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State Rep. Chris Rabb to introduce resolution that would designate Pennsylvania as a Hidden Heroes state

Every Pa. medical marijuana patient who drives is a DUI target. This lawmaker wants to change that.

(Mar 12, 2020)

The proposed bill would turn the focus from “under the influence” to “impairment,” reducing the risk of patients receiving a DUI charge. Read more

 

Rabb announces $49K Pa. Commission on Crime and Delinquency grant for nonprofit that serves people who are often targets of hate crimes

(Mar 11, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, March 11 – State Rep. Chris Rabb announced today that Germantown Jewish Centre has received a $49,810 grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to improve the safety and security of its facilities. “All people – people of all faiths, ethnicities, genders, races, sexual orientations and abilities – should be safe from violence wherever they gather,” Rabb said. “Our diversity is what makes our communities stronger and more interesting. Unfortunately, there is still a lot of work to be done toward fostering appreciation for people who are different from ourselves, and while that work is in progress, this grant award will help the people of Germantown Jewish Centre to ensure their safety and security when they gather for fellowship or other activities.” The grant award Rabb announced today is one of 113 approved for nonprofit organizations around the state in the first round of grants ever awarded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency through its Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program, which was created after H.B. 859 was signed into law last year. The law established the new grant fund program, and directs the commission to administer grants to Pennsylvania-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that principally serve people, groups or institutions that are included within a single bias motivation category for single bias hate crime incidents as Read more

 

Rabb announces $10K in cultural and historical grants for Chestnut Hill Conservancy and Historical Society and Cliveden

(Mar 06, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, March 6 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., announced today that more than $10,000 in cultural and historical grants through the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission have been awarded to Chestnut Hill Conservancy and Historical Society and Cliveden for general operating support. “Our history grounds us, it informs us of how we got where we are,” Rabb said. “Funding that helps the organizations and institutions that preserve our history is truly invaluable. I’m so pleased to see Chestnut Hill Conservancy and Historical Society and Cliveden receive these state dollars.” A grant for $5,655 was awarded to Chestnut Hill Conservancy and Historical Society and a grant for $4,481 was awarded to Cliveden. To be considered for a grant award, an eligible museum must have had an annual operating budget exceeding $100,000, excluding capital and in-kind services, and at least one full-time professional staff person. The grants Rabb announced are among 153 awards totaling $2 million that were approved on Wednesday, to eligible museums and official county historical societies from 58 Pennsylvania counties. Learn more about the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission by visiting its website, https://www.phmc.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx . ### Read more

 

2/25/20 – Voting and Elections – Philadelphia

(Feb 27, 2020)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Chris Rabb. Read more

 

Rabb to host February Fling event Saturday

(Feb 26, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 26 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., will host a February Fling heart month celebration and health fair for residents of his district on Saturday, Feb. 29. The event will be held from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 29, at Dorothy Emanuel Recreation Center, 8500 Pickering Ave., Philadelphia, 19150. Rabb will join representatives from community health care providers and organizations. Rabb and his staff will be available to provide help with and information about state and local government-related programs and services. There will be music, lunch and giveaways for all those who attend. For more information, contact Rabb’s office at 215-242-7300. ### Read more

 

Rabb, Policy Committee discuss voting and elections

(Feb 26, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 26 – Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee held a hearing Tuesday, Feb. 25 to discuss voting and elections after recent historic changes were made to the state’s voting laws. “Voting is one of the most cherished rights endowed to the people in this country,” Rabb said. “When we cast our ballot, we’re giving voice to our values by choosing the people we want to serve as our representatives in the spheres that govern many aspects of our lives and determine how our resources are spent. Understanding the recent changes to our voting laws, which will affect people across Pennsylvania for years to come, is vital to our democracy, which is why I was grateful for the opportunity to facilitate discussion on the topic at this Policy Committee hearing.” Rabb was joined by fellow state legislators, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “We must ensure that every Pennsylvanian who is eligible to vote understands the process so that his, her or their voice can be heard,” Sturla said. “Having conversations like the one at Tuesday’s Policy Committee hearing really brings that idea home.” Testifiers at the hearing held at the United Lutheran Seminary included Rachel Boss, community impact manager in the Bureau of Campaign Finance and Civic Engagement, PA Department of State; Omar Sabir, Read more

 

Rabb to host Policy Committee hearing on voting and elections Tuesday in Philadelphia

(Feb 21, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 21 – Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on voting and elections next week. The hearing will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 at United Lutheran Seminary, The Brossman Center, 7301 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, 19119. Rabb requested the hearing to discuss the changes to Pennsylvania’s voting laws with Act 77 of 2019 – the most comprehensive changes to the state’s election laws in more than 80 years – and how those changes will affect voters starting this year. He will be joined by fellow legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 4:10 p.m. Panel One: Rachel Boss , Community Impact Manager in Bureau of Campaign Finance and Civic Engagement, Pa. Department of State Omar Sabir , City Commissioner, City of Philadelphia 4:50 p.m. Panel Two: Patrick Christmas , Policy Director, Committee of Seventy Marc Stier , Director, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center 5:30 p.m. Panel Three: Sara Mullen , Associate Director, ACLU of Pennsylvania Kendra Cochran , Statewide Voter Engagement Coordinator, POWER Interfaith 6:10 p.m. Closing Remarks This hearing is among a series being held across the state on House Read more

 

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(Feb 18, 2020)

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Rabb to host Thankful Thursday event with PA AG’s office focused on protecting against scams and fraud

(Feb 03, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 3 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., will host a Thankful Thursday event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Thursday at the Wadsworth Library, 1500 Wadsworth Ave., 19150. The event will focus on how people can protect themselves and their loved ones against scams and fraud and allow Rabb to discuss legislation he recently introduced to compensate Pennsylvanians exonerated for wrongful convictions. An expert from the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office will be in attendance to talk avoiding scams and being the victim of fraud. Rabb will discuss legislation he recently introduced which would compensate Pennsylvanians who are exonerated for wrongful convictions. Pennsylvania is one of only 15 states without a law to compensate the innocent for years lost after a wrongful conviction. Wrongful convictions often leave those people who are exonerated in the difficult position of reentering society after a period of incarceration without any services or money. Wrongful convictions have resulted in lawsuits that have cost Pennsylvanians millions of dollars. Rabb’s legislation would allow people who can demonstrate proof of their innocence to be eligible for a sum of money per each year they were incarcerated, as well as social services that would help them rejoin their communities. Rabb hosts regular Thankful Thursday events around the 200 th Legislative District to Read more