Rabb: Please Help Hurricane Victims

(Aug 31, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb is calling on the community to help victims in Texas on their long road to recovery after Hurricane Harvey. Rabb suggests donating to the American Red Cross at www.redcross.org, 1-800-435-7669 or texting HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Read more

 

Summer 2017 newsletter

(Aug 28, 2017)

Read Rep. Rabb's Summer 2017 newsletter. Read more

 

Back to school supplies drive

(Aug 23, 2017)

State Rep. Chris Rabb is collecting school supplies for students ahead of the upcoming school year. Read more

 

Rabb to host town hall meetings to address community concerns

(Aug 23, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 23 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., announced that he will host three town hall meetings to address community concerns in the 200th Legislative District. “It’s vital that I meet residents where they are in order to best address the issues they face,” Rabb said. “These town halls will give me the opportunity to better explore the unique challenges that my district faces. It will also be a great opportunity for us to learn more on how we can work together to improve the quality of our neighborhoods.” The town hall meetings will take place 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the following dates and locations: Sept. 7 at Dorothy Emanuel Recreation Center at 8100 Pickering St. Sept. 14 at Dare to Imagine Church at 6611 Ardleigh St. Sept. 28 at Chestnut Hill College – Sugar Loaf Campus at 9220 Germantown Ave. Rabb said that there also will be information on state-related resources available to residents, as well as information on volunteer opportunities. Refreshments will be served. More information is available by contacting Rabb’s constituent service office at 215-242-7300. ### Read more

 

Rep. Rabb speaks out at a Zoning Commission hearing concerning placing a Medical Marijuana Dispensary in the Community

(Aug 15, 2017)

On Aug. 15th, Rep. Rabb took part in a zoning meeting to stand up to protect families in the community Read more

 

Petition: Relocate proposed medical cannabis dispensary

(Aug 11, 2017)

Please join me in calling on state officials to require TerraVida to secure a more appropriate location. The medical cannabis dispensary that is currently proposed for 8319 Stenton Ave. in Philadelphia's Mt. Airy neighborhood would be in a quiet, but densely populated residential area not suited for such a business. Click here to read and sign the petition . Read more

 

Rabb to introduce bill to create more transparent and accountable Pa. budget process

(Aug 07, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 7 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., announced he will introduce legislation that would require the leaders of Pennsylvania’s executive and legislative branches to hold daily public hearings on the state budget whenever there is a budget impasse. The bill would require executive and legislative leaders to hold public hearings if comprehensive spending and revenue bills for the upcoming fiscal year have not been introduced by June 19. These leaders include the governor, state treasurer, secretary of revenue, auditor general, Independent Fiscal Office director, and majority and minority leadership for both the House and Senate. These individuals would be required to participate in hearings until such legislation is introduced. “It’s been six weeks after the House overwhelmingly passed a spending plan, and we still don’t know how we are going to pay for it,” Rabb said. “On Friday, our state treasurer had to extend to the Commonwealth a $750 million line of credit to prevent us from running out of money. We are only in the second month of the fiscal year and our schools and county agencies are already at risk of experiencing funding shortfalls. This is not responsible budgeting and it certainly is not how to run a government.” Rabb said he wants Pennsylvanians to see democracy in action and require all relevant parties work together to meet the needs of the Commonwealth. Hearings would be required to last at Read more

 

Rabb speaks out against pay gap affecting Black women workers

(Jul 31, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, July 31 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., released the following statement recognizing Black Women’s Equal Pay Day: “I stand with my colleagues and friends as we speak out against the disparities that prevent Black women from receiving equal pay for equal work. “Today marks the day where Black women received the same pay that their white male colleagues received in 2016. They are forced to work an additional seven months to eventually receive the same pay for the same or similar jobs. In fact, Black women would have to work over 66 years to earn what a white man earns in 40 years. “We can no longer overlook the systemic barriers that cause this inequality based on gender and race, hurdles that inhibit Black women from thriving and achieving economic security. And the situation is exponentially worse when this discussion moves to policies and practices that continue to imperil Black women's ability to create financial wealth for themselves and their families. "My colleagues and I have fought for various solutions to address these issues, including proposals for increasing the minimum wage, providing women with paid leave and even prohibiting employers from firing women because they are pregnant or nursing. We must do more to correct this economic injustice.” ### Read more

 

Rabb introduces first-of-its-kind legislation to reverse school-to-prison pipeline in Pennsylvania

(Jul 27, 2017)

HARRISBURG, July 27 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., said he introduced legislation to create a charitable trust that would help Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable youth from becoming innocent casualties of mass incarceration. “Our most neglected young people continue to be devastated by the school-to-prison pipeline at alarming rates. There are more than 81,000 Pennsylvania children with a parent in a prison,” Rabb said. “That absence, which some psychologists have compared to the death of a parent, through the formative years can have many harmful effects on a child.” House Bill 1674 proposes the creation of the First Chance Trust Fund to provide support services and scholarship opportunities to young people from neighborhoods with the highest rates of incarceration across the state. The trust would not require the use of taxpayer dollars. Instead, it would be funded by a 1 percent surcharge on all vendors that have a contract with the Department of Corrections exceeding $5 million and by private, tax-deductible donations. Other state agencies also would have the option to include such a provision in their contracts. “Studies have consistently shown that investing in educational opportunities can significantly reduce the potential for future incarceration. We need to make these investments, especially within our most disadvantaged communities,” he said. Corrections anticipates it would generate $500,000 to $1 million Read more

 

Rabb: Let's Get the PA Budget Done

(Jul 22, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb talks about his frustrations with the lack of progress on funding for this year's state budget. Read more

 

Rabb: Fiscal Responsibility is Nonpartisan

(Jul 21, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb says fiscal responsibility is an issue that can be agreed to across the political spectrum in this budget process. Read more

 

Rabb Against Dispensary Location

(Jun 30, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb discusses his support for medical cannabis in Pennsylvania, but his opposition to the location of a dispensary placed in a densely populated residential area in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. Read more

 

Rabb 'disheartened' at granting of dispensary permit in Mt. Airy

(Jun 29, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 29 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., issued the following statement on today's decision by the Pennsylvania Department of Health to grant a permit for a medical cannabis dispensary at a controversial location in Mount Airy: "I'm disheartened to see that the Pennsylvania Department of Health has granted a license for a medical cannabis dispensary to operate at a location in a quiet, but densely populated residential area not suited for such a business. "I have grave concerns that revolve around public safety issues related to a cash-only business that will be open 7 days per week with armed guards on a corridor not unfamiliar with violent crime. "I recently closed my district office for the afternoon to go door to door with my entire staff to inform residents about this matter and my strong opposition to the proposed location of this dispensary despite my support of medical cannabis itself. "My staff and I remain on top of this matter and will continue to engage and collaborate with key community stakeholders to make sure the best collective interests of the neighborhood are protected. I also reiterate my call for Congress to change federal law to make our communities safer by finally allowing medical cannabis providers to have access to the banking system the same as other businesses do, and I invite everyone to contact their members of Congress -- particularly U.S. Senators Pat Toomey and Bob Casey -- in support of Read more

 

Rabb Tribute to Ahmeenah Young

(Jun 28, 2017)

Pa. state Rep Chris Rabb memorialized his constituent Ahmeenah Young, who as the first woman and first African-American to hold the position of President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Convention Center was a trailblazer for young African American women and a strong advocate for civil and equal rights. Read more

 

Rabb Strikes a Blow to Stop and Gos

(Jun 27, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb voted to increase penalties and enforcement against nuisance bars, commonly referred to as “Stop and Gos,” that are a burden on many Philadelphia neighborhoods, dragging down business corridors, hurting communities and lowering quality of life for families. Read more

 

Rabb: Giving Kids a First Chance

(Jun 22, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb is introducing legislation that would create the First Chance Trust Fund to help with the educational costs of children with incarcerated parents. It would be funded by a surcharge on larger Dept. of Corrections vendors and not raise taxes for Pa. taxpayers. Read more

 

Rabb Fighting for Fair Education Funding

(Jun 21, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb is fighting for equitable funding for all of Pennsylvania public schools. Rabb says all students deserve an equal opportunity no matter where they live. Read more

 

Rabb expresses concerns as two bills pass in the House

(Jun 21, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 21 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., released the following statement regarding two bills that passed Tuesday in the House of Representatives: “I am highly concerned by two bills that passed the House of Representatives yesterday. The first is H.B. 646. This legislation would make it a second degree felony to assault a health care practitioner while they are on duty. This includes doctors, nurses, interns, social workers, and even massage therapists. Under no circumstance is violence against health care workers acceptable. However, this bill does not serve as a deterrent, but instead promotes over-incarceration. Moreover, it does nothing to make our health care workers on the front lines any safer. “The second bill that concerns me is S.B. 560. This bill would enable police officers to use body cameras, particularly when officers enter private residences as well as to record interviews with suspects or witnesses. The bill claims to ensure the integrity of criminal convictions. However, the non-conviction of Officer Jeronimo Yanez – the police officer who shot and killed Philando Castile – proves otherwise. Castile’s death was recorded and broadcasted over Facebook and members of the jury failed to convict Yanez. Technology alone will not make us safer – only justice will. Without real transparency and accountability, advocating for body cameras will only create more heat than light.” Read more

 

Rabb: Budget Update

(Jun 20, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb discusses his priorities in the state budget and where the process stands. Rabb also highlights an upcoming Facebook Live meeting about the budget. Read more

 

Rabb: Don't Miss the Summer Kick-Off!

(Jun 14, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb talks about what to expect at his upcoming 2017 Summer Kick-Off Event. Read more