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 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


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


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


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


Sims: Bill to Protect Police Incomplete

(Nov 17, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Brian Sims speaks against a measure that would withhold police officers' names when they are involved in a shooting. Sims says that it's not clear how many people the bill would actually help, that there are no clear cases of this being a problem and that the bill is incomplete in how it would be enforced. Read more


Sims – Focus on a Budget NOW!

(Oct 28, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Brian Sims passionately speaks out for the need for the Legislature to get their jobs done by passing a real common sense budget instead of wasting time on other legislation. Read more


Sims Celebrates Court Decision on Same Sex Marriage

(Jun 26, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Brian Sims reads the final summation of Supreme Court Justice Kennedy in the majority opinion making Same Sex Marriage legal in all fifty states, striking down any state’s attempt to ban it. Read more


Sims Against "Conversion Therapy"

(Jun 25, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Brian Sims speaks out against so-called "conversion therapy" intended to change a person's sexual orientation, which is still legal in Pennsylvania. Read more