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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

 

Schlossberg applauds House Transportation Committee’s vote to strengthen rear-facing child seat measure

(Dec 09, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 9 – The House Transportation Committee today amended and reported out a bill, authored by state Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, to strengthen provisions intended to keep infants safe while traveling in a vehicle. "On Monday, at a public hearing held by the House Transportation Committee, I was pleased to see wide, bipartisan support for efforts to improve child safety in Pennsylvania," Schlossberg said. "After a productive and frank discussion, it was clear that there was sufficient support to strengthen my bill by amending it to offer even better protections for our youngest and most vulnerable citizens. I fully support that effort." House Bill 1551, which originally would have required children younger than 1 to be secured in a rear-facing car seat, was amended by the committee to require children to be secured in a rear-facing car seat while in a vehicle until age 2 unless otherwise stated by the manufacturer’s specification of the car seat in use. Schlossberg noted that this change to his bill follows recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics. During the House Transportation public hearing, Ted Leonard, executive director of the Pennsylvania AAA Federation, voiced AAA’s support for efforts to enhance the requirement to secure children under age 2 in rear-facing car seats or until that child reaches the maximum height and weight for the car seat as noted by the manufacturer. "As a father of two young children, I find it hard to belie Read more

 

Readshaw bill would offer relief for families dealing with drug epidemic

(Dec 07, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 7 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, has introduced H.B 1692, which would make it easier for family members to commit a loved one for drug and/or alcohol treatment. “Too many families watch their loved ones deal with alcohol or drug abuse problems and can only standby while they spiral into despair, or worse,” Readshaw said. “I have been working with family members, law enforcement, the district attorney, the minor courts and others to ensure that my bill would offer remedies for families seeking help for their loved one. "I introduced this bill at the request of my friend, a constituent who recently lost his son because of a drug overdose," he added. Readshaw said that Pennsylvania families are the front lines of the opiate epidemic in this Commonwealth, and this bill is an effort to provide families with another avenue of resources. House Bill 1692 would provide for involuntary treatment requirements and procedures for individuals suffering from alcohol and other drug abuse; and imposing duties on the Department of Health and the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. Presuming the person has a reasonable benefit of recovery and the individual presents an imminent danger or imminent threat of danger to self, family or others as a result of alcohol and other drug abuse, or there exists a substantial likelihood of such a threat in the near future, a family member would be able to petition the Court of Common Pleas to initiate proceedings for in Read more

 

Readshaw encourages low-income families to apply for heating help

(Dec 02, 2016)

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 2 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny announced the state's heating assistance program, LIHEAP, is accepting applications for the winter. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program provides federal aid to eligible families to help pay winter heating bills and cover emergency heating equipment needs. "LIHEAP ensures that qualified households can pay for their heating costs, such as gas, oil or electricity," Readshaw said. "Emergency funds are also available for households without heat or fuel, or those facing cut-off from a supplier. "My staff can help complete the application." Household income limits to qualify vary according to family size: Household Size Maximum Income 1 2 3 4 $17,655 $23,895 $30,135 $36,375 The household income level increases by an additional $6,240 for each additional person. "Since this program is based on federal money, the state budget impasse should not affect the funding for this program," Readshaw said. Applications also can be completed online at www.compass.state.pa.us, and can be obtained at local county assistance offices, which can be found at www.alleghenycounty.us/dhs/CAO-locations.aspx. Read more

 

Rozzi and Murt team up with PCAR and Turning Point for private screening of 'Spotlight'

(Nov 16, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 16 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, and state Rep. Tom Murt, R-Montgomery/Phila., announced today that they will host a private advance screening of the film “Spotlight” on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at the Midtown Cinema, 250 Reilly St. The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and Turning Point are the event sponsors. A complimentary reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., prior to the movie. Remarks will be offered by the sponsors and hosts in support of legislation that would modify the Pennsylvania statute of limitations to allow victims to seek civil action against abusers and the institutions that shield them. “Spotlight” is the true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child sexual abuse and cover-up within the local Boston Archdiocese. More information about the event is available by contacting Rozzi’s Harrisburg office at (717) 783-3290. To reserve tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/private-advance-screening-of-spotlight-tickets-19499631924. Seating is limited. Read more

 

Readshaw hosting flu shot clinic on Nov. 5

(Oct 28, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 28 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, will host a flu shot clinic from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Nov. 5 at Concord Presbyterian Church, 1907 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, 15210. Pneumonia shots also will be available. "The earlier you can get a flu shot, the longer you are protected through the flu season," Readshaw said. "It is important to remember that flu is not just a nuisance. It can be a serious, even fatal, illness, especially for those young children, elderly and anyone who may have a weaker immune system." While the flu vaccinations are not free, the costs are covered by all Medicare Part B plans as well as many other medical insurance plans. Vaccination recipients must bring their insurance cards when they get their shots. Readshaw reminds people who may have the flu to see a doctor as quickly as possible. There are treatments which may lessen the severity of the illness if taken quickly enough. Read more

 

Matzie announces $630k grant for Middletown Properties West

(May 13, 2016)

AMBRIDGE, May 13 – State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today that Middletown Properties West has been awarded a grant of more than $630,000 to defray the cost of crucial rail projects. The State Transportation Commission voted yesterday to approve $36 million for 15 projects through the Rail Transportation Assistant Program, a capital budget grant program funded with bonds, and 16 projects through the Rail Freight Assistance Program, which is underwritten through the new Multimodal Fund created by Act 89. Matzie said he helped secure the $633,711 Middletown Properties West grant through the RFAP program, and it will help the company rehabilitate 4,800 feet of track and construct 2,700 feet of new track. Statewide, the 31 rails projects announced today are anticipated to allow the state to create 9,200 jobs and retain another 39,000 over the next five years. A full list of the grants awarded today is available here. Read more

 

Bipartisan brain health/mental health checkup legislation introduced by Miller

(May 13, 2016)

On the heels of the fifth student suicide in the past six years in a nearby school district, state Rep. Dan Miller, D-Mt. Lebanon, has introduced legislation that would require a mental health – or brain health – check-up that would at minimum include a depression screening for each student in Pennsylvania by age 14. "We know that many people who develop a mental health issue go untreated, and this lack of treatment can have lifelong repercussions," Miller said. "Knowing this, we need to recognize that mental health is arguably even more important than physical health and we need to improve our early diagnosis capabilities to get those who need treatment the help they need to improve their quality of life." Read more

 

Two Westmoreland County rail projects planned

(May 13, 2016)

HARRISBURG, May 13 – State Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, announced that two rail projects in Westmoreland County recently have been awarded funding. The State Transportation Commission approved $133,945 in funding for a project at the Three Rivers Marine Rail Terminal LP. The project involves rehabilitating mainline track, replacing crossties, bolts and bridge timber, surfacing and installing ballast. Additionally, nearly $1.1 million was awarded to replace existing rail and steel components on the Radebaugh Subdivision Rail Relay. "Rail is a convenient way for manufacturers and other companies to transport and deliver their products and services," Petrarca said. "This funding will help the state ensure its rail network can continue to serve transportation and economic needs." In all, the State Transportation Commission approved $36 million for 31 rail projects statewide this week: 15 were projects through the Rail Transportation Assistance Program and 16 were through the Rail Freight Assistance Program. Read more

 

Snyder: Tenmile Creek radiation testing finds acceptable levels

(May 13, 2016)

Rep. Pam Snyder reports that further radiation testing near along Tenmile Creek near the Clyde Mine Treatment Facility in Greene County has found acceptable results in water and sludge samples. Read more

 

Donatucci: Local summer camps now accepting applications

(May 13, 2016)

SHARON HILL, May 13 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, announced Delaware County Technical High Schools are now enrolling students in their Career Heroes Summer Camp 2016. “Learning doesn’t have to stop when schools shut their doors for the summer,” Donatucci said. “Our area summer camps provide our students many enriching opportunities, allowing them to continue to learn and explore possible career paths in a fun way. If parents check out the various summer programs in our area, I am sure they will find something that sparks their children’s interest.” The schools will host two separate week-long camp sessions. The first camp will run June 20 through 24, with most sessions taking place at the schools’ Folcroft campus at 701 Henderson Blvd., Folcroft. The sessions there will focus on cosmetology, culinary arts, computer networking and engineering. Another session to be held at Marple Education Center, 89 N. Malin Road in Broomall, will also focus on culinary arts. The second camp, running from June 27 through June 30, will highlight building trades, cosmetology, graphic design, computer science and health careers. It will take place at the schools’ Aston campus, located at 100 Crozerville Road in Aston. The camps are for children 11 through 14, and campers must be residents of Delaware County. The enrollment deadline is May 20. For more information and to enroll, visit Read more

 

Schweyer invites constituents to free Senior Fair (with video)

(May 13, 2016)

ALLENTOWN, May 13 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, will host a Senior Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, May 20 at the East Side Youth Center, 1140 E. Clair St., 18109. Schweyer said he will co-host the event once again with state Reps. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, and Steve Samuelson, D-Northampton. "Our Senior Fair is a great opportunity for attendees to ask questions and get information on resources in their community all in one place," Schweyer said. "Last year’s event was very successful and by working with my two colleagues, we were able to reach many more seniors." Schweyer said the event will feature health and wellness screenings, informational talks and demonstrations, along with information about various state and federal programs. Light refreshments will be available. Registration is not necessary to attend the event, but Schweyer said constituents with any questions should contact his office at (610) 791-6270. Read more

 

Matzie announces $299k grant for Leetsdale Industrial Corporation

(May 12, 2016)

AMBRIDGE, May 12 – State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today that Leetsdale Industrial Corp. has been awarded a nearly $300,000 state grant as part of over $930,000 in state grants heading to the region to defray the cost of crucial rail projects. The State Transportation Commission voted today to approve $36 million for 15 projects through the Rail Transportation Assistant Program, a capital budget grant program funded with bonds, and 16 projects through the Rail Freight Assistance Program, which is underwritten through the new Multimodal Fund created by Act 89. Matzie said he helped secure the $299,862 Leetsdale Industrial Corp. grant through the RFAP program, and it will help the company construct two new spurs and to raise, line and surface track. “This investment by the state in our rail companies is a wise move that’s bound to spur economic development and create and retain jobs,” Matzie said. “Moving freight via rail has long been the way of life in my district and region, and today is no different. It’s a cost-effective way to transport commerce and boosts the local economy by providing family-sustaining careers.” Matzie, chairman of the House Transportation Rail Subcommittee and long a supporter of the rail freight industry, has sponsored a resolution honoring the industry and what it means to the Pennsylvania and national economies. Recently, Matzie was a loud and strong opponent of a possible takeover of Norfolk Southern Railroad, which oper Read more

 

Rail project in Mercer County awarded $262,500

(May 12, 2016)

State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today that Wheatland Tube Co. has been awarded a $262,500 grant from the state Rail Freight Assistance Program (RFAP). Read more

 

McClinton to host workshop for first-time homebuyers June 2

(May 12, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, May 12 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila/Delaware, will host a seminar for first-time homebuyers from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 2 at the Paschalville Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, 6942 Woodland Ave. Those looking to buy their first home will learn about hunting for the right home, purchasing the home and acquiring a mortgage and the need for homeowners insurance. "Buying a home is an exciting but possibly overwhelming process," McClinton said. "Doing it right can ensure that the homeowner gets the best mortgage rate, has appropriate legal protection and is treated fairly in the entire process. Getting the best deal up front can help reduce the risk of later foreclosure." In addition to the home purchasing information, attendees will also learn about other important financial information, such as building or rebuilding a solid credit rating, savings and other ways to increase or protect your finances. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact McClinton's office staff at (215) 748-6712 . ### Read more

 

Petrarca wants to stop upcoming gasoline tax increases

(May 11, 2016)

HARRISBURG, May 11 – State Rep. Joseph Petrarca plans to introduce a bill to abolish the gasoline tax increases for next year and beyond. "Pennsylvania already has the highest gas tax in the nation," Petrarca said. "The state collects 51.4 cents on each gallon of gas sold in the commonwealth, nearly double the average collected nationwide. And, because of a 2013 law that I did not support, our gas tax could go up another 10 cents in January. "Pennsylvanians can't afford to pay more and more at the pump, especially when so many of us rely on our vehicles to get to work, buy groceries, and take our children and parents to doctor's appointments. Because transportation is a necessity, an increase in the gas tax hurts all of us, but is especially difficult for people on limited means or who live on fixed incomes." In 2013, Gov. Tom Corbett uncapped the Oil Company Franchise Tax, which is the tax on wholesale gasoline purchases. Although the OCFT is a tax on wholesalers, Petrarca said the tax is certainly passed down to drivers at the pump. "I opposed the 2013 law because it was going to increase gas prices, and it did," said Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana. "Now that same law is expected to increase them even more come January. The price of gas is already volatile. It's time to enact my legislation so we can ensure that when the price of gas increases, and it will, it's not because of the Read more

 

Davidson sponsoring community health fair May 19

(May 11, 2016)

UPPER DARBY, May 11 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, will sponsor a community health fair from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 19 at Yeadon Presbyterian Church, 541 Holly Rd, Yeadon . “My community health fair is a perfect opportunity for residents of the 164 th Legislative District to receive free screenings – and get lots of health questions answered -- by making just one visit,” Davidson said. “I think it’s very important for the health and safety of my constituents who may not have access to health care that my office provides this service.” Medicare and the Affordable Care Act experts will be on hand to answer questions about the federal health care programs. The health fair will also include: Free health screenings. Information on health wellness from providers, state and county agencies, and nonprofits. Door prizes and giveaways. For more information about the health fair, please call Maureen McGrory at 610-259-7016 or email mmcgrory@pahouse.net . ### Read more

 

Snyder warns residents of IRS phone scam

(May 11, 2016)

Rep. Pam Snyder alerts residents of a telephone scam in which taxpayers receive unsolicited calls from people claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service and demanding payment or risk a lawsuit. First and foremost, Rep. Snyder notes, the IRS DOES NOT initiate contact over the phone. Read more

 

Briggs introduces legislation to update public pool safety regulations

(May 10, 2016)

KING OF PRUSSIA, May 10 – In recognition of May as National Water Safety Month, State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, has introduced legislation that would strengthen regulations for public swimming pools and bathing places in Pennsylvania. House Bill 2056 would require the Department of Health to update regulations periodically to be consistent with the Model Aquatic Health Code prepared by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "I was shocked to learn that regulations affecting public pools in Pennsylvania haven’t been updated since the 1970s. It is hard to think of anything that hasn’t been updated in that long, let alone crucial public health standards," Briggs said. "Once enacted into law, my legislation will allow Pennsylvanians to once again enjoy a day at the pool without worry about what microbes or pollutants are lurking in the water." The model code, which is updated about every two years, is intended to implement best practices and replace the patchwork of regulations that exists throughout the country. The code covers safety, preventive maintenance, health hazards and employee training for pools and public bathing places. "Swimming pools may seem innocuous, but if they are improperly cared for they can be tainted with a variety of contaminants ranging from fecal matter to the bacteria that can lead to Legionnaires’ Disease," Briggs said. "The public has the right to expect safety and sanitary Read more

 

Roebuck, Kinsey, Harris hear testimony on state funding for Cheyney University at House Democratic Policy Committee

(May 10, 2016)

House Democratic Policy Committee hear testimony on Cheyney University funding State Reps. Stephen Kinsey, Jordan Harris, and James Roebuck, all D-Phila., today heard testimony on state funding at Cheyney University during a House Democratic Policy Committee. Kinsey had some concerns about the university’s financial stability because of declining enrollment. “I am hoping that university officials could financially turn the school around because many students who are enrolled at the college come from Philadelphia and those students are primarily low-income,” Kinsey said. “It would be devastating if these college bound students would not have an opportunity to continue their education.’ Many students at the college believe that they are being punished for selecting certain major fields of study because of low class participation. Rep. James Roebuck, Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, said, "I and several other members of the legislature have been working to raise awareness of the uniquely affordable opportunities available at Cheyney , in addition to our work to help the university achieve a sustainable future. Qualified Pennsylvania students can receive full scholarships for undergraduate education at Cheyney and/or for graduate school after their time at Cheyney." Rep. Jordon Harris said concerns about the university did not happen overnight but are the result of inadequate Read more

 

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

Schlossberg applauds House Transportation Committee’s vote to strengthen rear-facing child seat measure
Dec 09, 2016

Readshaw bill would offer relief for families dealing with drug epidemic
Dec 07, 2016

Readshaw encourages low-income families to apply for heating help
Dec 02, 2016

Rozzi and Murt team up with PCAR and Turning Point for private screening of 'Spotlight'
Nov 16, 2016

Readshaw hosting flu shot clinic on Nov. 5
Oct 28, 2016

Matzie announces $630k grant for Middletown Properties West
May 13, 2016

Bipartisan brain health/mental health checkup legislation introduced by Miller
May 13, 2016

Two Westmoreland County rail projects planned
May 13, 2016

Snyder: Tenmile Creek radiation testing finds acceptable levels
May 13, 2016

Donatucci: Local summer camps now accepting applications
May 13, 2016

Schweyer invites constituents to free Senior Fair (with video)
May 13, 2016

Matzie announces $299k grant for Leetsdale Industrial Corporation
May 12, 2016

Rail project in Mercer County awarded $262,500
May 12, 2016

McClinton to host workshop for first-time homebuyers June 2
May 12, 2016

Petrarca wants to stop upcoming gasoline tax increases
May 11, 2016

Davidson sponsoring community health fair May 19
May 11, 2016

Snyder warns residents of IRS phone scam
May 11, 2016

Briggs introduces legislation to update public pool safety regulations
May 10, 2016

Roebuck, Kinsey, Harris hear testimony on state funding for Cheyney University at House Democratic Policy Committee
May 10, 2016