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Miller, Davis legislation would increase transparency in law enforcement videos

(3 hours ago)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – State Reps. Dan Miller and Austin Davis, both D-Allegheny, are introducing legislation to provide more transparency and accountability when it comes to police videos and recording of law enforcement in Pennsylvania. Act 22 of 2017 approved the use of body cameras by law enforcement. While Miller and Davis believe the law has protected both officers and the public, they also believe it has shortcomings that need to be addressed. “Act 22 was an important bill that I believe has helped de-escalate some situations and improve safety,” Miller said. “But at the same time, it decreased transparency by restricting the public’s ability to access police video previously subject to the state’s Right to Know Law and made it more challenging to get any footage from law enforcement in a variety of ways. Our legislation would reverse much of that and make other important changes.” Miller and Davis’ legislation would: Return all non-body camera police video to the purview of the Right to Know Law, as was the case before Act 22. Increase the amount of time a person has to request body camera footage from 60 to 180 days. Increase the ways a person may formally request such footage. Increase response time for such requests. Increase appeal rights by providing for review by the Office of Open Records. Develop a uniform request form. Protect and enshrine the right of citizens to record police Read more

 

Gainey, Miller to introduce bill allowing college athletes to get paid

(Feb 23, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 23 – State Reps. Ed Gainey and Dan Miller, both D-Allegheny, are renewing their efforts on legislation that would allow college student-athletes in Pennsylvania to be fairly compensated for their efforts. Their bill, H.B. 632, would allow college athletes in Pennsylvania to sign endorsement deals, earn compensation for their name, image and likeness, and sign licensing contracts that would allow them to earn money. It would also allow them to hire professional representation, like agents, to manage their contracts and finances. Through ticket sales, TV contracts, apparel sales, and more, student athletes generate millions of dollars in revenue for their schools each year. If coaches and athletic directors are making money from their talent, Gainey says athletes should too. “Think about all of the money these students make for their schools through athletic competition,” said Gainey. “They are the only ones not getting paid for their efforts in this billion-dollar industry. It’s time we made the system fairer and more equitable, and we have to make sure our great colleges remain competitive nationwide.” To date, California, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, New Jersey, and Nebraska have passed similar legislation. Miller believes the time is right for Pennsylvania to be added to that list. “Several states have passed similar legislation and multiple others have at least introduced it. There is national Read more

 

Miller, Kim to introduce bill extending eligibility for special ed programs during pandemic

(Feb 22, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 22 – State Reps. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny, and Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, are planning to introduce legislation that would extend special education eligibility for students with an IEP in relation to transition programming after the age of 18. It’s no secret the COVID-19 pandemic has had negative impacts on many students, but Miller said for many students who require Individualized Education Programs, the effects arguably have been even greater. There are approximately 1,300 students across Pennsylvania in their final year of eligibility for transition assistance. Without proper action, their eligibility would expire, and they would no longer be able to access these vital services. “Given the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, it would be unconscionable to allow these students to age out of this program without full access to its benefits,” said Miller. “That is why we are introducing this bill, which will allow many to have a little more time due to COVID interruption. It would also permit students who were forced out to re-engage if they so desired.” Miller’s legislation would ensure no student enrolled in school with an active IEP when the governor first declared the COVID-19 state of emergency shall lose their eligibility for services until 12 months after the expiration of the emergency declaration. It would be up to the parents and students if they want to continue participating in the program after they turn Read more

 

Miller, Bullock bill would provide certificate for former inmates to re-enter the workforce

(Feb 12, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 12 – A bill authored by state Reps. Dan Miller and Donna Bullock to improve access to jobs for former inmates and reduce recidivism will soon be introduced in the PA House. The bill would require every person to receive a reentry certificate after leaving incarceration. The certificate would serve as proof to employers of the person’s achievements in skill development, rehabilitation, education and their readiness for safe reentry. “When a person pays their debt to society and simultaneously acquires or hones a skill to help them when they re-enter that society, we should provide them with every opportunity to do so,” said Bullock, D-Phila. “This is a bill that not only helps a person put their life back in order, but also provides employers with a workforce that is ready to go. It is a plus for everyone.” The legislation would also provide protections for employers in relation to negligence actions based solely on the hiring of a person with a criminal record. Applicants would still have to pass required clearances for employment. “This certificate would provide employers with one less reason not to take a chance on someone committed to bettering their future,” said Miller, D-Allegheny. “It helps ease the often-difficult transition back into the workforce and the community, as well as reduces the chances for a person to reoffend or return to prison.” Miller and Bullock are seeking Read more

 

Economic Development Roundtable

(Feb 11, 2021)

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Miller, Benham to introduce bill to create new Pa. Department of Accessibility and Inclusion

(Feb 10, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 10 – State Reps. Dan Miller and Jessica Benham, both D-Allegheny, are planning to introduce a bill that would create the Pennsylvania Department of Accessibility and Inclusion. “Nearly one in four Pennsylvanians have a disability, and despite the best intentions of many, most have only seen modest improvements in their lives and opportunities,” said Miller, a member of the House Autism and Intellectual Disabilities Caucus. “This department would be committed to providing government services and opportunities that are accessible to every Pennsylvanian.” Miller and Benham, who are both part of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation, said the bill would consolidate several existing programs under the new department. It would also create a cabinet-level secretary position in the governor’s administration. “Having a secretary dedicated to the needs of people with disabilities would go a long way in helping the governor’s office craft much-needed policies,” Benham said. “This is a way for Pennsylvania to make sure progress is made and that what matters to people with disabilities is considered.” Miller and Benham are seeking co-sponsors for their planned legislation. Read more

 

House Democrats demand accountability for Republican election lies

(Jan 13, 2021)

Citing the dangerous lies spread by some Republicans in the General Assembly regarding the 2020 election, House Democratic leaders today released the following statement demanding accountability and responsibility as the nation moves forward:“What we saw last week was nothing short of an attempted coup, instigated not only by the president of the United States but by Republican enablers at all levels of government. Words matter, and the falsehoods, misrepresentations and seditious rantings we’ve heard from some Republican members of the General Assembly can’t go unchallenged. Our nation can’t heal without consequences for the first invasion of the United States Capitol since the War of 1812. Read more

 

Miller, chairman of Democratic Caucus, sworn in for fifth term

(Jan 05, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 5 – On Tuesday, state Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny, was sworn in for his fifth term as state representative of the 42 nd Legislative District. “As always I am grateful for the opportunity to serve my community, especially with so many key issues that still need to be addressed by the legislature,” Miller said. “Hope is -- God-willing -- on the horizon, but the inequities and challenges laid bare by COVID-19 are massive. We must work tirelessly to not only return more people to work and school as safely and quickly as possible, but we should strive to improve opportunity for everyone across the board.” Miller was unanimously elected by his colleagues to serve as Democratic Caucus chair for the 2021-22 legislative session. He previously served as chair of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation and as a member of the Education, Judiciary, Human Services, and Labor and Industry committees. The 42 nd Legislative District consists of Mt. Lebanon Township, Dormont Borough, Castle Shannon Borough, Baldwin Township, and parts of Pittsburgh and Scott Township. Miller will continue to maintain his constituent service office at 650 Washington Road Suite 102 in Mount Lebanon. The office may be reached at 412-343-3870. He also invites residents to visit his website – www.pahouse.com/Miller -- which has links to information on state services and includes a form that allows Read more

 

House Democrats pledge ‘People over Partisanship’ in 2021-22 session

(Jan 05, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 5 -- The PA House Democratic Caucus leadership team issued a joint statement today as state legislators formally began the 2021-22 Legislative Session: “With 202 members of the House of Representatives due to be sworn in, we celebrate the diversity of our great state and reflect on the shared values common to almost all Pennsylvanians. Yet we also mourn the tragic loss of Representative Mike Reese, whose sudden passing reminded all of us how precious life is. “The importance of the top priorities that House Democrats have consistently promoted -- good jobs with fair pay, quality schools, affordable housing, accessible health care, a safe environment and protection of democracy -- are being highlighted and tested in many ways during this devastating pandemic. “We see the beginning of this new legislative session as a chance to elevate people over partisanship and make gains toward these common goals in all of Pennsylvania’s unique communities – east and west, large and small, urban, suburban and rural. “Democrats in the House hope that our Republican partners will work with us to help people stay in jobs, get back to work and go to school safely; equip healthcare workers properly to battle this pandemic; ensure Pennsylvanians are not evicted from their homes in the middle of a public health crisis; and send targeted relief to the many businesses ravaged by this pandemic. Read more

 

Miller: Nearly $9 million awarded to entities in district for redevelopment projects

(Dec 23, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 23 – State Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny, today announced nearly $9 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding that was awarded to two entities in the 42 nd Legislative District. Miller said the funding couldn’t come at a better time. “It’s been a tough year, especially with the financial strain placed on our communities due to COVID-19,” Miller said. “But even in the worst of times, it’s reassuring to see we can find some good in 2020, most notably during the holiday season. It’s my hope both entities are able to put this funding to good use, and that we see the benefits of these state grants in the near future.” Miller said Castle Shannon Borough was awarded $771,428 of the nearly $9 million in RACP funding for phase one of a streetscape project in the borough. Specifically, the funding will include the installation of 16,000 linear feet of new sidewalks; 15 new ADA-compliant curb cuts; 630 linear feet new curbing; 36 new electrical light poles; traffic maintenance plans; site grading; and a storm water management area. The remaining $8 million was awarded to St. Clair Memorial Hospital. Miller said the funding will be used for a proposed outpatient center, which will allow St. Clair Memorial Hospital to care for its patients more efficiently. The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a grant program administered by the Office of the Read more

 

Miller elected House Democratic Caucus chairman

(Nov 16, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 16 – Last week at the reorganization of the House Democratic leadership, state Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny, was elected House Democratic Caucus chairman. Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation in the current legislative session, will serve a two-year term as Caucus chair, helping to coordinate Democratic legislative efforts. He was the only member from Allegheny County elected to House leadership. “While I am excited and honored to be chosen by my colleagues to serve them in leadership, we have a lot of work to do,” Miller said. “We are still struggling with COVID-19 and for the betterment of the state, Republicans and Democrats must work together better. But Democrats also plan on making sure our priorities are well represented. We still need to grow family sustaining jobs, improve education, and enhance access to health care. We must find a path to paid leave, a minimum wage increase, and to a cleaner environment. I hope to bring new energy to such discussions and still believe there is a lot we can and must do together.” Miller has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2013, serving Allegheny County in the 42nd Legislative District. Part of the House Democrats’ leadership reorganization also included the election of state Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila., as House Democratic floor leader. She is the first woman in the General Assembly’s 244-year history Read more

 

House Democrats elect leaders for upcoming legislative session

(Nov 12, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 12 – The 90 members of the House Democratic Caucus who won election last week to serve during the 2021-22 session today chose their caucus leaders. Due to the high risk of Covid-19 transmission a number of lawmakers participated in the meeting virtually. Read more

 

Register NOW for our Nov. 19 drive-thru flu shot clinic!

(Oct 29, 2020)

State Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny, and state Sen. Pam Iovino are hosting a drive-thru flu shot clinic on Thursday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon, in the Mt. Lebanon United Lutheran Church parking lot, 975 Washington Road. Flu and Pneumonia shots (and other vaccinations, such as Shingles and TDAP) will be available with insurance coverage. Pre-registration is required by Nov. 16! Click here to register. Note: For our protection and yours, you must wear a mask - all staff and workers will also be wearing masks and gloves. Read more

 

Pre-register by Oct. 15 for our Thursday, Oct. 22 Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinic

(Sep 22, 2020)

On Thursday, Oct. 22, my office, in coordination with state Sen. Pam Iovino, will be hosting a drive-thru flu shot clinic. Please register by Oct 8! Read more

 

Miller: $200K awarded to Dormont Borough’s stormwater authority for rehabilitation projects

(Sep 15, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 15 – State Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny, today announced that $200,000 was awarded to Dormont Borough’s stormwater authority for stormwater improvements within the borough. Miller said the funding was awarded through the Allegheny County Gaming Economic Development Tourism Fund and approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. “This is significant funding for much-needed renovations in Dormont,” Miller said. “The funding awarded today will help Dormont’s stormwater authority install a number of new storm sewers across the municipality, which has needed to be done for quite some time. I look forward to seeing the final product once these projects are complete.” Miller said the $200,000 will go toward the installation of seven new inlets and installation of 450 linear feet of new storm sewers on LaSalle and Louisiana avenues. The funds originate from the Pennsylvania Gaming Economic Development and Tourism Fund Program – a program established to fund community and economic development projects in Allegheny County through revenues generated from all casinos. The funds are determined via a daily assessment of the licensed facility’s gross terminal revenue. The program provides grants for single-year and multi-year projects that promote development in Allegheny County, including economic, infrastructure and community improvements, job training, Read more

 

Miller, ACHDD to conduct virtual panels starting Thursday through Friday, Sept. 4

(Aug 26, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 26 – Starting Thursday, state Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny, and the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation will conclude their summer hearing outreach with five virtual public panel discussions. The virtual panels begin Thursday and run through Friday, Sept. 4. Panel dates and topics are: Health of our Hospitals: Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Co-chaired by state Rep. Anita Astorino Kulik Future of Work: Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Update on Police Reform: Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Co-chaired by state Reps. Ed Gainey and Summer Lee COVID and Worker Safety: Thursday, Sept. 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Co-chaired by state Rep. Rob Matzie Housing Crisis: Friday, Sept. 4 from 10:30 a.m. to noon Co-chaired by state Rep. Sara Innamorato Miller, chairman of ACHDD, invites the public and media to view the virtual panels by visiting RepDanMiller.com . Questions can be submitted ahead of each panel at RepMiller@pahouse.net . Read more

 

Miller announces $345,900 in grants for water, sewer system improvements

(Aug 17, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 17 – State Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny, announced the awarding of $345,900 in PA Small Water and Sewer grants to Castle Shannon for improvements and repairs to its water and sewer systems. “Infrastructure is a critical issue and I was very glad to support Castle Shannon’s efforts to improve their sewer system,” Miller said. “These grants will help ensure clean water and a safe, sanitary sewer system for the residents of Castle Shannon for years to come.” Castle Shannon will use the $45,900 grant to make improvements to its storm sewer system on Killarney Drive. Stormwater runoff from Armstrong Park in Baldwin Township is bypassing its intended inlet and instead ending up on the driveway and in the basement of a property on Killarney Drive. The borough will install two catch basins, 75 linear feet of 15-inch corrugated storm pipe, and road and curb restoration. The $300,000 grant will be used to repair 4,650 linear feet of sewer lines and replace two manholes to address defective sewer lines that have been identified. The repairs will include 4,350 linear feet of full liner trenchless sewer repair, 130 linear feet of spot liner sewer repairs, 170 linear feet of in-trench replacement and installing two manholes in the McCully Road and Connor Road areas. “I also salute the effort by Castle Shannon’s elected officials and staff for Read more

 

House Democrats in Pittsburgh announce $409K in education funding for Pittsburgh School District

(Aug 07, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 7 – House Democrats representing the city of Pittsburgh announced Friday the disbursement of $409,000 in education funding to the Pittsburgh School District. Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation members who represent the city of Pittsburgh include state Reps. Dan Deasy, Dan Frankel, Ed Gainey, Sara Innamorato, Summer Lee, Dan Miller, Adam Ravenstahl, Harry Readshaw and Jake Wheatley. “This is substantial funding for the Pittsburgh School District,” said state Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the delegation. “The allotted funding will go toward well-needed resources, and it will ensure students in the district have a better chance of achieving academic success.” The grants may be used to purchase computer equipment, such as laptops, tablets and internet hot spots, or used toward providing instructional materials, such as paper lessons and coursework. Schools with the highest percentages of students lacking access to resources were given priority in receiving these grants. The Continuity in Education and Equity Grants are designed to help provide access and inclusion for all learners by bridging the gap for students who are currently limited in their ability to participate in continuity of education. Read more

 

My letter to Chairman Curt Sonney

(Jul 16, 2020)

My letter to Chairman Curt Sonney Read more

 

Miller, Roebuck introduce online learning equity bill for students in acute poverty

(Jul 15, 2020)

HARRISBURG, July 15 – COVID-19 resulted in the closing of schools statewide this past spring, a move that at the time had bipartisan support and echoed actions taken across our country, but it was one that also shined a bright line on the inequality embedded in many of our school districts across the state. This gross inequality allowed for more well-funded and financially supported districts to open online weeks if not almost two months ahead of neighboring districts that had less funding and less financial support. State Reps. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny, and Jim Roebuck, D-Phila., on Thursday introduced legislation (H.B. 2705) that would offer a path forward to make sure school districts in the future are not delayed in opening online due to uncertainty of access to technology, and that every child who is from a home living in acute poverty has the necessary technology provided to them to make them ready for online learning from day one. “COVID-19 is an unprecedented emergency that no district, state, or likely, nation was prepared to address,” Miller said. “However, we must learn from our experience this spring and we must make sure that no child or school district will be delayed from accessing or providing online education in the future due to financial hardship. It is unjust that our wealthier school districts can be up and running, while our more economically challenged school districts have to go door-to-door, hat-in-hand for Read more

 

Miller, Davis legislation would increase transparency in law enforcement videos
3 hours ago

Gainey, Miller to introduce bill allowing college athletes to get paid
Feb 23, 2021

Miller, Kim to introduce bill extending eligibility for special ed programs during pandemic
Feb 22, 2021

Miller, Bullock bill would provide certificate for former inmates to re-enter the workforce
Feb 12, 2021

Economic Development Roundtable
Feb 11, 2021

Miller, Benham to introduce bill to create new Pa. Department of Accessibility and Inclusion
Feb 10, 2021

House Democrats demand accountability for Republican election lies
Jan 13, 2021

Miller, chairman of Democratic Caucus, sworn in for fifth term
Jan 05, 2021

House Democrats pledge ‘People over Partisanship’ in 2021-22 session
Jan 05, 2021

Miller: Nearly $9 million awarded to entities in district for redevelopment projects
Dec 23, 2020

Miller elected House Democratic Caucus chairman
Nov 16, 2020

House Democrats elect leaders for upcoming legislative session
Nov 12, 2020

Register NOW for our Nov. 19 drive-thru flu shot clinic!
Oct 29, 2020

Pre-register by Oct. 15 for our Thursday, Oct. 22 Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinic
Sep 22, 2020

Miller: $200K awarded to Dormont Borough’s stormwater authority for rehabilitation projects
Sep 15, 2020

Miller, ACHDD to conduct virtual panels starting Thursday through Friday, Sept. 4
Aug 26, 2020

Miller announces $345,900 in grants for water, sewer system improvements
Aug 17, 2020

House Democrats in Pittsburgh announce $409K in education funding for Pittsburgh School District
Aug 07, 2020

My letter to Chairman Curt Sonney
Jul 16, 2020

Miller, Roebuck introduce online learning equity bill for students in acute poverty
Jul 15, 2020