Rabb: innovative solutions needed amid rising COVID-19 cases

(Nov 18, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 18 – While some rallied at the state Capitol today to push back on mitigation efforts and open more seating in restaurants as COVID-19 cases rise rapidly across the state and nation, state Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., said bipartisan legislation he introduced offers a better solution to help these local businesses stay afloat while protecting people’s health. Rabb and state Rep. Bob Brooks, R-Westmoreland/Allegheny, introduced legislation (H.B. 2949) in September that would provide grants of up to $50,000 and tax credits of up to $100,000 to restauranteurs who sell PA Preferred groceries to customers in underserved neighborhoods. Funding for the Food Security Initiative would come from federal CARES Act money the state has in its possession and can use for this purpose. “ Food deserts have been a problem for a long time,” Rabb said. “The entrance of COVID-19 into our underserved urban and rural neighborhoods is making the situation even worse. The bipartisan legislation we are proposing would get fresh food to folks who aren’t able to easily access fresh, healthy food within their local area while helping our restauranteurs stay afloat during this incredibly difficult time for our collective health and our economic security. “This legislation is the type of innovative solution lawmakers should be considering for enterprising, socially conscious restaurateurs who sell PA Preferred Read more

 

Rabb named 2020 Most Influential Leader honoree by Philadelphia Tribune Magazine

(Nov 12, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 12 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., has been named a 2020 Most Influential Leader honoree by Philadelphia Tribune Magazine. “What an incredible honor it is to be called an influential leader in this climate, in this time in our history where real change is so desperately needed,” Rabb said. “I am grateful every day that I have the opportunity and responsibility of representing the people of Philadelphia’s 200 th Legislative District. Being recognized for my work means the world to me.” Each year, the Philadelphia Tribune honors Philadelphia’s most influential African Americans for their outstanding commitment to community. Among the honorees are people recognized for being leaders, influencers and movers and shakers. Read more

 

Rabb expedites introduction of legislation to create PennCorps, to be used in mental health and wellness interventions after latest police violence

(Oct 29, 2020)

In the aftermath of the police-involved killing of Walter Wallace Jr. , a 27-year-old Philadelphia man amid a mental health crisis, state Rep. Chris Rabb has introduced legislation that would revive and transform the Pennsylvania State Guard, a state defense force deactivated in 1953 with the mission to bolster community safety and public health in collaboration with community stakeholders. “It’s time for a system reset," Rabb said. "Policing as we know it cannot address the expansive needs of vulnerable communities across our city and state. Read more

 

Rabb named Legislator of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers, Pennsylvania Chapter

(Oct 27, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 27 – State Rep. Chris Rabb on Monday was named the Legislator of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers, Pennsylvania Chapter. “I am so heartened to be recognized by the National Association of Social Workers, Pennsylvania,” Rabb said. “This recognition affirms what I have known since I took office and started hearing from the people who sought help from my office: The work I do as a legislator has tremendous potential to change lives and the services that my staff in Philadelphia provides has an amazing influence over the quality of life of the people we help.” Rabb was nominated for the National Association of Social Workers, Pennsylvania Chapter Legislator of the Year by Laurie Friedman, NASW-PA Brandywine division chair. In her nomination letter about Rabb, Friedman said that Rabb’s district, the 200 th Legislative District, serves approximately 65,000 residents and, she wrote, “the majority of constituents who reach out to his office are struggling socioeconomically.” She nominated Rabb because of his “support of legislation that aligns with social work values, support in educating social work students and commitment to serving his community.” When Rabb accepted the award during a virtual conference on Monday, he thanked his staff members, including Foluké Bennett, Danielle Duckett, Carla Johnson and Liz Blanc, as well as the Read more

 

Rabb introduces legislation to provide grants, tax credits to restaurants that sell PA Preferred groceries in food deserts

(Oct 01, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 1 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., has introduced legislation to provide grants of up to $50,000 and tax credits of up to $100,000 to restauranteurs who sell PA Preferred groceries to customers in underserved neighborhoods. “ Food deserts have been a problem for a long time,” Rabb said. “Food deserts exist in both urban and rural neighborhoods, and people in those neighborhoods aren’t able to easily access healthy food within their local area, beyond canned goods and pre-packaged foods. In order to improve the health and well-being of our communities, we need to ensure everyone has easy access to healthy foods.” The Food Trust reports that more than 2 million people, including over 500,000 children, live in food deserts across Pennsylvania. This program has two parts – grants and tax credits for enterprising, socially conscious restaurateurs who sell PA Preferred groceries to customers in under-served neighborhoods. The grants of up to $50,000 or tax credits of up to $100,000 would assist qualifying restaurants in fortifying their business operations while offering Pennsylvania-sourced groceries food such as meat, fruit, vegetables, dairy and eggs. Rabb said the program would also create local jobs in economically distressed communities. ### Read more

 

How Pa. state troopers seize big money from drivers, many of whom are never charged

(Oct 01, 2020)

Rep. Chris Rabb (D., Philadelphia) recently introduced a bill that would require money obtained through civil forfeiture be put into a fund to help compensate people exonerated of crimes and their families. Currently, Pennsylvania does not provide any compensation to people who were wrongfully convicted or incarcerated. Read more

 

Rabb introduces legislation to empower consumers by creating labeling standards, regulations for CBD

(Sep 30, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 30 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., has introduced legislation to empower consumers by creating labeling standards and regulations for Cannabidiol, or CBD. “CBD is everywhere these days,” Rabb said. “We see it for sale in pharmacies, corner stores, grocery stores and online. With CBD’s popularity exploding due to its medicinal uses – treating conditions like epilepsy, chronic pain and anxiety – I believe that its regulation is necessary.” Although CBD has no psychoactive properties, there is currently no legal standard for what constitutes CBD nor are there any labeling standards to inform consumers of exactly what they are purchasing. Since the legalization of hemp at the federal and state levels, there has been some confusion regarding CBD, which is hemp’s most popular extract. “People should be able to make informed decisions about the items they’re purchasing,” Rabb said. “ To address the issue, I have introduced legislation that would legally define hemp extract to include CBD and direct the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to create labeling standards and other regulations to help inform and protect consumers who purchase or are considering purchasing products containing CBD.” Rabb said he believes the legislation would help to end the confusion and mistrust surrounding CBD and the Read more

 

Rabb introduces legislation to make pre-trial sentence investigation reports mandatory

(Sep 30, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 30– State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., has introduced legislation to reform sentencing procedures by making pre-trial sentence investigation reports mandatory. “ Under current law, there is no requirement to provide a pre-sentence investigation report to a judge who is issuing a sentence,” Rabb said. “That leaves the door open for judges, who are making critical decisions that will affect a person’s entire life, to make an uninformed and often biased determination. That’s just plain unjust.” While current law “allows” the use of pre-sentencing reports, it’s not required. That inevitably results in the use of pre-trial sentence investigation reports to be used and considered inequitably. “A judge who is issuing a sentence should know a defendant’s potential for rehabilitation and community integration to allow them to tailor sentences accordingly,” Rabb said. “It’s time to take a stand on this issue to allow for the fair and equitable distribution of justice.” ### Read more

 

As workers grow desperate, Pa. lawmakers launch nation’s ‘most expansive minimum wage bill’

(Sep 30, 2020)

State Rep. Chris Rabb, a Democrat from Northwest Philadelphia, called it the “most expansive minimum wage bill in the country.” Read more

 

Rabb: We must remove roadblocks and allow undocumented people to get driver’s licenses, learner’s permits

(Sep 24, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 24 – State Rep. Chris Rabb on Tuesday during a Policy Committee meeting urged support for legislation that would remove roadblocks preventing undocumented people from getting driver’s licenses and learner’s permits, making it impossible for them to legally drive. Rabb’s testimony highlighted the crucial nature of the bill. "Undocumented people contribute to our communities in ways we often forget," Rabb said. "Many undocumented people work tirelessly at undesirable and difficult jobs; they contribute income and sales tax; and they make our communities more diverse. In Pennsylvania, they do all this without the ability to get a driver's license. But that needs to change." "We should remove hurdles to prosperity and success for all people who are contributing members of our communities, commonwealth and country," continued Rabb, D-Phila. "Allowing undocumented people to apply for a driver's license in Pennsylvania using documentation that proves the person's name and date of birth, like their federal taxpayer ID number, would allow them to get a driver's license or a learner's permit, and give them the opportunity to contribute more fully to their community and to support themselves and their family." Rabb, along with state Reps. Danilo Burgos, Joseph Hohenstein and Sara Innamorato, introduced H.B. 2835, which would allow people without a Read more

 

Rabb: We must work to ensure people have the means to keep their homes during the extraordinary public health and economic crisis

(Sep 24, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 29 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, in a House Commerce Committee hearing on Sep. 22, emphasized the urgency of the housing crisis in Pennsylvania, highlighting the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency’s history of working to ensure people have a home and the means to sustain it. Rabb called his colleagues’ and PHFA Executive Director and CEO Robin Weissman’s attention to the necessity of ensuring that state residents do not lose their homes due to late bills. Rabb further asserted that some applicants have not been allowed to obtain loan modifications because of junior (utility) liens. Rabb noted that PHFA has historically fought for mortgage modifications for homeowners, which help prevent them from losing their homes due to late water, gas, or credit card bills. “Working people struggling to make ends meet during an unprecedented economic crisis caused by the coronavirus must not be forced out of their homes,” Rabb said. He emphasized that Pennsylvanians may lose their homes soon because of outstanding credit card or utility bills and called for “federal requirements for housing-related loans to be made accessible to people at risk of losing their homes. Our foremost priority is to ensure people can keep their homes, despite the unparalleled financial hardship.” Rabb also put a spotlight on the efforts PHFA is making to help homeowners, including providing counseling on and access to Read more

 

Recognizing Agent Orange Awareness Month

(Sep 10, 2020)

Black troops who served on the front lines were put in harm’s way of this chemical agent. Read more

 

Rabb: We must remove roadblocks and allow undocumented people to get driver’s licenses, learner’s permits

(Sep 08, 2020)

State Rep. Chris Rabb called for support for legislation that would remove roadblocks preventing undocumented people from getting driver’s licenses and learner’s permits, making it impossible for them to legally drive. Read more

 

Rabb: College students should be able to terminate apartment leases without penalty if their school cancels on-campus instruction because of COVID-19

(Sep 08, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 8 – State Rep. Chris Rabb has introduced legislation to provide relief to college students trapped in a lease agreement if their college cancels on-campus instruction because of COVID-19. Read more

 

Let’s empower consumers by creating labeling standards, regulations for CBD

(Sep 02, 2020)

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is everywhere these days. We see it for sale in pharmacies, corner stores, grocery stores and online. Since the legalization of hemp at the federal and state levels, there has been some confusion regarding CBD, which is hemp’s most popular extract. With CBD’s popularity exploding due to its medicinal uses – treating conditions like epilepsy, chronic pain and anxiety – I believe that regulation of CBD is necessary. Although CBD has no psychoactive properties, there is currently no legal standard for what constitutes CBD, nor are there any labeling standards to inform consumers of exactly what they are purchasing. People should be able to make informed decisions about the items they’re purchasing. To address the issue, I will be introducing legislation that would legally define “hemp extract” to include CBD and direct the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to create labeling standards and other regulations to help inform and protect consumers who purchase or are considering purchasing products containing CBD. This legislation would help to end the confusion and mistrust surrounding CBD and the products in which it is used. Read more

 

Police Reform Working Group issues statement on House Republican Policy hearing on law enforcement; calls for further legislative action

(Aug 27, 2020)

The Police Reform Working Group, a collection of local and state elected officials and advocates, issued the following statement in response to a Pennsylvania House Republican Policy Committee hearing on law enforcement interactions with the community:“We appreciate the House Republican Policy Committee shining a light on how law enforcement interacts with communities around the state. This is a necessary discussion that is long overdue and it’s encouraging to hear presenters today acknowledge that police reform is necessary. Read more

 

State Rep Chris Rabb Wants to Give $65,000 a Year to People Who Are Wrongfully Convicted

(Aug 25, 2020)

The Northwest Philly legislator is introducing a bill that would pay ex-prisoners an annual stipend for each year they wrongly served in prison. Currently they receive nothing. Read more

 

Aug. 22, Email: News from Harrisburg and at home in Philly

(Aug 22, 2020)

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Aug. 17, Email: News from Harrisburg and at home in Philly

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Aug. 7, Email: News from Harrisburg and at home in Philly

(Aug 07, 2020)

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Rabb: innovative solutions needed amid rising COVID-19 cases
Nov 18, 2020

Rabb named 2020 Most Influential Leader honoree by Philadelphia Tribune Magazine
Nov 12, 2020

Rabb expedites introduction of legislation to create PennCorps, to be used in mental health and wellness interventions after latest police violence
Oct 29, 2020

Rabb named Legislator of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers, Pennsylvania Chapter
Oct 27, 2020

Rabb introduces legislation to provide grants, tax credits to restaurants that sell PA Preferred groceries in food deserts
Oct 01, 2020

How Pa. state troopers seize big money from drivers, many of whom are never charged
Oct 01, 2020

Rabb introduces legislation to empower consumers by creating labeling standards, regulations for CBD
Sep 30, 2020

Rabb introduces legislation to make pre-trial sentence investigation reports mandatory
Sep 30, 2020

As workers grow desperate, Pa. lawmakers launch nation’s ‘most expansive minimum wage bill’
Sep 30, 2020

Rabb: We must remove roadblocks and allow undocumented people to get driver’s licenses, learner’s permits
Sep 24, 2020

Rabb: We must work to ensure people have the means to keep their homes during the extraordinary public health and economic crisis
Sep 24, 2020

Recognizing Agent Orange Awareness Month
Sep 10, 2020

Rabb: We must remove roadblocks and allow undocumented people to get driver’s licenses, learner’s permits
Sep 08, 2020

Rabb: College students should be able to terminate apartment leases without penalty if their school cancels on-campus instruction because of COVID-19
Sep 08, 2020

Let’s empower consumers by creating labeling standards, regulations for CBD
Sep 02, 2020

Police Reform Working Group issues statement on House Republican Policy hearing on law enforcement; calls for further legislative action
Aug 27, 2020

State Rep Chris Rabb Wants to Give $65,000 a Year to People Who Are Wrongfully Convicted
Aug 25, 2020

Aug. 22, Email: News from Harrisburg and at home in Philly
Aug 22, 2020

Aug. 17, Email: News from Harrisburg and at home in Philly
Aug 17, 2020

Aug. 7, Email: News from Harrisburg and at home in Philly
Aug 07, 2020