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

Rabb highlights environmental sustainability legislation during Earth Week

(Apr 21, 2023)

HARRISBURG, April 21 – As a founding member of the PA Climate Caucus, board member of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators and member of the National Conference of State Legislators’ Energy Supply Task Force, Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., has been a consistent and vocal advocate of clean energy, climate action and environmental justice, dedicated to promoting legislation that would move Pennsylvania toward a clean energy-producing and environmentally sustainable future. So far this session, Rabb has introduced legislation that would transition Pennsylvania to 100% renewable energy by 2050 ; establish the Pennsylvania Environmental Justice Policy Center ; codify and expand of the Office of Environmental Justice ; establish environmental justice permit applications for refuse disposal facilities ; codify the Environmental Justice Advisory Board ; establish a Pollinator Task Force ; support local farmers and agriculture through agroforestry ; commission a study on agrivoltaic farming ; modernize Pennsylvania’s energy grid ; adopt zero-emission standards for space and water heaters ; establish natural organic reduction as an option for human interment and amend the Criminal History Record Information Act, abbreviated as CHRIA, to ensure disclosure of public health and community safety risks . Rabb has previously introduced and plans to reintroduce the Read more

 

Rabb highlights cannabis legislation on 420 Day

(Apr 20, 2023)

HARRISBURG, April 20 – As a founding member of the PA Cannabis Caucus and a medical cannabis cardholder, Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., has been a strong proponent of legalizing adult-use cannabis and improving the current medical cannabis program and its impacts on the nearly 1 million Pennsylvanians who can legally use cannabis. Rabb is using this 420 Day to highlight cannabis-related legislation he has authored, such as his removing DUI penalties for legal medicinal cannabis use and his employee protections for medical cannabis patients legislation. Additional cannabis-related legislation Rabb has circulated includes: Commercial tenant protections for medical cannabis dispensaries , which would amend the Medical Marijuana Act to provide that no landlord may?evict, threaten to evict, or otherwise discriminate against a commercial?tenant?for the lawful sale or possession of medical cannabis if the tenant is certified by the commonwealth. Tenant protections for medical cannabis patients , which would amend the Medical Marijuana Act to provide that no landlord may?evict, threaten to evict, or otherwise discriminate against a?residential?tenant?for the usage or possession of medical cannabis if the tenant is certified to use the medicine. Removing cannabis as a highly addictive and dangerous substance , which would urge the federal government take action to remove cannabis as a Read more

 

Rabb hosts Senior-To-Senior Graduation Ceremony

(Apr 19, 2023)

PHILADELPHIA, April 19 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., today hosted a graduation ceremony for participants in the third iteration of the senior-to-senior program at Hill Freedman World Academy. During the program, senior citizens learn how to access state government-related resources online via smart phones and computers from local high school seniors. Rabb’s office also recently held a refresher course for participants in the Spring 2022 and Fall 2022 cohorts, where seniors were reunited with their student-teachers. “It touches me to see the tangible impacts this program has on the lives of the participants; not only do our seniors learn how to navigate technology and see gains in tech literacy, but the interactions between them and the high school seniors bridge generations and foster a sense of intertwined community,” Rabb said. “We have no plans of stopping. I am excited to see what the next cohort has in store.” Information about sign-ups for the Fall 2023 cohort will be released at a later date. Read more

 

Rabb introduces legislation to protect public school students’ right to learn

(Apr 19, 2023)

HARRISBURG, April 19 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., announced today that he will be reintroducing legislation that would establish procedures to protect public school students’ right to read and learn. Pennsylvania has the dubious distinction of being the state with the second highest number of books banned from school libraries and curriculum by school boards. “If school boards are going to try to usurp the will of educators and students, they must first go through a rigorous process to ensure that the voices of a district’s teachers, librarians, administrators and students are heard prior to making these important decisions,” Rabb said. “Often, these types of book bans are harmful to students of color and LGBTQ+ youth, as they restrict books that discuss many serious and real issues impacting these communities.” This legislation would require school boards to establish an educational resource material review committee that goes through a thorough review of the materials as facilitated by experts familiar with the content of the disputed material prior to a motion being made by an elected school board to remove such material. As well, the legislation would prohibit school districts from banning books because they discuss topics like race and LGBTQ+ issues. Read more

 

Pa. green group highlights renewable energy projects in all 67 counties

(Apr 17, 2023)

“It’s not science fiction. We have all the technology we need right now to get there,” Rabb said, adding that Pennsylvania has a constitutional duty from its Environmental Rights Amendment to provide clean air and water to all Pennsylvanians, including generations yet to come. Read more

 

Officials discuss renewable energy projects coming to all PA counties

(Apr 12, 2023)

“So much of what we have to do is not come up with new stuff, but to invest in the things that already exists and we also have to increase our literacy about how and why we need to move to one hundred percent renewable future because its not science fiction. We have all of the technology we need right now to get there, all of it," said Representative Chris Rabb Read more

 

'Green Banks' Could Soon Be In PA Thanks To Inflation Reduction Act

(Apr 10, 2023)

"Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come," Rabb wrote in a co-sponsorship memorandum. Read more

 

Rabb: Democratic Majority Taking Action on Raising the Minimum Wage

(Mar 31, 2023)

At a House Democratic Policy Committee meeting on raising the minimum wage, Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb highlights how women and people of color have been on the front lines fighting for a fair wage and he is excited that the new Democratic House majority is taking action and advancing legislation to raise the wage. Read more

 

Rabb Hosts Phenomenal Women Awards

(Mar 31, 2023)

Every March as part of Women’s History Month, Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb holds an awards ceremony where he honors women from his district who have done great things in their communities. Read more

 

Rabb Lauds Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivor's Advocacy

(Mar 31, 2023)

Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb thanks child sex abuse survivor Michael McDonnell for his work helping others. Rabb says that folks like McDonnell who tell their stories of survival are critical to helping others who were victimized to acknowledge their trauma and put the blame where it belongs, on the abusers. Read more

 

Rabb Working for Justice for Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse

(Mar 29, 2023)

Pa state Rep. Chris Rabb calls this hearing of the House Judiciary Committee historic. He says after 12 years of Republicans silencing legislation that addressed issues like gun violence and victims of sexual abuse, Democratic legislation will finally get a vote. Read more

 

Investigation: Lawmaker takes drug test to prove Pennsylvania DUI laws unfair

(Mar 29, 2023)

"I feel fine to do anything because I'm not impaired," said Rabb, who takes cannabis tinctures at night to help with sleep. Read more

 

Representatives, testifiers advocate to Raise the Wage

(Mar 27, 2023)

“I’m honored to be a part of this moment and to be a part of this movement, but I also think it is important to place a spotlight on the fact why we are here today,” hearing co-host Rep. Chris Rabb said. “In spite of the work of many of the people sitting in this room today, until recently all standing committees that dealt with this issue were run by Republicans who refused to run any bill that dealt directly with raising minimum wage. I am glad to say, we have seen great change in Harrisburg in recent months.” Read more

 

Rabb Working for Commonsense Gun Laws

(Mar 24, 2023)

Starting his third term on the House Judiciary Committee, Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb expresses his feeling of optimism that this legislative session will bring the gun law reforms needed to keep people across the Commonwealth safe. Read more

 

Rabb announces legislation amending CHRIA, ensuring public health transparency

(Mar 20, 2023)

HARRISBURG, March 20 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., announced today that he is drafting legislation that would amend the Criminal History Record Information Act to ensure disclosure of public health and community safety risks. Public health reports from 2016 and 2023 revealed that there is an extensive list of contaminants in the Dimock water supply in Pennsylvania. However, CHRIA prohibits the Office of Attorney General from disclosing the results of its independent report analyzing the Dimock water supply. This legislation would provide exceptions for CHRIA that allow the public to be notified of public health and community safety risks and would require the Office of Environmental Justice to investigate information pertaining to potential or prospective harm to public health. “The public has a right to information regarding potential health hazards,” Rabb said. “We cannot allow polluters to pollute our environment anywhere across our commonwealth under the veil of benign government bureaucracy.” Read more

 

How an Old Coffee Can Plays a Critical Role in Philly Mayor's Race

(Mar 20, 2023)

“It is imperative that we take the initiative to infuse fairness into our election process, so that candidates are running on a level playing field,” Rabb said Read more

 

Rabb announces fair ballot position legislation following Philly ballot lottery result

(Mar 16, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Mach 16 – Following the recent Philadelphia ballot lottery result, where little-known candidates lucked into top billing for the May 16 mayoral election, State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., is planning to reintroduce his rotating ballot positions legislation , which would establish a randomized candidate ballot position rotation system to ensure no candidate has an unfair advantage based on the luck of the ballot position draw. The legislation would require the randomization of each precinct’s list of candidates, so that no individual precinct will reflect the same order on the ballot, ensuring that no candidate has the unfair advantage of topping every ballot. “It is imperative that we take the initiative to infuse fairness into our election process, so that candidates are running on a level playing field,” Rabb said. “While drawing ballot positions from a Horn & Hardart coffee can is a quaint tradition, it’s an arcane, unnecessary and inequitable way to determine something as important as ballot position.” Rabb previously introduced the bill as part of his package of innovative election-related legislation in the leadup to the November 2022 election. Read more

 

Heart and Lung benefit, abused by cops in Philadelphia, could expand under FOP-backed legislation in Harrisburg

(Mar 16, 2023)

“The documented abuses of this publicly funded program are a disgrace condemned by law enforcement leadership and police officers who follow the rules and are in genuine need of assistance,” Rabb said. “If my conservative colleagues claim the banners of ridding government of waste, fraud and abuse, fiscal responsibility and law enforcement, my bill should be eagerly embraced.” Read more

 

Rabb to introduce legislation repealing Pennsylvania’s death penalty

(Feb 17, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 17 – Following Gov. Josh Shapiro’s Thursday announcement that he will not issue any execution warrants during his term, state Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., today announced that he will reintroduce legislation to repeal Pennsylvania’s death penalty, a bill that he has proposed three times since taking office in 2017. “One innocent life taken at the hands of the state is one too many . The fact that the state has put even one innocent person to death is simply egregious,” Rabb said. “Furthermore, the appeals process when a person is sentenced to death is long and costly, lasting decades and often resulting in their death via old age rather than lethal injection. “The risks are grave and the injustices irreparable. Our justice system is simply too fallible and the benefits too small to continue this practice.” Should Pennsylvania enact Rabb’s legislation, it would join 23 other states that have decided to abolish the death penalty. According to Gallup polling, public support for the death penalty is the lowest it’s been in decades. In Pennsylvania, the number of new death penalty sentences has steadily declined since the 1990s. Read more

 

Rabb applauds judge’s decision to rule Spellman trial unconstitutional

(Feb 10, 2023)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 10 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., released a statement on Judge Scott DiClaudio’s ruling that India Spellman’s 2010 murder trial was unconstitutional and Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner’s decision to not retry Spellman, freeing her to go home. “Ms. Spellman had years of her life stolen by a justice system that let corruption fester. It took a former homicide detective being tried for perjury in a similar case, along with the persistent efforts of the Spellman family — constituents of mine — for India to gain her long overdue freedom. It disturbs me to think of how many people could be stuck in a similar position due to our deeply flawed criminal legal system and law enforcement practices,” Rabb said. “It is a reminder how these injustices breed public distrust of institutions that were not designed to protect or serve members of our society’s most vulnerable communities. “We must take action to see that the innocent are not wrongfully convicted, and if they are, that they are exonerated and properly compensated for the theft of their freedom by the state.” Rabb has introduced groundbreaking legislation on exoneree compensation as improved by the collective input of many leaders in the exoneree community. Rabb said he will be reintroducing his bill in this legislative session and will seek have it be Read more

 

Rabb highlights environmental sustainability legislation during Earth Week
Apr 21, 2023

Rabb highlights cannabis legislation on 420 Day
Apr 20, 2023

Rabb hosts Senior-To-Senior Graduation Ceremony
Apr 19, 2023

Rabb introduces legislation to protect public school students’ right to learn
Apr 19, 2023

Pa. green group highlights renewable energy projects in all 67 counties
Apr 17, 2023

Officials discuss renewable energy projects coming to all PA counties
Apr 12, 2023

'Green Banks' Could Soon Be In PA Thanks To Inflation Reduction Act
Apr 10, 2023

Rabb: Democratic Majority Taking Action on Raising the Minimum Wage
Mar 31, 2023

Rabb Hosts Phenomenal Women Awards
Mar 31, 2023

Rabb Lauds Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivor's Advocacy
Mar 31, 2023

Rabb Working for Justice for Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Mar 29, 2023

Investigation: Lawmaker takes drug test to prove Pennsylvania DUI laws unfair
Mar 29, 2023

Representatives, testifiers advocate to Raise the Wage
Mar 27, 2023

Rabb Working for Commonsense Gun Laws
Mar 24, 2023

Rabb announces legislation amending CHRIA, ensuring public health transparency
Mar 20, 2023

How an Old Coffee Can Plays a Critical Role in Philly Mayor's Race
Mar 20, 2023

Rabb announces fair ballot position legislation following Philly ballot lottery result
Mar 16, 2023

Heart and Lung benefit, abused by cops in Philadelphia, could expand under FOP-backed legislation in Harrisburg
Mar 16, 2023

Rabb to introduce legislation repealing Pennsylvania’s death penalty
Feb 17, 2023

Rabb applauds judge’s decision to rule Spellman trial unconstitutional
Feb 10, 2023