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Harris Fights For Probation & Parole Reforms

(Apr 05, 2019)

Pa. state representative and House Democratic whip Jordan Harris joined hip-hop artist Meek Mill, advocates, and legislators on both sides of the aisle to introduce probation and parole reforms. He explains why this bill is critical for families across the commonwealth. Read more


Gainey Calls for Probation and Parole Reform

(Apr 04, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey joined advocates in Philadelphia to introduce legislation that calls for probation and parole reforms. He explains why this bill is critical to Pennsylvanians. Read more


Kenyatta Pushes Probation & Parole Reforms

(Apr 04, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta joined advocates and a bi-partisan group of legislators to lay out a bill that would bring probation and parole reforms to Pennsylvania's criminal justice system. Read more


Rabb Working For Probation & Parole Reforms

(Apr 04, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb joined a bi-partisan group of legislators and advocates to call for reforms to the state's parole and probation laws. He explains why these changes are needed to help Pennsylvania move forward. Read more


Kinsey Continues Fight To Combat Bullying

(Apr 04, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey hosted the House Democratic Policy Committee for a public hearing to address how to combat bullying. He discussed why addressing this issue now is critical to children across the commonwealth. Read more


Gainey: We Must Preach Love To Stop Bullying

(Apr 04, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey traveled to Philadelphia to participate in a House Democratic Caucus policy hearing about ways to combat bullying across the commonwealth. He discussed why we must act now to protect our children. Read more


Fitzgerald Fights To Protect Children From Bullying

(Apr 04, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald joined her colleagues for a public hearing in Philadelphia to discuss the best ways to combat bullying. She explains why we must address the issue now to protect our children. Read more


Cephas Studying Maternal Mortality

(Apr 04, 2019)

As chair of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus Subcommittee on Women & Girls of Color, state Rep. Morgan Cephas hosted the House Democratic Policy Committee to Saint Joseph’s University in her district for a discussion on how to reduce the state’s rising rates of maternal deaths and how doulas can best be integrated in maternal care. Read more


Kenyatta Studying Maternal Mortality

(Apr 04, 2019)

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Burgos to host Veterans & Family Members Outreach event

(Apr 04, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, April 4 – State Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., announced today he will be hosting a Veterans and Family Members Outreach event on April 11. Burgos said the event focused on veterans will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 11 at The Lenfest Center, 3890 N. 10th St., Philadelphia. There are a wide range of federal, state and county benefits available to qualified veterans and their families. Burgos’ staff will be informing veterans on benefits and services available to them, including assistance with applying for VA benefits and healthcare. Referrals to community resources and employment, as well as information on housing, public benefits and counseling also will be discussed. “When our veterans return home, they should not have to fight any longer just to be taken care of,” Burgos said. “We owe them so much for their sacrifices. I look forward to working with them and their families to make sure their needs are met and they can easily access the services they need for a happier and healthier life.” Interested residents may contact Burgos’ office at (215) 223-1890 with any questions or for more information. ### Attention assignment editors : Media coverage is encouraged. Read more


Cruz sponsors bill to urge Attorney General action on opioid crisis

(Apr 04, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 4 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., today announced legislation that would urge the attorney general to file a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies, distributors and manufacturers that have contributed to the state's opioid addiction and overdose crisis. “I am urging the attorney general to pursue wrongful-death suits on behalf of the thousands of Pennsylvania families that have lost loved ones to this epidemic,” Cruz said. “Great strides have been taken -- including a statewide disaster declaration and making naloxone available to everyone to help save thousands of lives from overdose death. But Pennsylvania is one of only a handful of states that has yet to pursue legal action over this opioid problem. We need to get to the root of the problem, and that started decades ago with the questionable and possibly illegal marketing and sales of these opioids.” Nearly 5,500 drug-related overdose deaths occurred in Pennsylvania in 2017 alone. Purdue Pharma recently settled its first lawsuit with Oklahoma on March 26, 2019. Cruz noted that Pennsylvania needs to act now to save as many lives as possible. More information about Cruz' legislation and other state-related matters is available by contacting his Harrisburg office at 717-705-1925. ### Read more


Cruz sponsors bill to require diverse culture and history lessons in schools

(Apr 04, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 4 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., today announced legislation that would require African American, Native American and Hispanic history, culture and diversity to be included in history curricula in public schools. “Many of us were taught history in school, but from a homogeneous perspective,” Cruz said. “Other races are often portrayed in negative, over-simplified, or victimized ways. I want to ensure that our schools give a more complete picture of history. History should include all stories, regardless of culture or race.” Cruz noted that research has shown that inclusive lessons lead to fewer absences, higher grades and better graduation rates. Additionally, inclusive lessons help to bridge differences that exist in experiences and perspectives, building tolerance and understanding in communities. More information about Cruz's legislation and other state-related matters is available by contacting his Harrisburg office at 717-705-1925. ### Read more


Kinsey opposes U.S. Department of Commerce’s citizenship question

(Apr 02, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 2 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., today announced his opposition to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s decision to include a citizenship question in the 2020 Census. “I am proud to sign on with more than 150 bipartisan state and local elected officials to oppose the decision to include a citizenship question in the 2020 Census,” Kinsey said. “The addition of this citizenship question will result in inaccurate census data and the diversion of hundreds of millions of dollars away from vital programs that support education, health care, criminal justice, rehabilitation centers and unemployment compensation, among many other programs. The improper allocation of these funds impacts the lives of millions of Americans who need it the most." On Monday, April 1, an amicus brief was filed in support of plaintiffs in Department of Commerce v. New York , currently before the U.S. Supreme Court, which addresses the important issue of whether a citizenship question should be added to the 2020 Census. The addition of a citizenship question in the Census will significantly impair the accuracy of the Census, which is used to determine the allocation of more than $900 billion of federal funding. “I urge the U.S. Supreme Court to affirm the decision of the lower court and reject the addition of the question to ensure the proper allocation of federal funds to the communities and people who need and rely on this Read more


Rabb sponsors resolution to censure disorderly members

(Apr 02, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 2 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., today announced his resolution to amend the House rules to create a motion to censure. “All members of the House are here to serve based on the trust that has been given to us by the public and our constituents,” Rabb said. “If a member decides to act without any sense of common decency, it should fall upon all of us in the chamber to demand that order is maintained and a certain level of respect is shown when we are doing business in the People’s House. Rather than waiting for a committee, I want to put the power back in our hands so that we may act swiftly to condemn the words or actions of a fellow member when they choose to dishonor this institution.” Rabb’s resolution would create a motion to censure a member of the House that would require a two-thirds vote to be effective. Currently, to censure a disorderly member, a resolution must be introduced and sent to committee, which can take time or even be used to block a resolution. Rabb continued that although the motion should be taken very seriously, the power to censure should be exercised under the direct control of the House as a whole, not up to a committee. “By requiring a two-thirds vote, we can ensure that the motion is not used aimlessly, and we can now provide for immediate action of the House to enforce its own rules,” Rabb said. Rabb said he plans to push for passage of his resolution next Read more


PLBC Scholarship Opportunity: Deadline May 10, 2019

(Apr 01, 2019)

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Hill-Evans Addresses Childhood Mental Health Issues

(Mar 29, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Carol Hill-Evans hosted a public hearing to discuss the lifelong impacts of childhood mental health. She explains the collaborative effort needed to catch these issues early. Read more


Burgos to take on leadership role in agriculture policy

(Mar 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 29 – State Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., today said he was appointed to serve in a leadership role with the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, a committee not normally linked with city lawmakers. Burgos, who is a member of the committee and will now serve as Democratic secretary, said the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee reviews bills that directly affect Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry, including food safety and processing, transportation, marketing, weights and measures and farm equipment and production. It also works in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture on boards and commissions related to agriculture. “I am both humbled and honored to take a leadership role on the House Agriculture Committee, and I look forward to working alongside my colleagues to continue to tackle the agriculture concerns of our state, including food safety, food security and supporting the number one industry of our state,” Burgos said. “As a city lawmaker, not normally associated with dairy farms, corn fields and mushroom farms, I am excited to bring a different perspective to this committee.” Burgos said adding city legislators to the leadership fold will continue to help shape the committee in the image of the state. “City legislators within this committee means that we have the opportunity to continue to tackle the state’s agriculture issues, but with more of a balance,” Burgos Read more


Rabb to be Democratic vice chair of House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee

(Mar 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 29 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., today announced his appointment as Democratic vice chair of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee. “Agriculture is much more than just farming and putting seeds into the ground. More Pennsylvanians – especially who live in urban areas -- need to understand how important this industry is to our families, to our communities, to our metro areas, and to our state as a whole,” Rabb said. “We must invest more into urban agriculture and inform young people entering the workforce that agriculture offers a diversity of opportunity and isn’t just for rural residents. It can happen in Philadelphia, whether it’s creating a garden, a vertical farm, or working with a food co-op. “We should envision vacant lots as entrepreneurial opportunities for the betterment of communities and the people who live there. By doing so, we can help beautify our neighborhoods and eradicate food deserts that are so predominant throughout Philadelphia. Agricultural issues are also frequently bipartisan matters that can build bridges between rural and urban priorities,” Rabb said. In his role as vice chair, Rabb will be responsible for conducting committee meetings when the chairman is absent and support any subcommittees that may be created. “I am very pleased to have Representative Rabb serving as a vice chair on our committee,” said state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, Read more


McClinton: Housing grants announced to help individuals battling opioid use disorder

(Mar 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 28 – Rep. Joanna E. McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, announced today that Philadelphia and Delaware counties have been selected to receive a portion of the $15 million in state funding that was awarded to create pilot programs for case management and housing support services for Pennsylvanians with an opioid use disorder. The recipients are the Philadelphia Single County Authority and the Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health. The pilot programs that will be established through the released grants will assist individuals as they become and remain engaged in evidence-based treatment programs and will provide individuals with support services such as pre-tenancy and tenancy education services to maintain stable housing. The recipients were chosen via a formula that considered both the rate of individuals diagnosed with a substance use disorder and the rate of overdose-related deaths in a county. “The opioid epidemic has been devastating for so many individuals in Pennsylvania, so I am glad to see more state resources being dedicated to this issue,” McClinton said. “This program will help establish much needed support services for people affected by substance use disorder.” According to national data, about one in five people experiencing homelessness has a chronic substance use disorder. The grants were awarded by the departments of Drug and Alcohol Programs and Human Services from the $55.9 Read more


Johnson-Harrell: We Must Work Together For Everyone Across PA

(Mar 27, 2019)

Pa. state Movita Johnson-Harrell is responding to a controversial prayer given the day she took the oath of office. She explains why her presence in the House is needed now more than ever. Read more