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McClinton to co-host weekly radio program

(Mar 28, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 21 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, will co-host a weekly radio program from 11 a.m. to noon every Thursday on radio station WTTM, 1680 AM. The program, entitled "Voices from the Inside," will focus on the state's prison system and reducing crime. McClinton will be joined by co-hosts state Rep. Leslie Acosta, D-Phila., Esteban Cabrera and author Hugh Taft-Morales. "I am excited to have this opportunity to discuss our criminal justice system," McClinton said. "This new program will offer a voice to those currently incarcerated and will promote the sharing of ideas between prisoners and us on the outside. Thanks to Rep. Acosta, who developed the idea and invited me to participate in such a meaningful program. "By meeting those currently in prison, I hope that the listeners will understand the need for changes and improvements in our current system. We need to establish more humane methods to house our prisoners and work with them so they can be rehabilitated and can return to society and contribute. We waste so much money incarcerating those who have committed minor offenses and by locking them up for extended periods of time, we make it harder for them to blend back in to society and hold a meaningful job. "Additionally, we will be discussing community programs which may reduce violence and crime." The program will air live at 11 a.m. every Thursday on 1680 AM, and it can also Read more

 

Rep. Bizzarro to host Policy Committee hearing on jobs Tuesday in Erie

(Mar 06, 2017)

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on 21 st century jobs at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 at the Manufacturer & Business Association, Forum Room, 2171 W. 38 th St. House Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, will co-chair the hearing. Bizzarro requested the hearing to further explore what more can be done to increase job creation in the region. The hearing agenda is as follows: 4 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 4:10 p.m. Panel One: Brian Slawin , Ben Franklin Paretnership NW Regional Director and Portfolio Manager Dr. Valerica Vlad , professor of economics, Penn State Behrend Maggie Horne , director of Small Business Development Center, Gannon University 4:50 p.m. Panel Two: Sean Fedorko , co-founder, Radius CoWork Beth Zimmer , co-Founder and managing director, Innovation Collaborative Matt Wiertel, director of business development, Velocity Network 5:30 p.m. Closing remarks Read more

 

Krueger-Braneky to host second Small Business Breakfast

(Mar 03, 2017)

State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware, announced today that following a successful Small Business Breakfast last summer, she will be hosting a second Small Business Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Friday, March 10 at Neumann University’s Schmidt Multipurpose Room, 1 Neumann Drive, Aston, PA 19014. Read more

 

Davidson to host Financial Fitness Forum

(Mar 02, 2017)

UPPER DARBY, March 2 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, will host her annual Financial Fitness Forum from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23 at Saint Laurence Catholic Church, 8245 West Chester Pike Upper Darby, 19082. This expo will include free information on a variety of financial issues. Exhibitors and speakers will provide presentations on money management, improving your financial health, and state programs to help families, homeowners and small business owners. “This expo is an excellent opportunity for area residents to gather information to help them improve their current financial situation or to prepare for the future,” Davidson said. “We will have a number of financial experts to provide resources on money matters and my staff will help with state programs and services that affect family finances, including unclaimed property and property tax rebates.” Organizations scheduled to participate include the Pennsylvania Treasury Department, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, financial institutions, credit counselors and many more. Davidson has held events on this topic in previous years that were highly attended so she urged residents to register to reserve their space. For more information or to register, please contact (610) 259-7016 or jcarey@pahouse.net . Read more

 

Warren introduces legislation requiring schools to provide information to parents on eating disorders

(Mar 02, 2017)

HARRISBURG, March 2 – Legislation requiring schools to provide parents of children in grades 5 through 12 with information about eating disorders was introduced in the House by state Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks. “Eating disorders are real and devastating,” Warren said. “These complex conditions have serious health consequences that impact a person’s productivity and relationships.” The legislation (H.B. 531) also would create guidelines for local school boards that exercise an optional development of an eating-disorder screening program with appropriate opt-out and exemption procedures, specify training requirements for personnel and volunteers, and provide the framework for parental notification procedures in the event of a positive indication of an eating disorder. “We have a responsibility to ensure that our children have a way to get the help they need,” Warren said. “These serious conditions are not fads, phases or lifestyle choices, but are potentially life-threatening conditions that affect emotional and physical health. The earlier we can provide help to those who are struggling with an eating disorder, the greater the likelihood of physical and emotional recovery.” Warren explained that H.B. 531 would make accessing help easier for a child suffering from an eating disorder, as school districts would have materials and resources for parents readily available, and if needed Read more

 

Dawkins supports Wolf’s choice for deputy secretary for Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities

(Mar 02, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, March 2 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila, voiced his support today for Gov. Tom Wolf’s appointment of Kerry L. Kirkland to serve as the deputy secretary for Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities in the Pennsylvania Department of General Services. “I have introduced legislation to modify our state’s procurement system to encourage the participation of women and minority-owned enterprises, and I’ve worked with Governor Wolf on his administration’s reform efforts,” Dawkins said. “The creation of this position, designed to facilitate the governor’s efforts to improve state contracting for minority businesses, is a great step in the right direction. Deputy Secretary Kirkland’s experience in the public and private sectors make him an ideal choice, and I look forward to working with him.” According to the governor’s office, Deputy Secretary Kirkland will serve as the senior public official to represent and advise the administration and the department on all matters related to the development of statewide policies and programs to substantially increase the participation of small diverse businesses (SDBs) and small businesses (SBs) in commonwealth contracting and in Pennsylvania’s overall economy. In the 2015-16 session, Dawkins introduced H.B. 2166, which would amend the Procurement Code to encourage the participation of minority and women-owned Read more

 

MEDIA ADVISORY: Harkins to host Policy Committee hearing on renewable energy Wednesday in Erie

(Mar 02, 2017)

ERIE, March 2 – State Rep. Patrick Harkins, D-Erie, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on renewable energy at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 8 at SB3, East Training Room, 3 rd Floor, 1540 East Lake Road, Erie. Biodiesel fuels and wind energy are among the topics set for discussion at the hearing, which will be co-chaired by state Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee, and include other Democratic House members. The hearing agenda is as follows: 9 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks 9:10 a.m. Panel from HERO BX: John Nies , vice president of operations Christopher Peterson , vice president of finance and commodity risk 9:50 a.m. John Rossi, executive board member, Sierra Club Lake Erie Group 10:10 a.m. John Pruvis, president, Solar Revolution Erie 10:30 a.m. Closing remarks The hearing is open to the public and media coverage is invited. Read more

 

Cruz calls for action after state receives F grade on lead in school drinking water

(Mar 01, 2017)

HARRISBURG, March 1 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., voiced his continued concern today for the safety of Pennsylvania’s drinking water after an analysis by PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center gave the state an F grade for preventing lead in drinking water in schools, in a report released on Feb. 28. “Last year Flint brought the dangers of lead poisoning to the forefront nationally; this report by PennEnvironment serves as a chilling reminder that the dangers are real and impact children in Pennsylvania,” Cruz said. “This is not an issue we can afford to take lightly, as the Department of Health has already shown some of Pennsylvania’s children have tested positive for high blood lead levels. This is especially alarming because there is no safe blood lead level in children.” According to PennEnvironment , Pennsylvania received an F grade because it has no required testing regimen for school drinking water, no limits on the allowable lead levels and no plan to remove lead infrastructure from its schools. The PennEnvironment report does note the City of Philadelphia passed an ordinance last December setting stricter limits on lead in drinking water, improving the public’s right-to-know on the issue and requiring testing of all school faucets and fountains. “PennEnvironment’s failing grade for Pennsylvania reinforces the need to take legislative action at the state level to test, monitor and address Read more

 

Goodman introduces bill to protect veterans’ access to prescription drug assistance programs

(Mar 01, 2017)

State Rep. Neal P. Goodman has reintroduced legislation that would allow Pennsylvania veterans to participate in a state prescription drug assistance program if a state veterans’ benefit or federal disability payment puts them over the income limit. Read more

 

Rep. Bizzarro to host Policy Committee hearing on jobs Tuesday in Erie

(Mar 01, 2017)

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on 21 st century jobs at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 at the Manufacturer & Business Association, Forum Room, 2171 W. 38 th St. House Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, will co-chair the hearing. Bizzarro requested the hearing to further explore what more can be done to increase job creation in the region. The hearing agenda is as follows: 4 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 4:10 p.m. Panel One: Brian Slawin , Ben Franklin Paretnership NW Regional Director and Portfolio Manager Dr. Valerica Vlad , professor of economics, Penn State Behrend Maggie Horne , director of Small Business Development Center, Gannon University 4:50 p.m. Panel Two: Sean Fedorko , co-founder, Radius CoWork Beth Zimmerman , co-Founder and managing director, Innovation Collaborative Matt Wiertel, director of business development, Velocity Network 5:30 p.m. Closing remarks Read more

 

Veterans are invited to my expo on April 27 in Erie

(Mar 01, 2017)

I am cordially inviting veterans from all U.S. military branches to my 2017 Veterans Expo from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, April 27 at the Rainbow Gardens, 220 Waldameer Park Road in Erie. Join me for my first Veterans Expo . My free event will feature dozens of area vendors offering a variety of veterans’ services, including VA claims reporting and employment opportunities, as well as legal and financial programs. Information will also be available on state services and programs benefiting veterans and your families, including: Veterans Assistance Program information Property Tax/Rent Rebate applications And much more! Stop in to meet my staff and me, and enjoy light refreshments and great door prizes. For more information about the event, contact my office at (814) 835-2880. Throughout American history, the U.S. military has continually led the response to protect liberty and restore freedom in nearly every corner of the globe. Our servicemen and women, both past and present, are undoubtedly heroes, and as such deserve our thanks, our respect and our assistance. Veterans’ issues are expanding both in number and complexity, and managing their widespread needs has become more challenging, and that is why I am offering a free expo for all veterans in order to address veterans’ issues appropriately and thoroughly. Every veteran deserves to have his or her needs Read more

 

Philadelphia Delegation condemns criminal vandalism of Jewish cemetery

(Feb 28, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 28 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, chair of the Philadelphia Delegation to the House of Representatives, released the following statement today with fellow members of the delegation in response to the criminal acts committed at the Mount Carmel Cemetery, which is located in the legislative district of Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila.: "To say the Philadelphia Delegation condemns this hate crime is an understatement,” Donatucci said. “It does not matter if it happened in Pittsburgh, Pittston or Pitcairn, the delegation would stand behind the sentiment. "This is the kind of senseless, futile act that can bring a community to its knees, but the last few days have shown the opposite: people are rising up. "The efforts of Representative Solomon are to be commended and shown as an example of how to collectively work together and take a stand against prejudice and hate, and the delegation is proud to stand in lockstep with him," she said. State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, said, "The members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus condemn the hate crimes that are on the rise lately, including the disgusting vandalism at a Philadelphia Jewish cemetery, the threats to several Jewish community centers in Pennsylvania and the horrific shooting of two Indians in Kansas and another man who came to their aid. "We stand with our Jewish Read more

 

Comitta announces over $2.7 million in state funding for local roads

(Feb 28, 2017)

State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, announced today that a total of $2.27 million in liquid fuels payments will be released to help municipalities in the 156th Legislative District maintain roads and bridges. Read more

 

Harris, PLBC condemn recent acts of hate

(Feb 28, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 28 – State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, said today, "The members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus condemn the hate crimes that are on the rise lately, including the disgusting vandalism at a Philadelphia Jewish cemetery, the threats to several Jewish community centers in Pennsylvania and the horrific shooting of two Indians in Kansas and another man who came to their aid. "We stand with our Jewish and Indian brothers and sisters, and all who have been victimized by these acts of hate. An attack on one is an attack on all, and those responsible for these acts must be brought to justice." ### Read more

 

Burns seeks high school senior applicants for scholarship

(Feb 28, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 28 – State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, is seeking applicants from the 72 nd District for the Pennsylvania Legislative Appointment Initiative (LAI), which allows each state legislator to appoint a student from his district as a commonwealth scholar for admission to Valley Forge Military College. Any high school senior residing in the 72 nd District with a minimum high school GPA of 2.50 and a combined verbal and math SAT score of 1000 (or an ACT Score of 17) is eligible to apply. Interested students should contact Burns’ offices for an application. The deadline to apply this year is April 1. A student awarded the LAI Scholarship may receive the award for up to two years. The maximum amount awarded is $12,000 per year. “I encourage any eligible high school seniors to apply for the LAI through my office. The Valley Forge Military College uniquely prepares their cadets to be responsible citizens and leaders,” Burns said. “This is also a valuable opportunity to showcase our talented high school seniors throughout the district.” Interested students can check with their school guidance counselor for an application. Applications are also available in Burns’ district offices . Read more

 

Dawkins, Cephas to introduce bill to help grieving families

(Feb 28, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 28 – State Reps. Jason Dawkins and Morgan Cephas, both D-Phila., plan to introduce a bill that would require funeral homes to provide pricing information when requested and post that information on their website, if they have one, in an effort to assist and protect grieving families. "No grieving family should be required to spend lengthy hours of their time researching the cost of providing funeral services for their loved one," Dawkins said. "This legislation would allow families more time to focus on mourning their loss and celebrating the life of the deceased while providing peace of mind that they aren’t being taken advantage of." The bill would require funeral directors to provide a written or printed list of prices and goods offered at the beginning of any conversation about prices, professional services offered and goods. The lists also would include preparation of the body, use of facilities, use of automotive equipment and casket options. Cephas said, "During the loss of a loved one, it can be very difficult for some to manage dealing with their grief and for many in my district, the financial hardship that comes along with final expenses. Too often during this vulnerable time people are taken advantage of by bad actors who lack transparency in disseminating information to individuals and families. This legislation works to provide consumers with additional information needed to make cognizant decisions Read more

 

Frankel condemns recent acts of terror against Jewish community

(Feb 28, 2017)

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 28 – State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, released the following statement today in regard to the recent acts of vandalism and terroristic threats made against Jewish institutions: "In the strongest possible way, I condemn these cowardly and hateful acts of terrorism aimed at Jewish cemeteries and Jewish Community Centers. These kinds of actions have one despicable purpose: to spread fear throughout our communities. "We’ve had enough. "Let me be clear: hatred of this kind has no place in Pittsburgh, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, or anywhere else in the world. Just yesterday, there were reportedly more than 90 anti-Semitic threats or acts of aggression reported across the country. While there’s no doubt that these acts have been committed by a small minority of people, it does not change the fact that we must speak up against this kind of intolerance and fear-mongering. "In the very near future, I plan to sponsor a resolution with my Jewish colleagues in the General Assembly condemning these acts of vandalism and terror. It is my hope that this resolution will run in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives when we return to session in March. "In the meantime, I am confident that the dedicated men and women in law enforcement will soon bring those responsible to justice." ### Read more

 

Briggs introduces bill to combat fake news, improve media literacy

(Feb 27, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 27 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, introduced H.B. 661 today, which would require the Pennsylvania Department of Education to establish a media literacy curriculum for Pennsylvania’s students enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12, in an effort to combat the rise of fake news on social media during the 2016 General Election. “This legislation would prepare Pennsylvania’s students with the critical thinking skills and knowledge to evaluate the accuracy of news stories on social media and other sources for themselves,” Briggs said. “During this past election cycle, it’s undeniable that we saw a rise in fake news on social media that put misinformation out into the public sphere for the purpose of misleading voters.” If passed, H.B. 661 would require the Department of Education, in consultation with the Pennsylvania State Board of Education, to develop a media literacy curriculum within 6 months of the bill’s effective date. According to the bill, the curriculum may include, but is not limited to: developing critical thinking skills; understanding how media messages shape culture and society; identifying targeted marketing strategies; naming techniques of persuasion; recognizing bias and misinformation; discovering parts of a story that are not being told; evaluating media messages based on personal experiences and skills. “It is imperative the next generation of Read more

 

Cephas to host town hall meeting

(Feb 27, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 27 – In keeping with her legislative priorities, state Rep. Morgan Cephas announced she will host a town hall meeting for residents of the 192nd Legislative District. The meeting will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 at the Shephard Recreation Center, 5700 Haverford Ave., Philadelphia, 19131. Cephas said she and a panel of state, city and local officials will discuss several topics, such as the outlook and goals for the district, a public safety neighborhood review, a status update on nuisance liquor establishments and plans to address them, and a plan to strengthen neighborhood schools. “The purpose of this event is to provide a platform for community residents to learn about various resources available to them at the state and local level,” Cephas said. “It is also an opportunity for them to learn about my agenda for working toward a better quality of life for constituents who live in the 192nd legislative district.” Cephas added the attendees for the town hall meeting will be officials from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, Pennsylvania Liquor Control Enforcement, the Mayor’s Office of Education and the 19th Police District. Local organizations and vendors also will be there with resources to share. For more information, constituents can call Cephas’ district office at (215)-879-6625. Read more

 

Solomon Condemns 'Criminal Vandalism' at Mount Carmel Cemetery

(Feb 27, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA: Feb. 26 -- State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., issued the following statement in response to the criminal vandalism at Mount Carmel Cemetery. "I am truly shocked, saddened and outraged by the criminal vandalism that occurred at the Mount Carmel Cemetery today, in the Wissinoming part of my district. My heart goes out to the families who discovered the head stones of their loved ones desecrated by this act of hate and intolerance. After an act of such cowardice, I urge the perpetrators to do the brave thing and come forward and turn themselves in to the authorities. Should they not, I pledge to do everything in my power to help support the Philadelphia Police and the great officers of the 15th District in bringing them to justice. "For me representing the most diverse district in the Pennsylvania State Legislature that includes Mount Carmel, this heinous crime hits especially close to home. Just yesterday, I brought constituents of all races, religions, ethnicities and nationalities together for a hopeful forum about how to celebrate the rich diversity of our community. The energy was tangible, the ideas innovative, and the spirit warm and collaborative. We all left hopeful and committed to surmounting the barriers that too often divide us. "The juxtaposition of yesterday's hope and positivity with this morning's hate and prejudice underscores the scale of our task, and the resolve and determination we must have if we are to succeed. Read more

 

McClinton to co-host weekly radio program
Mar 28, 2017

Rep. Bizzarro to host Policy Committee hearing on jobs Tuesday in Erie
Mar 06, 2017

Krueger-Braneky to host second Small Business Breakfast
Mar 03, 2017

Davidson to host Financial Fitness Forum
Mar 02, 2017

Warren introduces legislation requiring schools to provide information to parents on eating disorders
Mar 02, 2017

Dawkins supports Wolf’s choice for deputy secretary for Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities
Mar 02, 2017

MEDIA ADVISORY: Harkins to host Policy Committee hearing on renewable energy Wednesday in Erie
Mar 02, 2017

Cruz calls for action after state receives F grade on lead in school drinking water
Mar 01, 2017

Goodman introduces bill to protect veterans’ access to prescription drug assistance programs
Mar 01, 2017

Rep. Bizzarro to host Policy Committee hearing on jobs Tuesday in Erie
Mar 01, 2017

Veterans are invited to my expo on April 27 in Erie
Mar 01, 2017

Philadelphia Delegation condemns criminal vandalism of Jewish cemetery
Feb 28, 2017

Comitta announces over $2.7 million in state funding for local roads
Feb 28, 2017

Harris, PLBC condemn recent acts of hate
Feb 28, 2017

Burns seeks high school senior applicants for scholarship
Feb 28, 2017

Dawkins, Cephas to introduce bill to help grieving families
Feb 28, 2017

Frankel condemns recent acts of terror against Jewish community
Feb 28, 2017

Briggs introduces bill to combat fake news, improve media literacy
Feb 27, 2017

Cephas to host town hall meeting
Feb 27, 2017

Solomon Condemns 'Criminal Vandalism' at Mount Carmel Cemetery
Feb 27, 2017