Rabb: Police Misconduct Database was Long Overdue

(Jul 23, 2021)

In the months following the shooting of Antwon Rose by police in East Pittsburgh, Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb introduced legislation to establish a police misconduct database. The interdepartmental system would make it harder for bad cops to jump from department to department. It took almost three years and a peaceful takeover of the House chambers to make this idea a reality, but on July 14, 2021, the database went live. Rep. Rabb commended his colleagues for passing this legislation, but cautioned that the database is only a start to police reform; more still needs to be done. Read more

 

Rabb: We are Making Strides Toward Police Accountability

(Jul 16, 2021)

Pa. state Chris Rabb joined Governor Tom Wolf, Attorney General Josh Shapiro, House and Senate Colleagues, and representatives of various police organizations to announce the launch of a new database to help keep bad cops from jumping from one department to the next. The new database holds separation records of all PA law enforcement officers seeking employment at a law enforcement agency. This follows last year’s signing of Act 57 of 2020, which Rabb was instrumental in authoring. Read more

 

Guest Opinion: Medical cannabis is medicine, and we must protect patients, like me, who need it to manage their medical conditions

(Jul 15, 2021)

A column by state Rep. Chris Rabb about medical cannabis in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Rabb lauds passage of Act 37 of 2021, which includes his language making worker cooperatives eligible for micro-enterprise lending program

(Jul 14, 2021)

HARRISBURG, July 14 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., lauded the recent passage of Act 37 of 2021 , which establishes a new micro-enterprise loan program that includes prior language authored by Rabb to include worker cooperatives. “Act 37 of 2021 enacts into law House Bill 827 which seeks to create community development opportunities in our blighted communities through a self-sustaining funding program that operates on fees, fines and private partnerships,” Rabb said. “Ensuring that start-up worker cooperatives are eligible to participate in the program affirms the importance of democratic community economics.” Rabb said Act 37 is based on legislation he was successful in getting amended in the House chamber in his first term in office. That bill was amended unanimously in the House in 2017, but it died in the Senate. This session, H.B. 827 passed unanimously in both the House and Senate and was enacted in Act 37 on June 30, 2021. Read more

 

Law enforcement background investigations and employment information law is now in operation. The public can provide feedback before final regulations are adopted.

(Jul 14, 2021)

Act 57, which required the development of a database to hold separation records of all law enforcement officers in Pennsylvania, is now operational with temporary regulations. You can read about all the Act 57 regulations here and see all its forms here . There are five critical improvements that I believe can be recommended prior to the adoption of the final regulations. Those five critical improvements would prevent the legislature from having to amend or draft additional legislation. They are: That the prohibited offenses not just be those that are final and binding. That sedition be added as a prohibited offense. Requiring that the designee from the police authority completing the documents be required to report both qualitatively and quantitatively all disciplinary actions and the number of actions in each category. Granular detail be provided around the red flags respective to each infraction. The hiring report ought to require complete information (not just true and correct). If you share my concerns that these critical improvements be made, you can send your feedback to the Policy and Legislative Affairs Office by emailing them at this address: RA-SPPSP_PLAO@pa.gov . Read more

 

Rabb Celebrates Bridge Reopening

(Jul 14, 2021)

Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb joined a handful of dignitaries and his Mount Airy neighbors to commemorate the reopening of the Allens Lane Bridge. The bridge has been closed for more than two years for rehabilitation. The new bridge design was the result of collaboration between PennDOT and the surrounding neighborhood association. Rabb said, “It has been invigorating to watch this partnership between West Mt. Airy residents and the state grow over the past several years and result in this smart, equitable and critical infrastructure project.” Read more

 

Rabb: One Fair Wage for All

(Jul 09, 2021)

Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb talks about the need for one fair wage, regardless of your job. He thinks that tipped workers deserve stability and a guarantee that they will work 40 hours a week for a living wage as much as any other profession. Rabb leads the fight for one fair wage for all, and has joined with Pa. Democratic leaders calling on a vote to raise the minimum wage and eliminate the tipped wage. Read more

 

Rabb to join Allens Lane bridge reopening dedication

(Jul 08, 2021)

“To ensure that everyone benefits from public infrastructure investment, we must ensure that the communities and people impacted by it have a seat at the negotiating table,” Rabb said. “It has been invigorating to watch this partnership between West Mt. Airy residents and the state grow over the past several years and result in this smart, equitable and critical infrastructure project." Read more

 

A list of grant opportunities available right now

(Jun 30, 2021)

From support for local businesses to job training, there are a number of grant funding opportunities in Pennsylvania. Here's a look at what's available right now: STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection: Driving PA Forward Level 2 EV Charging Rebate Program (Funding Source: State Mitigation Trust - Volkswagen Emissions Settlement) Who May Apply : Business, charitable organizations, incorporated nonprofits, local government entities, school districts, and other entities. Use : Rebates for Level 2 EV charging equipment for public use at government owned property, public use at non-government owned property, non-public use at work places, non-public use at multi-unit dwellings. Funds : Maximum rebates of $4,000 per plug for full public access and networked charging projects, $3,500 per plug for multi-unit dwelling projects and $3,000 per plug for all other eligible projects, including workplace charging. Application Deadline : First come, first-served. More Information : Click on https://gis.dep.pa.gov/drivingpaforward/ . Pennsylvania Department of Human Services: Children’s Trust Fund (Funding Source: Children’s Trust Fund) Who May Apply : Any organization operating in Pennsylvania that provides direct services and meets the criteria in this Request for Applications (“RFA”) is eligible to apply. Use : To support community-based child abuse and neglect Read more

 

Five House Democrats introduce Fair Share Tax Plan to increase taxes on income from wealth, decrease tax on income from wages and interest

(Jun 24, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 24 – State Reps. Chris Rabb, Elizabeth Fiedler and Rick Krajewski, all D-Phila., and Reps. Sara Innamorato and Summer Lee, both D-Allegheny, have introduced a bill to update Pennsylvania’s tax code so it benefits working-class families over the ultra-rich. “For too long, the working people of Pennsylvania have been footing more than their fair share of taxes, with the most financially vulnerable people truly suffering,” Rabb said. “Our legislation seeks to correct that, to fix a broken system and, in so doing, generate funds from the ultra-rich – who are equipped to pay a little more – that can be invested into worthwhile expenditures, like removing lead pipes, growing in clean energy, and supporting child and senior care programs.” “Our neighbors across Pennsylvania are working harder than ever only to keep falling behind,” Innamorato said. “Under our current tax code these hardworking families, many frontline workers, are required to pay a higher percentage of their household budget than the wealthiest Pennsylvanians. This is simply unfair. “We need a tax code that is rooted in fairness, one that rewards work and ends the special loopholes for the richest,” Innamorato continued. “The overwhelming majority of Pennsylvanians would pay less in taxes or see no change under our proposal, but it will generate more than $6 billion in additional revenue. It would be good Read more

 

Activists reflect on a historic year, from George Floyd to Juneteenth

(Jun 18, 2021)

“When I think of Juneteenth, I think of a symbol that can be used as a springboard to talk about all issues around racial equity,” Mr. Rabb said. “All of these things can be rooted and connected to white supremacist laws that were created, not just on the federal level but in our own state.” Read more

 

Rabb: Hardworking Families Deserve a Raise

(Jun 17, 2021)

Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb talks about how the state has not raised the minimum wage in 15 years and that raising the minimum wage gives dignity to some of the hardest working people in the state. By raising the wage, he says we prioritize equity and help the most vulnerable among us. He discusses the misconceptions around the minimum wage, like how the average age is 35 for minimum wage earners, not high school teenagers. Read more

 

Now open for applications: Pregnancy support, career/technical training, museum, library and vaccine funding opportunities

(Jun 17, 2021)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol: Pregnancy Support Services (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Community service providers able to serve pregnant and postpartum women with stimulant or opioid misuse issues. Single County Authorities (county drug and alcohol offices) and Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) licensed treatment providers are not eligible to apply. Use : To provide pregnancy support services or make referrals to aid pregnant and postpartum women with opioid use disorder. Funds : Approximately 10 to 12 grants up to $600,000 each will be awarded for 18-month projects. Application Deadline : July 13 at 12 PM. More Information : Click on https://www.ddap.pa.gov/DDAPFunding/Pages/Funding-Opportunities.aspx . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency: 2021-22 PA Academic and Career/Technical Training (PACTT) Competitive Funding (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : Privately operated residential facilities, community-based providers, and juvenile probation offices that are not currently PACTT Affiliates. Use : To develop programs in the following PACTT service areas that adhere to PACTT Standards in order to gain affiliate status: core programming; academic instruction; work related services; and job skills training. Funds : Grants of up to $20,000. No Read more

 

Rabb: Pa. Fairness Act Introduction

(Jun 16, 2021)

Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb celebrates the introduction of the Pa. Fairness Act. He says this statutory change would provide for full humanity and recognize everyone as first-class citizens, including LGBTQ+ individuals. Go to pahouse.com/LGBTQEqualityCaucus to learn more. Read more

 

Rabb introduces legislation to fund all Pa. public schools fully, equitably

(Jun 09, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 9 – State Rep. Chris Rabb has introduced legislation to fund all public schools throughout Pennsylvania fully and equitably to ensure that every child in the commonwealth can succeed. “Access to a high-quality education is the single best, long-term investment we can make in our children – and for our society – with public dollars,” said Rabb, D-Phila. “That many children throughout Pennsylvania are starting out their life’s path without the resources they need because legislators in Harrisburg haven’t done the work to ensure they have every opportunity for success is unacceptable. My legislation would ensure that public education funding is fully and fairly distributed to districts throughout our commonwealth.” Rabb has circulated a forthcoming bill he has introduced twice before that would require 100% of state funds to be distributed through the fair funding formula effective immediately, acknowledging that our most underfunded school districts need significantly more funding to ensure that they have enough resources to educate their students. The other bill in the package would expand the duties of the bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission to ensure that the commission consider ways to provide for school funding that is both equitable and adequate, as well as make recommendations for ways to provide increased funding for Pennsylvania’s schools to be reflected in their upcoming Read more

 

Rabb: Raise Your Voice Against Rising Utility Bills

(Jun 04, 2021)

As the deadline to speak out against a request by PECO that would raise the utility bills of many Pennsylvanians looms, Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb speaks with Joline Price of Community Legal Services about why public input matters and how to best be heard. Read more

 

Rabb will introduce legislation to ban police use of control agents like tear gas, pepper balls, mace and rubber bullets

(Jun 03, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 3 – State Rep. Chris Rabb said he will introduce legislation to ban police from using crowd control agents like tear gas, pepper balls, mace and rubber bullets. “Debilitating weapons of war have no place being used against civilians,” Rabb said. “And crowd control agents like tear gas and rubber bullets are exactly that, weapons of war. But even some of those agents were banned for use in warfare by the 1925 Geneva Protocol, so there’s absolutely no reason they should be used on civilians in our communities in Pennsylvania.” Rabb said that until last year, during demonstrations by protestors after George Floyd was murdered by police in Minnesota, police in Philadelphia had not used tear gas in 35 years. His forthcoming legislation would ban the use of crowd control agents by law enforcement in Pennsylvania. As a member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, I acknowledge this commonwealth exists on the tribal lands of the Erie, Haudenosaunee, Lenape, Munsee, Shawnee and Susquehannock. Read more

 

The fight over critical race theory lands in Harrisburg; House GOP bill would punish districts that teach it

(May 27, 2021)

“Critical Race Theory is not taught in k-12 schools. It’s an analytical approach to understanding inequality and how the law might address persistent inequalities,” Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Philadelphia, told the Capital-Star. Read more

 

PLBC outlines legislative agenda for systemic equity

(May 05, 2021)

HARRISBURG, May 5 – State House members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus and supporters today outlined their legislative agenda for systemic equity at a Capitol news conference. Members spoke about bills that would resolve bias, create diversity and provide inclusion, bridging the racial divide and inequities in legislation, state government agencies and health care. “This agenda is a road map for changing the way we deliver services, distribute resources and otherwise do business in the Commonwealth in all matters so that everyone, regardless of the color of their skin, gender, or Zip code, will have the same access and the same expectation as residents of Pennsylvania,” said PLBC Chair and state Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila. “The inequities in health care, housing and employment that were exacerbated by the pandemic are not new. They are systemic and often rooted in generations of racism. To address these systemic inequities, we have to remove stigmas, address implicit bias, and invest in systemic equity in ways that provide fair and equitable access to wealth, health, safety and more. We cannot continue doing things as we’ve done in the past and expect the outcome to be different. I have said that before, it still holds true and will continue to be true until we make substantial changes. We won’t relent until we see these changes.” “I truly appreciate the leadership of PLCB Chairwoman Bullock to keep us Read more

 

Bills would declare racism a 'public health crisis' in Pennsylvania, fight other 'systemic equity' issues across state

(May 05, 2021)

The PA Legislative Black Caucus introduced a package of bills to address everything from equality issues in healthcare, agriculture, transportation, and more. Read more

 

Rabb: Police Misconduct Database was Long Overdue
Jul 23, 2021

Rabb: We are Making Strides Toward Police Accountability
Jul 16, 2021

Guest Opinion: Medical cannabis is medicine, and we must protect patients, like me, who need it to manage their medical conditions
Jul 15, 2021

Rabb lauds passage of Act 37 of 2021, which includes his language making worker cooperatives eligible for micro-enterprise lending program
Jul 14, 2021

Law enforcement background investigations and employment information law is now in operation. The public can provide feedback before final regulations are adopted.
Jul 14, 2021

Rabb Celebrates Bridge Reopening
Jul 14, 2021

Rabb: One Fair Wage for All
Jul 09, 2021

Rabb to join Allens Lane bridge reopening dedication
Jul 08, 2021

A list of grant opportunities available right now
Jun 30, 2021

Five House Democrats introduce Fair Share Tax Plan to increase taxes on income from wealth, decrease tax on income from wages and interest
Jun 24, 2021

Activists reflect on a historic year, from George Floyd to Juneteenth
Jun 18, 2021

Rabb: Hardworking Families Deserve a Raise
Jun 17, 2021

Now open for applications: Pregnancy support, career/technical training, museum, library and vaccine funding opportunities
Jun 17, 2021

Rabb: Pa. Fairness Act Introduction
Jun 16, 2021

Rabb introduces legislation to fund all Pa. public schools fully, equitably
Jun 09, 2021

Rabb: Raise Your Voice Against Rising Utility Bills
Jun 04, 2021

Rabb will introduce legislation to ban police use of control agents like tear gas, pepper balls, mace and rubber bullets
Jun 03, 2021

The fight over critical race theory lands in Harrisburg; House GOP bill would punish districts that teach it
May 27, 2021

PLBC outlines legislative agenda for systemic equity
May 05, 2021

Bills would declare racism a 'public health crisis' in Pennsylvania, fight other 'systemic equity' issues across state
May 05, 2021