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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

 

Sims sets priorities for third term in Pa. House

(Jan 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., is continuing his push for commonsense priorities as he begins his third term representing Philadelphia's 182nd Legislative District. Members of the legislature were sworn in today. Sims said, "In addition to seeking to restore more of the school funding that was cut during the Corbett years, I will continue working with allies from both parties in the coming months to introduce legislation on other important issues," such as: LGBT equality, including equal protections in the workplace and a ban on harmful "conversion therapy" for minors; sustainable development and manufacturing; increased accessibility and convenience in voting and ending partisan gerrymandering; fair compensation for people harmed by a local government's action or inaction – like Philadelphians who only got 19 cents on the dollar for electrical and water damage done to their homes by a 4-foot-wide water main break in 2012; and proactive women's health initiatives. "I'm honored and grateful for the opportunity to continue representing the people of the 182nd District and to serve as their voice in Harrisburg," Sims said. "Pennsylvania has taken important steps forward in Governor Tom Wolf's first two years, and I look forward to working with the Wolf administration to achieve more positive change in 2017 and 2018." Sims, a policy attorney and civil rights Read more

 

Goodman sworn in for an eighth term; will serve on House Democratic leadership team

(Jan 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Neal P. Goodman was sworn in for an eighth term to represent the 123rd 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 an honor to have the residents of the 123 rd District put their faith and trust in me again to serve as their state representative,” Goodman said. “Our state continues to face many serious challenges, and I am ready to do my part to take on these challenges to move the commonwealth and Schuylkill County forward.” Goodman is the highest-ranking Democrat from Schuylkill County to serve in the state House, and will again hold a leadership position. He was re-elected to the position of Democratic Caucus administrator in November by his peers. Goodman is the first House Democrat from Schuylkill County to hold a leadership position in the caucus since his uncle, James Goodman, served as chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee from 1977 to 1980. Goodman said his legislative priorities are job creation and economic development, eliminating property taxes, improving the quality of life in Schuylkill County, helping veterans and preserving the environment. The 123 rd District consists of Wards 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 in Pottsville, the townships of Blythe, Branch, Butler, Cass, Delano, East Norwegian, Foster, Mahanoy, New Castle, Reilly, Ryan Read more

 

Burns: Double length of time officials should wait to lobby after leaving office

(Jan 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – Addressing an unsavory perception, state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, is seeking co-sponsors for a bill that would double to two years the length of time former officials or employees must wait before lobbying the government entity they left. Burns said current law mandates a mere one-year wait, which does little to combat the public belief that many government officials cash in on contacts made in their former jobs. “While the current law is a progressive step, the General Assembly should go further,” Burns said. “To protect the integrity and transparency of the commonwealth’s governmental bodies, my legislation would amend the law to require former officials or employees to wait two years. This cooling-off period would help stall government officials from cashing in on their former jobs.” Burns said many of his constituents in the 72 nd Legislative District are aligned with the belief that government officials are too self-serving, a trend he hopes to reverse by passage of the legislation he plans to introduce soon. “A proposal like this won’t get universal support, but I am confident it will be embraced by members on both sides of the aisle,” Burns said. “We need to do something to put the ‘public’ back in ‘public service.’” Read more

 

Neilson announces 2017 House Scholarship Program

(Dec 28, 2016)

State Rep. Ed Neilson, D-Phila., announced the application process is now open for students to apply for the Pennsylvania House Scholarship Program. Neilson said the program is open to graduating high school seniors who are Pennsylvania residents with plans to attend a Pennsylvania college, university or career school as a full-time student. Students must have attained a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade-point average in high school to be eligible. Other factors taken into consideration are a student’s commitment to community, leadership qualities, extracurricular activities and financial need. Read more

 

Madden hosting office open house Jan. 7

(Dec 28, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 28 – State Rep.-elect Maureen Madden invites residents of the 115th District to an open house at her new Coolbaugh office in Tobyhanna. Read more

 

Hill-Evans to host open house at district office Jan. 4

(Dec 21, 2016)

YORK, Dec. 21 – State Rep.-Elect Carol Hill-Evans will host an open house from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 4 at her district office, 53 E. North St., Suite 3. There will be refreshments, information on state programs and initiatives, and a ceremony marking her official swearing into the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, which will take place Jan. 3 in Harrisburg. “It’s an honor to begin work as state representative, and I hope to meet as many people as possible during the open house,” said Hill-Evans, D-York. “There is a wealth of state resources and help available here, and I look forward to connecting people with programs and solving problems with state services.” Hill-Evans was elected after former state Rep. Kevin Schreiber stepped down to take a position advocating for economic development in York County. Those interested can learn more about Hill-Evans during her open house, by visiting her website at www.PaHouse.com/Hill-Evans , or on Facebook and Twitter . Read more

 

Senator Brooks and Rep. Longietti Announce Grant for Local Steel Plant

(Dec 21, 2016)

Harrisburg – State Sen. Michele Brooks and Rep. Mark Longietti announced a $1 million Multimodal Transportation Program grant that will allow NLMK Pennsylvania to upgrade its Farrell rail operation and help retain more than 700 jobs. The grant will permit rehabilitation of 8,300 feet of track, crossties and ballast and improve grade crossings in its 13-mile rail network at the plant. The company also will replace locomotives and install and modify loading docks. “Our area competes not only against others states, but globally, for jobs. It is important that our region and Pennsylvania is competitive in keeping these family sustaining manufacturing jobs,” said Senator Brooks. “If NLMK is able to flourish here, there will be correlative opportunity for employment and economic development in the region. I was happy to have the opportunity to be a partner in helping obtain this funding.” “This grant will allow NLMK to move a sufficient amount of product to remain competitive, thereby helping to retain over 700 well-paying jobs in our community,” Representative Longietti said. “I am pleased to have played a role in securing this funding which will help preserve these important jobs.” The grant application was submitted by Penn Northwest Development Corporation on behalf of NLMK, formally known as Duferco Farrell Corporation. The scrap salvage company makes metal casing for Whirlpool, Frigidaire and other products for Read more

 

Cephas reopens 192nd District office in west Philadelphia

(Dec 19, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 19 – State Rep.-elect Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., has reopened the 192nd Legislative District office in west Philadelphia. The district includes Wynnefield, Overbrook Farms, Morris Park, Overbrook Park, Overbrook, Haddington, Hestonville and Carroll Park. "I am excited to begin serving the people of the 192nd District. My staff and I can help you with state-related concerns and services such as help with home heating bills, the Children's Health Insurance Program, PACE/PACENET prescription-drug coverage for seniors, the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, car tag renewals and much more," Cephas said. The office is at 1991 N. 63rd St. and is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The phone number is 215-879-6625. Cephas is also providing information on her website -- www.pahouse.com/Cephas -- and can be reached at RepCephas@pahouse.net . She said, "Residents are encouraged to come by and get to meet some of the new staff. In mid-January we will be hosting a soft opening so STAY TUNED!!!" Cephas will be sworn in officially on Jan. 3 in Harrisburg. ### Read more

 

As Allentown’s unemployment center closes, Schweyer urges people to get the facts they need to preserve benefits

(Dec 19, 2016)

ALLENTOWN, Dec. 19 – With the Allentown Unemployment Compensation Service Center closing today due to a funding dispute in Harrisburg, state Rep. Peter Schweyer is urging people affected to get as much information as possible to maintain benefits. Read more

 

Neuman: Improved testing of rape kits deserves further attention

(Dec 19, 2016)

State Rep. Brandon Neuman is drafting legislation to further improve testing of evidence from sexual assaults. Neuman said his new measure will provide the next step toward finding a comprehensive remedy against domestic and sexual violence. Read more

 

Burns mounting effort to ban lighters that look like toys

(Dec 19, 2016)

EBENSBURG, Dec. 19 – Hoping to follow at least 18 other states , state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, wants Pennsylvania to ban cigarette lighters that look like toys, feature a flashing light or make musical sounds, mostly so children aren’t enticed to start fires or be injured. Burns said these novelty lighters – already illegal in neighboring New York and New Jersey – are readily available at hardware and convenience stores and gasoline stations, and in the wrong hands are easily mistaken for toys. “While an adult may readily know to reserve these lighters for cigarettes, pipes or cigars, a toddler or youngster might not make that important distinction,” Burns said. “Too often, these confusing lighters contribute to unintentional fires and injuries to children and families. Sometimes, even adults are mistaken.” Burns cited these examples as stimulus for the bill he plans to introduce in January for the new, two-year legislative session: In Maine, a 6-year-old picked up a miniature baseball bat, thinking it might be a flashlight, and burned part of his face as the flame shot out. In Arkansas, two children under 2 died after setting fire to their apartment with a motorcycle-shaped lighter. In South Carolina, a woman shot herself in the hand while attempting to light a cigarette with what she thought was a pistol-shaped novelty lighter. Burns, who is currently seeking co-sponsors for his bill, said the upcoming Read more

 

Frankel backing National Popular Vote bill in Pa.

(Dec 16, 2016)

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, will again co-sponsor the National Popular Vote bill in Pennsylvania. The bill would commit Pennsylvania's presidential electors to the candidate who wins the most popular votes in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Read more

 

Warren announces $75,000 state grant for Lower Makefield Twp. dog park

(Dec 15, 2016)

YARDLEY, Dec. 15 – State Rep.-Elect Perry Warren, D-Bucks, today announced a $75,000 state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant to help build a dog park in Lower Makefield Township. The project will include building the dog park and parking area, installing fencing, gates and utilities, access for those with disabilities and landscaping. “This is a great addition to the community and a wonderful infusion of grant money that will help offset its costs to local taxpayers,” Warren said. “Congratulations to Lower Makefield Township on the award. I look forward to the opening.” The grants are administered by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Community Conservation Partnerships Program. The sources of funding for the grant include the Keystone Fund, which is generated from a portion of the realty transfer tax; the Environmental Stewardship Fund; and the ATV/Snowmobile Fund generated through fees for licenses. Read more

 

Rabb to introduce National Popular Vote bill in Pa.

(Dec 15, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 15 – State Rep.-elect Chris Rabb, D-Phila., plans to introduce the National Popular Vote bill in Pennsylvania after he is sworn in Jan. 3. The bill would commit Pennsylvania's presidential electors to the candidate who wins the most popular votes in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. "This is not retroactive to the 2016 election – this is forward-looking, nonpartisan and could benefit a candidate of either party. Until the Electoral College is abolished, the National Popular Vote agreement is a fair and equitable way to have the will of the people expressed in participatory democracy, rather than an outdated, arcane intermediary. Most people haven't even realized they're voting for electors rather than a presidential candidate directly," Rabb said. The bill would have Pennsylvania add its 20 electoral votes to an agreement that already covers 165 electoral votes from 11 states and the District of Columbia. The agreement would take effect once it covers at least 270 electoral votes, the minimum needed to win the presidency. "Throughout the 240 years since the Declaration of Independence was signed here in Philadelphia, we've made other improvements to the founders' designs, and moving to a national popular vote system is another important way to do that," said Rabb, who is a descendant of Declaration of Independence signer Philip Livingston. "The founders of our country only Read more

 

Rep.-elect Cephas announces $300,000 secured for Carroll Park revitalization project

(Dec 15, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 15 – State Rep.-elect Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., announced today that a state Community Conservation Partnership Program grant has been secured for the revitalization of Carroll Park, which is part of the 192 nd Legislative District Carroll Park community. The $300,000 grant, awarded to Philadelphia's Department of Parks and Recreation will be used to restore the park’s historic water fountain and play area, upgrade the children’s playground equipment, create an interactive spray ground system with matting and new benches, increase signage at the entrance of the park and improve lighting and greening space to create a safe environment. "Carroll Park serves as a central point and gathering place for families throughout the Carroll Park Neighborhood and I couldn't be happier that this funding is going to help transform the park into a multigenerational space that will be able to hold events, allow for exercise opportunities and active play," said Cephas. "Oftentimes, families aren’t able to afford vacations outside of the city, which forces us to transform our area parks and recreation centers into ‘staycations’ and destinations that offer a similar experience." Cephas added the need for the redevelopment project for the community was also identified through the efforts of the Carroll Park Neighbors Advisory Council in conjunction with Fairmount Park Conservancy and the Pennsylvania Read more

 

Bizzarro: $13,598 to Erie Child Advocacy Center

(Dec 15, 2016)

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, has announced that the Erie Child Advocacy Center will receive a $13,598 grant to ensure that victims of child sexual abuse are getting the services they need. Bizzarro, a former victim witness coordinator and advocate for the Erie County District Attorney’s office, said he has always supported child advocacy centers in the state, especially by voting for Act 28 of 2014 to expand access to child advocacy centers and increase their availability to serve child victims of sexual and physical abuse. “Having worked in the profession in the past, this topic is near and dear to my heart,” Bizzarro said. “We must help the children and adults who have suffered in the hands of abusers who now need further assistance and in Erie we will have that additional help.” The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) has approved more than $1.3 million in grant funding from the Endowment Act Fund. Grants were approved for 36 different organizations throughout the state that assist victims of child sexual abuse, including Erie. Over $700,000 will be distributed to 15 service organizations that provide direct services to child abuse victims. Nearly $1 million will be distributed to 21 Child Advocacy Centers to enhance services, including increasing the number of medical examinations and counseling services and to develop satellites in underserved areas. Bizzarro said The Endowment Act directs the PCCD Read more

 

Warren announces resignation from Newtown Borough Council

(Dec 14, 2016)

In light of his election to the position of state representative for the 31st Legislative District, Newtown Borough Councilman and state Rep.-elect Perry Warren announced last night at the final Newtown Borough Council meeting of 2016 that he will resign from his position on Newtown Borough Council as of Dec. 31, 2016. Read more

 

Cruz applauds new center promoting arts & culture in the Latino community

(Dec 14, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 14 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., said he is proud to have assisted in obtaining funding for the construction and opening of a new facility to further promote Latino culture in Philadelphia. Taller Puertorriqueno Inc. was founded in 1974 as a community-based cultural organization whose primary purpose is to preserve, develop and promote Puerto Rican arts and culture. The organization celebrated the grand opening of its new home on Dec. 7. Cruz said he was honored to work with Dr. Carmen Febo, executor director and CEO of Taller Puertorriqueno, to acquire two separate grants of $2.5 million each to go toward the construction of the new building. "The work that Taller Puertorriqueno does to promote Latino culture throughout our city is invaluable in enriching our personal experiences and the experiences of all Philadelphians," Cruz said. "I look forward to what the future holds in the city for this organization and the Latino community as a whole." Cruz noted that Taller is the largest Latino arts organization in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Warren issues statement on 4th anniversary of Sandy Hook massacre

(Dec 14, 2016)

Calling it a tragedy that needs to be remembered and learned from, state Rep.-elect Perry Warren issued the following statement on the 4th anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting: “Today is the four-year anniversary of the senseless shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty-eight people died that day, including 20 elementary schoolchildren, six staff members and the shooter and his mother. Read more

 

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

Sims sets priorities for third term in Pa. House
Jan 03, 2017

Goodman sworn in for an eighth term; will serve on House Democratic leadership team
Jan 03, 2017

Burns: Double length of time officials should wait to lobby after leaving office
Jan 03, 2017

Neilson announces 2017 House Scholarship Program
Dec 28, 2016

Madden hosting office open house Jan. 7
Dec 28, 2016

Hill-Evans to host open house at district office Jan. 4
Dec 21, 2016

Senator Brooks and Rep. Longietti Announce Grant for Local Steel Plant
Dec 21, 2016

Cephas reopens 192nd District office in west Philadelphia
Dec 19, 2016

As Allentown’s unemployment center closes, Schweyer urges people to get the facts they need to preserve benefits
Dec 19, 2016

Neuman: Improved testing of rape kits deserves further attention
Dec 19, 2016

Burns mounting effort to ban lighters that look like toys
Dec 19, 2016

Frankel backing National Popular Vote bill in Pa.
Dec 16, 2016

Warren announces $75,000 state grant for Lower Makefield Twp. dog park
Dec 15, 2016

Rabb to introduce National Popular Vote bill in Pa.
Dec 15, 2016

Rep.-elect Cephas announces $300,000 secured for Carroll Park revitalization project
Dec 15, 2016

Bizzarro: $13,598 to Erie Child Advocacy Center
Dec 15, 2016

Warren announces resignation from Newtown Borough Council
Dec 14, 2016

Cruz applauds new center promoting arts & culture in the Latino community
Dec 14, 2016

Warren issues statement on 4th anniversary of Sandy Hook massacre
Dec 14, 2016