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PA workers need better protection from mass layoffs

(1 day ago)

Pennsylvanians deserve more protection from mass layoffs and plant closing that can destroy hardworking families and trash local economies. Read more

 

Rabb to host Policy Committee hearing on voting and elections Tuesday in Philadelphia

(1 day ago)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 21 – Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on voting and elections next week. The hearing will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 at United Lutheran Seminary, The Brossman Center, 7301 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, 19119. Rabb requested the hearing to discuss the changes to Pennsylvania’s voting laws with Act 77 of 2019 – the most comprehensive changes to the state’s election laws in more than 80 years – and how those changes will affect voters starting this year. He will be joined by fellow legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 4:10 p.m. Panel One: Rachel Boss , Community Impact Manager in Bureau of Campaign Finance and Civic Engagement, Pa. Department of State Omar Sabir , City Commissioner, City of Philadelphia 4:50 p.m. Panel Two: Patrick Christmas , Policy Director, Committee of Seventy Marc Stier , Director, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center 5:30 p.m. Panel Three: Sara Mullen , Associate Director, ACLU of Pennsylvania Kendra Cochran , Statewide Voter Engagement Coordinator, POWER Interfaith 6:10 p.m. Closing Remarks This hearing is among a series being held across the state on House Read more

 

Ciresi to host telephone town hall Feb. 26

(Feb 19, 2020)

ROYERSFORD, Feb. 19 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, is inviting residents in the 146th Legislative District to participate in an upcoming telephone town hall at 7 p.m. Feb. 26. Read more

 

Rep. Rosita Youngblood to retire at conclusion of 2019-20 legislative session

(Feb 19, 2020)

Rep. Rosita Youngblood recently sent a letter to House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, announcing her retirement at the conclusion of the 2019-20 legislative session. Read more

 

Bucks County lawmakers announce $306,254 grant for criminal justice diversion programs for opioid use disorder

(Feb 18, 2020)

State Reps. Perry Warren and John Galloway announced the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs will award a $306,254 grant for the implementation of new criminal justice diversion programs and the expansion of existing programs in Bucks County for individuals with opioid use disorder. Read more

 

Fracking has led to a ‘bust’ for Pennsylvania school district finances

(Feb 17, 2020)

In the last decade, unconventional natural gas development has transformed American energy — as well as communities across Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale region.Often popularly referred to as “fracking,” this highly industrialized process is used to extract energy resources from underground geologies such as shale or sandstone. Read more

 

It costs more than $70,000 a year for a Philadelphia family of four to live without help; in the suburbs, up to $88,000

(Feb 17, 2020)

A Philadelphia family of four must make more than $70,000 a year just to survive, a new report says — a stunning sum beyond the reach of most residents in a city beset by high poverty and meager chances.According to the newly released study based on 2019 data, two adults with one preschooler and one school-age child have to take in $70,613 to meet their needs without receiving public assistance or help from relatives or friends. Read more

 

Daley helps promote Highway Safety Law Awareness Week

(Feb 14, 2020)

“The health and safety of vulnerable highway users is clearly of critical importance, which is why we just passed H.B. 1536 by an overwhelming majority,” Daley said. “I’m grateful to PennDOT for highlighting other crucial laws that are designed to make our roadways safer for everybody, and I’m happy to help promote the message.” Read more

 

Rep. Kirkland appointed co-chair of PA SAFE Caucus

(Feb 14, 2020)

“Given Republican leadership’s commitment to inaction, we must get creative to cut gun violence at its roots. Through his work both in Harrisburg and his district, Representative Kirkland has exhibited the leadership needed to fight the scourge of gun violence.” Read more

 

Driscoll introduces legislation to protect volunteer park organizations from liability for volunteer public services, projects

(Feb 14, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 14 – Rep. Michael Driscoll today announced legislation that would prevent a volunteer park organization from generally being held liable for volunteer public services, programs and projects. “Our volunteer park organizations that so often organize the advocacy, care and enhancement of our community and public parks give back to the communities they serve in countless ways,” Driscoll said. “It is only right that these volunteer organizations are not open to liability for the volunteer public services and activities they provide, but there’s currently no law that protects them. That’s why I’ve introduced House Bill 2310, to ensure that our volunteer organizations are protected from liability that should never be placed on their shoulders to begin with. “Volunteers should be rewarded not punished by lawsuits,” Driscoll said. Driscoll said the volunteer park organizations are often doing invaluable work that falls under the authority of local municipal or county governments, and that no matter how well organized an organization or effort is, there are always risks for accidents. His intention is to protect the volunteer park organizations that help their communities by eliminating the risk of liability to them. Learn more about this proposed legislation and others online here: Read more

 

Delloso hosting Opioids & Addiction Awareness Program on Tuesday

(Feb 13, 2020)

State Rep. David Delloso, D-Delaware, and a distinguished panel of guests will lead an Opioids and Addiction Awareness Program from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Harcum College-Prospect Park. Read more

 

Frankel, Costa call for Clean Indoor Air Act extension

(Feb 12, 2020)

Legislation would extend protections to additional public spaces, include e-cigarettes Read more

 

Zabel introduces bill to address state’s electronic waste recycling issue

(Feb 12, 2020)

Zabel’s legislation would utilize best practices that have been implemented in other states to make Pennsylvania’s e-waste recycling law more effective. Read more

 

Burns: $149,000 to help drug offenders break addiction

(Feb 10, 2020)

Program aims to lower opioid use in community Read more

 

Frankel applauds Shapiro suit against e-cigarette manufacturer

(Feb 10, 2020)

Suit aims to protect Pennsylvania youth from deceptive marketing practices Read more

 

Solomon, community and business leaders announce $120K donation for economic development projects in Northeast Philadelphia

(Feb 10, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 10 – State Rep. Jared Solomon joined community and business partners today to announce a $120,000 donation to Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association from tax credits approved by the Neighborhood Assistance Program. “I’m grateful and thrilled to have such generous community partners in M&T Bank and Kinder Academy, willing to step forward and invest in the Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association,” Solomon said. “Their continued partnership with OCCCDA will have lasting impacts for the people of my district, who will see new entrepreneurship, workforce development and economic development programs for many years to come.” OCCDA will use the donation for a multitude of projects, including developing a small-business training program, creating a hub for education and community events, implementing a corridor enhancement program, investing in small business and technical support assistance and workforce development. These projects will help the people directly involved and the community at-large. “Oxford Circle Christian CDA is very thankful to DCED, M&T Bank and Kinder Academy for supporting the work we do for small businesses and those who live in the Oxford Circle community,” said Pearl Wang-Herrera, executive director. “With their support, over the next five years, we will be able to provide more employment and Read more

 

Medicaid block grant proposals spell trouble for patients and hospitals

(Feb 10, 2020)

Medicaid is a longstanding partnership between states and the federal government to provide care to the poorest and sickest among us. A pair of proposals from Washington threaten to upset this joint commitment and fray the nation’s perilously thin safety net for vulnerable patients.Together, these proposals stand to trigger an erosion of the impressive gains we’ve made for patients across our country and region this past decade. Read more

 

House Finance Committee

(Feb 10, 2020)

The House Finance Committee is responsible for revewing legislation dealing with the financial issues of the state, with tax collection rates and tax policies regularly reviewed. The Select Subcommittee on Tax Modernization and Reform was established in 2017 to investigate and review Pennsylvania’s tax laws, explore other states’ best practices and methods for levying and collecting various taxes, and develop recommendations to encourage equitable and fair tax policy. The Democratic members of this select subcommittee, led by Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, continue to push for a fair tax policy that works for all Pennsylvanians, one which encourages job creation and economic fairness today, while laying the groundwork for a prosperous economy and workforce for tomorrow. Read more

 

Ciresi determined to find mass transit solution for commuters

(Feb 06, 2020)

State Rep. Joe Ciresi traveled via mass transit from his home in Montgomery County to Philadelphia Thursday morning to illustrate the tremendous amount of time and effort commuters experience every day heading to work. Read more

 

Southeast Delegation elects Malagari treasurer

(Feb 05, 2020)

The House Democratic Southeast Delegation today elected state Rep. Steve Malagari, D-Montgomery, treasurer. Read more

 

PA workers need better protection from mass layoffs
1 day ago

Rabb to host Policy Committee hearing on voting and elections Tuesday in Philadelphia
1 day ago

Ciresi to host telephone town hall Feb. 26
Feb 19, 2020

Rep. Rosita Youngblood to retire at conclusion of 2019-20 legislative session
Feb 19, 2020

Bucks County lawmakers announce $306,254 grant for criminal justice diversion programs for opioid use disorder
Feb 18, 2020

Fracking has led to a ‘bust’ for Pennsylvania school district finances
Feb 17, 2020

It costs more than $70,000 a year for a Philadelphia family of four to live without help; in the suburbs, up to $88,000
Feb 17, 2020

Daley helps promote Highway Safety Law Awareness Week
Feb 14, 2020

Rep. Kirkland appointed co-chair of PA SAFE Caucus
Feb 14, 2020

Driscoll introduces legislation to protect volunteer park organizations from liability for volunteer public services, projects
Feb 14, 2020

Delloso hosting Opioids & Addiction Awareness Program on Tuesday
Feb 13, 2020

Frankel, Costa call for Clean Indoor Air Act extension
Feb 12, 2020

Zabel introduces bill to address state’s electronic waste recycling issue
Feb 12, 2020

Burns: $149,000 to help drug offenders break addiction
Feb 10, 2020

Frankel applauds Shapiro suit against e-cigarette manufacturer
Feb 10, 2020

Solomon, community and business leaders announce $120K donation for economic development projects in Northeast Philadelphia
Feb 10, 2020

Medicaid block grant proposals spell trouble for patients and hospitals
Feb 10, 2020

House Finance Committee
Feb 10, 2020

Ciresi determined to find mass transit solution for commuters
Feb 06, 2020

Southeast Delegation elects Malagari treasurer
Feb 05, 2020