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2019 Summer Newsletter

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

 

Miller: $17,500 awarded for master-site development plan of Hamilton Park

(Nov 14, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 14 – State Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny, announced the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources approved a $17,500 state grant Thursday to fund a development plan for Hamilton Park in Castle Shannon Borough. “Hamilton Park continues to be a destination hub for outdoor activities and family gatherings,” Miller said. “This grant is significant in that it will allow our community to plan for the future and maximize the park’s potential so that families near and far can enjoy all Hamilton Park has to offer.” Miller said the funding will foot the bill for a prepared master site development plan for the 12-acre park. The grant was among dozens awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources on Thursday through its Community Conservation Partnerships Program. The program assists local governments, recreation and conservation organizations with funding for projects related to conservation, parks and recreation, including conservation of open space, river conservation and access, and the planning, acquisition and development of public parks. More information can be found here . Read more

 

Miller: More than $220K awarded for renovation project to local outreach center

(Nov 12, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 12 – State Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny, announced Tuesday that $221,267 in state funding was awarded for a rehabilitation project at the Brookline Teen Outreach Center. Miller said the funding was awarded through the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County. “This funding is significant in the fact that it will help fund the renovation project for a center that helps local youth be the best version of themselves through educational and social opportunities, workshops, tutoring and much more,” Miller said. “I’d like to thank the Commonwealth Financing Authority for approving this funding.” Miller said the funding will go toward a waterproofing and water damage renovation project. Specifically, the project will entail water control, mold remediation and structural repairs to the outreach center after damage was caused by heavy rains and stormwater runoffs. The RAAC grant was among several announced today that are funded by the Allegheny County Gaming Economic Development Fund, which is financed by gaming activity in the county. The fund is administered by the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County and the state Commonwealth Financing Authority. Read more

 

Miller: More than $100,000 coming back to two school districts for school safety initiatives

(Oct 18, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 18 – Two school districts associated with the 42 nd Legislative District were awarded a combined total of $104,800 in state funding for school safety and violence reduction initiatives, announced state Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny. Miller said the competitive 2019-20 Safe Schools Targeted Grants were awarded through the state Department of Education’s Office for Safe Schools, which offers four types of safety grants: equipment grants, program grants, school police officer grants and school resource officer grants. “We unfortunately live in a reality where we have to worry about the safety of our children at school. It’s unfortunate, but we’ve gone to great lengths to make sure schools are a place where students can feel safe,” Miller said. “This funding is a direct example of the commonwealth’s proactive approach to ensuring schools remain safe for our students and teachers for years to come.” The school districts that received funding are: Baldwin-Whitehall School District - $64,800. The funding will be used to purchase safety and security-related equipment and fund the salary of a school police officer. Chartiers Valley School District - $40,000. The funding will be used to fund the salary of a school police officer. Miller said all four grants offered by PDE’s program aim to assist schools in reducing unnecessary student Read more

 

Mt. Lebanon Public Library secures more than $200,000 in state funding

(Oct 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 17 – The Mt. Lebanon Public Library will undergo HVAC and related upgrades following the disbursement of $215,164 in state funding to the local library, announced state Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny. Miller said the Keystone grant, awarded through the Pennsylvania Department of Education, was one of 19 awarded today to public libraries across the commonwealth. “It takes more than a substantial catalog of reading material for a library to function properly. The building itself has to be held to a certain standard so that it can adequately accommodate those visiting the library,” Miller said. “But doing so cost money, which is why I’m happy to announce this substantial grant to Mt. Lebanon Public Library, money of which will help fund rehabilitation projects at this facility.” Miller said the grant will fund replacement of the library’s carpeting and HVAC system, and include adding security access controls to interior and exterior doors. Keystone grants are competitive grants funded through the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund. Read more

 

Miller, Gainey to introduce legislation that would allow student-athletes to get paid

(Oct 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 1 – On Monday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law which will allow college student-athletes in the state to get fairly compensated for their work and effort. Pennsylvania now has a similar bill in the works, thanks to state Reps. Dan Miller and Ed Gainey, both D-Allegheny. Miller and Gainey made the announcement Monday afternoon, stating that in a time of billion-dollar television deals and video game products, the limitations placed on today’s college athletes are disproportionately harsh. “Athletes are forced to give up their rights and economic freedom while the colleges make hundreds of millions of dollars off of their talent and likeness,” Miller said. “This bill would help to balance the scales by allowing them to sign endorsements, earn compensation, and hire agents to represent their interests in exchange for the work they do, and the benefit provided to the college.” “Our student-athletes give their blood, sweat and tears to a sport they love, while colleges, universities and corporations reap the financial benefits of their work,” Gainey said. “If a college football head coach can earn $4.8 million for coaching ‘amateur student-athletes,’ and if corporations can earn billions of dollars using the players’ names and faces, then how is it not fair for them to earn some sort of financial compensation? The chances of a Read more

 

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

Miller: $17,500 awarded for master-site development plan of Hamilton Park
Nov 14, 2019

Miller: More than $220K awarded for renovation project to local outreach center
Nov 12, 2019

Miller: More than $100,000 coming back to two school districts for school safety initiatives
Oct 18, 2019

Mt. Lebanon Public Library secures more than $200,000 in state funding
Oct 17, 2019

Miller, Gainey to introduce legislation that would allow student-athletes to get paid
Oct 01, 2019