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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

 

Driscoll honors fallen firefighters and their survivors

(May 03, 2016)

HARRISBURG, May 3 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today unanimously adopted a resolution authored by state Rep. Mike Driscoll, D-Phila., that commemorates firefighters who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty and their survivors. House Resolution 841 designates the week of May 9-15 as Fallen Firefighters Survivors’ Week and May 13 as Fallen Firefighters Survivors’ Day in Pennsylvania. "Firefighters and their loved ones know that they are risking life and limb each time they answer the call of duty. To those who did not make it home, there remains a terrible void in the lives of all their friends, family and fellow firefighters," Driscoll said. "This resolution is offered in some small way to recognize these men and women and their survivors as true heroes." Read more

 

Burns announces $200,000 state loan to Portage Volunteer Fire Co.

(May 03, 2016)

PORTAGE, May 3 – State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, has notified the Portage Volunteer Fire Co. that it is receiving a low-interest, $200,000 loan from the Office of State Fire Commissioner to purchase a new pumper truck. Burns said the state funds will enable the fire company to obtain the 2016 Sutphen Monarch Pumper, which is equipped with a 500-gallon tank and 2,000-gallons-per-minute pump. “I am proud to represent you in the 72 nd Legislative District,” Burns wrote to Portage Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Jeremy Shuniak, in a letter notifying him of the award. “I know how important this grant is to you, and I wish you the best of luck with this and all future projects.” Burns also told Shuniak that the fire company will be receiving a packet of information regarding the loan finalization procedure, including a settlement date and time. Read more

 

Mullery applauds Plymouth Township leaving Act 47 status

(May 03, 2016)

NANTICOKE, May 3 – After more than a decade of being designated as a distressed municipality, state Rep. Gerald Mullery today praised Plymouth Township for getting out of its Act 47 status. "It’s been a long journey for township officials to get to this point," said Mullery, D-Newport Township. "I applaud everyone for coming together to shed the label of being a distressed municipality." In 2004, the state Department of Community and Economic Development’s Governor’s Center for Local Government Services declared Plymouth Township as financially distressed. Officials say it was due to years of uncontrolled spending and poor management. "Unfortunately, the situation spiraled out of hand and landed Plymouth Township into Act 47," Mullery said. "The hard work and dedication of the township supervisors have put their financial house in order and onto the right path of preventing this from happening again." Mullery added that the DCED’s Governor’s Center will continue to help Plymouth Township move forward with such things as grants. Read more

 

McClinton to hold Older Adults Month Luncheon on May 13

(May 03, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, May 3 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila/Delaware, will host a luncheon to celebrate Older Adults Month from noon – 2 p.m. Friday, May 13 at the Presbyterian Residence Complex, 2000-2100 S. 58 th St. The luncheon is for the residents of the Mary Field, Ann Thomas and Greenway residences. "I am excited to host this event for the residents of the Presbyterian Homes," McClinton said. "My staff and I enjoy the interaction with all my constituents and to provide in-person assistance as needed." McClinton and her staff will offer a variety of constituent services, including help with Medicaid issues. Residents will also have the opportunity to have their picture taken for the new SEPTA KEY rider ID program. For more information, residents of the Presbyterian Homes may contact McClinton's office staff at (215) 748-6712 . ### Read more

 

Reps. Kortz, Boback Emphasize Importance of Civics Education

(May 03, 2016)

HARRISBURG, May 3 – State Reps. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, and Karen Boback, R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming, called for increased civics education in schools and were joined by state and national leaders in civics education to encourage the Legislature to support House Bill 1858, which would require Pennsylvania high school students to demonstrate a basic understanding of American history and civics as a condition of graduation. Several national studies and surveys have shown that students are unable to answer basic questions about the U.S. government and American history. To address this problem, Kortz and Boback have introduced House Bill 1858, which is adopted from the Civics Education Initiative. The bill would require high school students to pass a test on 100 basic facts of U.S. history and civics from the United States Citizenship Civics Test – the test all immigrants applying for U.S. citizenship must pass. "We need to reconsider our approach to civics education when only one out of four students can pass a citizenship test," Kortz said. "Knowledge of how our government works is essential for democracy to survive." "Our young people today face a crisis of knowledge with respect to their understanding of our country and its founding documents. It is incumbent on us, as lawmakers, to ensure that our education system provides schools with a mechanism to make certain that Pennsylvania’s students are adequately prepared to be Read more

 

Krueger-Braneky to host historic House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on May 9 to explore commonsense firearm background checks

(May 03, 2016)

Noting the increased support for commonsense gun safety legislation, state Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware, will co-chair a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on H.B. 1010, at 2 p.m. Monday, May 9 at Strath Haven High School, 205 South Providence Road, Wallingford, PA 19086. Read more

 

Bill to waive fees for identification cards assigned to Transportation Committee

(May 03, 2016)

HARRISBURG, May 2 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., announced today that his bill, H.B. 2033 , that would require the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to waive the fee for identification cards for applicants that are low-income, disabled, or experiencing homelessness was assigned to the House Transportation Committee for consideration. The current application fee for an identification card is $28.50. Dawkins said the cost can be prohibitively expensive to those Pennsylvanians who are struggling to get by, and lacking proper identification can be an immense barrier to accessing employment, educational opportunities, financial services, and government programs. Waiving this fee, while having little effect on PennDOT’s revenue, will have a profound impact on those for whom a government-issued photo ID would otherwise be out of reach. “Ensuring that all Pennsylvanians have access to a government-issued photo ID is critical,” Dawkins said. “You need an ID to get a job or an apartment, enroll in school, or open a bank account. We need to ensure that our most vulnerable citizens aren’t needlessly held back simply because they can’t afford such a high fee.” ### Read more

 

Matzie bill would address PennDOT privacy concerns

(May 02, 2016)

HARRISBURG, May 2 – In an effort to ensure constituents personal information is secure, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, reintroduced a bill today that would prohibit third parties from selling personal driver and vehicle information obtained from PennDOT for profit. Matzie, who introduced similar legislation in 2014, said recent media reports detailing the failings of third-party vendors used by PennDOT made it clear to him that a legislative remedy was needed. "Selling data when consumers are paying for services from the government is simply bad policy. While I would be thrilled to support infrastructure improvement efforts, this is not the way to do it," Matzie said. "Now it has come out that some of the vendors that PennDOT has been entrusting with our personal and sensitive information have been ignoring the procedures laid out by the state. This situation is precarious, especially as a data breach is inevitable under the current conditions." The transportation funding plan (Act 89 of 2013) gave PennDOT the authority to sell personal data such as information on drivers, registrations, titles and security interests to other individuals and businesses. The act also gave those third parties the authority to resell that information for an unspecified fee and without the payment of any additional fee to PennDOT. Matzie’s bill, H.B. 2039, would prohibit third parties from reselling information obtained from PennDOT. "Obviously there are situations where Pen Read more

 

Goodman’s bill to help fight blight wins state House approval

(May 02, 2016)

HARRISBURG, May 2 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Monday passed state Rep. Neal P. Goodman’s bill that would reduce the time a purchaser of a building has to correct known code violations or demolish the structure from 18 months to 12 months. Read more

 

Flynn offering free Gun Safety seminar Thursday

(May 02, 2016)

SCRANTON, May 2 – State Rep. Marty Flynn reminds area residents of the free Gun Safety seminar that begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 5 on the first floor of the Mall at Steamtown. Read more

 

Mullery introduces legislation aimed at helping to reform Harrisburg

(May 02, 2016)

HARRISBURG, May 2 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Newport Township, introduced legislation that would help fix a broken Harrisburg by eliminating one of the perks given to elected officials and make members of the General Assembly more accountable. House Bill 2027 would require all legislators to contribute more towards the costs of their health insurance coverage. Under his legislation, each member of the General Assembly would be required to pay 10 percent of the annual premium for their health care starting January 1, 2017. Currently, members contribute 1 percent of their annual salary toward their health care coverage. "The time is long overdue for lawmakers in this commonwealth to pay a fair share of their own health care cost," Mullery said. "The savings gained could be used to invest in vital Pennsylvania programs." Mullery also introduced H.B. 2024, which would eliminate the automatic cost of living adjustments (COLAs) for members of the General Assembly, judges, and various elected and appointed positions of the executive branch, including the governor and lieutenant governor. Mullery said state legislators already make a base salary that is one of the highest in the nation. "Eliminating automatic pay raises is an important step in helping restore the public's trust in their elected leaders," Mullery said. Read more

 

Petrarca supports measures to remove undue influence of special interests

(Apr 29, 2016)

HARRISBURG, April 29 – Concerned about the status, condition and perception of government in Harrisburg, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, has signed on to a number of bills that would improve transparency in government and reduce the disproportionate influence special interests have in Pennsylvania politics. "I've already introduced legislation that would prohibit legislators from being paid until a budget bill is enacted, which would provide incentive for the General Assembly to do an on-time budget, but there is more we can do to fix what is broken in Harrisburg," Petrarca said. "I have co-sponsored a number of bills designed to do just that." In addition to his H.B. 1972, Petrarca has co-sponsored bills that would: Ban all gifts to public officials worth more than $25 (H.B. 1933); Limit legislators' outside income to 35 percent of their base legislator salary (H.B. 566); Require public officials and employees to disclose the amount earned for employment other than their public employment (H.B. 567); Prohibit public officials from holding a financial interest in contracts above $2,500 with municipalities in their jurisdiction (H.B. 1979); Limit campaign contributions and require shareholder approval of corporate campaign contributions (H.B. 1980); Prohibit registered lobbyists from acting as campaign consultants or receiving compensation for campaign-related services Read more

 

Donatucci: Tech event to showcase area students’ skills

(Apr 28, 2016)

SHARON HILL, April 28 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, announced a CTC Remix: Careers, Technology and Coding event will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5 at Delaware County Technical High Schools’ Aston campus, 100 Crozerville Road, Aston. The event will host a mobile application pitch competition featuring teams of middle school girls who participated in #DelcoGirlsCODE, a four-month workshop where students identified a community problem and developed an app prototype and business plan to address the issue. It will also feature an interactive career and technology showcase where current high school students demonstrate the technologies they have worked on in class. “We all know our STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and math – are becoming increasingly important in our society, so I applaud Delaware County Technical High Schools for helping to put together this event,” Donatucci said. “I am also proud that there are so many young women taking part in coding and other technological activities. We need to continue to encourage our students, especially our girls, to engage their curiosity in such a meaningful way.” In addition, Tamalee Brassington, the state Education Department’s division manager of adult and post-secondary career and technical education, is expected to serve as keynote speaker. Interested attendees are required to RSVP. To RSVP and to find a Read more

 

DeLissio to host 56th Town Hall meeting in May, feature Pa. Aging Secretary Osborne

(Apr 25, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, April 21 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will hold her next town hall at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12 in Cathedral Village’s Cathedral Hall Auditorium, 600 E. Cathedral Road. She will be joined by Pennsylvania Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne to discuss programs and services the state provides, and policy being developed and reviewed to enhance the lives of our older citizens. “If you could benefit from learning more about programs and issues pertaining to older adults, you want to attend this opportunity to hear from Secretary Osborne,” DeLissio said. “Issues affecting older adults, in particular the age group of 75 and over, are an important topic to me given my extensive background in long-term care, and I’m looking forward to this discussion. “As a five-year member of the Aging and Older Adult Services Committee, I am aware that navigating the system is not always consumer friendly and that many of our programs and services operate in silos. It has always been my goal to ensure that the continuum of services is as seamless as possible and easier to navigate.” Topics to be discussed include: elder abuse and the Older Adult Protective Services Act, affordable prescription medications under Pennsylvania's PACE/PACENET Program, and the need for home- and community-based services, in addition to facility-based services and innovative ideas such as the 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

Driscoll honors fallen firefighters and their survivors
May 03, 2016

Burns announces $200,000 state loan to Portage Volunteer Fire Co.
May 03, 2016

Mullery applauds Plymouth Township leaving Act 47 status
May 03, 2016

McClinton to hold Older Adults Month Luncheon on May 13
May 03, 2016

Reps. Kortz, Boback Emphasize Importance of Civics Education
May 03, 2016

Krueger-Braneky to host historic House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on May 9 to explore commonsense firearm background checks
May 03, 2016

Bill to waive fees for identification cards assigned to Transportation Committee
May 03, 2016

Matzie bill would address PennDOT privacy concerns
May 02, 2016

Goodman’s bill to help fight blight wins state House approval
May 02, 2016

Flynn offering free Gun Safety seminar Thursday
May 02, 2016

Mullery introduces legislation aimed at helping to reform Harrisburg
May 02, 2016

Petrarca supports measures to remove undue influence of special interests
Apr 29, 2016

Donatucci: Tech event to showcase area students’ skills
Apr 28, 2016

DeLissio to host 56th Town Hall meeting in May, feature Pa. Aging Secretary Osborne
Apr 25, 2016