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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

 

DeLissio sworn in as state representative for fourth term

(Jan 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., was sworn into office today for a fourth term as representative for the 194th Legislative District during a ceremony in the Capitol. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives swearing-in is constitutionally mandated to occur on the first Tuesday in January, every two years. This year is Pennsylvania’s 201st legislative session. “As we begin a new legislative session, I am optimistic,” she said. “My optimism stems from the fact that as a governing body it is imperative that we consider all views of the citizens in the commonwealth and in my experience, compromise often leads to the best solution. I look forward to continuing to work closely with my colleagues from the majority party and am committed to building on the solid relationships that I have worked to establish over the past six years.” DeLissio said that she is looking forward to contributing as a member of the newly reconstituted Pennsylvania Long Term Care Council, helping to shape policies as they relate to the commonwealth’s long-term care services and support systems. As an active member of the Government Reform Caucus, she is eager to continue the exchange of ideas and strategies, in particular as they pertain to redistricting and campaign finance reform and updating our election system. DeLissio additionally anticipates reintroducing her legislation for Read more

 

Rabb sworn in for first term at state Capitol

(Jan 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – During a ceremony at the state Capitol that opened the 2017-18 legislative session, Rep. Chris Rabb took the oath of office to represent northwest Philadelphia in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. “I am thankful that the constituents of the 200th Legislative District put their faith in me to represent them,” Rabb said. “I am hitting the ground running to work on the issues that matter to them.” Rabb added he will soon introduce legislation that would commit Pennsylvania’s presidential electors to the candidate who wins the most popular votes in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. His legislative interests include fighting for social justice, shared prosperity and public integrity. While his constituent services office won’t be open until sometime later this month, Rabb said residents can email him regarding any state-related issues at Rabb@pahouse.com in the meantime. Rabb also encouraged constituents to sign up for periodic e-mail updates by registering through his website, http://www.pahouse.com/Rabb . Constituents can also stay up to date with news from Harrisburg and Philadelphia by adding him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RepRabb and following him on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/RepRabb . Read more

 

Ravenstahl embarks on fourth full term in state House

(Jan 03, 2017)

State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl takes the oath of office for his fourth full term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives serving residents of the 20th Legislative District. Read more

 

Solomon sworn in as state representative

(Jan 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., today was sworn into office as representative for the 202nd Legislative District during a ceremony at the Pennsylvania Capitol. Solomon welcomed over 100 guests to the Capitol for his swearing in ceremony. “I am honored to have been entrusted with the responsibility to serve as the people’s voice in Harrisburg,” Solomon said. “I was raised by my mother in Castor Gardens; she taught me the importance of giving back to my community. We have a lot of work to do and I cannot wait to work with everyone to move our neighborhood forward.” The Pennsylvania House of Representatives swearing-in corresponds with the first Tuesday in January, taking place every two years. This year is Pennsylvania’s 201st legislative session. Solomon’s legislative interests include improving business corridors, revitalizing infrastructure stock, addressing safety concerns in the neighborhood, providing opportunities for kids after school, and creating more jobs with higher wages to address local poverty issues. “While the work in Harrisburg is important, I am also ready to help the community right here in the district,” Solomon said. “My constituent service office staff is ready to help residents with any issue, including the Children's Health Insurance Program, PACE/PACENET prescription-drug coverage for seniors, the low-income heating assistance and much more." Read more

 

Daley sworn in as state representative for third term

(Jan 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley today was sworn into office for a third term as representative for the 148th Legislative District during a ceremony in the Capitol. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives swearing-in corresponds with the first Tuesday in January, every two years. This year is Pennsylvania’s 201st legislative session. “ I am honored to continue serving the residents of the 148th Legislative District as their state representative ,” she said. “And while w e face many challenges in the greater commonwealth, I am eager to meet them head-on .” Daley said that she is looking forward to continued work on increasing education funding and the minimum wage, preserving teacher benefits and supporting sensible gun safety laws, among other legislative initiatives. “It’s a distinct honor to represent the community of neighbors, friends and family that I call home,” said Daley, D-Montgomery. “I care deeply about the issues that affect us here, and I will remain a steadfast advocate for all the wonderful people, places and initiatives we have to offer.” Daley’s website is at www.pahouse.com/MDaley . Her legislative social media accounts can be found on Facebook and Twitter . Read more

 

Rep. Ryan Bizzarro today began his third term in the state House and elected vice chairman of Northwest Delegation

(Jan 03, 2017)

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, today began his third term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where he will continue to represent the 3 rd Legislative District in the 2017-18 legislative session. “I want to thank everyone for the great sense of responsibility they have bestowed upon me,” Bizzarro said. “My team and I hit the ground running in 2013 and have not stopped. We look forward to continuing serving the community and Commonwealth.” Bizzarro was elected by members of the House Democratic Northwest Delegation to serve as their vice chairman. “I am both honored to represent the constituents in my district during this crucial legislative session and to help lead the delegation,” Bizzarro said. “There are many important issues affecting the people I represent that the legislature needs to address.” Among the bills Bizzarro will be reintroducing this term include legislation that would establish same-day voter registration in Pennsylvania and stricter sentences for crimes against the elderly. Also, legislation designed by Bizzarro would direct the state Health Department to establish regulations to certify community paramedicine providers and allow them to expand their services. Under the proposal, emergency medical services providers would be able to deliver care to patients in their homes. Other Bizzarro priorities include protecting the elderly from abuse by those acting as power of attorney, Read more

 

Bradford sworn in as state representative

(Jan 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Matt Bradford today was sworn into office for a fifth term as representative for the 70th Legislative District during a ceremony in the Capitol. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives swearing-in corresponds with the first Tuesday in January, every two years. This year is Pennsylvania’s 201st legislative session. “As state representative, I am eager to represent my district’s voice in Harrisburg, as well as here at home,” he said. “My office doors always are open, and I look forward to interacting with as many neighbors, friends and constituents as possible.” Bradford said that he is looking forward to another legislative session, as well, when he will focus on supporting sensible gun safety laws, increasing education funding and helping to pass a sustainable, long-term state budget that benefits all Pennsylvanians. “I am aware of the challenges facing Pennsylvania today, but I am optimistic because of the great strides we’ve made since the great recession,” said Bradford, D-Montgomery. “Going forward, I’m looking forward to working across the aisle and affecting positive change for our commonwealth.” Bradford’s website is at www.pahouse.com/Bradford . His legislative social media accounts can be found on Facebook and Twitter . Read more

 

Warren sworn in as state representative, announces district office

(Jan 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Perry Warren today was sworn into office as representative for the 31st Legislative District during a ceremony at the Pennsylvania Capitol. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives swearing-in corresponds with the first Tuesday in January, every two years. This year is Pennsylvania’s 201st legislative session. “I am excited for the opportunity to serve my community and district as its state representative,” Warren said. “I look forward to representing my constituents in Harrisburg while continuing to learn more about the people who call our region home.” Warren also announced that his district constituent service office is open for business at 91 S. Main St., Yardley. His office staff also will be available for constituent services at Morrisville Borough Hall on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from noon to 4 p.m. “My office and staff are equipped to assist you with state-related programs and can help you resolve a variety of issues with public services,” said Warren, D-Bucks. Warren said that he is eager to start the legislative session as well, as he will be focused on creating solutions for Pennsylvania, including combating opioid addiction, increasing education funding, promoting civil rights and supporting sensible gun safety laws. “As your state representative, I will work with you both in Harrisburg and here at home,” he said. “My doors Read more

 

Harris looking forward to third term

(Jan 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Jordan Harris today was sworn into office for his third term as representative for the 186th Legislative District during a ceremony in the Capitol. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives swearing-in corresponds with the first Tuesday in January, every two years. This year is Pennsylvania’s 201st legislative session. “I am thankful my constituents maintain their trust in me,” Harris said. “I will continue to build on that trust and expand on the work that my staff and I accomplished for the 186 th Legislative District.” During his second term, Harris fought for funding for education in Philadelphia, including for Pre-K, and championed legislation that eventually became law to help expunge criminal records of lesser offenders. Harris said he will continue to fight for more education funding, as well as common-sense gun laws and criminal justice reform. In addition to beginning his third, two-year term as state representative, Harris has been named chairman for the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. “It’s an honor to have been elected to serve as chairman of this very important caucus,” Harris said. “With the upcoming session, I will see to it that the members of the Black Caucus stand united and be the voice for African-Americans and people of color across Pennsylvania on key issues, including promoting diversity and inclusion in the commonwealth’s workforce Read more

 

Roebuck: Restoring more school funding must be a top priority in new session

(Jan 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, was sworn in today for a new term representing west Philadelphia's 188th Legislative District. "As we begin a new session, I look forward to working to improve education in Pennsylvania, and that has to include restoring more of the school funding that was cut during former Governor Corbett's four years," Roebuck said. "Philadelphia has been especially hard-hit by those cuts, but the impact has been statewide. We have made significant progress on restoring education funding in Governor Tom Wolf's first two years, but we have much more to do. Fortunately, we already know there are common-sense ways to generate funding and balance the budget, such as a reasonable tax on gas drilling and closing corporate tax loopholes." ### Read more

 

Kulik sworn in for 201st session of Pa. House

(Jan 03, 2017)

State Rep. Anita Kulik was sworn into office to her first term as representative for the 45th Legislative District, saying she is excited about working on the issues confronting the greater Allegheny County region Read more

 

Sturla prepared to tackle tough issues in 2017-18 House session

(Jan 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – Today, state Rep. Mike Sturla began his 14 th term representing residents of the city of Lancaster and parts of Lancaster and Manheim townships in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The 201 st legislative session began with today’s swearing-in ceremony at noon due to the state’s constitutional mandate to begin each legislative session at noon on the first Tuesday of the year. “We are facing a $2 billion structural budget deficit, and the legislature still has a long way to go in adequately funding education, from quality early childhood education through higher education. We’ve made progress in the previous session with the Basic Education Funding Formula, but we still have a long way to go to make funding education more equitable,” Sturla said. “I am eager to continue working on legislation that will improve education, tackle environmental issues, improve our ailing infrastructure, address the heroin, opiate and prescription drug epidemic, and close the structural budget deficit with sustainable revenue sources. We have a challenging budget year ahead, and I am ready to get to work.” Sturla, reelected by his Democratic colleagues as chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee, will continue to host hearings throughout the state on how to improve government functions. “These hearings allow us to learn from experts and citizens from every corner of the state and develop policy Read more

 

Briggs begins 5th term representing 149th District

(Jan 03, 2017)

State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, took the oath of office today to continue to represent residents of the 149th Legislative District in Montgomery County for his fifth term. Read more

 

Krueger-Braneky promises to continue fight for environment, education, as second term begins

(Jan 03, 2017)

After being sworn in for her first full two-year term, state Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware, promised to continue fighting for the issues her constituents care about, including education funding, environmental health, supporting local businesses, reasonable gun safety legislation and women’s health. Read more

 

Kim eyes minimum wage increase as 3rd term begins

(Jan 03, 2017)

State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, took the oath of office today to begin her third term representing the 103rd Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Read more

 

Youngblood looks forward to 12th term in state House

(Jan 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., today took the oath of office to begin her 12th term representing the 198th Legislative District. “I look forward to getting to work and build on the accomplishments we made during the previous session,” Youngblood said. “From passing historic legislation to allow medical marijuana in the commonwealth to increasing funding for education, I am optimistic that both sides of the aisle can work together once again and make great strides for a better Pennsylvania. We must continue to advocate for policies that put people first and expand opportunities for success.” Youngblood said she is thankful to remain House Democratic Caucus secretary for the 2017-18 legislative session, a position she was elected in to by her peers prior to last session. Youngblood became the first black female in Pennsylvania history to hold a leadership position in the General Assembly. “It’s an honor to hold this leadership post for a second term and to have been elected by my peers as the only black member represented in leadership in the House,” Youngblood said. “We have a lot of work to do to bridge some of the divides facing this Commonwealth, and this nation, but I am confident and hopeful that we will achieve great things for all Pennsylvanians.” The swearing-in ceremony in the House chamber marked the beginning of the 201st Legislative Session. Youngblood said that Read more

 

Longietti sworn in for a sixth term in Pa. House, looks to extend perfect attendance record

(Jan 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Mark Longietti today was sworn in for a sixth, two-year term representing the 7th Legislative District in Mercer County during a ceremony at the state Capitol that started the 2017-18 legislative session. Longietti, D-Mercer, will look to extend his ten-year record of perfect attendance when the House is in session. “The people of the 7 th Legislative District sent me to Harrisburg to serve as their voice, and I take my responsibility seriously to cast votes on all issues that come before the state House,” Longietti said. He said his top priorities continue to be education, economic development and constituent service. “I will fight to ensure Pennsylvania makes the necessary investments in education so that our students are ready to pursue a college degree or enter the workforce,” Longietti said. “We also must work to improve the state’s economy. During the past four years, Pennsylvania has fallen behind other states in job creation, and we must increase our economic development efforts.” Longietti served as a member of the bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission, which recommended a new funding formula for distributing basic education dollars to public school districts. The recommended funding formula was adopted by the General Assembly and used for the first time during the 2016-17 state budget. Longietti also serves as co-chairman of the bipartisan Early Childhood Education Read more

 

Petrarca takes oath of office for start of 2017-18 session

(Jan 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – At a state Capitol ceremony that opened the 2017-18 legislative session today, Rep. Joseph Petrarca was sworn into office to represent the 55 th Legislative District, which includes portions of Westmoreland, Armstrong and Indiana counties. "It's an honor to represent the 55 th District and those who live in it," Petrarca said. "It's been my goal to represent the interests of those I serve, even when those interests buck the status quo, and this term will be no different. "I've opposed tax increases because our region can't afford to take on more of the state's financial responsibility, and I've worked to maintain and create jobs. As Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, I've forwarded legislation to make our streets safer, while also protecting those who protect and serve. "Seeing medical marijuana authorized in the state was a particularly proud moment for me last year. Now families with children who have disabling diseases and conditions, can get the palliative care they need to help alleviate their children's suffering," he said. "All of these issues and more, including the ongoing budget deficit and state's pension crisis, are on my radar in this session." Today's swearing-in ceremony marked the beginning of the 201st session of the General Assembly. The oath of office was administered by Northampton County Judge Craig Dally. Petrarca is Read more

 

State Rep. Gerald Mullery sworn in for a fourth term representing the 119th Legislative District

(Jan 03, 2017)

State Rep. Gerald Mullery was sworn in for a fourth term representing the 119 th Legislative District during a ceremony today at the state Capitol that marked the beginning of the 2017-18 session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. “It is humbling and a wonderful honor to be entrusted with the issues and concerns affecting the citizens of the 119 th Legislative District,” Mullery said. “Continuing to serve the people of Northeastern Pennsylvania will be at the forefront of my agenda.” Mullery, D-Newport Township, said property tax reform, attracting and retaining family-sustaining jobs, providing for quality schools and safe neighborhoods remain his top priorities. “My constituents are concerned with the escalating level of property taxes and their inability to pay them,” Mullery said. “I will continue to support the Property Tax Independence Act and efforts to eliminate property tax for homeowners.” Recently, Mullery was recognized as an environmental champion by the state’s four largest citizen-based environmental advocacy groups. The champions scored 90 percent or higher. Members of the House and Senate were scored on votes cast on legislation relating to fracking, climate change and privatizing public lands. “Environmental issues are important to all of us,” Mullery said. “We want safe drinking water, cleaner air and pristine woodlands not only for us but for future Read more