House Democratic Policy Committee examines bold budget innovations

(Nov 29, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 29 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., today hosted his first House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on bold budget innovations for the betterment of all Pennsylvanians. Held at Chestnut Hill College, Rabb was joined by Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and several lawmakers from across the state. “We’re looking for innovative budget proposals that can help us improve economic security for all, better leverage taxpayer dollars for environmental stewardship, and ease the burdens on Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system. I am grateful to my colleagues for joining me at this forum to discuss these concepts and see where they may fit into our efforts to improve public policy,” Rabb explained. Chairman Sturla added, “Representative Rabb is an innovator and today’s discussion brought great insight into universal basic income, the municipal job guarantee, the carbon fee and various criminal justice reform proposals. Spending tax dollars in the most efficient way possible is the best approach and as we look for ways to close a budget deficit while still meeting the needs of all Pennsylvanians. I thank Representative Rabb for igniting this discussion.” Testifiers included Ioana Marinescu, Ph.D., assistant professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice; Darrick Hamilton, Ph.D., associate professor of economics and urban policy, The New School; Read more


Rabb to host House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on bold budget innovations Wednesday in Philadelphia

(Nov 27, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 27 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing to discuss how the state can leverage tax dollars with bold budget innovations for the betterment of all Pennsylvanians. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29 at Chestnut Hill College, Sugarloaf Mansion, 9220 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia. Rabb requested the hearing to explore more enlightened and fiscally responsible ways to address economic security, environmental stewardship and justice restoration with policy experts and state legislators, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 2 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 2:10 p.m. ?Panel One – Economic Security (Universal Basic Income; Baby Bonds): • Ioana Marinescu, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Social Police & Practice • Darrick Hamilton, Ph.D. , associate professor of economics and urban policy, The New School 2:40 p.m.? Panel Two – Environmental Stewardship (carbon fee and dividend policies): • William Mettler , volunteer, Citizens’ Climate Lobby • Luke Taylor, Ph.D./MBA, associate professor of finance, The Warton School 3:10 p.m. Panel Three –Justice Restoration (Criminal Justice Reform): • J ames Dennis , returning citizen • Bobby Harris , returning citizen • Marie Gottschalk, Ph.D. , professor of American Read more


Rabb calls for transparency in replacing the SRC

(Nov 17, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 17 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., today outlined his recommendations to Philadelphia City Council on how to replace the School Reform Commission in anticipation of its hearing on the matter later this month. "I have been discussing the new school board with my colleagues in the legislature's Philadelphia delegation and City Council. I have recommended that, whatever eligibility requirements are proposed for nominees to the new school board, along with whatever explicit backgrounds City Council seeks to acknowledge and honor in terms of an inclusive board constituency, the city should create a web portal where the public can see how many and what proportion of people from various stakeholder communities -- geography, age, gender, ethnicity, types of expertise, etc. -- have sought to be considered for nomination," Rabb said. Rabb said the online portal should provide real-time, aggregated statistics on the raw number and percentages of total nomination applicants from the time nominations are accepted up until the deadline. Rabb said this "glass pipeline" approach would have four benefits: It would ensure a high level of transparency for the public to see who throughout this process is over-represented and who is under-represented; It would extend accountability to both the nominating body and the general public by letting everyone see how well or how poorly each officially designated stakeholder community is Read more


Rabb Fighting to Protect Access to Contraception

(Nov 13, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb spoke at a press conference about a plan to protect access to birth control under health insurance coverage in Pennsylvania. The legislation would require that all state-regulated insurance plans in Pennsylvania cover contraceptives and vasectomies. It would further require that plans provide coverage for any prescription or non-prescription method of birth controlled approved by the FDA. Read more


Rabb outraged by mistreatment of intellectually disabled adults

(Nov 02, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 2 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., released the following statement after hearing the news of Blossom Philadelphia, which operates community homes for intellectually disabled adults, losing their license due to “gross incompetence:” “I am deeply concerned to hear the news of Blossom Philadelphia losing their license to operate due to what the state Department of Human Services describes as ‘gross incompetence.’ Ensuring the health and safety of the most vulnerable among us is paramount to our success as a society. “Families entrust their loved ones to qualified, quality, licensed organizations to receive the care that they are unable to provide for their loved one. “The state Department of Human Services took the reasonable and necessary steps to ensure that individuals with intellectual disabilities remain healthy and safe in the least restrictive environment. I will continue to monitor the situation and am here to support the affected families in any way possible.” ### Read more


State lawmakers push bill to protect insurance coverage of contraceptives

(Nov 01, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 1 – State Reps. Leanne Krueger-Braneky and Kevin Boyle today unveiled a plan to protect access to birth control under health insurance coverages in Pennsylvania. The legislation, proposed by Krueger-Braneky, Boyle and Rep. Tina Davis, would require that all state-regulated insurance plans in Pennsylvania cover contraceptives and vasectomies. It would further require that plans provide coverage for any prescription or non-prescription method of birth controlled approved by the FDA. It also would: Eliminate most co-payments for birth control and vasectomies Enable women to receive 12 months of birth control at one time Lift pre-authorizations on intrauterine devices (IUDs) On Oct. 6, the Trump administration announced it would roll back the contraceptive coverage requirements within the ACA. The rollback allows any employer to opt-out of providing contraceptive coverage in its health plan based on religious beliefs or moral convictions. At least 2.5 million women in Pennsylvania depend on this coverage to access affordable, effective contraceptives. “Contraception is health care, and access to health care is a fundamental human right that is inextricably tied to economic mobility and freedom,” said Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware . “By making basic preventive care like the pill a costly luxury, the Trump administration is sidelining girls and women – whether they are students, hourly wage workers, Read more


Rabb on Voting Reform Efforts

(Oct 31, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb discusses his two pieces of legislation aimed at helping voters and saving taxpayers money at election time. Read more


Rabb Fighting to End Nuisance Establishments

(Oct 26, 2017)

Following a major step in the fight against nuisance establishments, Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb discusses the importance of cracking down on these businesses that have been hurting communities across Philadelphia. Read more


Rabb to host Grown Folks Fall Festival tomorrow

(Oct 13, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 13 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., will host his first Grown Folks Fall Festival from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 at New Covenant Campus, located at 7500 Germantown Ave., 19119. “The Grown Folks Fall Festival will provide a one-stop shop for seniors to access helpful resources in their community. We want to enhance the mind, body and soul of our seniors and empower them by listening to their concerns and answering their questions,” Rabb said. “As legislators one of the best parts of our job is when we get to inform our local communities about the issues we are fighting for on their behalf.” Attendees will be able to receive information about the state Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, PACE and PACENET prescription-drug plans, SEPTA Key ID, heating assistance and other state programs. The event will feature fun for the entire family, including music, line dancing, face painting and more. Constituents may bring up to two bags of old documents to shred during the event. For more information individuals can reach out to his office at (215) 242-7300 or visit his website . Read more


Rabb takes a stand against domestic violence

(Oct 02, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 2 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., released the following statement regarding the unanimous adoption of H.R. 525 today in the House: “Today, I joined my colleagues and took a stand against domestic violence by voting for House Resolution 525, which designates the month of October 2017 as ‘Domestic Violence Month’ in Pennsylvania. It is reported than an estimated one in three women are expected to experience physical violence by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime. Often times, domestic violence is used to exert control over an intimate partner and can cause extensive emotional harm. “Although both men and women can experience domestic violence, 85 percent of domestic violence victims are women. In 2014, nearly 2,500 Pennsylvanians were served by state domestic violence programs. In 2015, an estimated 2,000 women visited a Philadelphia emergency room after being assaulted by a spouse, ex-spouse, boyfriend, or ex-boyfriend. More shocking is that 17.3 percent of Philadelphia students were physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend – this is nearly twice the national average. “While this resolution is a great first step, we must do more. This goes beyond just teaching our sons to respect women; men in particular must step up and renounce misogyny, rape culture and toxic masculinity – all of which allow for domestic violence to persist in a state where spousal rape has only been a crime Read more


Rabb Fighting to Protect Benefits for All Pa.

(Sep 27, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb explains why he voted no on H.B. 1095, which would deny undocumented families public benefits, and discusses how the legislation would be detrimental to all Pennsylvanians. Read more


Rabb: Poll Watchers Should Be Local

(Sep 26, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb argues against legislation that would allow Election Day poll watchers to be from anywhere, not just the county where they are registered to vote. Rabb does suggest, though, that he's looking forward to being welcomed with open arms at polling places across the Commonwealth should this become law. Read more


Rabb DACA Impacts All of Us

(Sep 15, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb is fighting to protect the more than 21,000 Pennsylvanians that would be potentially deported by the Trump Administration's revocation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Read more


Rabb Defends DACA

(Sep 13, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb joined his Democratic colleagues to condemn President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). Rabb authored HB1604, which would uphold DACA in Pennsylvania and help law enforcement keep communities safer. More at Read more


Rabb urges scaling back of lawsuit so medical marijuana patients would retain access

(Sep 11, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 11 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., today urged a company and its law firm to scale back their lawsuit so that it would no longer jeopardize access to medical marijuana for thousands of patients across Pennsylvania. "I join state Senator Daylin Leach in urging Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Fader of Bethlehem, Pa., and its client Keystone ReLeaf to scale back their lawsuit, which currently seeks an injunction rescinding all previously awarded permits and a stay of the entire medical marijuana program. Keystone ReLeaf presumably went to the trouble of seeking permits because it wants to help people suffering from conditions such as cancer, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and sickle-cell anemia," Rabb said. "There are legal remedies available to the company without seeking such a sweeping option that would harm so many vulnerable people. I strongly urge Keystone ReLeaf and its law firm to do the compassionate thing and adjust their legal filings as soon as possible," Rabb added. ### Read more


Rabb pushes bill that upholds DACA while keeping communities safer

(Sep 08, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 8 – The fate of the immigration program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) currently lies in the hands of Congress, as state Rep. Chris Rabb fights to protect thousands of undocumented families in Pennsylvania, while, at the same time, helping law enforcement keep communities safer. “I am furious about the President’s decision to end the DACA program,” Rabb said. “My main focus now is to do what’s in my power to ensure families aren’t torn apart here in Pennsylvania.” Rabb introduced House Bill 1604 , also known as the Police and Community Safety Act, which would protect DREAMers, their parents, and other undocumented residents who live in the commonwealth. The proposal would also allow state and local police officers to concentrate on their priority of protecting residents from violent offenders and not be responsible for immigration enforcement unless directed by a federal court order. “Research proves working with federal immigration enforcement made it difficult for local police departments to do their jobs,” Rabb explained. “If a witness or victim was in the country with an expired visa, he/she was less likely to cooperate for fear of being forced out of their home and separated from their loved ones.” Rabb pointed out the legal and financial burdens that weigh down on already cash-strapped police agencies when officers erroneously detain U.S. citizens at the Read more


Rabb: #DefendDACA

(Sep 07, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb discusses his Police and Community Safety Act legislation that would allow law enforcement officers in Pennsylvania to do their jobs without federal interference and limit immigration enforcement by public and private post-secondary institutions. Rabb says police forces across Pennsylvania should not have to forfeit local control of their duties. Read more


Rabb: It's On Us PA

(Sep 06, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb explains protecting students from sexual abuse is top priority and pinpoints why the It’s On Us PA campaign push is the answer. Read more


Rabb applauds decision to move dispensary from controversial Stenton Avenue site

(Sep 01, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 1 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., today applauded the decision to move a medical cannabis dispensary from a controversial location in Mount Airy: "After sustained public outcry from engaged community members and my office’s months of work with the governor’s office, I am extremely pleased to announce that the dispensary owner that sought to establish operations on Stenton Avenue in East Mt. Airy has been granted permission by the Pennsylvania Department of Health to relocate to a more suitable location in the area. "I share my neighbors’ concerns about the proposed dispensary site and agree that this business is not appropriate for a quiet, densely populated residential area. "As a strong supporter of medical cannabis, to quote one of my neighbors, my position has been from the beginning: 'good stuff, bad location.' "Where the dispensary goes will primarily be a city issue due to zoning regulations, and I look forward to working with any and all local elected officials with whom I share constituents in Mt. Airy, Chestnut Hill and West Oak Lane who want fellow residents in northwest Philadelphia to have access to this vital medical treatment option as close to home as possible." ### (image credit: Google Maps) Read more


Office to close Friday and Monday in observance of Labor Day

(Sep 01, 2017)

On Monday, Sept. 4, we celebrate Labor Day. For many, it is the symbolic end of the summer season, but it is important to remember and reflect on its true meaning. Labor Day is a day intended to honor and respect the working men and women of our country – past, present and future. While Labor Day is an opportunity to celebrate American workers, it is also an opportunity to share time with family. I would like to wish all our friends and neighbors in the community a safe and happy holiday. In observance of the holiday and preparing the youth in our district for a safe and healthy school year, the district office will be closed Friday, Sept. 1 and Monday, Sept. 4 and we will not be having satellite office hours at the Wadsworth Library on Friday, Sept. 1 as we hold our back to school supply giveaway. Satellite office hours will be rescheduled to Sept. 8. If there are any questions or concerns please leave a message at 215-242-7300 or email me at . Read more