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Neilson rejects bill that would eliminate workers’ rights

(Dec 13, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 13 – State Rep. Ed Neilson, D-Phila., voted against legislation that targets workers’ voluntary contributions to the unions that represent them. Senate Bill 166, also known as the paycheck protection bill, was intended to limit unions’ political donations by prohibiting state, county and local governments from using their payroll systems to let workers voluntarily ask their employers to deduct money for their respective union’s political action committees. The House defeated the bill, 102-90. Neilson said the legislation would have taken back achievements and rights acquired after decades of efforts and advocacy through contract negotiations and the collective bargaining process. “This was an attack on our union worker rights and an attempt to silence their voice in the political process,” Neilson said. “Senate Bill 166 would have put in danger workplace democracy and it would have translated into the weakening of the rights of public sector employees. Workers would not have been able to have a voice for themselves to fight against efforts to privatize or eliminate their jobs. We could have potentially lost thousands of jobs.” He also indicated that states subjected to paycheck protection and similar policies experience higher rates of poverty, greater risk of worker injury and fewer benefits. “We cannot allow such policies to take root in our commonwealth. Our legislature needs to shift its Read more

 

Neilson Fighting for a New Way for Pa.

(Dec 06, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Ed Neilson is fighting for a new way forward that focuses on good jobs, good schools and a system that finally puts working people first. The Plan for PA is about building a better future with job training, fair taxes that take the burden off workers and higher pay and benefits. Read more

 

Philadelphians inducted into Pa. Voter Hall of Fame

(Nov 21, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 21 – State Rep. Ed Neilson, D-Phila., announced today that four residents of the 174th Legislative District were inducted into the Pennsylvania Voter Hall of Fame. The Pennsylvania Voter Hall of Fame recognizes constituents for voting in 50 consecutive general elections. The inductees are Barry Lebowitz, Sol Stark, Dennis Stadler and Marlene Nimmo. Finding eligible Philadelphians was a concerted effort between City Commissioner Lisa Deeley and Neilson. “Voting in 50 consecutive general elections is no small feat,” Neilson said. “In fact, this is the kind of engagement we need. Every time we vote we make history, we make a difference. That’s why it is so important. If you care about your kids’ education, if you care about health or public safety, you must follow the example of these four committed citizens and make sure that your voice is heard.” Deeley said, “The democratic process is the cornerstone of our great nation, which is why it was my great privilege to be involved with this induction of four Philadelphia citizens into the Pennsylvania Voter Hall of Fame. These four voters have enthusiastically lived up to their civic duty and serve as an example for others to get more involved in the electoral process.” Only 53 citizens from Philadelphia County have been inducted in the commonwealth’s Voter Hall of Fame out of a total of 23,592 inductees. In addition to the four people from Read more

 

Neilson to distribute produce vouchers to low-income seniors

(Aug 29, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 29 – State Rep. Ed Neilson, D-Phila., announced he will be providing free produce vouchers for eligible low-income seniors in his Legislative District. The vouchers will be distributed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12 in Neilson’s district office at 16 Old Ashton Road, 19152. Neilson said the vouchers are through Pennsylvania’s Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, which provides low-income seniors with fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs from approved farmers in the commonwealth. “This program is especially important for seniors because as we age, it is vital to be health and nutrition conscious,” Neilson said. “These vouchers will allow seniors who may not normally be able to afford fresh produce the opportunity to benefit from the nutrition that fresh fruits and vegetables provide while also supporting local farmers.” Neilson added in order to be eligible for the vouchers, seniors must be 60 or older by Dec. 31 of the program year with a household income of less than $22,211 for singles and less than $30,044 for married couples. Residents interested in obtaining the produce vouchers must bring identification. While an appointment is not needed, residents can save time on the day of the event by calling Neilson’s office at (215) 330-3714 to schedule a time to go and pick up the vouchers. Read more

 

Neilson receives award for his advocacy on Real ID enforcement in Pa. (with video)

(Jun 21, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 21 – State Rep. Ed Neilson, D-Phila., today was awarded for his efforts on moving Pennsylvania towards enforcement of the federal Real ID Act requirements. The award comes as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, this week granted Pennsylvania a Real ID enforcement extension through Oct. 10, 2017, which means Pennsylvanians will not face access issues when entering federal facilities through that date. Neilson said PennDOT estimates Real ID-compliant driver's licenses and identification cards will be available at the customer’s option in 2019. This will allow ample time for people who want a Real ID product to obtain one before the final DHS effective date of Oct. 1, 2020. “The General Assembly made real strides in May to get Pennsylvania in compliance with the federal law and as a result, the Department of Homeland Security granted us with yet another extension to work towards that compliance,” Neilson said. “I am proud to receive the Recognition Award for Homeland Security Leadership and Public Engagement and to have been part of the movement to assure Pennsylvanians would not need to get passports to board a plane or to have access to federal facilities.” Neilson said he had been working since the 2015-2016 session to get legislation passed that would repeal the 2012 state law and require the Department of Transportation and other state agencies to comply with the 2005 Real ID Act. Read more

 

Neilson: House votes to put Pa. on track to federal Real ID law compliance

(May 24, 2017)

HARRISBURG, May 24 – State Rep. Ed Neilson, D-Phila., said the House today approved compromise legislation that moves Pennsylvania toward compliance with federal Real ID regulations. Neilson said today’s passage of S.B. 133 was the first of many steps that need to be taken to secure Pennsylvanians’ identity documents and before the state can issue the Real ID-compliant IDs. “It is important to remember that the federal Real ID law was passed by Congress after the 9/11 terrorist attacks to ensure that every state was issuing IDs that were secure from counterfeit and fraud,” Neilson said. “In the past 16 years, we have done a lot to make this country a safer place, but we have done very little to secure our identity documents. This is the first step to ensuring all identity documents issued by Pennsylvania are safe, but only the first step of many.” Senate Bill 133 repeals the 2012 state law and requires the Department of Transportation and other agencies to comply with the 2005 Real ID Act. PennDOT will be required to provide eligible applicants the option of receiving a standard driver license or photo identification card, or one that is Real ID compliant. More details about PennDOT's implementation of the program will be available in the future. “Before anyone pats themselves on the back for beating the June 6 deadline, we need to realize that there is no guarantee the Department of Homeland Security will grant Read more

 

Neilson disappointed in vote on Real ID bill

(May 22, 2017)

HARRISBURG, May 22 – State Rep. Ed Neilson, D-Phila., said today he is disappointed in the 140-54 vote in the House of Representatives on a bill originally meant to put Pennsylvania in compliance with the Real ID Act by the June 6 deadline that was granted by the Department of Homeland Security. Senate Bill 133 was amended earlier this month by the House State Government Committee and would create a two-tiered system, which would issue residents a standard-use driver’s license/photo ID card unless they request a Real ID-compliant card and pay the additional, and yet undetermined, fee. The legislation as written would also force those seeking a Real ID-compliant card to cover the cost of the enhanced security efforts. Neilson said the bill does nothing to move Pennsylvania into full compliance. “This bill in its current form creates even more potential hurdles in meeting the June 6 deadline,” Neilson said. “Governor Wolf and his administration had indicated that this bill will not do enough to ensure Pennsylvania is up to par with federal law and I fully agree with him. It’s unfortunate that the bill did not come to the House as it was written.” Neilson said he has been a strong advocate for repealing the Real ID Act. He sponsored legislation last session and H.B. 150 this session that would put Pennsylvania in compliance with the federal law. “Repercussions from the noncompliance legislation would potentially Read more

 

Harrisburg must resolve REAL ID mess

(May 09, 2017)

Pennsylvania is currently facing down a deadline, one that should never have been an issue in the first place, with consequences that could potentially impact thousands of residents in this commonwealth. Read more

 

Neilson invites constituents to his senior expo

(Apr 13, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, April 13 – State Rep. Ed Neilson, D-Phila., today reminded his constituents that they’re invited to his senior expo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 28 at Cannstatters, 9130 Academy Road. Neilson said there will be free health screenings, giveaways, music, light refreshments and ways to discover valuable resources they can use. “This event is a great opportunity for seniors in the community to come out and learn more about state programs that are available to help them lead happier, healthier lives,” Neilson said. “We’ll be hosting multiple local and state agencies, and my staff and I will be on hand to answer any questions that may arise.” Neilson said constituents with any questions should contact one of his district offices at (215) 330-3714. Read more

 

Senior Expo April 28

(Mar 28, 2017)

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Neilson, House members advocate for ‘My Work, My Choice’

(Mar 13, 2017)

HARRISBURG, March 13 – A bipartisan group of legislators from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives today rallied to prevent individuals with disabilities from being forced to sit in the community and leave day programs and sheltered workshops where they are comfortable. Following the rally, the House Human Services Committee conducted a hearing on the topic to gather more information. The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) proposed changing how it administers its home- and community-based waivers. To be eligible, individuals with disabilities would be forced to spend time in the community away from sheltered workshops and day programs where they currently go. The initial proposal would have required individuals to spend 75 percent of their time in the community, rather than being segregated at day programs or sheltered workshops. This requirement left many day programs and sheltered workshops wondering how they would continue to operate if individuals can only participate essentially one day out of five. While an alternate proposal to have individuals spend 25 percent of their time in the community has been advanced, some unanswered questions remain. “All Americans deserve the right to work and should have the liberty to keep a job they love,” said Rep. Eric Nelson (R-Westmoreland). “We need more people working, not less. Clelian Heights and the Blind Association in my legislative district meet the needs of individuals with Read more

 

Neilson Fights For "My Work, My Choice"

(Mar 13, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Ed Neilson speaks at a rally to prevent individuals with disabilities from being forced to leave day programs and sheltered workshops where they are comfortable. Read more

 

Neilson: House adopts resolution declaring February as 'National Senior Independence Month' in Pa.

(Feb 06, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 – The state House of Representatives today adopted a resolution sponsored by state Rep. Ed Neilson, D-Phila., that raises awareness for the number of senior citizens in the commonwealth who live independently, well after retirement. House Resolution 20 designates February 2017 as “National Senior Independence Month” in Pennsylvania. Neilson said this awareness month seeks to get seniors and their families thinking about steps they can take and services that are offered that allow older Pennsylvanians to remain in their homes and communities. “Older adults have faithfully provided for current and future generations as pillars of our families, leaders in our communities and defenders of our nation, so we must do all we can to allow them to live their lives the way they want, for as long as they want,” Neilson said. “Individualized services and support systems can be enhanced to help maintain their dignity, independence and self-determination as they age.” According to the AARP, 78 percent of adults over the age of 45 would prefer to stay in their current residence as long as they possibly can and 80 percent of adults 45 and older would prefer to remain in their local community for as long as possible. Read more

 

DHS-granted extension won’t resolve REAL ID mess, without further action from Harrisburg

(Jan 24, 2017)

As Washington, D.C. is attempting to bridge a deep partisan divide, Pennsylvania is starting this year on a different note as both sides of the aisle are united in fixing a problem that has been creeping up on us for years. In a letter to the Department of Homeland Security, Gov. Tom Wolf joined legislative leaders from both parties in the Senate and the House to make a commitment to put the state on the right track to comply with the federal REAL ID Act of 2005. The letter also requested an extension to give the state time to comply. Read more

 

Letter to the Editor: It’s time to resolve PA's REAL ID issue

(Jan 24, 2017)

As Washington, D.C. is attempting to bridge a deep partisan divide, Pennsylvania is starting this year on a different note as both sides of the aisle are united in fixing a problem that has been creeping up on us for years. In a letter to the Department of Homeland Security, Gov. Tom Wolf joined legislative leaders from both parties in the Senate and the House to make a commitment to put the state on the right track to comply with the federal REAL ID Act of 2005. The letter also requested an extension to give the state time to comply. Thankfully, DHS relented and granted Pennsylvania an extension through June, but what was, and in many ways still is, at risk should not be understated. Read more

 

Pennsylvania faces tight window to comply with federal ID law

(Jan 23, 2017)

HARRISBURG, PA -- Stoked by privacy concerns and anger over what states rights legislators called federal overreach, Pennsylvania lawmakers five years ago overwhelmingly passed a law opting out of the federal Real ID Act. Now they have 136 days to undo it. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday gave Pennsylvania until June 6 to comply. Read more

 

Neilson resolution to remember Holocaust victims

(Jan 20, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 20 – State Rep. Ed Neilson, D-Phila., announced he has introduced a resolution to remember the lives lost under Germany’s Nazi regime. House Resolution 32 recognizes Jan. 27, 2017 as “International Holocaust Remembrance Day” in Pennsylvania. Neilson said this day is recognized each year in the U.S. to honor Holocaust victims and educate people about the history of the Holocaust to help prevent future acts of genocide. Read more

 

Neilson: Seeking a REAL ID extension is a good start, legislative fix still needed

(Jan 19, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 18 – State Rep. Ed Neilson, D-Phila., today applauded Gov. Tom Wolf and legislative leaders in the House and Senate for seeking an extension to give the state time to comply with the federal REAL ID requirements, while reminding them that a legislative fix is needed to address the federal government’s concerns. In a letter sent last week, addressed to the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Charles Johnson, Wolf and legislative leaders in both chambers requested an extension to give the commonwealth time to resolve compliance issues. “Repercussions from our state’s noncompliance with these security standards will soon be interfering with the lives of Pennsylvanians and it will only get worse,” Neilson said. “We need to fix this and we need to fix this now. The only way to do that is by repealing the noncompliance legislation the General Assembly passed in 2012.” Read more

 

Neilson sworn in to serve the 174th Legislative District

(Jan 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Ed Neilson was sworn into office today to represent Northeast Philadelphia’s 174th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. “As a new session begins, I am ready to serve the people of Northeast Philadelphia,” Neilson said. “It is an honor to serve as their advocate in the House.” Neilson’s resume is familiar to most throughout the city and state. He previously served as an at-large member of Philadelphia City Council and in the executive offices of former Gov. Ed Rendell, as well as being a long-time member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Neilson also is a family man with his wife Doris and five sons. Read more

 

Neilson explains impending REAL ID deadline

(Dec 30, 2016)

Boarding a plane is going to get a lot more complicated for Pennsylvania residents come January 22, 2018. NBC10's Lauren Mayk has more details about the Real ID program and what you should do before the deadline. Read more