Rep. Scott to attend first ever Conshy GreenFest

(Apr 20, 2023)

CONSHOHOCKEN, April 20 – State Rep. Greg Scott, D-Montgomery, said he will attend the first-ever Conshy GreenFest, hosted by the Conshohocken Environmental Advisory Council from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22 at the Conshohocken Community Center at the Fellowship House, located at 515 Harry St. “The purpose of the Conshy GreenFest is for people of all ages to explore key environmental topics including composting, green energy, climate change, ecofriendly gardening and landscaping, and others,” Scott said. “Educating the community on these issues and offering E-waste recycling drop-off protects the integrity of the future of our environment.” According to Scott, there will be an e-waste recycling point during the event for small items only, including old computers, cell phones and other electronic devices. Residents also can take part in fun exhibits and interactive learning opportunities on composting, tree planting, native plants, renewable energy, electric cars and bikes, and many more. Scott and his office staff will be there to assist with any legislative questions and constituent services, including SEPTA Key Cards, energy services and more. More information is available on the event page or by contacting Scott’s office at 484-685-3494. Read more

 

Lawmakers acknowledge esports as part of equitable solution

(Apr 19, 2023)

PHILADELPHIA, April 19 – State lawmakers learned more about the billion-dollar industry of esports and its positive impact on the economy and education during a House Majority Policy Committee roundtable discussion and tour Wednesday. Esports, which is short for electronic sports, are video games played in organized, competitive environments for spectators or the viewing public. Esports are increasingly becoming more common in high schools and higher education, since it exposes a diverse group of students to not only careers in gaming and software but also a multitude of STEM-related careers – and develops familiarity with digital technology at a young age. “As we heard today, esports can provide the spark needed by students to encourage academic and emotional development,” said Rep. Danilo Burgos, who represents portions of Philadelphia and is the chairman of the Policy Subcommittee on Progressive Policies for Working People. “One of the most exciting aspects about esports, for me as a legislator and Latino, is its potential for an equitable solution to our strikingly low number of Black and Hispanic workers in STEM-related careers. Esports attract a diverse group of students, regardless of race or gender, and it has proven itself as a gateway into encouraging young people to pursue STEM education as well as STEM-related careers.” While esports teams exist throughout Pennsylvania at the high school level, the cost associated with Read more

 

Second Annual Early Childhood Education Equity Champions from the 54th Legislative District

(Apr 18, 2023)

Acting Secretary for the Department of Human Services Dr. Valerie Arkoosh today celebrated the Second Annual Equity in Early Childhood Education (ECE) Champion Award with recipients from across the Commonwealth in the Capitol Rotunda. More than 50 award recipients, including individual professionals and exemplary programs, were recognized in the Second Annual Equity in Early Childhood Education (ECE) Champion Award from across the Commonwealth. Of those, I would like to congratulate recipients from the 54 th District ! Saint Francis ELC was selected for the GOLD level award. Theresa Paludi of Montgomery County early learning Center region 17 received BRONZE level award. Thank you for your work in promoting strong starts and life-long benefits for all children by enhancing equitable practices and providing quality services to children and families. Read more

 

Shapiro Administration Reminds Pennsylvanians to Submit Their Free Application for Federal Student Aid by May 1

(Apr 14, 2023)

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is encouraging Pennsylvanians to submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA ® ) by May 1, 2023. “Completing and submitting the FAFSA opens up a world of possibilities for many students across Pennsylvania – it’s the first step toward receiving both federal and state student aid. When the FAFSA is not filled out students are leaving money on the table that could potentially help them find their education,” said Dr. Khalid N. Mumin, Acting Secretary of Education. “Filling out the FAFSA can help make college an affordable reality for many students by reducing or eliminating the need to borrow money, helping students feel more financially prepared and ready to take on their futures.” All first-time applicants enrolled in a community college; business, trade, or technical school; hospital school of nursing; designated Pennsylvania open-admission institution; or nontransferable two-year program do have an extended deadline the first year they file: August 1, 2023. Over 140 school districts across the Commonwealth have 50 percent or higher student FAFSA completion. School districts that have 70 percent or higher student FAFSA completion include: Garnet Valley School District, 70% Jenkintown School District, 70% Lower Moreland Township School District, 70% Marple Newtown School District, 70% Old Forge Read more

 

Democratic lawmakers issue statement on introduction of “Fairness Act”

(Apr 14, 2023)

HARRISBURG, April 13 – Today, the Fairness Act , whose prime sponsors are state Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila.; Jessica Benham, Dan Frankel and Latasha D. Mayes, all D-Allegheny; Ismail Smith-Wade-El, D-Lancaster; and Greg Scott, D-Montgomery, was introduced as H.B. 300. The following joint statement can be attributed to the members listed above: “Every single Pennsylvanian deserves to live with dignity and respect. For far too long, LGBTQ+ folks across the commonwealth have faced horrific discrimination for who they love, how they identify and who they are. “In 2020, in the landmark decision of Bostock v. Clayton County, the United States Supreme Court ruled that an employer cannot discriminate against an individual because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. While this decision was a historic victory for civil rights, it does not prevent someone in our state who identifies as LGBTQ+ from being denied housing, education or access to public accommodations. These protections must be codified into law. “Lack of a comprehensive anti-discrimination law in Pennsylvania is a deterrent for workers and businesses who could help grow our economy, and its passage is long overdue. Discrimination in any form degrades us all. We can and must do better. “That is why we are introducing the Fairness Act (H.B.300) to prohibit discrimination in our state based on sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. “We Read more

 

Governor Shapiro Highlights Commitment to Making Communities Safer, Investments in 9-1-1 Dispatch, Fire, and EMS Services in Visit to Montgomery County 9-1-1 Center

(Mar 30, 2023)

I was happy to welcome Gov. Shapiro to Montgomery County to tour our Emergency Operations Center. As a member of the house VA EP & Finance committee I stand with the Governor and support his request to increase funding for our 911 Centers. We are in an unprecedented crisis in centers across this country. They’re short staffed and uber/lyft have better technology than the angels sitting on the other end of the line. As a volunteer Firefighter/EMT and resident I rely on our 911 Telecommunicators for my safety. It’s time we invest in our PSAPS to give them the tools they need to keep all of us safe! We need next gen 911 in Pennsylvania and a small increase in the cell phone tax can provide us the 50 million that goes directly to the centers. This technology will allow an unconscious patitent that called 911 from the 11 th floor of a high rise to receive help because the 911 operator will be able to use the location services capability on their cell phone to pinpoint their exact location. Read more

 

Scott attends House Majority Policy Committee hearing on housing crisis

(Mar 30, 2023)

HARRISBURG, March 30 – State Rep. Greg Scott, D-Montgomery, attended the House Majority Policy Committee hearing on Tuesday on the housing crisis in Pennsylvania, which is negatively impacting Pennsylvania’s residents and economy. “Our community is in an unprecedented housing crisis,” Scott said. “At this week’s policy hearing on the issue, I learned that one of the big problems we are facing is the fact that the housing crisis is seen as a ‘low-income issue’ and often disregarded. In fact, the housing crisis is negatively impacting residents from all income levels throughout the state. By changing the narrative to focus on the breadth of people affected by this crisis, we will be able to garner political support for creative solutions to resolve this problem. No one in Pennsylvania should be without an affordable and safe place to live.” A report in 2022 faulted communities failing to produce enough housing options to meet housing needs for the widespread growth of the crisis. Tuesday’s House Majority Policy hearing featured testimony from Michaela Allwine and Jocelynn Ritchey from Lancaster County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Holly Beck from the Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, and Lisette Rivera and Stephanie Thomas from Families in Transition. The committee pointed out that the housing crisis is having adverse effects on all income levels, not just low-income Pennsylvanians. Read more

 

Borowski introduces bill to provide new funding source for EMS

(Mar 21, 2023)

HARRISBURG, March 21 – State Rep. Lisa Borowski announced today she has introduced a bill that would support emergency medical service providers by providing Medicaid reimbursement for every mile a patient is transported by ambulance. The bill, also sponsored by Rep. Greg Scott, D-Montgomery, would amend the Fiscal Code to eliminate the provision that limits the per-mile Medicaid reimbursement of at least $4 to each mile beyond 20 miles of patient transportation. “The ongoing hospital closures around the commonwealth are limiting Pennsylvanians’ access to care in many ways – one of them is by adding to the intense strain on our EMS system,” Borowski said. “This is a commonsense move to help deliver much-needed funding to these essential providers, giving them more flexibility to provide timely responses to medical emergencies in this unpredictable healthcare environment.” “Building this funding mechanism between Medicaid and our EMS providers would provide money for the critical work being performed,” Scott said. “We cannot continue to burden patients with thousands of dollars in medical debt any more than we can leave EMS providers without payment for lifesaving work. And as an EMT myself, I’m especially proud to partner with Rep. Borowski on this legislation.” Borowski said she has been visiting her district’s EMS providers to discuss the challenges they face. Their main concern Read more

 

Policy committee hearing in Darlington, PA: Train derailment

(Mar 20, 2023)

This week, I attended the bipartisan policy committee hearing in Darlington, PA, which is just across the state border from East Palestine, Ohio, where the Norfolk Southern train derailed in February. We heard testimony on the state and local response to the derailment and what we can do to ensure greater rail safety. We heard consistent answers that long-term monitoring and investments will be needed to determine the negative long-term effects on public safety from the tragedy. We also heard that most emergency management systems across the country have outdated laws, are underfunded, understaffed and in some areas are non-existent until a disaster happens. I will be working with my Democratic and Republican colleagues to make sure our systems can respond quickly and that the people of Darlington and its surrounding areas are supported in the years ahead. Read more

 

Policy Hearing on the Norfolk Southern Derailment

(Mar 20, 2023)

Last week, I attended the bipartisan policy committee hearing in Darlington, PA, which is just across the state border from East Palestine, Ohio, where the Norfolk Southern train derailed in February. We heard testimony on the state and local response to the derailment and what we can do to ensure greater rail safety. We heard consistent answers that long-term monitoring and investments will be needed to determine the negative long-term effects on public safety from the tragedy. We also heard that most emergency management systems across the country have outdated laws, are underfunded, understaffed and in some areas are non-existent until a disaster happens. I will be working with my Democratic and Republican colleagues to make sure our systems can respond quickly and that the people of Darlington and its surrounding areas are supported in the years ahead. Read more

 

Scott secures $857K for Norristown transportation and infrastructure projects

(Mar 17, 2023)

HARRISBURG, March 17 – State Rep. Greg Scott, D-Montgomery, announced that he helped secure $857,258 in state grants for projects in the 54th District from the Commonwealth Finance Authority. “I am proud to have been able to help secure $857,258 for area transportation and infrastructure improvements because two things are key to Norristown’s growth—developing our economy and improving our quality of life,” Scott said. “These state grants will enable the districts to make critical investments in our freight transportation and municipal waste systems, so Norristown will strengthen its position as a critical rail hub for the transport of goods and protect the health of its residents.” The grants went to the following projects: $500,000 to renovate the Norristown Freight Station at Trail Junction Center (TJC). $387,258 to install sanitary sewer line replacements along Washington Street in Norristown Borough. The grants were awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, which oversees the state’s distribution of gaming revenues to support public projects. Read more

 

Scott: Residents need to reapply for Medicaid or CHIP by April 1 or risk losing coverage

(Mar 13, 2023)

HARRISBURG, March 13 – State Rep. Greg Scott, D-Montgomery, reminded Medicaid -- also known in Pennsylvania as Medical Assistance -- and CHIP recipients to renew their coverage by April 1 to maintain coverage due to recent changes in federal law. Under new federal law, continuous MA eligibility will be separated from the COVID-19 public health emergency and will end on April 1, 2023. “I urge Medicaid and CHIP recipients to renew their coverage by April 1 so they don’t risk losing life-sustaining coverage,” Scott said. “Residents should take a few minutes now to make sure their personal information is correct, so the renewal application is sent to the right address and to ensure receipt of renewal notices and important benefit updates.” Residents should perform the following actions to make sure they receive their Medical Assistance or CHIP renewal applications in the mail: Make sure contact information is up to date . If a resident’s address has changed since 2020, they should notify their local county assistance office, use the myCOMPASS PA mobile app, or visit PA’s COMPASS website at dhs.pa.gov/Compass to update their contact information. 2. Check their mail . The renewal packet will be coming in the mail. 3. Complete and return the renewal by the due date printed in the renewal packet. There are four ways to complete and submit your renewal: Read more

 

Scott appointed to PA House committees

(Mar 08, 2023)

HARRISBURG, March 8 – State Rep. Greg Scott, D-Montgomery, announced today he has been appointed to the Finance, Gaming Oversight, Insurance and Veterans’ Affairs and Emergency Preparedness committees for the 2023-24 session in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. “I look forward to using the breadth and depth of expertise I have developed as a magisterial district judge, in local government and as a long-term volunteer firefighter on these committees whose work shapes the laws impacting Pennsylvanians’ lives,” Scott said. “From working to reduce tax burdens on residents to enhancing veteran programs, providing oversight to the gaming and insurance industries, and supporting our firefighters and EMTs, I am eager to engage with my colleagues in my party and across the aisle to ensure that the laws that go to the House to be voted on best serve the interests of the people of Pennsylvania.” The Finance Committee reviews bills dealing with financial issues for the state, including tax collection rates and policies, and banking policies. The Gaming Oversight Committee works with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and the Department of Revenue to evaluate bills that affect gaming in Pennsylvania, including the types of gaming allowed in the commonwealth, as well as rules for casinos and the use of gaming proceeds in Pennsylvania. The Insurance Committee reviews bills that regulate home, auto and Read more

 

Scott to hold District Office Open House March 15

(Feb 28, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 28 – State Rep. Greg Scott, D-Montgomery, invites residents of the 54 th District to attend his District Open House starting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 15. His office is located at 1 019 W. Main St., Norristown, PA 19401-4406 . “ At my open house, my staff and I will share with residents how our office can help them with the vast array of state government programs and services, such as Property Tax/Rent Rebates, PennDOT services and more,” Scott said. “I am very much looking forward to meeting our district’s residents to hear their concerns and let them know that my office is here for them.” Refreshments will be served. The open house will conclude at 7 p.m. If you have inquiries, contact the district office by phone at (484) 685-3494 or toll free at (833) 821-1759 . Read more

 

Scott: $42K awarded to Hancock Elementary School to purchase oven

(Feb 22, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 22 – State Rep. Greg Scott, D-Montgomery, announced today that the Hancock Elementary School received $42,145 in Food Service Equipment grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for the purchase of electric combi ovens so the school can provide hot meals to students. “Thanks to these grants, Hancock Elementary School will be able to serve hot and nutritious meals to its students,” Scott said. ”I am committed to making sure our community’s children receive all the resources they need to learn, and that begins with guaranteeing access to healthy and nutritious meals so they have the fuel to grow and flourish.” Funding for the grants is made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Grants are awarded to schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program. Schools use the grants to purchase or upgrade equipment such as refrigerators, freezers, stoves and dishwashers. More than 1 million children and students receive nutritious meals through federal school nutrition programs, which include the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and Summer Food Service Program. The Shapiro administration and PDE are committed to ensuring that all children and students have access to healthy meals through state and federal programs and initiatives. For more information on the Pennsylvania Department of Education , Read more

 

Scott announces funding for area fire, EMS companies

(Feb 13, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 13 – State Rep. Greg Scott, D-Montgomery, announced today $113,580 in state funding to support fire and EMS services in the 54th Legislative District. The grants were awarded through the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program, administered by the Office of State Fire Commissioner. Scott said the money can be used for facility upgrades, equipment, debt reduction, training and certification, education and public outreach, and recruitment and retention efforts. “As a volunteer firefighter and EMT for many years, I know firsthand that these grants help save lives,” Scott said. “The funds will help these organizations offer the education, training, certification and recruitment programs and the installation of equipment upgrades needed to function at a high level. As state representative for the 54 th district, I will ensure that our community organizations get the funding they need so they can continue to provide critical services to our communities.” Below are the companies in the 54 th District, along with their funding awards. Conshohocken Fire Co. No 2 $15,000. Hancock Fire Co. $15,000. Montgomery Hose & Steam Fire Engine Co. No. 1 $13,580. Municipality of Norristown Fire Department $15,000. Plymouth Community Ambulance Association $10,000. Plymouth Fire Co. No. 1 Read more

 

PLBC statement on police incident in Lower Merion

(Jan 10, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 10 – The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus has released a statement on a police incident in Lower Merion Township. “A disturbing video showing Lower Merion police pulling over a Black female motorist has surfaced and is being investigated by the department. The police interaction with the woman is disturbing but unfortunately not rare. Pulled over in a customer parking lot, the driver is heard asking for a supervisor before exiting the car. The situation quickly escalates, and she is dragged from the car at gunpoint, tased, handcuffed on the ground with her shirt over her head and taken to a waiting police vehicle with her upper body exposed. “The PLBC has been working on legislation to curb police violence during traffic stops, such as reducing pretextual traffic stops and tracking racial profiling and related disparities. Black drivers are more likely to be asked to step out of the car, more likely to have their car searched, more likely to be given a citation or violation, more likely to be detained and, unfortunately, more likely to have a violent encounter with the police as seen in this video. “We have for years been calling for training and diversity in departments so the officers who patrol the streets look more like the residents who live there, shoring up better police community relations and a sense of protection by police rather than harassment. “We have for years been working to hold law enforcement Read more

 

Scott takes oath of office to start session in state House

(Jan 03, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Greg Scott took the House oath of office in the state Capitol today to begin his first term representing the 54th Legislative District in Montgomery County. The noon swearing-in ceremony marked the beginning of the 2023-24 legislative session of the Pennsylvania House, its 207th. Court of Common Pleas Judge John McNally administered the oath of office. Scott served as chair of the committee to inform the governor that the House was organized and ready to work. “I am honored to represent Pennsylvanians in Harrisburg and most importantly the residents of the 54th Legislative District at home,” said Scott, D-Montgomery. “The 54 th Legislative District is a fantastic mix of communities that I am excited to carry. “I vow to invest in those communities at home as well as advocate for better schools, an economy for everyone, and for investment in our infrastructure.” Scott said that his priorities will center on education, environmental protection and improving community safety. Two-hundred legislators were sworn in today. The largest and most diverse class of freshmen legislators in over a decade was sworn in, with 26 new Democratic members, eight of whom are women. The Democratic Caucus continues to become more reflective of the state’s people: 35 are women and 34 are people of color. Each member represents approximately Read more

 

On a new map, Pennsylvania elects most diverse assembly ever

(Dec 26, 2022)

The number of state lawmakers who are Black, Latino or of South Asian descent will rise as part of what House Democrats call the “most diverse class of freshmen legislators” in Pennsylvania history after candidates ran in this year’s election in the newly drawn map of districts. Read more

 

‘A momentous day for Norristown’: Officials praise future development of state hospital land

(Dec 19, 2022)

Greg Scott, newly elected representative of the 54th legislative district in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, recognized the matter as Montgomery County experiences an uptick in homelessness. Read more

 

Rep. Scott to attend first ever Conshy GreenFest
Apr 20, 2023

Lawmakers acknowledge esports as part of equitable solution
Apr 19, 2023

Second Annual Early Childhood Education Equity Champions from the 54th Legislative District
Apr 18, 2023

Shapiro Administration Reminds Pennsylvanians to Submit Their Free Application for Federal Student Aid by May 1
Apr 14, 2023

Democratic lawmakers issue statement on introduction of “Fairness Act”
Apr 14, 2023

Governor Shapiro Highlights Commitment to Making Communities Safer, Investments in 9-1-1 Dispatch, Fire, and EMS Services in Visit to Montgomery County 9-1-1 Center
Mar 30, 2023

Scott attends House Majority Policy Committee hearing on housing crisis
Mar 30, 2023

Borowski introduces bill to provide new funding source for EMS
Mar 21, 2023

Policy committee hearing in Darlington, PA: Train derailment
Mar 20, 2023

Policy Hearing on the Norfolk Southern Derailment
Mar 20, 2023

Scott secures $857K for Norristown transportation and infrastructure projects
Mar 17, 2023

Scott: Residents need to reapply for Medicaid or CHIP by April 1 or risk losing coverage
Mar 13, 2023

Scott appointed to PA House committees
Mar 08, 2023

Scott to hold District Office Open House March 15
Feb 28, 2023

Scott: $42K awarded to Hancock Elementary School to purchase oven
Feb 22, 2023

Scott announces funding for area fire, EMS companies
Feb 13, 2023

PLBC statement on police incident in Lower Merion
Jan 10, 2023

Scott takes oath of office to start session in state House
Jan 03, 2023

On a new map, Pennsylvania elects most diverse assembly ever
Dec 26, 2022

‘A momentous day for Norristown’: Officials praise future development of state hospital land
Dec 19, 2022