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Action on police reform the first step, but many more to come

(Jun 30, 2020)

In response to the Pennsylvania Senate passing H.Bs. 1841 and 1910, state Reps. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., House Democratic whip, Joanna McClinton, D-Phila., House Democratic chair, Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., Philadelphia Delegation chairman, Dan Miller, D-Allegheny, Allegheny Delegation chairman, Dan Williams, D-Chester, Summer Lee, D-Allegheny, and Chris Rabb, D-Phila., released the following statement:“In Harrisburg, the legislative process can often be slow and grinding. However, in times of crisis, slow and grinding is unacceptable. The passage of these two police reform bills in only a month’s time reflects the fact that when people take to the streets and demand action from their elected officials, we as a General Assembly are capable of working deliberatively and quickly. Read more

 

Join Me for a Special Education Live Online Panel Discussion THIS FRIDAY

(Jun 23, 2020)

On Friday, June 26 at 11 a.m., I will be hosting an online public discussion that will focus on the topic of Special Education. I hope that you will join us! Read more

 

Lee, Miller vote to advance police accountability bills to House

(Jun 15, 2020)

Lawmakers say unanimous, bipartisan vote today is just the start and more must be done Read more

 

Miller votes to freeze cost-of-living adjustments for public officials

(May 28, 2020)

HARRISBURG, May 28 – Noting the economic fallout many families have experienced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, state Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny, called his “yes” vote on Tuesday to freeze cost-of-living adjustments for public officials an easy decision. House Bill 2487 , which passed the House unanimously, would amend the Public Official Compensation Law to freeze COLAs for legislators through 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Despite increased federal and state assistance -- and further business re-openings here in western PA in particular -- many families are hurting,” Miller said. “While freezing COLAs is not going to close the budget, it simply is the right thing to do. I hope that this bill becomes law quickly.” In addition to all legislators, Miller said the measure would also freeze COLAs for the following offices and positions: governor, lieutenant governor, state auditor general, state attorney general, state treasurer, commissioners of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, and heads of state departments. House Bill 2487 now heads to the state Senate for consideration. Read more

 

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(Mar 31, 2020)

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Democratic legislators applaud state Supreme Court decision to halt evictions

(Mar 18, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 18 – Following the announcement that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court would be halting all eviction notices, multiple House Democrats, who earlier in the day requested this halt, issued the following statement: “We’re extremely appreciative to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for showing judicious leadership in halting all evictions statewide through at least April 3 and possibly beyond depending on the COVID-19 pandemic. “As we continually urge Pennsylvanians to stay home out of great concern for their personal health as well as the health of their community, it’s unconscionable that they could still be evicted and thrown into a world of instability when stability is what they need most. This halting of evictions doesn’t only help the homeowner or lessee, it helps the entire community. “Far too many people are living paycheck to paycheck and now face the real situation of being out of work for an extended period of time. Ensuring they have a roof over their heads for the foreseeable future isn’t simply the right thing to do, it’s the moral thing to do.” The following House Democratic legislators signed on to a letter, which can be viewed here, requesting the Pennsylvania Supreme Court halt all eviction proceedings: Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny. Democratic Whip Jordan Harris, D-Phila. State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila. State Read more

 

Letter to Justice Saylor asking to suspend evictions

(Mar 18, 2020)

Letter to Chief Justice Saylor asking to expand a directive in Pennsylvania to include all foreclosures and evictions, beyond those processed through HUD. Read more

 

Miller, ACHDD seek to support school districts, families, first responders and small businesses during outbreak

(Mar 13, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 13 – State Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation, and fellow ACHDD members on Friday announced their legislative priorities to support Pennsylvania during the coronavirus outbreak, including the need to support low-income and working-class families without paid family leave or the ability to work from home. Miller, as well as state Reps. Austin Davis, Dan Deasy, Tony DeLuca, House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, Dan Frankel, Ed Gainey, Sara Innamorato, Bill Kortz, Anita Kulik, Summer Lee, Brandon Markosek, Adam Ravenstahl, Harry Readshaw and Jake Wheatley issued the following statement in response to Friday’s statewide school closure: “The delegation, first and foremost, wants to be supportive of the school districts during this time. It is clear that both they and the governor are motivated by an abundance of concern for the health and safety of both their students and staff. We respect their decision and will work to support their needs in Harrisburg. However, while the closure may have been a necessary step, it is not without its subsequent challenges -- and those challenges must be addressed by the legislature. “At a minimum, in order to help people across Pennsylvania, Harrisburg should prioritize the following items for discussion and vote: Paid family leave legislation. Emergency funding for childcare support. Assistance for Read more

 

Allegheny County Democratic Delegation chair, legislators call on Gov. Tom Wolf to halt all public utility disconnections in wake of the COVID-19 virus

(Mar 13, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 13 – State Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation, and fellow ACHDD members on Friday asked Gov. Tom Wolf to place a moratorium on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission from further shutoffs for the foreseeable future for all Pennsylvanians in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The delegation’s call to action comes by way of support for the initial request issued early Thursday by members of the Philadelphia leadership team in the state House. Miller, as well as state Reps. Austin Davis, Dan Deasy, Tony DeLuca, House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, Dan Frankel, Ed Gainey, Sara Innamorato, Bill Kortz, Anita Kulik, Summer Lee, Brandon Markosek, Robert Matzie, Adam Ravenstahl, Harry Readshaw and Jake Wheatley issued the following statement: “As we speak, we’re faced with an emergency, the COVID-19 pandemic, that many have never dealt with before here in Pennsylvania. Aside from the fear and anxiety this may be causing many state residents, we as lawmakers need to be sure we’re doing everything possible to make what could be a dire situation less extreme for those living with life-threatening illnesses or in low-income situations. One way we can do that is by ensuring that all residents have access to their electric utilities, especially those who rely on their electric to power their medical equipment. “Losing electricity would Read more

 

Miller calls for passage of Family Care Act amid COVID-19 outbreak

(Mar 12, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 12 – With the possibility of schools and businesses having to shutter their doors due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, state Rep. Dan Miller is calling for the passage of H.B. 1739. The bipartisan legislation, also known as the Family Care Act, is a crucial bill that would provide a critical benefit to families forced to stay home during times of sickness or unexpected emergencies, such as the COVID-19 outbreak, Miller said. “This pandemic emphasizes why we need the Family Care Act. The majority of Pennsylvania workers do not have paid leave, and if businesses and schools are closed, many may struggle to pay the bills.” Miller said. “Obviously we hope that this current situation does not lead to such drastic closures statewide, but it might. And the reality is that there is no guarantee that this virus or one similar doesn’t continue to plague us for years. We need to offer greater security to our workers and families now.” Miller, who is a prime co-sponsor of H.B. 1739 , said the measure would establish a statewide Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program, which would call for all working individuals to make a small payroll contribution to support the initiative. Miller said by doing so, eligible employees would be able to care for themselves in the event of a serious health condition, care for a close family member with a serious health condition, or care for an aging parent or Read more

 

Miller: More than $230K award to multiple synagogues, church for safety and security enhancements

(Mar 11, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 11 – Two synagogues and a church in the 42 nd Legislative District were awarded a combined total of $236,436 in state funding to use toward security and safety at their facilities, announced state Rep. Dan Miller. Miller, D-Allegheny, said the three entities were awarded the funds by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency at its quarterly commission meeting today. Beth El Congregation/United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism received $90,000; Temple Emanuel of South Hills was awarded $74,800; and Mt. Lebanon United Presbyterian Church received $71,636. “I am very pleased to announce these safety grants for these venerable institutions, which make up a big part of our community fabric. While it is unfortunate that these grants are necessary at all, we cannot ignore the times we live in and the challenges we face. There are no more welcoming spaces in our districts than our places of worship, and we must work together to keep it that way.” Miller said the grants are provided through PCCD’s Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program following the passage of Act 83 of 2019 . The act directs PCCD to administer grants to nonprofit organizations who have been or who are likely to be targets for hate crimes. Priority consideration for funding was given to organizations that indicated they – or their membership – were victims of a hate crime or had a credible hate-crime threat. Read more

 

3/3/20 – Disability and Mental Health Policy Issues – Pittsburgh

(Mar 05, 2020)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Dan Miller. Read more

 

Ravenstahl, Miller to introduce ban on ‘Gay, Trans Panic’ defense

(Feb 27, 2020)

Hate and discrimination should never be reasons to murder, assault Read more

 

Miller announces featured speakers for his upcoming Disability and Mental Health Summit

(Jan 31, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 31 – State Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny, announced Friday the Keynote Speaker for his upcoming Disability and Mental Health Summit on March 3. Former Congressman and author of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act, Tony Coelho, will be providing the keynote address for the summit from 4:40 p.m. to 5:10 p.m. “I am so excited that Congressman Coelho is able to join us, especially given that 2020 is the 30 th anniversary of the passage of his bill,” Miller said. “The ADA is a seminal piece of civil rights legislation for our country and is responsible for increasing opportunity and access for millions of Americans.” The ADA was passed in 1990 by a Democratic Congress and a Republican president, prohibiting discrimination based on disability and requiring reasonable accommodations for employees and accessibility requirements on public accommodations. “The Americans with Disabilities Act was never the product of one individual,” Miller said, “but no doubt, Congressman Coelho and his work played a key role in advancing the rights of Americans with disabilities. His experience, motivation and insight into the historical context are important for all of us to know and understand.” Additional speakers of note include Gov. Wolf’s secretary of Human Services, Teresa Miller, Deputy Secretary Kirstin Ahrens of the Office of Developmental Read more

 

Miller: Continuing education credits approved for all sessions for 2020 annual Disability and Mental Health Summit

(Jan 23, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 23 – More continuing education credits than ever before are now approved and available for the March 3 Disability and Mental Health Summit celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, announced state Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny. “Our summit prides itself in offering the largest collection of disability and mental health resources for attendees,” Miller said, “and that includes helping professionals gain a greater understanding and skill set in relation to how such issues inform and impact their work.” This year’s program, which will take place at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, now offers: 10 Act 48 credits for educators at no cost. 8 CLE’s for attorneys for $1.50 per CLE. 10 continuing education units for rehabilitation counselors at no cost. 10 continuing education units for social workers for $10 total. 10 continuing education units (10 hours) for interpreters at no cost. “For many people with a disability or mental health diagnosis, a trained professional is a necessity for basic life functions, but also for advancements in education, health care, employment -- and in defense of their rights,” Miller said. “That’s why we prioritize offering continuing education credits at our summit and we look forward to everyone experiencing our complete program.” Interested Read more

 

Registration for 2020 annual Disability & Mental Health Summit available online

(Jan 09, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 9 – Online registration for the 2020 annual Disability & Mental Health Summit is now available, announced state Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny. “For the last six years, the Disability & Mental Health Summit has made a difference in the lives of thousands of people,” Miller said. “This year, we celebrate the 30 th anniversary of the passage of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act, along with more than 40 informative sessions and hundreds of exhibitors for those in attendance.” With 65% to 70% of Pennsylvanians with disabilities not in the workforce, employment will be a major focus of the summit. “The ADA broke down a lot of doors and there is so much to celebrate,” Miller said. “However, the work is not done, and we should be a state where every 16 and 17-year-old has real opportunity to get a job and develop skills. The first work experience for far too many people with disabilities is delayed for years and too many go underemployed.” Registration is available at www.disabilitysummit.com . There is no cost to attend sessions or the resource fair. Miller said this year’s event will again offer continuing education credits for educators, social workers, lawyers, rehabilitation counselors and ASL interpreters. An administration fee is required for each credit, but otherwise the event is free for anyone to attend. Additional Read more

 

Mt. Lebanon recognized as Keystone Main Street

(Dec 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 26 – Mt. Lebanon, a community in the 42 nd Legislative District, has been designated a recognized Keystone Main Street in Pennsylvania, announced state Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny. Miller said Mt. Lebanon received the recognition through the Department of Community and Economic Development’s Keystone Communities Program, which is designed to encourage the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors that jointly support local initiatives such as the growth and stability of neighborhoods and communities; social and economic diversity; and a strong and secure quality of life. The program allows communities to tailor the assistance to meet the needs of its specific revitalization effort. “Mt. Lebanon was previously recognized as a Keystone Main Street, resulting in many accomplishments. But more needs to be done,” Miller said. “The Mt. Lebanon Partnership, a volunteer nonprofit program, and the municipality have bold plans for Mt. Lebanon’s business district, none of which would be possible without this designation.” Miller said Mt. Lebanon’s central business district revamp includes the Washington Road Streetscape Project; a placemaking plan with accessibility as a major driving factor; façade assistance; a series of popular events; and much more. Communities can apply to receive designation through the program as a Keystone Main Read more

 

Miller named ‘Legislator of the Year’ for work on education

(Nov 25, 2019)

Rep. Dan Miller, D-Mt. Lebanon, chair of the House Allegheny County Democratic Delegation, was recently named “Legislator of the Year” by the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association Read more

 

Miller, House Democrats introduce workers’ rights legislative package

(Nov 19, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 19 – Flanked by other PA House Democrats and allies in the state Senate, state Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation, introduced a legislative bill package at a Tuesday news conference that would strengthen workers’ rights in the Commonwealth. The Pennsylvania Workers’ Bill of Rights legislative bill package includes 13 House bills geared toward bettering or supporting workers’ rights. Each bill was discussed by the bill’s sponsor; Miller is prime or co-prime sponsor of six of the bills. “Pennsylvanians work hard, whether it’s in a factory, farm or on a college field. At the end of the day, they give their all. However, not only are they not getting credit where it’s due – they’re not getting due compensation,” Miller said. “The host of bills presented today would work to eradicate this, branding the Commonwealth as a state that puts the people above profits, which is an issue that should have been tackled some time ago.” The bills include: H.B. 1863 – Improving employees’ voices in the workplace. H.B. 1864 – Valuing employers who value Pennsylvania workers. H.B. 1865 – UC eligibility for striking workers. H.B. 1866 – Farm laborers collective bargaining act. H.B. 567 – JSGC resolutions to study economic and workforce transition. H.B. Read more

 

Miller Announces 2020 Disabilities and Mental Health Summit

(Nov 18, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Miller announced 2020's Disabilities and Mental Health Summit, which will take place March 3 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. Read more

 

Action on police reform the first step, but many more to come
Jun 30, 2020

Join Me for a Special Education Live Online Panel Discussion THIS FRIDAY
Jun 23, 2020

Lee, Miller vote to advance police accountability bills to House
Jun 15, 2020

Miller votes to freeze cost-of-living adjustments for public officials
May 28, 2020

Fill out the 2020 census!
Mar 31, 2020

Democratic legislators applaud state Supreme Court decision to halt evictions
Mar 18, 2020

Letter to Justice Saylor asking to suspend evictions
Mar 18, 2020

Miller, ACHDD seek to support school districts, families, first responders and small businesses during outbreak
Mar 13, 2020

Allegheny County Democratic Delegation chair, legislators call on Gov. Tom Wolf to halt all public utility disconnections in wake of the COVID-19 virus
Mar 13, 2020

Miller calls for passage of Family Care Act amid COVID-19 outbreak
Mar 12, 2020

Miller: More than $230K award to multiple synagogues, church for safety and security enhancements
Mar 11, 2020

3/3/20 – Disability and Mental Health Policy Issues – Pittsburgh
Mar 05, 2020

Ravenstahl, Miller to introduce ban on ‘Gay, Trans Panic’ defense
Feb 27, 2020

Miller announces featured speakers for his upcoming Disability and Mental Health Summit
Jan 31, 2020

Miller: Continuing education credits approved for all sessions for 2020 annual Disability and Mental Health Summit
Jan 23, 2020

Registration for 2020 annual Disability & Mental Health Summit available online
Jan 09, 2020

Mt. Lebanon recognized as Keystone Main Street
Dec 26, 2019

Miller named ‘Legislator of the Year’ for work on education
Nov 25, 2019

Miller, House Democrats introduce workers’ rights legislative package
Nov 19, 2019

Miller Announces 2020 Disabilities and Mental Health Summit
Nov 18, 2019