer 2017 Newsletter

(Jul 21, 2017)

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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’s Legislative Luncheon a success
Oct 18, 2017

McClinton helps returning citizens get a second chance
Oct 05, 2017

McClinton Helping to Give a Second Chance
Sep 26, 2017

McClinton, to co-host Pathway to Pardons and Expungements Resource Fair
Sep 14, 2017

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

Summer 2017 Newsletter
Jul 21, 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