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House Democratic Leadership continues to push Pennsylvania Rescue Plan to reimagine Pennsylvania’s recovery

Op-Ed: Shelve the theatrics and address real issues affecting Pa. women and children

(1 hour ago)

Improving women’s health care doesn’t require news conferences designed to parrot tired and untrue talking points. To make a positive difference for all women and children of Pennsylvania, let’s instead focus our energy and attention on evidence-based policies that address bona fide issues and move Pennsylvania forward. Read more

 

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant portal reopens Saturday, April 24th

(2 hours ago)

This is a grant program established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. Read more

 

Frankel: Reproductive health highlights areas of real need amid GOP push to limit abortion access

(18 hours ago)

“I hope that we can continue those conversations about maternal health and related issues – I can think of at least a dozen bills currently being circulated that would address them.” Read more

 

Freeman, James look to strengthen Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program

(1 day ago)

Projects that include a nonprofit partner have been part of the program and received allocations since the program’s inception in 2012. Read more

 

Davidson, Bizzarro respond to State Government Committee Election Review released by GOP

(1 day ago)

In more than 42 hours of testimony there was clear agreement on three bipartisan proposals -- pre-canvassing, more resources for election operations and expanded timelines for essential election processes -- that so far have been ignored in lieu of voter suppression based on false claims about the 2020 election that was in fact free, fair and accurate and upheld by almost every court in the land where actual evidence of fraud was demanded but never provided. Read more

 

Wheatley hosts roundtable to discuss legalization of adult-use cannabis

(Apr 21, 2021)

“Having this thoughtful dialogue was extremely beneficial and gave us the opportunity to hear from stakeholders across Pennsylvania, because it’s imperative we demystify cannabis,” said Wheatley, D-Allegheny. Read more

 

Kinsey, Kim and Dawkins call for ban on chokeholds following Chauvin conviction

(Apr 21, 2021)

House Bill 870, a bill Kinsey co-introduced with state Reps. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, and Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., would also ban police using any action that inhibits breath or the flow of blood to the brain due to physical position. Read more

 

The PA Rescue Plan tackles long-term care for our most vulnerable

(Apr 21, 2021)

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed so many inequities in our country – from socio-economic to racial, medical conditions and age. These inequities existed long before the pandemic but have been laid bare over the past year in such a way that we can no longer refuse to address them. Our most vulnerable populations – seniors and people with disabilities – must have access to quality, affordable care. And that starts with support for the workforce charged with helping them. We know that, if given the choice, most seniors prefer to age in place from the comfort of their own homes. But as they age, the need may arise for assistance with day-to-day activities, transportation, medications and overall wellness. That’s where direct care workers make a huge difference. These workers are low-paid and often lack adequate health care and other benefits like sick or vacation leave. These jobs are also physically and emotionally demanding and are often characterized by heavy workloads, scheduling challenges, and limited training and career advancement prospects . Yet, these workers show up each day for their clients because they know someone is depending on them. In 2020, people 65 and older made up 19% of Pennsylvania’s population -- that is expected to grow to 22% by 2025 . The increase in our aging population will put additional pressure on our direct care workforce. However, the investment by the state in these important jobs remains persistently low. Read more

 

The PA Rescue Plan invests in technology and a healthier future

(Apr 21, 2021)

Our Pennsylvania Rescue Plan invests in technology, including making sure the commonwealth grows our already robust biotechnology research industry into a global leader. Read more

 

Rulemaking to protect people’s health and safety is latest target of Republican majority power grab

(Apr 20, 2021)

The notion that regulatory policy should be based on the number of regulations that exist rather than on the public purpose of those regulations is foolish, if not dangerous. Adding this cost to the state budget and to government while programs and services to help people hang in the balance shows us exactly where Republican majority priorities lie. Read more

 

Rabb introduces package of bills to protect medical cannabis patients, dispensaries from eviction, discrimination

(Apr 20, 2021)

“Medical cannabis is medicine, and we must ensure that people who are prescribed medicine don’t have that held against them by their landlords or by their employers, and we must ensure that the providers of that medicine will not be discriminated against by commercial landlords,” Rabb said. Read more

 

House unanimously passes Longietti/Nelson bill to help save drug rehab patients who leave facilities against medical advice

(Apr 20, 2021)

House Bill 944, co-authored by Longietti, D-Mercer, and state Rep. Eric Nelson, R-Westmoreland, would require inpatient rehabilitation facilities to notify a patient’s designated emergency contact – a move that is already considered best practice but is not mandatory under current law – when a patient leaves addiction treatment against medical advice. Read more

 

Cephas, Klunk advance bipartisan sexual harassment bill through Labor and Industry Committee

(Apr 20, 2021)

House Bill 938, a bipartisan bill Cephas co-introduced with state Rep. Kate A. Klunk, R-York, would ban the requirement of nondisclosure agreements related to sexual harassment as a condition of getting a job. The bill, however, would not prohibit nondisclosure agreements if both parties voluntarily agree to participate. Read more

 

To celebrate Earth Day, Rabb calls for support of 100% renewable energy in PA by 2050, urges Pennsylvanians to contact their legislators

(Apr 20, 2021)

“Earth Day was founded in 1970 to bring awareness to environmental issues, and I could not think of a better way to truly honor the day than to take action to literally save our environment and our planet,” said Rabb, D-Phila. Read more

 

House Democratic Leadership continues to push Pennsylvania Rescue Plan to reimagine Pennsylvania’s recovery

(Apr 20, 2021)

“The time is now to move forward with investing in Pennsylvania’s success. We can do that with the Pennsylvania Rescue Plan. We urge our fellow legislators across the aisle to reimagine the possibilities of what we can achieve to lift our state and our constituents up and create a better tomorrow.” Read more

 

Now open for applications: Farm Vitality, Communities That Care, substance abuse, and recycling grant programs

(Apr 19, 2021)

Find information on several state grant programs that are now open for applications. Read more

 

Phila House Delegation Chair responds to Republican attack on democracy, attempts at voter suppression

(Apr 16, 2021)

“We have watched the Republican leadership in the state House run 14 State Government Committee hearings on voting. The impetus of these hearings was clear at the outset and crystal clear at the end. The Republican majority in Harrisburg intends to push legislation that will suppress voters’ rights by making it harder to vote and intends to continue to force the big lie that the 2020 election was fraudulent while it was not." Read more

 

14 hearings were pretense for voter suppression laws

(Apr 15, 2021)

State Government Committee Republican members continue false claims, show contempt for Pa.’s local election officials. Read more

 

Gainey, Cephas legislation aims to combat false reports to law enforcement

(Apr 15, 2021)

In response to increased calls to law enforcement over crimeless activities, state Reps. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, and Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., plan to introduce two bills that seek to put an end to false reports of crime to law enforcement. Read more

 

Ciresi: Time is now to commit to Reading-to-Philadelphia rail service restoration

(Apr 14, 2021)

The “excuse” train has terminated its run. Let’s get this done and enhance the vitality of our state. Read more

 

Op-Ed: Shelve the theatrics and address real issues affecting Pa. women and children
1 hour ago

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant portal reopens Saturday, April 24th
2 hours ago

Frankel: Reproductive health highlights areas of real need amid GOP push to limit abortion access
18 hours ago

Freeman, James look to strengthen Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program
1 day ago

Davidson, Bizzarro respond to State Government Committee Election Review released by GOP
1 day ago

Wheatley hosts roundtable to discuss legalization of adult-use cannabis
Apr 21, 2021

Kinsey, Kim and Dawkins call for ban on chokeholds following Chauvin conviction
Apr 21, 2021

The PA Rescue Plan tackles long-term care for our most vulnerable
Apr 21, 2021

The PA Rescue Plan invests in technology and a healthier future
Apr 21, 2021

Rulemaking to protect people’s health and safety is latest target of Republican majority power grab
Apr 20, 2021

Rabb introduces package of bills to protect medical cannabis patients, dispensaries from eviction, discrimination
Apr 20, 2021

House unanimously passes Longietti/Nelson bill to help save drug rehab patients who leave facilities against medical advice
Apr 20, 2021

Cephas, Klunk advance bipartisan sexual harassment bill through Labor and Industry Committee
Apr 20, 2021

To celebrate Earth Day, Rabb calls for support of 100% renewable energy in PA by 2050, urges Pennsylvanians to contact their legislators
Apr 20, 2021

House Democratic Leadership continues to push Pennsylvania Rescue Plan to reimagine Pennsylvania’s recovery
Apr 20, 2021

Now open for applications: Farm Vitality, Communities That Care, substance abuse, and recycling grant programs
Apr 19, 2021

Phila House Delegation Chair responds to Republican attack on democracy, attempts at voter suppression
Apr 16, 2021

14 hearings were pretense for voter suppression laws
Apr 15, 2021

Gainey, Cephas legislation aims to combat false reports to law enforcement
Apr 15, 2021

Ciresi: Time is now to commit to Reading-to-Philadelphia rail service restoration
Apr 14, 2021