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Kenyatta presents $60K state grant for two Dobbins High gyms

(Jan 17, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., presented a $60,000 state grant to the Dobbins High School alumni group to help fund renovations of two of gyms that currently has more-than-80-year-old bleachers, backboards, wall pads and time clock. “Dobbins High has a long historical legacy that involves educating and fostering the talents of some of our country’s greatest athletes,” Kenyatta said. “Think of the inspiration this incites among current student athletes. I’m proud that this grant will continue that legacy, but with two brand new gyms, and leave a lasting impression for more aspiring athletes to start their own legacies here.” Kenyatta was joined in the gym filled with Dobbins High students, faculty and staff, including Principal Toni Damon, and Dobbins High School alumni for a pep rally led by the school’s cheerleaders and athletes. The freshman legislator then presented the $60,000 state grant. More than 600 students currently attend the school, whose gym was home court for college basketball star Hank Gathers, former NBA player Gregory “Bo” Kimble and three-time Olympian Dawn Staley, who coached the University of South Carolina women’s basketball team to a national championship. Dobbins High School was built in 1937 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. In November, officials cut the ribbon on a two-year, $39 million renovation of the school that Read more

Hohenstein hosts Policy hearing on disability rights, first Disabilities Summit in Philadelphia

(Jan 17, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 17 – To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act, state Rep. Joe Hohenstein spearheaded a series of events held Thursday at Community Behavioral Health geared toward improving disability rights and services across Pennsylvania. The freshman legislator kicked off the series with his first Disabilities Summit, which focused on the successes of disability rights in the three decades since the enactment of the ADA and explored other progressive measures through discussions among community and business stakeholders, and federal and state elected officials. “I am excited to have this summit to initiate conversations reflecting on the progress the ADA has made for disability rights and how we as advocates from the government, the business community, and local advocacy groups, can work together to build upon that progress,” Hohenstein said. “Demanding and ensuring rights for citizens living with disabilities takes a concerted effort from all advocacy factions. I am especially grateful for our partners at SpARC and Philadelphia Autism Project who have worked tirelessly to put together the program.” To bolster disability rights through governmental policy, Hohenstein also hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing to discuss more comprehensive approaches to strengthen the ADA and ensure accessibility to services, equal rights and equal opportunities for all Read more

Fiedler, Hanbidge call for informed patient consent at news conference

(Jan 14, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 14 – Today, state Reps. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., and Liz Hanbidge, D-Montgomery, hosted a Capitol news conference to discuss legislation that would require informed patient consent for all procedures performed while under anesthesia. The bill will be introduced this week. “Right now, patients who walk into the hospital for a procedure, may not be aware of what happens while they are under anesthesia. No patient should ever be subjected to an exam or procedure without their explicit consent, especially if they are under anesthesia,” Fiedler said. “It’s time for that to stop; we must protect a patient’s right to decide what happens to their own body.” “Think about the necessary trust that we place in our physicians to allow them to work on our bodies, so often we are literally putting our lives in their hands. It never occurs to one that they are going to violate that trust. And there are different levels of violation of trust, but physical intrusion in this manner is one of most grave,” Hanbidge said. “Our legislation protects people against non-consensual pelvic, rectal and prostate exams. We are asking our colleagues to continue supporting this legislation, protecting women, and making sure that every voice is heard and every body is protected.” Fiedler and Hanbidge were joined at the news conference by Amal Bass from Women’s Law Project and Keren Sofer, an Read more

Cruz invites constituents to visit his census kiosk

(Jan 14, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 14 – In an effort to make sure everyone is counted in the 2020 census starting April 1, state Rep. Angel Cruz’s district office is housing a census kiosk for constituents of the 180th Legislative District . “The kiosk is a place where my constituents can come to ask questions about the census, as well as fill out the form in a comfortable environment,” Cruz said. “From receiving federal money to how Pennsylvania is represented in Congress, it’s so crucial that everyone is counted. I want to make sure that no one is left out for the benefit of our communities and our state.” Constituents can stop by Cruz’s office at 3503 N. B St., Unit 7, 19134 and visit the census kiosk. They may also call 215-291-5643 with any questions. Read more

Cruz reminds constituents of REAL ID start date

(Jan 14, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 14 – Ahead of this year’s Oct. 1 REAL ID deadline in Pennsylvania, state Rep. Angel Cruz is informing constituents in the 180th Legislative District that his office can help those who want a REAL ID. “People who may need to go to a federal building to handle business, enter a military installation or board a domestic fight will need either a REAL ID, photo ID card or another form of federally acceptable identification such as a valid passport or military ID,” Cruz said. “The start date for the REAL ID implementation will be here before we know it, and I want to make sure those constituents who would like a REAL ID have enough time to get one.” Cruz added that his office can help constituents determine if they need a REAL ID, provide information on what documents they will need and go over the steps they need to take to get an optional REAL ID. Constituents can call Cruz’s district office at 215-291-5643 or visit at 3503 North B. St., Unit 7, Philadelphia, Pa. 19134 with any questions. Read more

Hohenstein to host first Disabilities Summit, Policy hearing on disability rights Thursday in Philadelphia

(Jan 13, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 13 – To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act, state Rep. Joe Hohenstein, D-Phila., announced today he will host a series of events geared toward improving disability rights and services across Pennsylvania. Hohenstein will host his first Disabilities Summit from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 at Community Behavioral Heath, 801 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19107 . Coinciding with the summit, at 3 p.m ., the freshman legislator will also host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on disability rights in policy. Members of the public and media are invited to attend. Hohenstein requested the hearing to discuss more comprehensive approaches to strengthen the ADA and ensure accessibility to services, equal rights and equal opportunities for all Pennsylvanians living with disabilities. He will be joined by fellow state legislators, including HDPC Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Testifiers will include: State Senator Christine Tartaglione, D-Phila. Official from Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Karen Goss, director, Mid-Atlantic ADA Center Neil McDevitt, executive director, Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre Representative from the Pennsylvania Home Care Association Latoya Maddox, advocate and independent living specialist Liam Dougherty, advocate and member of Disabled in Action of Pennsylvania Inc. Read more

Burgos applauds new appointees to PA commission on Latino affairs

(Jan 10, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 10 – State Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., today congratulated the 15 newly appointed commissioners and the 18 returning commissioners sworn in to serve on the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs. “I commend this group of commissioners, who not only represent the cultural diversity of our community, but also career and geographical diversity. Each appointee lends a tremendous amount of experience and each demonstrates the potential that our exponentially growing community possesses,” Burgos said. “These roles carry immense responsibility and I look forward in helping to shoulder this responsibility as we work together in not only improving the quality of life of Pennsylvania’s Latinos, but also showcasing the caliber of our worth and contributions across our commonwealth.” GACLA, established by executive order in 2015 and comprising volunteer members, is dedicated to advising the governor on policies that impact Latino American communities and ensures that Latinos across the commonwealth are given the opportunity to thrive in community development, education, equal rights, the workforce, and health and social services in the commonwealth. The list of the new and returning appointees can be found at this link: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/governor-wolf-appoints-33-members-to-the-governors-advisory-commission-on-latino-affairs/ . Read more

Boyle seeks to reform special election procedures in Pa.

(Jan 08, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 8 – Following the announcement of the date for special elections to fill three House vacancies, state Rep. Kevin Boyle announced he will be introducing legislation to regulate when these elections could be held in the future to save Pennsylvania taxpayers money. “Special elections have been scheduled for March 17 when the April 28 primary is only a little more than a month away. These special elections will cost Pennsylvania taxpayers more than $1 million in added elections costs,” said Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery. On Tuesday, Speaker Mike Turzai announced the March date for the special elections to fill vacancies in the 8th, 18th, and 58th legislative districts. The speaker’s decision will inconvenience voters and election workers in Mercer, Butler, Bucks and Westmoreland counties. “Not only are these special elections a financial burden, but our counties are dealing with changes to new voting laws and voting machines. Our already overburdened county election workers should be concentrating on ensuring voters are educated on the new laws and new voting machines so they can make secure, informed decisions at the polls,” Boyle said. He added that he has introduced legislation that would require special elections to fill vacant seats in the House or the Senate to be held in conjunction with the next regularly scheduled general or primary election day. “As the Democratic chair of Read more

Cephas to host MLK Day of Justice on Jan. 18

(Jan 08, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 8 – Inspired by a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., state Rep. Morgan Cephas announced she will host a day of justice to help give people who have dealt with the state criminal justice system a second justice. The event will take place from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 at Shepard Recreation Center, 5700 Haverford Ave., 19131. “Doctor King once said, ‘If America is to remain a first-class nation, it cannot have second-class citizens.’ I whole heartedly believe this, yet we have so many people in the commonwealth who are treated unfairly following their time behind bars,” Cephas said. “This event will provide an opportunity for people to get the information and resources they need to help clear their record and get on proper footing to lead productive lives for their families and their community.” Cephas said a news conference will be held to launch the soft opening of the Haddington Participatory Defense Hub. Those in attendance will be able to learn about the state pardon process and record expungement to determine if they may be eligible to get their record erased. Refreshments will be served. To RSVP, call Cephas' office at 215-879-6625. Read more

Rabb, Howard introduce legislation that would ban carrying a firearm while intoxicated

(Jan 03, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Reps. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., and Kristine C. Howard, D-Chester, today introduced legislation that would make Pennsylvania the latest state to prohibit licensed gunowners from carrying a concealed firearm while intoxicated. “Alcohol intoxication clouds judgement and dulls a person’s ability to discern the consequences of their actions,” Rabb said. “Similar to the hazards an intoxicated driver poses to themselves and the public, a firearm in the hands of even the most diligent handler who is intoxicated can also be dangerous and potentially fatal.” Under the bill, individuals carrying a firearm with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or greater would be penalized with a summary offense, a $100 fine and suspension of their concealed carry permit for up to three years. The bill would also impose a third-degree misdemeanor, a $500 fine, and a license suspension for a minimum of three years, with the possibility of permanent permit revocation. Rabb said alcohol has been the constant variable in many violent crimes cases and pointed to a 2015 study that found a positive association between alcohol misuse, risk behaviors involving firearms and firearm violence, both self-inflicted and against another person. According to the study, deaths among men caused by alcohol-related violence firearm violence were equal to those from motor-vehicle crashes also involving alcohol. The legislation poises Read more