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Sims hires new staffers to serve 182nd District

(Sep 21, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 21 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., has hired three new staffers for his Center City office to fill vacancies and make sure the people of the 182nd Legislative District are well-served. "I'm proud that my staff and I have been able to increase dramatically the number of constituents served compared to nearly four years ago when I first took office. I know my new team members will help in continuing our excellent record of service to the people of the 182nd District," Sims said. The 182nd District includes part or all of: Rittenhouse, Fitler Square, Logan Square, Midtown/Gayborhood, Washington Square West, Bella Vista, Hawthorne, Fairmount, Queen Village, East Passyunk, Spring Garden and Market East. Sims' Philadelphia office is at 21 S. 12th St., Suite 182, and can be reached at 215-246-1501. He has a website at www.pahouse.com/Sims and also offers updates at www.facebook.com/RepBrianSims and www.twitter.com/RepSims . In addition to the new hires, Tim Keller has been promoted to chief of staff in Sims' Philadelphia office. Keller has served on Sims’ staff since the legislator took office and is a proud Temple University alumnus and Philadelphia native. He was involved with the recent passage of the Medical Cannabis Act and previously worked on the House Education Committee staff. The new staffers are: Abby Rambo, community relations director, who previously served as executive director at the South of Read more


Sims announces $200,000 state grant to develop local park

(Jul 01, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, July 1 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., today announced the approval of a $200,000 state grant to develop a local park. Sims made multiple requests for the Commonwealth Financing Authority to approve the grant for developing park land in front of Park Towne Place Museum District Residences, 2200 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, into an active recreational space, walking trails and reflective gardens featuring public art. The city's Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with Aimco (Apartment Investment and Management Co.) and the Association for Public Art on the project. In addition to the park redevelopment, Aimco is currently engaged in a $200 million renovation of its four apartment home towers which contain close to 1,000 units and are home to more than 2,200 residents. The first tower is complete, and the ribbon was recently cut to celebrate the completion of the Park Towne's commercial and recreation improvements. Sims said the public-private partnership to improve the park area is consistent with the master plan for the Benjamin Franklin Parkway- More Park, Less Way, by providing a welcoming open green-space along the parkway which will benefit residents, visitors and neighboring cultural institutions. The overall development will also create and retain jobs within the region, he said. Sims represents the 182nd Legislative District, which includes part or all of: Rittenhouse, Fitler Square, Logan Square, Midtown/Gayborhood, Read more


Frankel, Sims hail bipartisan Pa. Senate action on nondiscrimination bill

(Jun 22, 2016)

State Reps. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, and Brian Sims, D-Phila., praised today's bipartisan, historic state Senate committee vote that sent a nondiscrimination bill to the full Senate. Read more


Frankel, Sims ready House petition in hopes of freeing nondiscrimination bill

(Jun 09, 2016)

HARRISBURG, June 9 – State Reps. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, and Brian Sims, D-Phila., are planning to pry a bipartisan nondiscrimination bill out of a committee whose chairman has refused even to hold a hearing on it. Frankel is lead House sponsor of the proposed Pennsylvania Fairness Act (H.B. 1510/S.B. 974). The legislation would update Pennsylvania’s current nondiscrimination law – originally written in 1955 – to ensure that all residents regardless of race, color, religion, ancestry, age, sex, national origin, disability and now – sexual orientation, gender identity and expression – can participate in and contribute to the state’s economy. Frankel and Sims have filed a discharge petition, which allows a simple majority of the House to free a bill from a committee where it has been stalled. They can call for the vote as soon as Wednesday. Frankel said: "Poll after poll over the years has shown consistent support of 70 percent or more in Pennsylvania for this commonsense, nondiscrimination legislation. Most Pennsylvanians don’t want their gay or transgender family members, friends, co-workers or neighbors to get fired or denied a home, a hotel room or a restaurant table just because of who they are. They know that's wrong. "Most Pennsylvanians know being gay or transgender has nothing to do with someone's ability to fix a car or a computer, for example. And thanks to the coverage of anti-LGBT bills Read more


Sims, city officials announce nearly $1 million for Markward at Schuylkill River Park

(Apr 14, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, April 14 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., and city officials today announced nearly $1 million in investments at Markward at Schuylkill River Park, with state funding as the largest single source. Sims said the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will provide $388,000 from the Recreation and Conservation Fund. Sims said, "Today illustrates the best of what Philadelphia communities can do when we work together. I’m proud to be presenting this check today to help fund this important project and make this necessary investment in our neighborhoods. Philadelphia is home to some of the best parks in the nation and these funds will go a long way in ensuring that exceptional tradition continues." Councilman Kenyatta Johnson has secured $300,000 for the project, and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell announced the department will invest an additional $300,000. The parks department said the Markward at Schuylkill River Park rehabilitation and development project includes demolition and site improvements to the heavily used Center City park. To continue to meet the needs of the community and to bring the park into compliance with current standards, including disability access, safety and the Universal Construction Code, the park is being upgraded. The project will upgrade a park which has not undergone any renovations since the mid-1980s. A design team worked with the community to Read more


Sims job fair April 8 will have more than 25 employers

(Mar 31, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, March 31 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., will host his fourth annual job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 8 at the William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St. "For three years, this event has connected hundreds of people with potential employers, and I'm sure this year's job fair will do the same," Sims said. "More than 25 employers will be on hand, including the City of Philadelphia fire and police departments, SEPTA, the Pennsylvania Civil Service Commission -- and some major private-sector employers as well. "Bring your resume and remember to dress to impress!" RSVPs aren't required but are appreciated. Residents can email RepSims@pahouse.net or call 215-246-1501. Sims represents the 182nd Legislative District, which includes part or all of: Rittenhouse, Fitler Square, Logan Square, Midtown/Gayborhood, Washington Square West, Bella Vista, Hawthorne, Fairmount, Queen Village, East Passyunk, Spring Garden and Market East. ### Read more


Sims Supports Medical Marijuana

(Mar 17, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Brian Sims outlines his support for allowing medical marijuana to be prescribed in Pennsylvania to alleviate suffering and improve quality of life for the sick. Read more


Sims hails bipartisan support for redistricting reform

(Mar 16, 2016)

State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., a strong advocate for redistricting reform, hailed today's bipartisan show of support at the Capitol for changing how state legislative and congressional district lines are drawn in Pennsylvania. "As President Obama said in his latest State of the Union address, politicians shouldn't pick their voters – voters should be picking their politicians," Sims said. Read more


Sims votes for Pa. medical marijuana bill

(Mar 16, 2016)

State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., today voted for the medical marijuana bill (S.B. 3) that passed the House. "I am proud to support this bill. It may not be perfect, but it represents real progress for so many Pennsylvanians in dire need of this medication. I hope the Senate will soon send it to Governor Wolf so he can sign it into law," Sims said. Read more


Sims Honors Deputy Police Commissioner

(Mar 15, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Brian Sims honors the 29 years of service by Philadelphia Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Bethel and his retirement from the Philadelphia Police Force. Read more


Legislators unveil 3-state redistricting reform: 'Win-win partnership'

(Feb 22, 2016)

Legislators from three states unveiled their innovative plan for congressional redistricting reform today in Baltimore. Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia have been cited as examples of partisan gerrymandering that lets politicians pick their voters. Read more


Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms available at my office

(Feb 15, 2016)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2015 tax year are available at my district office – and my staff is ready to help you file yours for free ! The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650. Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2015 and meet all other eligibility criteria. The oft-extended deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2015 is June 30, 2016, and the rebates normally are distributed by the Deparment of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more


PACE prescription programs benefit seniors

(Feb 10, 2016)

PACE, PACENET and PACE plus Medicare are Pennsylvania's prescription assistance programs for older adults, offering low-cost prescription medication to qualified residents, age 65 and older. As of this year, the legislature passed a law excluding Social Security Medicare Part B premiums from being counted towards income levels. Read more


Sims: Know Your HIV/AIDS Status

(Feb 08, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Brian Sims marks National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day at the state Capitol by urging Pennsylvanians across the state to learn about preventing HIV/AIDS and getting tested. Wheatley notes African-Americans are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS, and need to work together to help reduce stigma associated with HIV/AIDS. Read more


Legislators, advocates: 7th anniversary of Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act spotlights need to update, strengthen Pa. equal pay law

(Jan 29, 2016)

On the seventh anniversary of the federal Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act becoming law, some legislators and advocates say Pennsylvania women need a stronger equal pay law. Legislation to update and strengthen Pennsylvania's 55-year-old equal pay law has been introduced in the House by Reps. Brian Sims, D-Phila., and Tina Davis, D-Bucks; and in the Senate by Sens. Rob Teplitz, D-Dauphin/Perry, and Anthony Hardy Williams, D-Phila./Delaware. Read more


CHIP offers kids protection and parents peace of mind

(Jan 29, 2016)

Pennsylvania has a Children's Health Insurance Program that provides free and low-cost health insurance to children. CHIP is not welfare – it covers children of working parents whose employers don't offer coverage and who can't afford private insurance. If you can't afford health insurance for your children, chances are they are eligible for CHIP. Read more


Sims: Committee Vote a Stunt

(Jan 27, 2016)

With no notice, Chairman PA State Representative Daryl Metcalfe called a State Government Committee Meeting to vote on a controversial union-busting bill to the House floor. It's a blatant assault on workers' rights and further hurts middle-class families across the Commonwealth. This legislation is straight from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) playbook and this vote was nothing but a political stunt. Read more


Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property

(Jan 01, 2016)

Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Read more


PA Power Switch: Ask the right questions

(Dec 30, 2015)

In Pennsylvania, you can choose the company that generates your electricity – also known as your electric supplier. This means that you have the power to switch to a competing supplier who can offer the lowest price, or provide a specific service you want, such as “green” or renewable energy. Read more


Sims: Pass a Budget Now

(Dec 08, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Brian Sims introduced a resolution recognizing International Human Rights Day and used his allotted speaking time to advocate for those in need in Philadelphia by urging the immediate passage of the compromise state budget so schools and non-profit organizations can get vital funding. Read more