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PA HOUSE DEMOCRATS SUPPORT LANDMARK VOTING, CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND ETHICS REFORMS

(Mar 09, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 9 - Members of the House Democratic Caucus are urging passage of legislation designed to strengthen democracy by improving access to voting, reducing the power of big-money corporate special interests, and ensuring lawmakers put the people’s interests first in Pennsylvania. “Nothing breaks down the people’s trust in their government and their elected officials like seeing deep pocket donors get what they want while regular working families are left with nothing but the bill to pay,” House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny, said. “It’s time Pennsylvania took a leading role when it comes to honest elections, getting more people to the polls and making sure your voice counts more than special interest dollars.” Dermody noted the Citizens United decision first opened the floodgates of hidden money into U.S. elections 10 years ago, and a combination of partisan gerrymandering, attacks on voting rights and foreign influence on elections has silenced the voice of the people – while the federal government has stood by and watched it happen. “It’s important to remember that the assault on democracy didn’t start with Trump -- it started in the states,” said Daniel Squadron, co-founder and executive director of Future Now. “By expanding access to voting, reducing the power of corporate money in elections and strengthening ethics and oversight, the For the People Read more

 

Roebuck: $44K in grants awarded to The Woodlands Trust for Historic Preservation and the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania

(Mar 06, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, March 6 – State Rep. James R. Roebuck announced today that $44,000 in cultural and historical grants have been awarded to The Woodlands Trust for Historic Preservation and the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania. “Support for our museums and historical and cultural programs is so important, as these organizations contribute so much to our communities,” Roebuck said. “And yet funding for these vital programs can be difficult to come by. These grant awards will provide much-needed funding to The Woodlands Trust for Historic Preservation and the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania so that they can continue to be a resource for us all.” The Woodlands Trust for Historic Preservation was awarded a $4,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, and the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania was awarded a $40,000 grant – the maximum amount any organization was eligible to receive. The two awards Roebuck announced are among 153 grants, totaling $2 million, that were approved on Wednesday to eligible museums and official county historical societies from 58 Pennsylvania counties. To be considered for a grant award, an eligible museum must have had an annual operating budget exceeding $100,000, excluding capital and in-kind services, and at least one full-time professional staff person. More information about the Pennsylvania Historical and Read more

 

Rabb announces $10K in cultural and historical grants for Chestnut Hill Conservancy and Historical Society and Cliveden

(Mar 06, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, March 6 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., announced today that more than $10,000 in cultural and historical grants through the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission have been awarded to Chestnut Hill Conservancy and Historical Society and Cliveden for general operating support. “Our history grounds us, it informs us of how we got where we are,” Rabb said. “Funding that helps the organizations and institutions that preserve our history is truly invaluable. I’m so pleased to see Chestnut Hill Conservancy and Historical Society and Cliveden receive these state dollars.” A grant for $5,655 was awarded to Chestnut Hill Conservancy and Historical Society and a grant for $4,481 was awarded to Cliveden. To be considered for a grant award, an eligible museum must have had an annual operating budget exceeding $100,000, excluding capital and in-kind services, and at least one full-time professional staff person. The grants Rabb announced are among 153 awards totaling $2 million that were approved on Wednesday, to eligible museums and official county historical societies from 58 Pennsylvania counties. Learn more about the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission by visiting its website, https://www.phmc.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx . ### Read more

 

Isaacson announces 13 grants totaling more than $340K awarded to historic and cultural sites, museums in her district

(Mar 06, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, March 6 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., announced that 13 cultural or historic sites or museums in her district have received a total $340,881 in grant awards from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. “Philadelphia is a city rich with history and culture, and a lot of that history started here in the 175th,” Isaacson said. “As such, many residents, visitors and tourists flock to our district to learn about the history of our country. It’s wonderful to see such worthwhile organizations, museums and centers that seek to educate the public and keep a record of our history being recognized with grant funding from the state.” The organizations that received grants, and the awards they received, are as follows: • African American Museum in Philadelphia, $27,929. • American Philosophical Society, $40,000. • Arch Street Meeting House Preservation Trust, $7,190. • Carpenters’ Company of City and County of Philadelphia, $5,275. • Christ Church Preservation Trust, $7,576. • Historic Philadelphia Inc., $40,000. • Independence Seaport Museum, $40,000. • Museum of the American Revolution, $40,000. • National Constitution Center, $40,000. • National Liberty Museum, $27,504. • Philadelphia Fire Department Historical Read more

 

Innamorato: State continues funding support for workforce development

(Mar 05, 2020)

Locally more than $130,000 awarded for internship program Read more

 

Driscoll announces $4K state grant for Glen Foerd Conservation Corp.

(Mar 05, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, March 5 – State Rep. Michael Driscoll announced today that Glen Foerd Conservation Corp. has been awarded a $4,600 grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. “Glen Foerd Conservation Corporation provides a beautiful place for the public to recreate and learn about art and conservation,” Driscoll said. “Funding that helps places like Glen Foerd, which aim to serve the public, preserve history and support the arts and conservation, is invaluable.” The grant awarded to Glen Foerd Conservation Corp. was one of 153 grants totaling $2 million approved Wednesday for eligible museums and official county historical societies from 58 Pennsylvania counties. The grant awards provide general operating support. To be considered for a grant award, an eligible museum must have had an annual operating budget exceeding $100,000, excluding capital and in-kind services, and at least one full-time professional staff person. Learn more about the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission by visiting its website, https://www.phmc.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx . ### Read more

 

Lee: Grants to help local historical organizations

(Mar 05, 2020)

State representative announces funding, part of commitment to local community Read more

 

Davidson, Kirkland, O'Mara announce grant for Delaware County Historical Society

(Mar 05, 2020)

Delaware County state Reps. Margo Davidson, Jennifer O’Mara and Brian Kirkland today announced a grant has been approved for the Delaware County Historical Society for $4,000 through the Cultural and Historical Support Grant Program. Read more

 

Bullock announces $45K in cultural and historical grants for Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site and Girard College Foundation

(Mar 04, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, March 4 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., announced today that more than $45,000 in cultural and historical grants through the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission have been awarded to the Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site and the Girard College Foundation for general operating support. “Our state museums and historical sites are treasures that benefit us all,” Bullock said. “I’m very happy to see funding awarded to the Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site and the Girard College Foundation.” A grant for $40,000 – the maximum amount that any site, organization or foundation could receive – was awarded to Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, and a grant for $5,206 was awarded to Girard College Foundation. To be considered for a grant award, an eligible museum must have had an annual operating budget exceeding $100,000, excluding capital and in-kind services, and at least one full-time professional staff person. The two awards Bullock announced are among 153 that were approved on Wednesday, totaling $2 million, to eligible museums and official county historical societies from 58 Pennsylvania counties. Learn more about the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission by visiting its website, https://www.phmc.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx . ### Read more

 

State lawmakers announce grants totaling more than $40K for Berks County museum, history center

(Mar 04, 2020)

Berks County lawmakers Reps. Tom Caltagirone and Mark Rozzi and Sen. Judy Schwank announced today that a grant of $33,842 has been approved for the Foundation for the Reading Public Museum and a grant of $7,922 has been approved for the Berks History Center through the Cultural and Historical Support Grant Program. Read more

 

Frankel: Local historical orgs to receive state grants

(Mar 04, 2020)

Local grants to support operations of historical organizations Read more

 

Burns announces grant for Cambria County Historical Society

(Mar 04, 2020)

Grant another example of Burns’ ongoing effort to secure funding for community Read more

 

Isaacson introduces legislation to increase penalties for animal ear cropping not done by licensed veterinarians

(Mar 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 4 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., has introduced legislation that would change the penalty for animal ear cropping by anyone other than a licensed veterinarian from a summary offense to a third-degree misdemeanor. “I’m an animal lover,” Isaacson said. “Our pets cannot defend themselves. They look to us to act in their best interest, to care for them in ways that they cannot care for themselves. Ear cropping, which is believed to have originated in ancient Rome to prevent ear injuries to dogs raised for hunting, working or fighting, continues to be done today, mostly on puppies that will become show dogs or as a way to reduce ear infections in some dogs. “The law requires that this procedure be done by a licensed veterinarian,” Isaacson added. “But some people don’t follow the law. My legislation would show those who want to skirt the law that this abuse of animals is unacceptable, and that they will be punished appropriately.” In addition to increasing the penalty for the first offense, subsequent offenses would constitute a second-degree misdemeanor. Isaacson said there are a lot of dog owners and dog lovers in her district, one of whom came forward to tell her that they know this issue is relevant in the community, and that something ought to be done about it. “I’m grateful to the people who live in my district, Read more

 

Bullock: PASSHE Schools Need Diversity & Tuition Reduction

(Mar 03, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock discusses the importance of diversity in the schools of the State System of Higher Education and affordable education for young adults throughout the commonwealth during a state budget hearing at the state Capitol. Read more

 

Comitta, Zabel fight to ban use of toxic pesticide in Pennsylvania

(Mar 03, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 3 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, voiced her support for H.B. 2091, which aims to ban the use of chlorpyrifos, an insecticide, in Pennsylvania during the Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Advisory Board meeting today. Chlorpyrifos is the nation’s most used insecticide, with approximately six million pounds being used across 10 million acres between 2009 and 2013. Rep. Mike Zabel, D-Delaware, authored H.B. 2091, which specifically aims to prohibit its use in any amount in Pennsylvania. During the meeting, Comitta cited the possible side effects from being exposed to chlorpyrifos in high doses, including headaches, nausea, dizziness, confusion, vomiting, abdominal pain and even death at extremely high levels of exposure. “States throughout the country such as California, Hawaii and New York have already banned this toxin, and the Environmental Protection Agency even recommended it be banned five years ago because of the serious harm it can pose to human health, particularly for children,” Comitta said. “I proudly support my colleague Representative Zabel’s legislation and call for a thorough examination of this deadly toxin to eradicate it from our commonwealth.” “I introduced this bill to ban a toxic insecticide that threatens the health of Pennsylvanians – and in particular, the neurological development of our children,” Zabel said. “The continued use Read more

 

Bullock: This House is Your House

(Mar 03, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock takes a closer look at the House chamber and encourages people to schedule a visit. Read more

 

Bullock Fights For Teacher Diversity, Student Nutrition

(Mar 03, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock is committed to helping children succeed in the classroom. During today’s state budget hearing, she talked about the importance of teacher diversity and student nutrition with the Department of Education. Read more

 

Ravenstahl, Policy Committee discuss educational pathways and early college legislation

(Mar 03, 2020)

State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl, D-Allegheny, hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing today in Avalon on educational pathways and his legislation to extend early college programs to more high schools in Pennsylvania Read more

 

Isaacson announces $3.1 million in safety grants for schools and behavioral health programs in her district

(Mar 02, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, March 2 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson announced today that more than $3.1 million in state grants has been awarded to schools and behavioral health centers in her district to develop and implement safety measures, including research-based violence prevention programs, security planning and security-related technology. “The safety of our children is a priority,” Isaacson said. “Ensuring that our children are safe at school where learning should be their only worry is our responsibility. This funding will provide for the most current technology and planning tools to make our schools and our neighborhoods safer for children.” The following grants under the School Safety Grant and Community Violence Prevention/Reduction Grant programs have been awarded: Children’s Crisis Treatment Center, $238,540 for a school-based behavioral health project. City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services, $285,851 for Network of Neighbors Responding to Violence. Philadelphia School District, $2,607,347 for research-based violence prevention programs that address risk factors to reduce incidents of problem behaviors among students, including bullying; security-related technology; trauma-informed approaches to education, etc. These grants are among $60 million in safety grants awarded to schools and organizations across Read more

 

Delloso encourages residents to attend new voting system demonstrations

(Feb 27, 2020)

State Rep. David Delloso, D-Delaware, is encouraging Delaware County residents to attend demonstrations of the region’s new voting system held at various public locations through the end of March. Read more

 

PA HOUSE DEMOCRATS SUPPORT LANDMARK VOTING, CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND ETHICS REFORMS
Mar 09, 2020

Roebuck: $44K in grants awarded to The Woodlands Trust for Historic Preservation and the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania
Mar 06, 2020

Rabb announces $10K in cultural and historical grants for Chestnut Hill Conservancy and Historical Society and Cliveden
Mar 06, 2020

Isaacson announces 13 grants totaling more than $340K awarded to historic and cultural sites, museums in her district
Mar 06, 2020

Innamorato: State continues funding support for workforce development
Mar 05, 2020

Driscoll announces $4K state grant for Glen Foerd Conservation Corp.
Mar 05, 2020

Lee: Grants to help local historical organizations
Mar 05, 2020

Davidson, Kirkland, O'Mara announce grant for Delaware County Historical Society
Mar 05, 2020

Bullock announces $45K in cultural and historical grants for Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site and Girard College Foundation
Mar 04, 2020

State lawmakers announce grants totaling more than $40K for Berks County museum, history center
Mar 04, 2020

Frankel: Local historical orgs to receive state grants
Mar 04, 2020

Burns announces grant for Cambria County Historical Society
Mar 04, 2020

Isaacson introduces legislation to increase penalties for animal ear cropping not done by licensed veterinarians
Mar 04, 2020

Bullock: PASSHE Schools Need Diversity & Tuition Reduction
Mar 03, 2020

Comitta, Zabel fight to ban use of toxic pesticide in Pennsylvania
Mar 03, 2020

Bullock: This House is Your House
Mar 03, 2020

Bullock Fights For Teacher Diversity, Student Nutrition
Mar 03, 2020

Ravenstahl, Policy Committee discuss educational pathways and early college legislation
Mar 03, 2020

Isaacson announces $3.1 million in safety grants for schools and behavioral health programs in her district
Mar 02, 2020

Delloso encourages residents to attend new voting system demonstrations
Feb 27, 2020