Shusterman, Webster to co-host ‘Town Hall on Islamophobia: Confront Hate, Celebrate Diversity’ on June 13

(Jun 05, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 5 – State Reps. Melissa Shusterman and Joe Webster will co-host a town hall discussion on Islamophobia next week. “Town Hall on Islamophobia: Confront Hate, Celebrate Diversity,” will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. June 13 at the Islamic Society of Greater Valley Forge, 958 N. Valley Forge Road, Devon, PA 19333. Panel experts will deliver opening addresses, respond to audience questions, and talk about what community members can do to stand together against intolerance and build a more inclusive and diverse community. “While our differences can often invoke fear and misunderstanding, I hope this event will open lines of communication between our residents. This is an opportunity to learn about the common goals that our diverse communities can accomplish together for the commonwealth,” said Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery. Webster said: “Freedom to worship is at the heart of our democracy. Together, we can preserve that freedom and ensure our communities are welcoming places for everyone.” State Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, D-Phila., will moderate the panel. In addition to Shusterman and Webster, the panel will include Robert Reed, Pennsylvania executive deputy attorney general; Timothy Welbeck, civil rights attorney for the Center for American-Islamic Relations – Philadelphia; and Marwan Kreidie, professor at West Chester University. Seating is limited, so RSVP is requested at this link. Read more

 

Shusterman to host telephone town hall on June 6

(May 28, 2019)

PAOLI, May 28 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman invites residents of the 157th legislative district to participate in a telephone town hall at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 6. Residents of the district will receive a call to their landlines inviting them to join the discussion. To “attend” the meeting, people will be asked to stay on the phone. Anyone who would like to make sure that they receive the phone call at home – or register a cellphone instead – should fill out this form , or call Shusterman’s office at 484-200-8260. The telephone town hall will include discussion of state-related issues such as jobs, schools and infrastructure, and attendees are encouraged to ask Shusterman questions and voice their concerns. “I’m looking forward to a productive discussion with my constituents,” Shusterman said. “I’m excited to learn more about what matters most to the people of the 157th District.” People may listen in and ask questions, or leave feedback when the meeting has ended. Questions can be submitted in advance by emailing townhall@pahouse.net . Anyone with questions can call Shusterman’s office at 484-200-8260. The 157th District includes Tredyffrin, Schuylkill and areas of Phoenixville in Chester County and Upper Providence in Montgomery County. Read more

 

Shusterman’s job bill clears Commerce Committee

(May 22, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 22 – A bill authored by Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, aimed at creating thousands of jobs in the life sciences, advance technology and manufacturing industries has passed the House Commerce Committee. “This legislation would help businesses in these rapidly growing fields stay afloat and create a lot more job opportunities in Pennsylvania,” Shusterman said. According to Shusterman, H.B. 719 would help businesses within these industries thrive by providing them with loan guarantees through Pennsylvania’s Second Stage Loan Program under the agreement that recipients must keep their practices within Pennsylvania. “We must make sure that the program contains the right parameters to ensure guarantees are being delivered to Pennsylvania businesses who commit to Pennsylvania, who commit to the people living, working and raising families here,” Shusterman said. Due to the lack of bank history among businesses in these fields, Shusterman said banks are often reluctant to extend lines of credit or working capital to businesses in these fields, which commonly causes them to fail during their critical developing years. Pennsylvania’s Second Stage Loan Program offers guarantees for bank loans to second stage manufacturers, advanced technology, and life sciences companies in business for two to seven years. The bill was sent to the full House for consideration. Read more

 

Shusterman announces $580k in grants to support school safety and security

(May 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 1 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, announced today that two school districts in her legislative district have been awarded Pennsylvania school safety and security grants totaling $580,672. The funds will be provided through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security Committee. This committee is the result of Act 44 of 2018 , and is responsible for establishing the standards schools must meet when performing school safety and security assessments. Grant recipients in Shusterman’s district include: Phoenixville Area School District, receiving $194,480 Spring-Ford Area School District, receiving $386,192 It will be the choice of the school districts to determine how exactly the funds will be used. Eligible purposes include, but are not limited to, safety and security assessments, emergency preparedness, violence prevention, intervention training programs, training of school police officers and counseling services for students. “School safety is among my top priorities,” Shusterman said. “I’m happy to work with the school districts to secure these state funds to ensure our students have the safest learning environments possible.” Further information about the grants can be found here: https://www.pccd.pa.gov/schoolsafety/Pages/default.aspx Read more

 

Shusterman to host Savvy Senior Expo on May 9

(Apr 23, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 23 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, will host her first “Savvy Senior” Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 9 inside Hall D of the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave. in Oaks. The expo event aims to connect area residents in their 50s or older – or those who care for seniors – to state, public and partner resources on health and wellness, travel and leisure, and more. Attendees should expect to enjoy light refreshments and an opportunity to meet the representative. “My district has a vibrant senior community; they are passionate and engaged in a wide variety of topics,” Shusterman said. “My hope is that this expo delivers on old favorites and introduces new and unexpected offerings.” For more information regarding this event, attendees can contact Shusterman’s office at 484-200-8260 or visit www.pahouse.com/Shusterman . Individuals not able to attend but interested in learning more can stop by one of Shusterman’s district offices. Read more

 

Shusterman to take leadership role on House Judiciary Committee

(Apr 15, 2019)

State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, today announced her appointment as secretary of the House Judiciary Committee. Read more

 

Shusterman to chair House Tourism and Recreational Development Subcommittee on Arts and Entertainment

(Apr 12, 2019)

State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, today was appointed Democratic chairwoman of the House Travel and Tourism’s Subcommittee on Arts and Entertainment. Read more

 

Shusterman joins in ‘Zero Waste PA’ bill package to address single-use plastics, litter and a ‘throwaway’ society

(Apr 10, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 10 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman today joined other lawmakers and PennEnvironment to announce a package of bills aimed at addressing single-use plastics, pervasive issues of litter and the various environmental harms caused by a "throwaway" society. Legislation in the “Zero Waste PA” package works to address issues created by a disposable society including single-use plastics such as straws, plastic bags and Styrofoam takeout food containers, electronic waste, funding Pennsylvania’s recycling programs and more. “Non-recyclable plastic waste is a mounting environmental crisis in Pennsylvania. My legislation would ensure that sellers and distributors of plastic packaging are part of a recycling program, or they will not be permitted to sell or distribute plastic packaging in the commonwealth,” said Shusterman, D-Chester. “Every day, unwitting Pennsylvanians are barraged with products that we’re expected to purchase and use, and then throw away. Only, there is no ‘away,’” said PennEnvironment Executive Director David Masur. “Instead, it ends up in landfills where it can cause water pollution, in incinerators that cause air pollution, or blowing around in our neighborhoods in the form of litter. Nothing we use for a few minutes should pollute our environment, neighborhoods, rivers and oceans for centuries to come.” The measures that would be addressed in the Read more

 

Shusterman appointed to Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Caucus

(Apr 09, 2019)

State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, today announced her appointment to the Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Caucus. Read more

 

Hatred does not belong in our Commonwealth, let alone our Capitol

(Apr 02, 2019)

State Rep. Melissa Shusterman condemns divisive invocation delivered in House chamber. Read more

 

Shusterman Pushes To Ban Traveling Animal Acts

(Mar 29, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Melissa Shusterman is introducing legislation that would ban traveling animal acts. She explains why this bill is critical in moving Pennsylvania forward. Read more

 

Shusterman to host inaugural town hall meeting April 1

(Mar 21, 2019)

State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, announced she will host her inaugural Town Hall meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, April 1 at the Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Road, Stafford. Read more

 

House Democrats fight for seniors and families by delivering on Promise of Care

(Mar 20, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 20 – House Democratic lawmakers, in response to widespread concerns about patients and clients in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and long-term care homes not getting the quality care they deserve, announced a comprehensive package of bills to protect seniors and give family members the vital information they need to make the right choice for their grandparents and parents. As pension plans increasingly become a thing of the past and families become smaller and unable to care for elderly relatives in their own homes, House Democrats believe people need to know the long-term care options for their loved ones are the best possible – because, someday, we’ll all need a place to call home. While most facilities do a good job caring for patients and clients, as well as providing a stable place of employment for healthcare professionals, seniors, families and potential employees need the facts and protections these bills would deliver. The Promise of Care package includes: Making a Home truly a Home (Sponsored by Rep. Angel Cruz): A long-term care home shouldn’t feel like a hospital ward. This bill creates a voluntary Culture & Quality of Life Certification Program that would reward homes that go the extra mile to offer a rich, life-affirming program that treats residents like the individual people they are. Reporting Requirements when a Resident Passes (Two bills sponsored by Rep. Frank Burns): People Read more

 

House adopts 'Rosie the Riveter' resolution to honor women workers during WWII

(Mar 19, 2019)

State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, was joined Monday by fellow legislators to adopt H.R. 106, designating March 21, 2019, as Rosie the Riveter Day in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Chester, Delaware lawmakers urge Wolf to halt Mariner operations until safety protocols are in place

(Mar 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 11 – Pennsylvania lawmakers representing 11 House districts and three Senatorial districts across Chester and Delaware counties have signed a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf asking him to impose a moratorium on the transmission of natural gas liquids products through the Mariner East pipeline system until the mandated protocols are in place for local responders to properly manage a pipeline emergency. Chester County Emergency Services and local school districts along the pipeline, including Downingtown Area School District, Rose Tree Media School District and West Chester Area School District have requested Energy Transfer Partners' subsidiary SPLP to provide its Emergency Response Plan for the Mariner East project, which the responders and school districts need to complete their comprehensive All Hazards Emergency Response Plans and fulfill their statutory requirements under Title 35 of state law . The letter urges Wolf to preserve the health, welfare and safety of constituents who live, work and raise their families in the high-consequence areas of Chester and Delaware counties within the impact radius of Mariner East. “We have pipelines currently transporting highly volatile products through our communities, and our local first responders are not able to adequately plan their emergency response or mitigate our risk because the operator has failed to cooperate with repeated requests for their Emergency Response Plan,” said Read more

 

Shusterman, Policy Committee discuss common-sense gun reform and violence prevention

(Mar 07, 2019)

PHOENIXVILLE , March 7 — State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public forum at the Phoenixville Borough Building to discuss common-sense gun reform and violence prevention efforts. Shusterman was joined by her colleagues from across the state including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Legislators, stakeholders and the public discussed legislative efforts that could improve violence prevention efforts and a path of realistic goals moving forward. “We need to protect our children and communities. It is frustrating after our nation and state has faced such grave tragedy at the hands of senseless gun violence, that action has not been taken to better protect our citizens,” Shusterman said. “We’re talking about simple measures that won’t infringe on the rights of gun owners.” Sturla added: “I think we have to make it clear that enacting common-sense gun safety measures will go a long way in protecting Pennsylvanians. We aren’t taking guns away from legal, responsible gun owners; we’re trying to implement efforts that would keep them out of the hands of criminals." Panelists who participated in the hearing included: Shira Goodman, executive director, Ceasefire PA; Marybeth Christiansen, state legislative lead, Moms Demand Action; Erin Buchner, Chester County local lead, Moms Demand Action; Star Cummin Bright; gun violence Read more

 

Shusterman introduces bill to help create jobs and boost Pennsylvania’s economy

(Mar 05, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 5 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman introduced legislation today to ensure that Pennsylvania’s economy is boosted by a state loan guarantee program that assists early and mid-stage businesses. House Bill 719 would ensure businesses using the Second Stage Loan program will create more job opportunities in Pennsylvania, and would ensure that businesses that receive loan guarantees are not only located in Pennsylvania, but stay in Pennsylvania. “The Second Stage Loan Program provides vital assistance to help businesses grow and thrive, and we want to make sure we’re boosting Pennsylvania’s economy, too,” said Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery. “I was elected to bring commonsense legislation to Pennsylvania. This bill would provide a stronger economy and create sustainable jobs in my district and around the state.” The Second Stage Loan Program is a loan guarantee administered by the Commonwealth Financing Authority that guaranteed loans made by commercial lending institutions to life science, advanced technology, or manufacturing businesses. The program provides banks with an extra measure of security to encourage them to provide early stage companies with working capital. Read more

 

Shusterman to hold Policy Committee public forum on commonsense gun reform and violence prevention Thursday in Phoenixville

(Mar 04, 2019)

Phoenixville , March 4 – State Representative Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public forum to discuss commonsense gun reform and violence prevention efforts. The forum will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 7 at the Phoenixville Borough Building, 351 Bridge St., 3 rd Floor, Phoenixville . The media and public are invited to attend. Shusterman requested the forum to discuss legislative efforts that could improve violence prevention efforts and give legislators and stakeholders the opportunity to discuss realistic goals moving forward. She will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Panelists scheduled to participate are: Shira Goodman, Executive Director, Ceasefire PA; Ann Colby-Cummings, Chairperson, Gun Sense Chester County; Marybeth Christiansen, State Legislative Lead, Moms Demand Action; Erin Buchner, Chester County Local Lead, Moms Demand Action; Star Cummin Bright; Gun Violence Survivor and Legislative Lead, Gun SenseUs; Daniel Navin, Military Veteran; Peter Urscheler, Mayor, Borough of Phoenixville; Lalia Norford, Student Activist, Conestoga (Anna Donahue and Kaitlyn Chen); and Christina VandePol, Coroner, Chester County. The meeting is one in a series held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first, good jobs, health care access, quality schools and job training, and a fair economy. Read more

 

House Democrats fight to protect your right to work without fear

(Feb 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 11 – To better protect workers, independent contractors and even volunteers at businesses of all sizes, House Democratic lawmakers announced new proposals today to help end workplace discrimination and harassment. The “Work Without Fear – It’s Your Right” plan is designed to give people the tools they need to protect themselves and their coworkers while also helping companies make sure everyone knows the rules. The plan includes: The PA Fairness Act – sponsored by Rep. Dan Frankel, Allegheny County – finally brings Pennsylvania into line with surrounding states by making sure nobody can be fired from a job or denied housing because of who they are or who they love. Until now, we’ve been counting on individual counties and cities to do the right thing and people and our economy has suffered. Give Victims Time for Justice – sponsored by Rep. Margo Davidson, Delaware County, and Rep Mary Isaacson, Philadelphia – gives victims the power to choose when to seek justice and guarantees them a right to trial by jury to seek damages by extending the timeline to file a complaint beyond the current 180 days. Ignorance is No Excuse – sponsored by Rep. Melissa Shusterman, Chester & Montgomery counties, makes sure workers and employers have the facts by requiring Employment Fair Practices notices posted in the workplace to include clear descriptions and examples of abuse so everyone is on the Read more

 

Legislators respond to DEP decision to suspend review of Energy Transfer permits

(Feb 08, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 8 – State Reps. Carolyn Comitta, Danielle Friel Otten, Kristine Howard, Leanne Krueger, Christina Sappey and Melissa Shusterman met with Gov. Tom Wolf and his staff last week to address the growing problems with Energy Transfer’s Mariner East project. Today, those representatives have issued the following statement regarding news that the Department of Environmental Protection has suspended review of all permit applications and other pending approvals for Energy Transfer due to noncompliance: “We applaud the unwavering efforts of community members who continue to make their voices heard and draw attention to serious hazards and areas of oversight that need improvement. "The action taken by the Department of Environmental Protection today is a step in the right direction. "We are grateful for the opportunity to have a seat at the table for our communities and we look forward to continued collaboration with our state agencies and the governor’s staff to put the interests of the people of Pennsylvania first and foremost. There is still a lot of work to be done and we will use every tool available to us to make our community’s voice heard." The same six representatives sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission earlier this week, urging action related to a recent sinkhole along the Mariner East 1 pipeline. The letter can be found here. A statement sent last week by the legislators to the Read more

 

Shusterman, Webster to co-host ‘Town Hall on Islamophobia: Confront Hate, Celebrate Diversity’ on June 13
Jun 05, 2019

Shusterman to host telephone town hall on June 6
May 28, 2019

Shusterman’s job bill clears Commerce Committee
May 22, 2019

Shusterman announces $580k in grants to support school safety and security
May 01, 2019

Shusterman to host Savvy Senior Expo on May 9
Apr 23, 2019

Shusterman to take leadership role on House Judiciary Committee
Apr 15, 2019

Shusterman to chair House Tourism and Recreational Development Subcommittee on Arts and Entertainment
Apr 12, 2019

Shusterman joins in ‘Zero Waste PA’ bill package to address single-use plastics, litter and a ‘throwaway’ society
Apr 10, 2019

Shusterman appointed to Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Caucus
Apr 09, 2019

Hatred does not belong in our Commonwealth, let alone our Capitol
Apr 02, 2019

Shusterman Pushes To Ban Traveling Animal Acts
Mar 29, 2019

Shusterman to host inaugural town hall meeting April 1
Mar 21, 2019

House Democrats fight for seniors and families by delivering on Promise of Care
Mar 20, 2019

House adopts 'Rosie the Riveter' resolution to honor women workers during WWII
Mar 19, 2019

Chester, Delaware lawmakers urge Wolf to halt Mariner operations until safety protocols are in place
Mar 11, 2019

Shusterman, Policy Committee discuss common-sense gun reform and violence prevention
Mar 07, 2019

Shusterman introduces bill to help create jobs and boost Pennsylvania’s economy
Mar 05, 2019

Shusterman to hold Policy Committee public forum on commonsense gun reform and violence prevention Thursday in Phoenixville
Mar 04, 2019

House Democrats fight to protect your right to work without fear
Feb 11, 2019

Legislators respond to DEP decision to suspend review of Energy Transfer permits
Feb 08, 2019