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

 

DA Krasner to Announce Charges in Deed Fraud Investigation, Provide Gun Crimes Update

(May 03, 2021)

DA Larry Krasner will announce the arrest and charging of an individual for their role in the theft of over a dozen properties in the West Oak Lane, Logan, Frankford, Cedar Brook, and Mt. Airy sections of the city, which stems from an investigation launched in 2019 by the Philadelphia District Attorney's Economic Crimes Unit and the Philadelphia Police Department's Major Crimes Unit. DA Krasner will also provide his weekly gun crimes update. Read more

 

Her doc recommended medical marijuana for chronic pain. Then she failed her drug test and Jefferson fired her.

(Apr 29, 2021)

Pa. State Rep. Chris Rabb (D., Philadelphia) introduced a slate of medical marijuana protection bills this month, including one that would shield medical marijuana patients who fail a work-related drug test. Rabb called Hudnell’s situation “absurd and entirely disheartening.” Read more

 

Face the State With Rep. Chris Rabb

(Apr 25, 2021)

Face the State welcomes Rep. Chris Rabb (D-Philadelphia) to discuss issues such as the verdict in the Derek Chauvin case, possible death penalty legislation, and more. Read more

 

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant portal reopens Saturday, April 24th

(Apr 23, 2021)

The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced that the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal will reopen on Saturday, April 24. Updated documents and guidance will be available today (Friday, April 23rd) by clicking here . This is a grant program established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, and is administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance. Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue , with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees. Eligible entities include: Live venue operators or promoters. Theatrical producers. Live performing arts organization operators. Museum operators. Motion picture theater operators (including owners). Talent representatives. Other requirements of note: Must have been in operation as of February 29, 2020. Venue or promoter who received a PPP loan on or after December 27, 2020, will have the SVOG reduced by the PPP loan amount. Read more

 

In search of bipartisanship, lawmakers work to trim the fat in Pa. House

(Apr 22, 2021)

Sixteen Pennsylvania House legislators announced this week that they were forming a bipartisan group to build relationships between ideologically distant lawmakers and reform how the lower chamber works. Read more

 

Rabb introduces package of bills to protect medical cannabis patients, dispensaries from eviction, discrimination

(Apr 20, 2021)

HARRISBURG, April 20 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., has introduced a trio of bills designed to protect medical cannabis patients and dispensaries from eviction and workplace discrimination. “Medical cannabis is medicine, and we must ensure that people who are prescribed medicine don’t have that held against them by their landlords or by their employers, and we must ensure that the providers of that medicine will not be discriminated against by commercial landlords,” Rabb said. “My legislation serves to protect the providers of medical cannabis and their patients, and to help them live without fear.” Rabb’s three bills are: Employee Protections for Medical Cannabis Patients – Would provide protections for employees failing a drug test due to their use of medical cannabis as a qualified patient by forbidding employers from discharging, threatening, refusing to hire or otherwise discriminating against such employees, and allowing such employees to bring a civil action against their employer. Commercial Tenant Protections for Medical Cannabis Dispensaries – Would protect commercial tenants that legally sell or provide medical cannabis by amending the Medical Marijuana Act to prohibit landlords from evicting, threatening to evict, or otherwise discriminating against a commercial tenant for the lawful sale or possession of medical cannabis if the tenant is certified by the commonwealth. Tenant Read more

 

Rabb releases statement after former police officer Derek Chauvin found guilty on charges in killing of George Floyd

(Apr 20, 2021)

HARRISBURG, April 20 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., issued the following statement after a jury in Minneapolis, Minn. found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on three charges in the May 2020 killing of George Floyd: “While this verdict offers us a collective moment of relief, I am nevertheless angered to live in a country where there’s suspense about whether a white law enforcement officer will be convicted for being on camera killing a Black person with impunity. “Anything less than an overhaul of modern policing is complicity in a system borne of injustice, terror and surveillance, which for Pennsylvania has meant a 321-year track record of law enforcement protecting and serving the political interests and property of the most influential minority of our city and state without any history or commitment to transparency or accountability. “We are far passed the trite analogy of good or bad apples. We must finally acknowledge that we are dealing with a toxic barrel and commit ourselves to building a new vessel for change that centers on community safety and restorative justice.” 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

 

To celebrate Earth Day, Rabb calls for support of 100% renewable energy in PA by 2050, urges Pennsylvanians to contact their legislators

(Apr 20, 2021)

HARRISBURG, April 20 – To celebrate Earth Day on April 22, state Rep. Chris Rabb has called for support of his legislation to transition Pennsylvania to 100% renewable energy by 2050. “Earth Day was founded in 1970 to bring awareness to environmental issues, and I could not think of a better way to truly honor the day than to take action to literally save our environment and our planet,” said Rabb, D-Phila. “Earth Day has long been a day when people plant trees, collect litter or take other small steps to help our planet. That action is a beautiful and important thing because we must all act to save our very existence. “But the Pennsylvania legislature has the power this Earth Day to take a huge step in helping our planet – a huge step in what will be a journey to save humanity from climate change – by working to enact my legislation and get our commonwealth to 100% renewable energy by 2050,” Rabb continued. “So, while you’re creating your action plan for how you celebrate this Earth Day, consider calling or emailing Pennsylvania legislators to urge them to enact my legislation, which I’m calling Go 100% Pennsylvania.” Pennsylvania residents can use this website to find their legislator. A list of members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives is here , and a list of senators is here . Rabb, known for his climate activism and for regularly authoring and promoting progressive policies, Read more

 

Rabb, Hanbidge urge measures to better understand impact of electric vehicles in Pa. before enacting legislation to charge fees

(Apr 12, 2021)

HARRISBURG, April 12 — State Reps. Chris Rabb and Liz Hanbidge have reintroduced legislation to study the costs and benefits of electric vehicles to better understand the impact of the vehicles in Pennsylvania. “Studies have shown that electric vehicles emit significantly less greenhouse gas than gasoline-powered vehicles,” Rabb, D-Phila., said. “With climate change upon us, we know electric vehicles offer a huge benefit in that they mean cleaner air and less pollution. When it comes to the fees that electric vehicle owners will be charged – specifically regarding the motor vehicle tax – Representative Hanbidge and I believe additional information is needed, and that’s why we’re urging a study.” “Studying the impact of electric cars on our commonwealth allows us deeper insight into how we can best utilize this exciting technology to create better and cleaner transportation opportunities for our communities." Hanbidge, D-Montgomery, said. Despite their positive environmental impact, electric vehicles do not pay the state motor vehicle tax, which is attached to gasoline prices. Because the funds from the motor vehicle tax are used to repair and maintain state roads and bridges, the state legislature has considered proposals to create an annual electric vehicle road use fee to alleviate any discrepancy in this funding. Rabb and Hanbidge have reintroduced a resolution that would direct the Legislative Read more

 

Rabb reintroduces legislation that would repeal the death penalty in Pa.

(Apr 06, 2021)

Noting that capital punishment is not only an ineffective way to deter crime, but is also very costly to taxpayers and deeply flawed because people sentenced to death have later been exonerated, state Rep. Chris Rabb has reintroduced legislation that would repeal the death penalty in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

PA House Democrats Launch Effort to Defend Democracy

(Mar 29, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 29 – Responding to the Capitol insurrection in January and the signing of new restrictions on voting rights last week in Georgia, House Democrats are taking action to protect American democracy. Today, a website was launched that summarizes policy proposals to defend democracy as well as links to more information and the ability for people to quickly email their elected officials, noting their support of the bills. The House Democratic Caucus has been working on these proposals since a House Democratic Policy Committee Hearing in January, when members were briefed by legal scholars, hate crimes experts and members of Congress on the language of false conspiracy and election fraud being used to undermine democracy. That same language has shifted from encouraging outright attack to what many perceive as insidiously undermining basic voting rights. “We cannot allow the outrage and disgust of the American people watching an armed invasion of our government to be subverted by a slick rebranding into attacks on our right to fair and free elections” Policy Committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro said. Members of the House Democratic Caucus have introduced dozens of measures to expand voting rights, preserve election security, protect access to mail-in ballots and polling places, and to clarify and consolidate the often-outdated Election Code. Bizzarro said the site – www.pahouse.com/policy/defendingdemocracy -- will serve as a great Read more

 

Rabb lauds Gov. Wolf’s solar energy announcement, calls for support for 100% renewable energy

(Mar 22, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 22 – State Rep. Chris Rabb on Monday lauded Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement of a major clean energy initiative that will produce nearly 50% of state government’s electricity through seven new solar energy arrays – the largest solar commitment by any government in the U.S. announced to date – and called for support to get Pennsylvania to 100% renewable energy by 2050. “I was thrilled to hear the news of this historic initiative by Governor Wolf to invest in renewable energy,” said Rabb, D-Phila. “Science has made it clear that climate change is real, it’s happening and the consequences to Earth and its inhabitants – our children, grandchildren and future generations – will be severe if we don’t take immediate measures to change course. “This action from Governor Wolf deserves applause, but the climate crisis that’s underway requires more from us,” Rabb continued. “Which is why I’ve previously introduced bipartisan legislation to transition Pennsylvania to 100% renewable energy by 2050 , and why I’m still asking for support for that goal.” Rabb said a transition to 100% renewable energy is what’s best for the environment and it would be a boon to the economy, creating family-sustaining, green-collar jobs by harnessing a newly skilled workforce and giving Pennsylvania’s academic institutions and other stakeholders the Read more

 

Rabb reintroduces legislation to raise the minimum wage in Pa. and expand it to apply to vulnerable members of the workforce

(Mar 12, 2021)

State Rep. Chris Rabb, along with Reps. Jessica Benham, D-Allegheny; Manuel Guzman Jr., D-Berks; Carol Hill-Evans, D-York; Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny; Emily Kinkead, D-Allegheny; Rick Krajewski, D-Phila.; Summer Lee, D-Allegheny; Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester; Joe Webster, D-Montgomery; and Napoleon J. Nelson, D-Montgomery, has introduced legislation to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour and expand it to apply to vulnerable members of the workforce. Read more

 

You're invited to my upcoming town hall celebrating the Phenomenal Women of the 200th

(Mar 05, 2021)

I will be hosting a virtual town hall on March 25 where we will be honoring the Phenomenal Women of the 200 th who are essential workers. Frontline/essential professions include: health care professionals, hospital workers (maintenance staff, cafeteria staff etc.), SEPTA drivers/workers, Gig workers (Uber/Lyft drivers, delivery drivers), warehouse workers, personal caregivers, sanitation workers, grocery store employees, mail carriers and retail sales/cashiers. Read more

 

Reps. Kinsey, Fitzgerald host COVID-19 vaccine news conference

(Mar 05, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, March 5 – State Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Isabella Fitzgerald, both D-Phila., today hosted a news conference on bolstering COVID-19 vaccine accessibility in Northwest Philadelphia. They were joined by representatives from Rite Aid, Einstein Hospital and Chestnut Hill Hospital; state and city elected officials; and local community leaders. Today’s news conference comes after Kinsey and Fitzgerald, who represent the 201 st and 203 rd Legislative districts, respectively, in parts of Northwest Philadelphia, recently unveiled their Northwest COVID-19 Coalition—comprising local activists, clergy members, elected officials and medical professionals —aimed at providing free COVID-19 testing, information and other mitigation measures to residents in Northwest Philadelphia. In the wake of the vaccine rollout, the legislators at the helm of the coalition have now focused efforts to ensure historically disenfranchised groups and communities also have fair access to vaccine options, partnering with Rite Aid, which had recently announced that it will provide vaccines to city residents at its Ogontz Avenue location. Kinsey highlighted the disparities in cases among city neighborhoods and compared it to the equally disproportionate vaccine reception. “Philadelphia has been among the hardest hit during the pandemic and when adjusted by ZIP codes in neighborhoods that are predominately of Read more

 

NW Philly coalition advocates for more local vaccinations

(Mar 05, 2021)

“We need more sites in Northwest Philadelphia. We need sites that address the issue of overrepresentation of Black folks being hospitalized and dying from COVID ... We need to take charge and we need to collaborate,” said state Rep. Chris Rabb, D-200th District. Read more

 

Enduring racial inequity in Pa. requires systemic solutions, including reparations: Rep. Chris Rabb

(Mar 03, 2021)

It is hard to look at our state as a commonwealth when what has been most common in our history is the exploitation and marginalization of Black people in all facets of life as fomented or condoned by our legislature, courts and state agencies.For these reasons, and because systemic problems require systemic solutions, the legislation I am introducing will focus solely on the culpability of Pennsylvania in systemic racism against its Black residents. The same government that created these enduring injustices must be the one responsible for solving the societal damage it caused. Read more

 

Here’s why Dauphin County officials sent a 16-year-old straight to adult prison

(Mar 02, 2021)

State Rep. Chris Rabb, of Philadelphia, is planning to recirculate a co-sponsorship memo soon to introduce a bill that would repeal Act 33.“We should eliminate the presumption that a child should be treated as an adult by prohibiting direct filing of cases involving children to the adult system,” Rabb wrote in his memo, noting that Act 33 was inspired by the “racist, bipartisan trope of the ‘super-predator.’” Read more

 

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications: Feb. 16 Update

(Feb 18, 2021)

STATE GRANT PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: Agricultural Hemp Promotion, Education and Export Promotion Matching Grant Program (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : Nonprofit agricultural product promotion and marketing organizations. Use : Projects aimed at increasing sales, export or consumer awareness of Pennsylvania hemp products. Eligible projects may include regional or national promotion. Funds : Reimbursement grants up to 50% of project costs. The minimum matching grant is $1,000. A total of $253,000 will be available statewide. Application Deadline : March 5 More Information : See the February 13, 2021, PA Bulletin at Pennsylvania Bulletin (pacodeandbulletin.gov) . Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: Federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (Funding Source: Federal Fund ing ) Who May Apply : State and local organizations, producer associations, academia, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders. Use : Projects that will increase visibility and competitiveness of the state’s horticultural specialty crops including fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, culinary herbs and spices, medicinal plants and nursery crops. Funds : Requests may be made for a minimum of $20,000, provided the amount reasonably represents the cost of the Read more

 

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

DA Krasner to Announce Charges in Deed Fraud Investigation, Provide Gun Crimes Update
May 03, 2021

Her doc recommended medical marijuana for chronic pain. Then she failed her drug test and Jefferson fired her.
Apr 29, 2021

Face the State With Rep. Chris Rabb
Apr 25, 2021

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant portal reopens Saturday, April 24th
Apr 23, 2021

In search of bipartisanship, lawmakers work to trim the fat in Pa. House
Apr 22, 2021

Rabb introduces package of bills to protect medical cannabis patients, dispensaries from eviction, discrimination
Apr 20, 2021

Rabb releases statement after former police officer Derek Chauvin found guilty on charges in killing of George Floyd
Apr 20, 2021

To celebrate Earth Day, Rabb calls for support of 100% renewable energy in PA by 2050, urges Pennsylvanians to contact their legislators
Apr 20, 2021

Rabb, Hanbidge urge measures to better understand impact of electric vehicles in Pa. before enacting legislation to charge fees
Apr 12, 2021

Rabb reintroduces legislation that would repeal the death penalty in Pa.
Apr 06, 2021

PA House Democrats Launch Effort to Defend Democracy
Mar 29, 2021

Rabb lauds Gov. Wolf’s solar energy announcement, calls for support for 100% renewable energy
Mar 22, 2021

Rabb reintroduces legislation to raise the minimum wage in Pa. and expand it to apply to vulnerable members of the workforce
Mar 12, 2021

You're invited to my upcoming town hall celebrating the Phenomenal Women of the 200th
Mar 05, 2021

Reps. Kinsey, Fitzgerald host COVID-19 vaccine news conference
Mar 05, 2021

NW Philly coalition advocates for more local vaccinations
Mar 05, 2021

Enduring racial inequity in Pa. requires systemic solutions, including reparations: Rep. Chris Rabb
Mar 03, 2021

Here’s why Dauphin County officials sent a 16-year-old straight to adult prison
Mar 02, 2021

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications: Feb. 16 Update
Feb 18, 2021