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House Democratic leaders highlight coordinated misinformation and intimidation tactics to push back against public health protection

Schweyer holds House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on utility shut-offs

(2 hours ago)

“The COVID-19 pandemic has created new and unprecedented challenges for many families across the commonwealth,” Schweyer said. “With winter coming and temperatures starting to drop, people should not have to worry about having their heat, electric or water shut-off on top of keeping their families healthy and figuring out how to put food on their tables.” Read more

 

Matzie resolution highlights fight against pancreatic cancer

(6 hours ago)

Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, said he introduced H.R. 1045, designating November 2020 as “Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania, to draw attention to a disease that often evades detection until it is too advanced to treat. Read more

 

Howard introduces bill to help improve people’s credit ratings

(Oct 23, 2020)

“The economic fallout caused by the pandemic has caused many consumers to miss payments, hurting their credit scores,” Howard said. “Consumers striving to establish or repair their credit find an unbalanced system only reporting negative, delinquent payments, while other on-time payments go unreported." Read more

 

Harkins bill would create hazard pay program for charitable nonprofit workers

(Oct 22, 2020)

“There are scores of nonprofit workers on the front lines of this pandemic,” said Harkins, who is Democratic chairman of the House Labor and Industry Committee. “They are distributing food at food banks, operating shelters for those needing a warm bed, and carrying out other charitable services providing comfort and support to Pennsylvanians in need." Read more

 

Burns’ plan would freeze property taxes for seniors

(Oct 21, 2020)

“My legislation will stop seniors from being taxed out of their homes, while giving local businesses a chance to grow their bottom lines and attract customers,” Burns said. “This is a win-win for our seniors, our mom-and-pop businesses, and the people they employ. It’s time for the state to provide meaningful property tax reform and support mom-and-pop businesses.” Read more

 

Legalizing adult-use cannabis to provide second chance, reform criminal justice system | Editorial

(Oct 21, 2020)

Earlier this year, House Bill 2050 was introduced – a measure to allow for the legal sale of adult-use cannabis through a permitting structure for growers, processors, and dispensaries. Read more

 

House unanimously adopts Matzie resolution designating October as ‘Wine, Wineries and Grapes Month’ in Pa.

(Oct 21, 2020)

Matzie said he introduced H.R. 1046 to highlight the major contributions made by Pennsylvania’s wine and grape industry, which traces its history all the way back to William Penn. Read more

 

McClinton’s criminal justice reform legislation heads to the governor after passing House and Senate

(Oct 21, 2020)

“Today once again proves that criminal justice reform is possible in Pennsylvania,” said House Democratic Caucus Chair McClinton. “I applaud my colleagues for supporting our legislation and moving our progress forward to improve our criminal justice system so that it works for all Pennsylvanians.” Read more

 

Davis bill designed to benefit fire, EMS amended into bill that will overhaul Office of the State Fire Commissioner

(Oct 21, 2020)

“Reforming the Office of the State Fire Commissioner is important on so many levels, most notably so that we can ensure our volunteer fire and EMS agencies are receiving the proper administrative support they want and need,” Davis said. “This was a bill of great importance to me, and I’m grateful portions of my legislation were integrated into the finalized version of House Bill 1673, which will benefit our fire and EMS services immensely.” Read more

 

Galloway’s employee misclassification bill headed to governor’s desk

(Oct 21, 2020)

“A whole cottage industry has emerged to teach people how to break laws and misclassify workers as independent contractors,” Galloway said. “By taking advantage of loopholes, employers deliberately cut labor costs, pay fewer tax dollars and avoid paying people a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work." Read more

 

House unanimously adopts Youngblood’s measure recognizing National Period Day in Pennsylvania

(Oct 21, 2020)

Youngblood said her measure, H.R. 1055, acknowledges that despite how common it is, menstruation is often spoken about in hushed tones, if brought up at all. Because of this taboo, so many remain unaware of the existence of period poverty in America and that one in four people nationwide struggle to afford period products. Read more

 

State lawmakers Davidson, Davis introduce legislation to protect people who carry life-saving medication

(Oct 21, 2020)

State Reps. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, and Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, introduced Lloyd’s Law Wednesday. The bill would end the practice of permitting insurance companies to deny coverage because family members, social workers and other Pennsylvania residents carry or at one time carried the life-saving medication naloxone in attempt to prevent fatal opioid overdoses of others. Read more

 

House unanimously adopts Matzie condolence resolution honoring late Pa. House Representative Susan Laughlin

(Oct 20, 2020)

Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, said he introduced the resolution to pay tribute to a unique lawmaker who served the 16th Legislative District tirelessly during eight terms in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, from 1989 through 2004. Read more

 

Kortz: Legislation to allow for civil penalty for driving without insurance passes House

(Oct 20, 2020)

“This bill would allow them to pay the fine instead of serving a license suspension, provided they are able to show proof they bought insurance,” said Kortz. “It would be especially helpful to commercial drivers in instances where they may face a suspension, even if the lapse in insurance is with their personal vehicle, not with a vehicle they operate as part of their employment.” Read more

 

Kortz introduces amendment to bill designed to strengthen ‘Steer Clear Law’

(Oct 20, 2020)

State Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, said his amendment to S.B. 1281, also known as the “Move Over Law,” would require a driver approaching or passing a disabled vehicle to move over to one lane, or if that is not possible, to pass the vehicle at a rate of not more than 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit. Read more

 

House adopts Bizzarro resolution designating Nov. 22 Veterans Suicide Prevention and Awareness Day

(Oct 20, 2020)

“I thank my colleagues for recognizing that our heroes are hurting and that we must support them by acknowledging the reality that we are losing an estimated 22 veterans a day to suicide. The 22 is significant because it helps us to remember those lost. We remind those left behind that we are there for them during these difficult times,” Bizzarro said. Read more

 

Rep. Bizzarro resolution will raise epilepsy awareness

(Oct 19, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 19 – Today the Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution introduced by state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, that will bring awareness to epilepsy by designating November 2020 as National Epilepsy Month in Pennsylvania. The resolution aims to educate the public on those experiencing seizures and improving the quality of life for those living with the disease. More than 3.4 million Americans have epilepsy and more than 50,000 die annually because of epilepsy or direct complications from it. “With awareness and detection, epilepsy can be treated and managed. Clearing up misinformation and reducing stigma will help people better understand the disease and save lives,” Bizzarro said. “I thank my colleagues for their support of this resolution. House Resolution 979 also highlights the role several state and local organizations play in finding a cure and overcoming the challenges created by epilepsy. The Epilepsy Association of Western and Central Pennsylvania and the Epilepsy Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania work across the Commonwealth on epilepsy advocacy and assisting those diagnosed with how to manage this disease. Several local organizations also assist those diagnosed with epilepsy, such as The AJO Forever Foundation, asking people to remember #AJO as they “pay it forward” with random acts of kindness to raise awareness; and The Epilepsy Read more

 

Sanchez to introduce resolution condemning recent attacks in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh)

(Oct 16, 2020)

“Despite international pressure for a cessation of hostilities, the situation is deteriorating,” Sanchez said. “Artsakh is being attacked mercilessly. Because of this appalling action, I am introducing this resolution to condemn the attacks and Turkey’s involvement.” Read more

 

Wheatley introduces “Return Your Rights” legislation

(Oct 16, 2020)

“When nonviolent offenders serve their time and have paid their debt to society, sadly it’s not uncommon for them to be subsequently denied basic rights and privileges that many of us take for granted,” said Wheatley. “While we’ve made some strides in recent years to implement meaningful criminal justice reforms, including the passage of clean slate legislation in 2018, we can and must do more. They deserve a second chance.” Read more

 

Rep. Lee to introduce legislation to decriminalize sex work in Pennsylvania

(Oct 16, 2020)

Lee said while the legislation may be new to Pennsylvania, the concept is not, and studies have shown it can have benefits not just for workers, but society. When Rhode Island temporarily decriminalized sex work in the early 2000s, rates of sexually transmitted diseases fell, as well as cases of sexual violence -- as much as 30 percent. Read more

 

Schweyer holds House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on utility shut-offs
2 hours ago

Matzie resolution highlights fight against pancreatic cancer
6 hours ago

Howard introduces bill to help improve people’s credit ratings
Oct 23, 2020

Harkins bill would create hazard pay program for charitable nonprofit workers
Oct 22, 2020

Burns’ plan would freeze property taxes for seniors
Oct 21, 2020

Legalizing adult-use cannabis to provide second chance, reform criminal justice system | Editorial
Oct 21, 2020

House unanimously adopts Matzie resolution designating October as ‘Wine, Wineries and Grapes Month’ in Pa.
Oct 21, 2020

McClinton’s criminal justice reform legislation heads to the governor after passing House and Senate
Oct 21, 2020

Davis bill designed to benefit fire, EMS amended into bill that will overhaul Office of the State Fire Commissioner
Oct 21, 2020

Galloway’s employee misclassification bill headed to governor’s desk
Oct 21, 2020

House unanimously adopts Youngblood’s measure recognizing National Period Day in Pennsylvania
Oct 21, 2020

State lawmakers Davidson, Davis introduce legislation to protect people who carry life-saving medication
Oct 21, 2020

House unanimously adopts Matzie condolence resolution honoring late Pa. House Representative Susan Laughlin
Oct 20, 2020

Kortz: Legislation to allow for civil penalty for driving without insurance passes House
Oct 20, 2020

Kortz introduces amendment to bill designed to strengthen ‘Steer Clear Law’
Oct 20, 2020

House adopts Bizzarro resolution designating Nov. 22 Veterans Suicide Prevention and Awareness Day
Oct 20, 2020

Rep. Bizzarro resolution will raise epilepsy awareness
Oct 19, 2020

Sanchez to introduce resolution condemning recent attacks in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh)
Oct 16, 2020

Wheatley introduces “Return Your Rights” legislation
Oct 16, 2020

Rep. Lee to introduce legislation to decriminalize sex work in Pennsylvania
Oct 16, 2020