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Dermody: Companies getting tax dollars for projects must deliver on promise of good wages for workers

Frankel: $1 million-plus for local school, shelter safety

(Feb 26, 2020)

Local grants part of $5.5 million-plus awarded to Allegheny County schools, organizations Read more

 

Burns secures $502,124 for school security, safety initiatives

(Feb 26, 2020)

Lawmaker: Grants will fund total approach to school safety Read more

 

State lawmakers announce more than $400K in grants to improve Berks County school safety

(Feb 26, 2020)

State lawmakers Reps. Tom Caltagirone and Mark Rozzi, and state Sen. Judy Schwank, D-Berks, announced the approval of several School Safety and Security grants today. Read more

 

Rabb to host February Fling event Saturday

(Feb 26, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 26 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., will host a February Fling heart month celebration and health fair for residents of his district on Saturday, Feb. 29. The event will be held from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 29, at Dorothy Emanuel Recreation Center, 8500 Pickering Ave., Philadelphia, 19150. Rabb will join representatives from community health care providers and organizations. Rabb and his staff will be available to provide help with and information about state and local government-related programs and services. There will be music, lunch and giveaways for all those who attend. For more information, contact Rabb’s office at 215-242-7300. ### Read more

 

DeLuca, Costa announce nearly $400,000 in school and community safety grants

(Feb 26, 2020)

Grants include $384,000 for Penn Hills Read more

 

Readshaw: Local school districts awarded more than $1 million

(Feb 26, 2020)

A total of more than $1 million in state funding has been awarded to three schools within the 36th Legislative District to support and implement school safety initiatives, announced state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny. Read more

 

Solomon announces $22.5K grant for Wissinoming Civic Association to fund solar trash compactors on Torresdale Avenue

(Feb 26, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 26 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., announced today that he has secured a $22,500 state grant for the Wissinoming Civic Association to fund solar trash compactors on Torresdale Avenue. “I am excited to announce this grant award as it is something we’ve been working with the leaders of Wissionoming on for some time,” Solomon said. “Torresdale Avenue is the spine of the Wissinoming community, and it needs to be equipped with all the tools to keep it litter-free, and these Big Belly receptacles are a big step in that direction. Hopefully, this is the beginning of a more comprehensive approach to rid our corridors of litter and make them vibrant, attractive, lively places to do business without trash blowing everywhere.” Solomon was joined during the news conference by representatives from the Wissinoming Civic Association and the Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association. The grant Solomon announced was funded through the Keystone Communities Program, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. The Keystone Communities Program is designed to encourage the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors that jointly support local initiatives such as the growth and stability of neighborhoods and communities; social and economic diversity; and a strong and secure quality of life. The program allows communities to Read more

 

Rabb, Policy Committee discuss voting and elections

(Feb 26, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 26 – Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee held a hearing Tuesday, Feb. 25 to discuss voting and elections after recent historic changes were made to the state’s voting laws. “Voting is one of the most cherished rights endowed to the people in this country,” Rabb said. “When we cast our ballot, we’re giving voice to our values by choosing the people we want to serve as our representatives in the spheres that govern many aspects of our lives and determine how our resources are spent. Understanding the recent changes to our voting laws, which will affect people across Pennsylvania for years to come, is vital to our democracy, which is why I was grateful for the opportunity to facilitate discussion on the topic at this Policy Committee hearing.” Rabb was joined by fellow state legislators, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “We must ensure that every Pennsylvanian who is eligible to vote understands the process so that his, her or their voice can be heard,” Sturla said. “Having conversations like the one at Tuesday’s Policy Committee hearing really brings that idea home.” Testifiers at the hearing held at the United Lutheran Seminary included Rachel Boss, community impact manager in the Bureau of Campaign Finance and Civic Engagement, PA Department of State; Omar Sabir, Read more

 

Bullock Discusses Mass Transit, REAL ID During Budget Hearing

(Feb 25, 2020)

During a discussion with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock stressed the need to invest in mass transit and ensure that it’s accessible to everyone. Read more

 

PA workers need better protection from mass layoffs

(Feb 21, 2020)

Pennsylvanians deserve more protection from mass layoffs and plant closing that can destroy hardworking families and trash local economies. Read more

 

Rabb to host Policy Committee hearing on voting and elections Tuesday in Philadelphia

(Feb 21, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 21 – Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on voting and elections next week. The hearing will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 at United Lutheran Seminary, The Brossman Center, 7301 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, 19119. Rabb requested the hearing to discuss the changes to Pennsylvania’s voting laws with Act 77 of 2019 – the most comprehensive changes to the state’s election laws in more than 80 years – and how those changes will affect voters starting this year. He will be joined by fellow legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 4:10 p.m. Panel One: Rachel Boss , Community Impact Manager in Bureau of Campaign Finance and Civic Engagement, Pa. Department of State Omar Sabir , City Commissioner, City of Philadelphia 4:50 p.m. Panel Two: Patrick Christmas , Policy Director, Committee of Seventy Marc Stier , Director, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center 5:30 p.m. Panel Three: Sara Mullen , Associate Director, ACLU of Pennsylvania Kendra Cochran , Statewide Voter Engagement Coordinator, POWER Interfaith 6:10 p.m. Closing Remarks This hearing is among a series being held across the state on House Read more

 

Rep. Rosita Youngblood to retire at conclusion of 2019-20 legislative session

(Feb 19, 2020)

Rep. Rosita Youngblood recently sent a letter to House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, announcing her retirement at the conclusion of the 2019-20 legislative session. Read more

 

Bucks County lawmakers announce $306,254 grant for criminal justice diversion programs for opioid use disorder

(Feb 18, 2020)

State Reps. Perry Warren and John Galloway announced the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs will award a $306,254 grant for the implementation of new criminal justice diversion programs and the expansion of existing programs in Bucks County for individuals with opioid use disorder. Read more

 

Fracking has led to a ‘bust’ for Pennsylvania school district finances

(Feb 17, 2020)

In the last decade, unconventional natural gas development has transformed American energy — as well as communities across Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale region.Often popularly referred to as “fracking,” this highly industrialized process is used to extract energy resources from underground geologies such as shale or sandstone. Read more

 

It costs more than $70,000 a year for a Philadelphia family of four to live without help; in the suburbs, up to $88,000

(Feb 17, 2020)

A Philadelphia family of four must make more than $70,000 a year just to survive, a new report says — a stunning sum beyond the reach of most residents in a city beset by high poverty and meager chances.According to the newly released study based on 2019 data, two adults with one preschooler and one school-age child have to take in $70,613 to meet their needs without receiving public assistance or help from relatives or friends. Read more

 

Daley helps promote Highway Safety Law Awareness Week

(Feb 14, 2020)

“The health and safety of vulnerable highway users is clearly of critical importance, which is why we just passed H.B. 1536 by an overwhelming majority,” Daley said. “I’m grateful to PennDOT for highlighting other crucial laws that are designed to make our roadways safer for everybody, and I’m happy to help promote the message.” Read more

 

Rep. Kirkland appointed co-chair of PA SAFE Caucus

(Feb 14, 2020)

“Given Republican leadership’s commitment to inaction, we must get creative to cut gun violence at its roots. Through his work both in Harrisburg and his district, Representative Kirkland has exhibited the leadership needed to fight the scourge of gun violence.” Read more

 

Driscoll introduces legislation to protect volunteer park organizations from liability for volunteer public services, projects

(Feb 14, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 14 – Rep. Michael Driscoll today announced legislation that would prevent a volunteer park organization from generally being held liable for volunteer public services, programs and projects. “Our volunteer park organizations that so often organize the advocacy, care and enhancement of our community and public parks give back to the communities they serve in countless ways,” Driscoll said. “It is only right that these volunteer organizations are not open to liability for the volunteer public services and activities they provide, but there’s currently no law that protects them. That’s why I’ve introduced House Bill 2310, to ensure that our volunteer organizations are protected from liability that should never be placed on their shoulders to begin with. “Volunteers should be rewarded not punished by lawsuits,” Driscoll said. Driscoll said the volunteer park organizations are often doing invaluable work that falls under the authority of local municipal or county governments, and that no matter how well organized an organization or effort is, there are always risks for accidents. His intention is to protect the volunteer park organizations that help their communities by eliminating the risk of liability to them. Learn more about this proposed legislation and others online here: Read more

 

Delloso hosting Opioids & Addiction Awareness Program on Tuesday

(Feb 13, 2020)

State Rep. David Delloso, D-Delaware, and a distinguished panel of guests will lead an Opioids and Addiction Awareness Program from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Harcum College-Prospect Park. Read more

 

Frankel, Costa call for Clean Indoor Air Act extension

(Feb 12, 2020)

Legislation would extend protections to additional public spaces, include e-cigarettes Read more

 

Frankel: $1 million-plus for local school, shelter safety
Feb 26, 2020

Burns secures $502,124 for school security, safety initiatives
Feb 26, 2020

State lawmakers announce more than $400K in grants to improve Berks County school safety
Feb 26, 2020

Rabb to host February Fling event Saturday
Feb 26, 2020

DeLuca, Costa announce nearly $400,000 in school and community safety grants
Feb 26, 2020

Readshaw: Local school districts awarded more than $1 million
Feb 26, 2020

Solomon announces $22.5K grant for Wissinoming Civic Association to fund solar trash compactors on Torresdale Avenue
Feb 26, 2020

Rabb, Policy Committee discuss voting and elections
Feb 26, 2020

Bullock Discusses Mass Transit, REAL ID During Budget Hearing
Feb 25, 2020

PA workers need better protection from mass layoffs
Feb 21, 2020

Rabb to host Policy Committee hearing on voting and elections Tuesday in Philadelphia
Feb 21, 2020

Rep. Rosita Youngblood to retire at conclusion of 2019-20 legislative session
Feb 19, 2020

Bucks County lawmakers announce $306,254 grant for criminal justice diversion programs for opioid use disorder
Feb 18, 2020

Fracking has led to a ‘bust’ for Pennsylvania school district finances
Feb 17, 2020

It costs more than $70,000 a year for a Philadelphia family of four to live without help; in the suburbs, up to $88,000
Feb 17, 2020

Daley helps promote Highway Safety Law Awareness Week
Feb 14, 2020

Rep. Kirkland appointed co-chair of PA SAFE Caucus
Feb 14, 2020

Driscoll introduces legislation to protect volunteer park organizations from liability for volunteer public services, projects
Feb 14, 2020

Delloso hosting Opioids & Addiction Awareness Program on Tuesday
Feb 13, 2020

Frankel, Costa call for Clean Indoor Air Act extension
Feb 12, 2020