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Philadelphia House Delegation reacts to passing of former Rep. James Roebuck

(May 16, 2024)

Chairwoman of the Philadelphia House Delegation Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., released the following statement on behalf of the delegation on the passing of former state Rep. James Roebuck, who represented the 188th Legislative District in West Philadelphia from 1985-2020. Read more

 

Young announces over $53,000 in grants for senior community centers

(May 15, 2024)

State Rep. Regina Young, D-Phila./Delaware, today announced that a combined $53,551 has been awarded to two local senior community centers in the 185th Legislative District by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. Read more

 

Kinsey welcomes more than $132,000 in state funding for Center in the Park senior community center

(May 14, 2024)

PHILADELPHIA, May 14 – Today, state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., announced that $132,250 in state funding is coming back to his district for Center in the Park improvements and renovations. Center In the Park is a nonprofit senior community center in Germantown. The funding comes from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging’s 2023-24 Senior Community Centers Grant program. The funding is appropriated by the General Assembly with proceeds from the Pennsylvania Lottery. “Throughout my tenure, I’ve been privileged to work with Center in the Park on multiple occasions, and every time, I’m blown away by what they do to help seniors living here in Northwest Philadelphia,” Kinsey said. “I was proud to advocate for these well-deserved state dollars, and I can’t wait to see how CIP uses them to continue offering excellent services and opportunities to seniors in our community.” CIP was founded in 1968 as a traditional senior center and overtime has evolved into a wellness center, providing seniors opportunities to engage their minds, bodies and spirits. Read more

 

Philadelphia House Delegation leadership reacts to PSP trooper now off force

(May 10, 2024)

PHILADELPHIA, May 10 – Members of the Philadelphia House Delegation today said they were grateful to the Pennsylvania State Police for conducting a thorough investigation into the State Police traffic stop and arrest of Celena Morrison and Darius McLean on I-76 in March and reiterated the need for transparency in community policing. The unnamed PSP trooper involved in the incident was placed on administrative leave two months ago pending an internal investigation and is now no longer employed with the State Police, according to a PSP spokesperson. Delegation Chair Morgan Cephas said that while the investigation likely remains ongoing, she is grateful that Pennsylvania State Police officials took the matter seriously and handled the matter swiftly and professionally. "As chair of the delegation, I'm glad that the State Police have heard our concerns and took the time to hold a fair and impartial internal investigation into this matter, which has led to the officer involved no longer being employed by them,” Cephas said. “I also commend the State Police for speeding up their commitment to make sure all officers working in Philadelphia have active body cameras. This will go a long way in protecting the citizens of Philadelphia as well as the hardworking members of the Pennsylvania State Police who serve and protect us day in and day out. This kind of transparency is critical when incidents like the Read more

 

Overhaul of Pa.’s Equal Pay Law clears House

(May 07, 2024)

“This is a step toward economic justice,” said Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Philadelphia. “We moved this legislation forward to ensure all Pennsylvania workers receive equal pay for equal work and eradicate wage disparity once and for all. It’s time for the Senate to do the same.” Read more

 

House advances Cephas bill to strengthen doula services in Pa.

(May 06, 2024)

HARRISBURG, May 6 – PA House lawmakers today passed legislation authored by state Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., that would extend Medicaid coverage to doula services in the state. Under Cephas’ bill ( H.B. 1608 ), Medicaid would reimburse certified doulas for providing childbirth education and support services, including physical and emotional support, during pregnancy, labor and delivery and up to one year postpartum. “Research has shown that doula support leads to improved birth outcomes, including reduced rates of cesarean sections, shorter labor durations and higher rates of breastfeeding initiation. By providing continuous support throughout and after pregnancy, doulas contribute to safer and more positive birth experiences for families," Cephas said. "Lack of health coverage for these services in Medicaid leads to a vast disparity in care for women who are already statistically at risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes, with Black birthing people at the highest risk of maternal and infant mortality and morbidity compared to other racial and ethnic groups. This legislation would give these parents a proven network of support needed to produce better mental and physical health outcomes during their birthing journey. I appreciate that my House colleagues understood the wisdom of providing this to moms who receive their health care under Medicaid.” The bill also would establish a Doula Read more

 

Equal Pay Law passes PA House

(May 06, 2024)

The legislation would prohibit employers from discriminating and paying workers less because of their gender, race or ethnicity. It would also add protections for retaliation and increase monetary penalties from $50-$200 to $2,500-$5,000 in cases where employers discharge or discriminate against an employee for filing a complaint. Read more

 

Pennsylvania State Police roll out body cameras to Philly-area troopers

(May 01, 2024)

Amid continued calls for increased police accountability and transparency, the Pennsylvania State Police announced that it has issued body cameras to all troopers in Philadelphia, Montgomery, and Delaware Counties. Read more

 

Kinsey: state police body-worn camera use indicates need to pass my legislation setting policies for usage

(May 01, 2024)

HARRISBURG, May 1 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., applauded the Pennsylvania State Police’s announcement that all troopers assigned to Troop K, which covers the southeastern counties of Philadelphia, Montgomery and Delaware, are now outfitted for body-worn cameras and their patrol vehicles have been equipped with mobile video recorders. “The key to positive police-community relations is transparency, which body cameras greatly help provide. Folks will get a real-time look at the policies and procedures officers must follow when making an arrest and would also see the full footage of specific police encounters, removing uncertainty of what happened and who is in the wrong,” Kinsey said. Kinsey has introduced a bill in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to direct law enforcement agencies using body-worn cameras to develop official policies governing when cameras are activated and disabled, accessing the recordings, retention of recordings and redaction of recordings. “As we begin to see the state police’s body-worn camera initiative take place across the commonwealth, it’s time for the legislature to move my legislation so that police departments using these cameras can set defined guidelines and policies for how they’re used.” Kinsey’s bill has been referred to the Judiciary Committee and currently awaits a committee vote. According Read more

 

State Police troopers in Philly area get body-worn cameras

(Apr 30, 2024)

Pennsylvania State Police troopers who serve the Philadelphia area have been outfitted with body-worn camera -- and their vehicles have been equipped with mobile video recorders -- officials with the state police announced on Monday. Read more

 

Philadelphia House Delegation praises increased transparency by PA State Police

(Apr 29, 2024)

HARRISBURG, April 29 – The Philadelphia House Delegation today applauded the Pennsylvania State Police for following up on their promise to expand the use of body cameras to the officers in Troop K serving the Philadelphia region. During a public hearing with the House Appropriations Committee on the 2024-25 state budget in early March, State Police Commissioner Colonel Christopher Paris assured the committee that resources would be expedited to Southeastern PA for body camera recordings to be implemented on all officers. “Transparency is critical in officer-involved incidents. The cameras now worn by Troop K and used in their vehicles will assist in that transparency and create accountability in the unfortunate use of force,” said delegation chairwoman Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila. “This is about protecting our communities and protecting officers, giving everyone a little more peace of mind when issues arise.” House Majority Appropriations Committee Chairman Jordan Harris, D-Phila, recounted the pledge to expedite body cameras by PSP leadership during the committee’s public hearings on the state budget. “On March 4, 2024, the Appropriations Committee met with the Pennsylvania State Police for their budget hearing. This hearing immediately followed high-profile incidents with the PSP in our region; Commissioner Paris assured me and the committee that they would expedite resources to have Read more

 

Philadelphia House Delegation applauds more than $3.5 million in funding for student safety and support

(Apr 29, 2024)

PHILADELPHIA, April 29 – The Philadelphia House Delegation today applauded the awarding of more than $3.5 million in competitive grants from t he School Safety and Security Committee, under the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, to schools across the city for safety and security support for students and staff. The largest grant was nearly 1.8 million to the School District of Philadelphia, with six other awards spread across city charter schools. “When our young people attend school, they, along with staff at the school, deserve to be in a safe environment that is conducive for learning and educating,” delegation Chair Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., said. “We applaud PCCD and Governor Shapiro for investing these needed dollars to ensure schools across Philadelphia have resources for improved security, and for students and staff to be able to access the resources they need to address their personal well-being, all of which can help lead to better results in the classroom.” The following schools in Philadelphia were also awarded a competitive school safety and security grant: Belmont Charter School $193,002 Community Academy of Philadelphia Charter School $312,200 Esperanza Academy Charter School $353,611 Inquiry Charter School $317,005 Maritime Academy Charter School $92,225 Overbrook School for Blind (Approved Private Read more

 

Young announces over $77.5 million PENNVEST award for new wastewater treatment facility

(Apr 24, 2024)

State Rep. Regina Young, D-Phila./Delaware, today announced that $77,529,900 in state funding has been awarded to the Philadelphia Water Department for construction of a new wastewater treatment facility in South Philadelphia to reduce ammonia discharged to the Delaware River and the reduced flow of inadequately treated sewage to the city's waterways. Read more

 

Philadelphia City Council passes Gilmore Richardson, Gauthier resolution urging state legislature to pass Fiedler’s Solar for Schools bill

(Apr 18, 2024)

PHILADELPHIA, April 18 – On Thursday, Philadelphia City Council unanimously approved a resolution urging the state legislature to pass Solar for Schools , a bill introduced by state Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila. Solar for Schools would create a grant program using a combination of state money and federal Inflation Reduction Act funds to help Pennsylvania public schools install solar panels. The bill is touted by education, labor, environmental, and faith-based organizations thanks to its potential to save schools money on high energy costs, create union jobs, and boost Pennsylvania’s production of renewable energy. “I was thrilled to introduce a resolution in City Council calling on the Pennsylvania General Assembly to adopt state Representative Elizabeth Fielder’s Solar for Schools Act,” said Council Majority Leader Katherine Gilmore Richardson, At-Large. “Not only is this legislation a win for the education and environmental communities, but it would be a victory for skilled labor as well. We have a unique opportunity to provide Pennsylvanians, especially our young people, with a pathway to a family sustaining and supporting career opportunity. I am hopeful that the Pennsylvania Senate will pass this legislation and help us achieve these goals and much more.” Councilmember Jamie Gauthier (3rd District), chair of City Council's Committee on the Environment, said: "Today, City Read more

 

State lawmakers call for support for PA’s telecommunicators

(Apr 17, 2024)

HARRISBURG, April 17 – State Reps. Roni Green and Tarik Khan, both D-Phila., were joined by a bipartisan group of their legislative colleagues, public safety telecommunicators and advocates at the state Capitol today to celebrate “National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week” and discuss how the legislature can work to help Pennsylvania’s telecommunicators and 911 dispatchers. The telecommunicators and advocates who were present included Jack Morgan III, 911 operator from Allegheny County; Sara Slote, dispatch manager, Lancaster County 911; Bill Perkins, state constable; Garrett Rienhardt, recipient of life-saving care; Tyler Griffith, dispatcher; AFSCME members; and Gordon Zimmet, Local 1637 president. At the news conference, the legislators discussed a resolution (H.R. 377), introduced by Green that recognizes the week of April 14-20 “Public Safety Telecommunicators Week” in Pennsylvania. The resolution was adopted by the House later in the day. “911 dispatchers are the point of first contact between the caller and first responders. The speed and efficiency with which they work saves lives. They parse through heaps of information in very chaotic situations and support callers during what is often one of the most difficult moments of their lives,” Green said. “It’s time for the commonwealth to give back to 911 dispatchers the kind of support they give us. My daughter worked Read more

 

Labor and environmental leaders join House Democrats in announcing joint Blue-Green legislative agenda

(Apr 17, 2024)

HARRISBURG, April 17 – On Tuesday, Labor and environmental advocates from across Pennsylvania joined members of the state House of Representatives’ Blue-Green Caucus to announce a joint legislative agenda to combat climate change while creating good-paying union jobs. The 11-bill package would boost clean energy production, advance key conservation goals, and create union jobs in growing clean-energy fields like weatherization and the solar energy industry. Bills in the package would also lower energy costs for consumers, increase funding for public transit, and protect Pennsylvania families and union workers from attempts to privatize water and wastewater systems. The 55 member Blue-Green Caucus, led by state Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., have been convening labor and environmental leaders to break down imposed barriers that often polarize the groups and instead tapping into their shared belief that strong environmental policies must go hand-in-hand with labor protections. “Everyone, from electricians to clean-air advocates, wants the same thing: a better future for their kids,” said Fiedler. “It’s time to challenge the narrative that labor and environmental interests are at odds. This package of nearly a dozen bills proves we can unite around a vision for a blue-green future.” “Pennsylvanians don’t have to choose between good jobs and protecting the environment,” Read more

 

Health Committee advances Cephas bill to strengthen doula services in Pa.

(Apr 17, 2024)

HARRISBURG, April 17 – The PA House Health Committee today approved legislation authored by state Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., that would extend Medicaid coverage to doula services in the state. Under Cephas’ bill ( H.B. 1608 ), Medicaid would reimburse certified doulas for providing childbirth education and support services, including physical and emotional support, during pregnancy, labor and delivery and up to one year postpartum. “Research has shown that doula support leads to improved birth outcomes, including reduced rates of cesarean sections, shorter labor durations and higher rates of breastfeeding initiation. By providing continuous support throughout and after pregnancy, doulas contribute to safer and more positive birth experiences for mothers," Cephas said. "While some moms can afford doula services without insurance or have insurance that covers it, moms who receive their vital pregnancy care through Medicaid are not so lucky. This leads to a vast inequality in care for women who are already statistically at risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes, with Black women at the highest risk of maternal and infant mortality and morbidity compared to other racial and ethnic groups. This legislation would give these mothers a proven network of support needed to produce better mental and physical health outcomes during their birthing journey.” The bill also would establish a Doula Advisory Read more

 

House Philadelphia Delegation applauds ‘ghost gun’ settlement with city

(Apr 12, 2024)

PHILADELPHIA, April 12 – Philadelphia House Delegation Chair Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., today said she was relieved to learn that two major suppliers of ghost guns have reached an agreement with the city to stop selling their deadly products that have been entering Philadelphia at an alarming rate. Under the settlement, which comes about 10 months after the city filed a lawsuit against Polymer80 and JDS Supply for negligence, the two sellers have agreed to stop selling these parts online and in stores within the city for four years and at gun shows for two years. Polymer80 also will make $1.3 million in payments to the city to fund local efforts to address gun violence. “I am relieved to see these companies taking some responsibility for the devastation that their deadly products have inflicted upon our city and on countless numbers of grieving families and terrified residents,” Cephas said. “I applaud Mayor Parker and her administration for the city’s strong position in this fight and will continue to work with my colleagues at the state level to enact the many reforms that are needed in the fight against gun violence. “While this settlement is good news, it’s just the tip of what’s needed to reduce deadly gun violence across Pennsylvania. I continue to call on the Pennsylvania Senate to pass the gun safety reform measures sent to them by the House this legislative session. Read more

 

Khan to introduce bipartisan legislation empowering recovery community organizations

(Apr 10, 2024)

HARRISBURG, April 10 – State Rep. Tarik Khan, D-Phila., today announced he will soon introduce bipartisan legislation to help prevent opioid overdose and support long-term recovery. This legislation would require Medicaid coverage and licensure for recovery community organizations providing peer recovery support services. Recovery community organizations help individuals and their families as they navigate to successful recovery and healthy lifestyles; however, they are currently not a licensable entity type in Pennsylvania, and individuals with substance use disorder only qualify for peer recovery services through Medicaid if they also have a mental illness. “So proud to help lead this effort to increase access to support services for individuals with substance use,” Khan said. “As a nurse practitioner and state legislator, I am committed to supporting recovery community organizations— key allies in increasing recovery and reducing overdoses across the state.” This bill has support from advocates outside the legislature including Robert D. Ashford, executive director for Unity Recovery, and Lauryn Wicks, family member and advocate. "Peer support workers and recovery community organizations are such a critical part of how we respond to substance use and mental health concerns in Pennsylvania,” Ashford said. “This legislation ensures that peers can be paid Read more

 

Pa. Democrats and union workers rally at the Capitol for $20 per hour ‘living wage’

(Apr 10, 2024)

All of Pennsylvania’s neighboring states have a higher minimum wage, but the Keystone State remains stuck at the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour. Workers and state Democratic elected officials say it’s time for that to change. “No more can we say minimum wage, because we don’t do minimum work,” state Rep. Roni Green (D-Philadelphia) said during a rally with union workers at the Capitol rotunda on Tuesday. “The days of minimum wage are gone. We need a living wage.” Read more

 

Philadelphia House Delegation reacts to passing of former Rep. James Roebuck
May 16, 2024

Young announces over $53,000 in grants for senior community centers
May 15, 2024

Kinsey welcomes more than $132,000 in state funding for Center in the Park senior community center
May 14, 2024

Philadelphia House Delegation leadership reacts to PSP trooper now off force
May 10, 2024

Overhaul of Pa.’s Equal Pay Law clears House
May 07, 2024

House advances Cephas bill to strengthen doula services in Pa.
May 06, 2024

Equal Pay Law passes PA House
May 06, 2024

Pennsylvania State Police roll out body cameras to Philly-area troopers
May 01, 2024

Kinsey: state police body-worn camera use indicates need to pass my legislation setting policies for usage
May 01, 2024

State Police troopers in Philly area get body-worn cameras
Apr 30, 2024

Philadelphia House Delegation praises increased transparency by PA State Police
Apr 29, 2024

Philadelphia House Delegation applauds more than $3.5 million in funding for student safety and support
Apr 29, 2024

Young announces over $77.5 million PENNVEST award for new wastewater treatment facility
Apr 24, 2024

Philadelphia City Council passes Gilmore Richardson, Gauthier resolution urging state legislature to pass Fiedler’s Solar for Schools bill
Apr 18, 2024

State lawmakers call for support for PA’s telecommunicators
Apr 17, 2024

Labor and environmental leaders join House Democrats in announcing joint Blue-Green legislative agenda
Apr 17, 2024

Health Committee advances Cephas bill to strengthen doula services in Pa.
Apr 17, 2024

House Philadelphia Delegation applauds ‘ghost gun’ settlement with city
Apr 12, 2024

Khan to introduce bipartisan legislation empowering recovery community organizations
Apr 10, 2024

Pa. Democrats and union workers rally at the Capitol for $20 per hour ‘living wage’
Apr 10, 2024