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Economic Development Roundtable on Feb. 22

(Jan 22, 2019)

An interactive discussion about how the state and businesscommunity can work together to support entrepreneursand spur development in our communities. Read more

 

Economic Development Roundtable on Feb. 22

(Jan 22, 2019)

An interactive discussion about how the state and businesscommunity can work together to support entrepreneursand spur development in our communities. Read more

 

Disability and mental health resource summit March 13-15

(Jan 22, 2019)

Join us March 13 through 15 at Beth El Congregation at 1900 Cochran Road, Pittsburgh for a disability and mental health summit. Read more

 

$560,000 awarded to 16 Allegheny County school districts, charter schools

(Jan 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – Sixteen education entities in Allegheny County today were awarded a total $560,000 in targeted grants provided through Gov. Tom Wolf’s PAsmart initiative, announced state Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation. The grants will fund training and equipment needed to prepare teachers and students for the expansion of computer science programs. Miller said each recipient will receive $35,000 through PAsmart, which has made Pennsylvania No. 2 in the nation for investing in K-12 STEM and computer science education. “The delegation is happy to announce this funding,” Miller said. “In the coming years, most jobs will require workers to use computers and advanced technology in an ever-changing workforce and economy. By providing this funding, we’re helping to ensure students and teachers will be adequately prepared to succeed in their line of work, and do so with confidence.” School districts and charter/intermediate unit schools awarded funding through PAsmart include: Baldwin-Whitehall School District (Reps. Harry Readshaw, Bill Kortz and Dan Miller) Carlynton School District (Reps. Anita Kulik and Dan Deasy) Chartiers Valley School District (Kulik and Miller) City Charter High School (Reps. Dan Frankel, Jake Wheatley, Adam Ravenstahl, Readshaw, Miller, Sara Innamorato, Deasy, Summer Lee and Ed Gainey) Deer Lakes School District (Rep. Frank Dermody) Duquesne Read more

 

PA House Rules Changes and Committee Updates

(Jan 15, 2019)

Dear Friends, Each legislative session the House adopts operational rules which govern how it will function for that two-year term. Some of these rules cover procedures for proposing legislation or amendments, committee make up and general voting procedures. Typically these rules are largely consistent with those of the previous session. However, to me, the rules changes for the new session were sizeable, and in my opinion, a cause for concern. Accordingly, I voted against them. Three of the rules changes reduce the time that legislators have to propose bills and amendments, and how much time they have to consider their support of bills that are on final passage in the House. For example, the filing deadline for amendments has been changed from 2 pm to 1 pm the session day before the bill is scheduled for 2nd consideration. After the bill is amended, representatives now have 12 hours, instead of 24, to consider the bill. Finally, the allotted time for General Assembly members to read and understand the yearly budget bill before a vote has been reduced from 9 to 6 days and all amendments must be filed 2 days before the vote. While these changes may seem small, a lot of work can get done in the final hours before a bill is voted upon, to say nothing of the fact that some bills require several hours to analyze. In the past, House committee make-up generally reflects the party split in the General Assembly, which, since the Democrats picked up 11 seats in 2018, Read more

 

Labor & Industry grant will help students looking to pursue careers in building and construction industry

(Jan 10, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 10 – An $115,641 business education partnership grant will provide Allegheny County students with hands-on exposure to careers in the building and construction industry, announced state Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation. “This grant money will have a positive impact on students from all House districts encompassed within the delegation,” Miller said. “The delegation is happy to announce this funding, as we all understand the importance of providing students with a means-to-an-end when it comes to choosing their prospective career paths. “Students looking to get involved in the building and construction industry will find the programs created by this funding to be not only rewarding, but also extremely informational and influential as they look to solidify their futures in the workforce.” Miller said the Three Rivers Workforce Development Board will join forces with PARTNER4WORK, a Pittsburgh-based workforce development organization, to carry out the three-pronged project. The first phase will include bringing together 14 building and construction unions, local colleges, businesses, students and others at the March 29 Building On … Careers in the Building and Construction Industry conference in Pittsburgh. The second phase involves the creation of the Summer in Trades internship program, which will provide students with hands-on experience and insight into the Read more

 

Disability and mental health resource summit March 13-15

(Dec 11, 2018)

Join us March 13 through 15 at Beth El Congregation at 1900 Cochran Road, Pittsburgh for a disability and mental health summit. Read more

 

2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar

(Nov 29, 2018)

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Allegheny County Democrats elect leadership for new session

(Nov 16, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 14 – Members of the Allegheny County Democratic Delegation today elected state Rep. Dan Miller, D-Mt. Lebanon, as chairman in the 2019-20 legislative session. Along with Miller as the chair, delegation members also selected state Rep. Anita Kulik, D-Robinson, as vice chair, and state Rep. Austin Davis, D-McKeesport, as secretary. “I’m honored to be chosen to lead the Allegheny County Democratic Delegation as we go forward together, fighting for our communities, families and middle class,” Miller said. “I cannot express how excited I am to be elected by my colleagues, and I look forward to helping move Allegheny County forward.” In addition to the delegation’s announcement, House Democrats also elected their 2019-20 leadership team. State Rep. Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny, was re-elected as the House Democratic floor leader. Read more

 

Miller: Nearly $200,000 coming back to 42nd Legislative District

(Nov 16, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 15 – Hamilton Park in Castle Shannon will undergo rehabilitation and renovation upgrades with Wednesday’s disbursement of $185,000 in state funding, announced state Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny. The grant, awarded through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, is administered by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. “When people visit Hamilton Park in Castle Shannon, we want them to leave with the intention of coming back. This grant will assist the borough in achieving that goal,” Miller said. “The upgrades that will come by way of this funding will make the park more accessible and more welcoming for years to come, which makes me more than happy to announce this grant.” Miller said the grant will be used for the renovation of pedestrian walkways; construction of an access-drive retaining wall; handicap access; landscaping; a project sign; and other site-related improvements. The Community Conservation Partnerships Program is administered by DCNR and includes the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93), the Environmental Stewardship Fund (Growing Greener 1) and several federal funding sources. The CCPP is administered by DCNR's Bureau of Recreation and Conservation to provide financial and technical assistance to local governments, river and trail organizations, land trusts and other nonprofits for planning, acquisition and development of park, recreation, Read more

 

Miller: Substance Abuse Forum hopes to forge path to recovery

(Oct 18, 2018)

MT. LEBANON, Oct. 18 – State Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny, hosted a Substance Abuse Forum today as part of his ongoing efforts to help Pennsylvanians struggling with addiction. The free event took place from noon to 6 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh. Miller said there are no small successes when it comes to helping people break free of substance abuse. “Addiction and our inability to address it in a quicker fashion is a plague for us – one that destroys lives and families and limits peoples’ hopes and dreams and realities,” Miller said. “If we can do anything that helps somebody find their way to long-term recovery – even one person – then our effort here is worth it.” In addition to a resource fair, the forum featured remarks by state Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel and state Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Jennifer Smith. Breakout sessions featured discussions on paying for care, addiction and the brain, and adolescent screening and treatment, among other topics. Read more

 

Miller: Allegheny County school districts to receive $50,000 in safety grants

(Oct 05, 2018)

MT. LEBANON, Oct. 5 – Two Allegheny County school districts have been awarded safety grants totaling $50,000, state Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny, announced today. Miller said that the grants awarded to Baldwin Whitehall School District and Keystone Oaks School District will enable those districts to hire school resource officers or police officers. “I’m thrilled about these grants,” Miller said. “It’s hard to imagine a more essential priority than school safety. Our school districts carefully evaluate the need for resources, and in this case determined that certain schools would benefit from the added security provided by school resource officers or police officers. Thanks to this funding, those schools can move forward with the necessary hiring and training so that our kids, teachers and other school workers have the safest possible environment.” Miller said the specific funding includes: A $30,000 FY 2017-18 School Resource Officer grant to the Baldwin Whitehall School District A $20,000 FY 2017-18 School Police Officer grant to the Keystone Oaks School District The grants are awarded through the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Targeted Safe School Grants program. A total of $8.4 million in competitive grants has been awarded to prevent and reduce violent incidents in schools, purchase safety and security-related equipment and provide for the training and compensation of school resource and Read more

 

Miller to host Substance Abuse Forum Oct. 18

(Oct 02, 2018)

MT. LEBANON, Oct. 2 – State Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny, will host a Substance Abuse Forum later this month as part of his ongoing efforts to help Pennsylvanians break free of the devastating hold of drug addiction. This free event will take place from noon - 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1066 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15228 . “I encourage everyone touched by this issue to attend – whether you’re struggling with addiction yourself or living with a loved one struggling with addiction,” Miller said. “It’s important to understand that you don’t have to fight this alone and the state has a multitude of resources that can help.” In addition to a resource fair, Miller said the forum will include the following sessions: “Corrections’ Role in Recovery” from noon – 1 p.m. , with remarks by Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel on the department’s efforts to support individuals in recovery while they are incarcerated and as they enter society. “PA’s Response to Addiction” from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. , with remarks by Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs Secretary Jennifer Smith focusing on the department’s origin, mission and accomplishments. “Paying for Care” from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. “Addiction & the Brain” from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. “Adolescent Read more

 

Senior Discussion Series -- Challenges of Declining Health, Nov. 14th

(Sep 26, 2018)

Join me and a panel of legal, medical and financial experts at Dormont Library for an in-depth discussion on navigating the challenges of old age. Read more

 

Miller Calls for Yes Vote on Domestic Violence Bill

(Sep 26, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Miller debated legislation providing protections for victims of domestic violence, including disarming their abusers. Read more

 

Town Hall Meetings Oct. 3, Oct. 24 and Nov. 28

(Sep 26, 2018)

Join us at my 7 p.m. Town Hall meetings Oct. 3 at Dormont Library, Oct. 24 at Mt. Lebanon Library and Nov. 28 at Castle Shannon Library. Read more

 

Police Reform Goes Beyond Departments

(Sep 25, 2018)

Rep. Dan Miller spoke at a press conference in Harrisburg about modernizing policing and criminal justice in Pennsylvania. Miller explained that by underfunding drug treatment, mental health, and schools, the state has dumped a ridiculous amount of societal problems on the police while giving them a woefully outdated playbook. Read more

 

Miller Holding Three Town Halls This Fall

(Sep 25, 2018)

Rep. Dan Miller is holding three Town Halls this Fall: one each in Dormont, Mt. Lebanon and Castle Shannon. Read more

 

Republicans kill worker protection proposals in committee; silence supporters

(Sep 25, 2018)

House Democrats were silenced during debate over worker protection bills. Read more

 

House unanimously adopts Miller resolution to honor 100th anniversary of Mt. Lebanon Fire Department

(Sep 25, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 25 – The House of Representatives on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution honoring the 100 th anniversary of the Mt. Lebanon Fire Department, according to the resolution’s author, state Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny. “Over the past century, the Mt. Lebanon Fire Department has emerged as one of the most effective, best-respected firefighting units in the area,” Miller said. “Responding to about 2,000 calls per year, the department is one of only two in the state that is currently accredited by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. This achievement is a testament to the department’s commitment to the highest standards and best practices of the profession. But it is just one of many examples of excellence. “My resolution honors not only this incredible community institution, but also the individual men and women who built the department into what it is and who display remarkable courage and tireless dedication to their lifesaving work on a daily basis.” Originally founded as a volunteer fire department on June 1, 1918, the Mt. Lebanon Fire Department consists of 17 full-time staff and approximately 50 volunteers. In addition to its accreditation, the department is one of about 200 fire departments nationally to have obtained a Class 1 Insurance Services Office Public Protection Classification. You can see a photo of the event here . Read more