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Sims introduced Pride Month resolution

House lawmakers: Fight for equality not over with historic SCOTUS ruling

(Jun 15, 2020)

Nondiscrimination protections need to include housing, public accommodations, other areas Read more

 

Sims: Nearly $300,000 awarded for youth violence prevention programs

(Jun 10, 2020)

HARRISBURG, June 10 – Today, state Rep. Brian Sims announced that nearly $300,000 was awarded to anti-delinquency programs in the 182 nd District. The funding – administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency – will go to the Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Children’s Alliance. “These violence prevention programs are so important to our community. This money will help ensure that violence prevention programs have necessary funding, and victims are given proper care and support,” Sims said. “It’s vital that people have the tools they need to rebuild their lives after experiencing violent crime.” Of the funding, $200,000 was awarded to Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia for trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy implementation. Philadelphia Children’s Alliance is receiving $99,905 for a Victim Services Family Advocate position. Read more

 

Sims introduced Pride Month resolution

(Jun 01, 2020)

HARRISBURG, June 1 – State Rep. Brian Sims introduced House Resolution 885 to recognize June 2020 as Pride Month in Pennsylvania. “Pride Month is not only an opportunity for the LGBTQ+ community to come together and celebrate the progress we have made as a country, but to also remember past hardships, and recognize the hard work that still needs to be done to achieve full equality,” Sims said. “LGBTQ+ Pennsylvanians deserve to feel protected at home and work, regardless of their identity or race.” Sims, the first openly gay member of the state legislature, is a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus Read more

 

Sims Opposes GOP Effort to Terminate Governor's Emergency Disaster Declaration 

(May 29, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Brian Sims understands how critical the governor's emergency disaster declaration is in providing the commonwealth with access to funding and resources aimed at helping get Pennsylvanians through the COVID-19 pandemic safely. He explained why Republicans don't have the authority to terminate it. Read more

 

Sims recirculating bill to increase police accountability

(May 28, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, May 28 – Following the recent death of George Floyd at the hands of police, state Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., announced he is recirculating for co-sponsors H.B. 1382, which would require the attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor in police cases involving deadly force. “In order to restore any confidence in our criminal justice system, we must require the attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor when an on-duty police officer’s conduct constitutes criminal homicide,” Sims said. “Victims deserve justice and the people of Pennsylvania should be able to trust their government. Representative Lee and I introduced this bill over one year ago and black and brown Americans are still facing the same dangers. It’s time that members of law enforcement are held accountable by an impartial prosecutor.” Sims introduced the bill alongside Rep. Summer Lee, D-Allegheny, in April 2019. Read more

 

Sims measure to help nonprofit and charitable organizations during disaster emergency clears House

(May 05, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, May 5 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., announced that H.B. 2408 passed in a House vote Monday. The bill includes an amendment introduced by Republicans that borrows the language of Sims’ H.B. 2422. “I am glad that the beneficial language, crafted after discussions with District 182 charitable organizations, is being incorporated into the bill,” Sims said. “I’m also glad that all of my colleagues saw the importance of supporting Pennsylvania’s charitable organizations at this unprecedented time and administratively incorporated this language and unanimously passed it. I look forward to this becoming law.” Sims’ bill, HB 2422, would have increased the cap on endowment withdrawals for nonprofit and charitable organizations upon the declaration of a disaster emergency by the Governor. During the disaster emergency and for a period of one year afterward, the cap would increase from its current 7% to 10%. H.B. 2408 would include the increased cap on endowment withdrawals and would exempt cash payments disbursed by the CARES Act from state and local taxation. It was unanimously passed by the state House of Representatives. It now heads to the state Senate for consideration. Read more

 

COVID-19 Resources and Information

(Mar 21, 2020)

** Below is a list of informational links for resources in and around Philadelphia related to COVID-19. This will be updated as more/new information becomes available ** The latest info on COVID-19 cases and other data statewide from the Pennsylvania Department of Health : https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx The latest information on COVID-19 cases and other data in Philadelphia from the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health : https://www.phila.gov/services/mental-physical-health/environmental-health-hazards/covid-19/ The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has activated a Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline . It’s available 24/7. If you have questions about symptoms and risk factors, what to do if you think you may have been exposed, testing resources, or recommendations for social distancing, you can contact the helpline at 1-800-722-7112. More info: https://www.phila.gov/2020-03-14-greater-philadelphia-coronavirus-helpline-opened-by-health/?fbclid=IwAR2HZUc0yYdy66IMO4nrx8g4Z8vKMHE9qWUXmmLDe3OZFIjVhiwGDu0ZFIo List of essential Philadelphia services and how to access them: https://www.phila.gov/2020-03-18-essential-city-services-remain-open-here-is-how-to-access-them/?mc_cid=7f7be1d618&mc_eid=eda5e48c86 . Information about how SEPTA is operating: http://www.septa.org/service/rail/midday-schedule.html Information about how Amtrak is Read more

 

Sims announces state grants for local historical sites

(Mar 05, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, March 5 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., today announced that five historical organizations in his legislative district will receive state funding to support their operations. A total of $176,428 in state funds was awarded through the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission ’s Cultural and Historical Support Grant Program. The Academy of Natural Sciences received $40,000, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia received $40,000, the Franklin Institute received $40,000, the Historical Society of Philadelphia received $40,000 and the Rosenbach received $16,428. “I’m excited to see over $175,000 coming back to the district to help these important historical institutions continue preserving our past for future generations to learn from,” Sims said. “They provide so much value to our community and these funds are vital for these organizations to continue operations.” The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s Cultural and Historical Support Grant Program is designed to provide general operating support to Pennsylvania museums and official county historical societies that are not directly supported by other state grant programs. The Cultural and Historical Support Grant Program is administered by the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office, a bureau within the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. For more information about this program, visit Read more

 

Sims commends Gov. Wolf’s budget

(Feb 05, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb 5. – State Rep. Brian Sims applauded Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2020-21 state budget plan, which was unveiled Tuesday. Wolf’s budget proposal includes heavy investment in public schools and early childhood education, as well as new workforce initiatives to prepare more workers for in-demand jobs. Wolf also proposed a new scholarship program to help students in the State System of Higher Education avoid crushing student debt. “As co-chair of the PASSHE Caucus, I am very excited to see the focus that Governor Wolf has placed on education spending across the state” Sims said. “Our students deserve to learn in clean, healthy environments where they have access to the resources that they need at all levels of the education system. College students deserve to learn without going into lifechanging debt. Teachers deserve to work in buildings that won’t harm them.” Wolf’s budget plan also includes funds to implement comprehensive background checks for all gun purchases, as well as a plan to raise the minimum wage to $12 by July 1, 2020. He also urged the passage of non-discrimination legislation to give LGBTQ Pennsylvanians equal rights. “Overall, I see this budget plan as a clear statement that we are tired of inequality in Pennsylvania and we are ready to work toward a safer, fairer Commonwealth for everyone. We should be doing everything in our power to protect Read more

 

Sims commends Gov. Wolf’s budget plan to address toxic school conditions

(Jan 31, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 31 – State Rep. Brian Sims applauded Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to include funding to address lead issues in public schools, including those in Philadelphia, in the upcoming budget. Wolf presented a series of proposed 2020-21 budget items totaling more than $1.1 billion to support reducing the risks to Pennsylvanians of lead and asbestos, and remediating existing toxins in schools, day care centers, homes and public water systems. “Our teachers and students shouldn’t have to show up every day to schools that are making them sick,” Sims said. “I am glad to see Governor Wolf prioritize safe, clean schools in his budget plan because people have been dealing with these toxic conditions for far too long. We have to make this right. “Previously, temporary solutions have been proposed and tested for this issue, but nothing has done enough to really make an impact on the people at the greatest risk for exposure to toxins,” Sims continued. “This budget proposal better reflects the sort of sweeping changes that will need to happen for our schools to be safe for every student and teachers in them.” Read more

 

Town Hall with Rep. Brian Sims

(Jan 22, 2020)

Join Representative Brian Sims for a Legislative Town Hall Meeting at Palumbo Rec Center on February 24th at 6:30 P.M. Representative Sims will give a legislative update on issues being discussed in Harrisburg and take any questions you may have. This event is free and is open to the public. Read more

 

REAL ID event

(Jan 22, 2020)

Join Representative Brian Sims for a REAL ID information seminar from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Peirce College, located at 1420 Pine St. Representative Sims will be joined by Department of Transportation representatives to get your questions answered regarding the REAL ID process. The event will include an informational presentation by representatives from PennDOT and a question and answer portion. Feel free to bring your documents to be verified by staff before you go to the DMV. REAL IDs, which are optional, are now available through PennDOT. After Oct. 1, 2020, a REAL IDcompliant license or ID card, or a U.S. Passport or military ID, will be necessary to board a domestic commercial flight or to enter a secure federal facility. A REAL ID-compliant driver’s license has enhanced security features required by federal legislation. Read more

 

Sims announces $350K state grant for Center City District to improve public entrances at Penn Center Plaza

(Nov 12, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 12 – State Rep. Brian Sims announced Tuesday that a $350,000 state grant has been awarded to Center City District to improve access to regional rail, subway and trolley lines that serve southeast Pennsylvania. “We are proud of Center City Philadelphia, and we want to share this amazing place with our neighbors around the state,” Sims said. “This grant funding will improve the public’s access to a key public transportation system, which will allow for ease of travel for more of our residents, commuters and visitors. It will allow more people to visit Center City more easily.” The $350,000 grant announced today will help fund a project by Center City District that will eventually add two new stairways and an elevator head house between the two original Penn Center buildings; add a new stairway at the northwest end that will create a new, high visibility gateway to the regional rail lines at Suburban Station; remove the outdated enclosed head house on the southwest end of the plaza and enlarge the opening; relocate and upgrade the current elevator to ensure that the concourse and plaza remain fully accessible; and add new prominent gateway signage. The total project cost is estimated at $4.76 million. The grant announced Tuesday is awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority Multimodal Transportation Fund Program. The fund is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Read more

 

Sims applauds Turning Points for Children for receiving $59,300 state grant

(Nov 01, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 1 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., today announced that Turning Points for Children received a $59,300 grant through the Department of Community Economic Development. Funds are provided through the department’s Local Share Account Philadelphia program and will be used to convert raw space located on the first floor of the South 15 th Street building into office space, a computer lab, conference room, bathroom, and a location for youth residents to shower, wash clothing, access computers and socialize. “Turning Points has been a longstanding and vital organization providing health and social resources to vulnerable children and their families, especially providing support for children aging out of the foster care system who would otherwise not have access to these resources at all,” Sims said. “Congratulations to Turning Points for Children on receiving this grant to continue delivering its mission to youth in Philadelphia.” The Local Share Account– Philadelphia program distributes a portion of slot machine license operation fees from facilities operating in the city. Funds are available for economic development, neighborhood revitalization, community improvement and other projects in the public interest within Philadelphia. Read more

 

Sims hosts press conference condemning conversion therapy on minors

(Oct 23, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 23 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., flanked by House and Senate colleagues and LGBTQ advocates, today hosted a news conference to discuss legislation that would make Pennsylvania the 19 th state to ban the dangerous practice of conversion therapy on minors, which attempts to change an individual's gender identity or sexual orientation. “It is time that the commonwealth catches up to the 18 other states and numerous municipalities in the state that already ban conversion therapy,” Sims said. “This abusive practice is causing higher rates of depression among our LGBTQ youth, and even worse, it’s coming at the expense of their lives. I am honored and encouraged by the strong group of advocates that have come together to demand we outlaw this archaic and harmful practice. Over the weeks and months to come we have the opportunity to see who in the commonwealth wants to stand with us to protect children." Sims introduced legislation (H.B. 1293) that seeks to address harms associated with conversion therapy, by prohibiting a mental health professional from engaging in this so-called treatment with minors. The practice has been universally panned by accredited medical organizations across the nation. At the news conference, advocates described the painful procedures LGBTQ minors are forced to endure during conversion therapy, such as verbal and mental abuse, and electric shock therapy. Read more

 

Sims to host Wednesday news conference to address prohibiting conversion therapy on minors

(Oct 21, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 21 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., announced that he will host a news conference on banning conversion therapy on minors at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the lieutenant governor’s balcony of the state Capitol . Sims will be joined by state legislators, mental health and LGBTQ advocates, including a representative from The Trevor Project, to discuss legislation that would address harms associated with conversion therapy by prohibiting mental health professionals from performing conversion therapy on an individual younger than 18. The list of speakers includes: Rep. Brian Sims. Daniel Walinsky, associate professor of instruction, Counseling Psychology Program, Temple University. Todd Snovel, executive director, Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs. Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta. Sen. Katie Muth. Troy Stevenson, campaign manager, 50 Bills 50 States, The Trevor Project. Media coverage is invited. Read more

 

10/17/19 – Comprehensive Sex Education – Philadelphia

(Oct 18, 2019)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Brian Sims. Read more

 

Sims, Policy Committee look at comprehensive sex education

(Oct 17, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 17 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at Thomas Jefferson University to explore mandating science-based, inclusive and age-appropriate sex education to help reduce teen pregnancy, cases of sexual assault and better prepare Pennsylvania’s youth to be healthy adults. “Pennsylvania students are not being fully prepared when it comes to their sexual health and well-being before graduating into adulthood. Teen births in the United States still hover at 20.3 births per 1,000 for females aged 15 to 19, people under 25 account for nearly half of new cases of sexually transmitted infections annually, and sexual violence is rampant on college campuses,” Sims said. “The abstinence-only teaching is archaic and does not address sexual, cultural or identity questions students face in their formative years. It is imperative that we implement a mandatory comprehensive and inclusive sex education curriculum that is thorough and digestible for all grade levels to educate our young people about healthy sexual behavior.” Sims has introduced H.B. 1586 that would require Pennsylvania school districts to integrate comprehensive sex education into the curriculum for all grade levels, teach contraception methods for older students and mandate affirmative sexual consent as part of the required sexual violence awareness educational program at higher education institutions. Read more

 

Sims to host Policy Committee hearing on comprehensive sex education Thursday in Philadelphia

(Oct 15, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 11 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on comprehensive sex education. The hearing will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 at Thomas Jefferson University, Foederer Auditorium, 2 nd floor -- College Building, 1015 Walnut St, 19107. The media and public are invited to attend. Sims has introduced legislation that would require school districts to incorporate age-appropriate, inclusive and science-based comprehensive sex education into the curriculum of all grade levels, including contraception methods for older students. Sims will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 2:00 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks. 2:10 p.m. Panel One: Melissa Weiler Gerber , president and CEO, AccessMatters. Aletha Akers , MD, MPH,FACOG, associate professor of Pediatrics, The Craig Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine. Lynette Medley , MEd, founder/CEO, No More Secrets Mind Body Spirit, Inc. Carlee Warfield , student, Downingtown STEM Academy. 2:45 p.m. Panel Two: Miciah Foster , SistahSpeak! youth project coordinator, New Voices for Reproductive Justice. Dr. Amanda Micucio , general pediatrician, Nemours duPont Pediatrics-Philadelphia. Patricia Fonzi , president and CEO, Family Health Council of Central PA. Read more

 

Friends of Schuylkill River Park receives $9,324 state grant

(Sep 18, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Brian Sims announced a $9,324 grant will help Friends of Schuylkill River Park updates its Master Plan for the park. The Commonwealth Financing Authority approved the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program funding to assist with the renovations. Friends of Schuylkill River Park will use the funding to retain a consultant team to lead an in-depth community engagement process to develop a 10 year vision for the park facilities. The total cost of the project is $10,970. The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development to administer Pennsylvania's economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania's economic growth. The CFA consists of seven board members: four legislative appointees and the secretaries of DCED, the Office of the Budget and Department of Banking. Read more

 

House lawmakers: Fight for equality not over with historic SCOTUS ruling
Jun 15, 2020

Sims: Nearly $300,000 awarded for youth violence prevention programs
Jun 10, 2020

Sims introduced Pride Month resolution
Jun 01, 2020

Sims Opposes GOP Effort to Terminate Governor's Emergency Disaster Declaration 
May 29, 2020

Sims recirculating bill to increase police accountability
May 28, 2020

Sims measure to help nonprofit and charitable organizations during disaster emergency clears House
May 05, 2020

COVID-19 Resources and Information
Mar 21, 2020

Sims announces state grants for local historical sites
Mar 05, 2020

Sims commends Gov. Wolf’s budget
Feb 05, 2020

Sims commends Gov. Wolf’s budget plan to address toxic school conditions
Jan 31, 2020

Town Hall with Rep. Brian Sims
Jan 22, 2020

REAL ID event
Jan 22, 2020

Sims announces $350K state grant for Center City District to improve public entrances at Penn Center Plaza
Nov 12, 2019

Sims applauds Turning Points for Children for receiving $59,300 state grant
Nov 01, 2019

Sims hosts press conference condemning conversion therapy on minors
Oct 23, 2019

Sims to host Wednesday news conference to address prohibiting conversion therapy on minors
Oct 21, 2019

10/17/19 – Comprehensive Sex Education – Philadelphia
Oct 18, 2019

Sims, Policy Committee look at comprehensive sex education
Oct 17, 2019

Sims to host Policy Committee hearing on comprehensive sex education Thursday in Philadelphia
Oct 15, 2019

Friends of Schuylkill River Park receives $9,324 state grant
Sep 18, 2019