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(Jan 18, 2018)

As of Jan. 16, SEPTA no longer accepts Medicare and Railroad Retirement cards for free or reduced-fare rides . Riders with disabilities who have not yet registered with SEPTA for the Reduced Transit Fare Program for Persons with Disabilities should do so as soon as possible. The only forms of identification that will be accepted for reduced-fare service on all SEPTA Routes will be the SEPTA Key Reduced Fare Card or the Paper Pennsylvania Reduced Transit Fare ID Card (green card). To get your SEPTA Key Reduced Fare Card, you can: Fill out an application at my office or download the form here . Take the application with your Medicare card to SEPTA. You also can attend one of the following Reduced Fare Application and Outreach events in Philadelphia in February: Wednesday, Feb. 7 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Frankford Transportation Center Wednesday, Feb. 28 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Frankford Transportation Center If you have any questions about this email or any state-related matter, please call my office at 215-342-6340 or stop by to see us in person at 7012 Castor Ave. We’re open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Read more

 

Solomon’s veterans registry bill becomes law

(Dec 22, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 22 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., today stood by Gov. Tom Wolf as he signed Solomon’s legislation into law that will help Pennsylvania veterans receive federal, state and local benefits. House Bill 1231, now Act 69 of 2017, will expand the existing Department of Military and Veterans Affairs registry’s reach by bringing other agencies into the process of identifying veterans who stand to benefit. Currently, the DMVA manages an online registry that lists more than 10,000 veterans, but that number is still significantly less than the 894,000 veterans living in Pennsylvania. “This law will ensure the hundreds of thousands of veterans in Pennsylvania who are potentially missing out on the opportunities and benefits others are receiving through the DMVA registry get the help they deserve,” Solomon said. “It will make more people aware of the existing one-stop shop for our veterans and their loved ones that allows them to discover programs and services that they may not have previously been aware of. The law also will help veterans, their families and support workers get access to important benefits that support them.” Solomon added this bipartisan effort was first co-sponsored by state Rep. Matt Gabler, R-Clearfield/Elk. “This is not a Democratic issue or a Republican issue,” Solomon stated. “Veterans served, and risked everything to protect our freedom and our country, so we all need to Read more

 

State Reps. Miller, Rabb, Sims and Solomon call for prompt action in wake of sexual harassment allegations in Harrisburg

(Dec 22, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 22 – State Reps. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny, Chris Rabb, Brian Sims and Jared Solomon, all D-Phila., today issued the following statement and call for action in the wake of sexual harassment allegations in the Pennsylvania legislature. “The recent reports and allegations emanating from Harrisburg are deeply troubling. For too long, stories of inappropriate behavior have been kept hush-hush, universally acknowledged but rarely acted upon,” the lawmakers wrote to legislative leaders. “It is simply insulting to the character of our Commonwealth that women have to whisper warnings to each other about which legislators they should avoid. In addition, the level of professional harm that far too many women have endured is incalculable. It is vital that we as male legislators reflect on our role in either perpetuating this culture in Harrisburg or analyze our as yet unsuccessful efforts to end it. “It seems rather basic. If you grope someone, you are unfit for office. If you expose yourself to someone, you are unfit for office. If you condition employment or in any way use your office to intimidate or coerce someone into doing something inappropriate, if you are more interested in how a woman looks rather than her skills for the job, you are unfit for office. And, to no less of a degree, if you are silent when such incidents of discrimination and assault occur in front of you, then you are unfit for office. None of these personal Read more

 

Solomon’s veterans registry bill passes the Senate, heads to governor

(Dec 13, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 13 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., said he is thrilled that the Senate unanimously passed his legislation that would help Pennsylvania veterans receive federal, state and local benefits. It now awaits Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature. House Bill 1231 would expand the existing Department of Military and Veterans Affairs registry’s reach by bringing other agencies into the process of identifying veterans who stand to benefit. Currently, the DMVA manages an online registry that lists more than 10,000 veterans, but that number is still significantly less than the 894,000 veterans living in Pennsylvania. “There are hundreds of thousands of veterans in Pennsylvania who are potentially missing out on the opportunities and benefits others are receiving through the DMVA registry,” Solomon said. “That’s unacceptable and that’s why this legislation is so crucial.” This bipartisan effort was first co-sponsored by state Rep. Matt Gabler, R-Clearfield/Elk. “This is not a Democratic issue or a Republican issue,” Solomon explained. “This is simply an issue of ensuring these brave individuals, who put their lives on the line for our freedom, are given the treatment they undoubtedly deserve.” The legislation passed the House in June. Read more

 

Rep. Solomon Fall 2017 Newsletters

(Dec 01, 2017)

Read the Castor Gardens & Oxford Circle edition here . Read the Lawncrest & Burholme edition here . Read the Wissinoming edition here . Read more

 

Solomon participates in beautification effort at Tarken Recreation Center

(Nov 29, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 29 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., participated in a cleanup and beautification effort at Tarken Recreation Center in northeast Philadelphia this past Sunday. “It was a pleasure seeing so many young people involved in the International WeLoveU Foundation’s beautification efforts at Tarken Recreation on Sunday,” Solomon said. “There is no better way to show your appreciation for the neighborhood than to ensure that it is clean and safe. I look forward to other efforts to beautify our community.” The effort was hosted by the International WeLoveU Foundation, which seeks to promote unity and friendship through impactful environmental and social welfare initiatives. Solomon and participants picked up trash, painted the exterior of the recreation center, as well as installed new nets on the center’s basketball hoops. ### Read more

 

Charlton, Solomon bill to establish commission to plan America’s 250th birthday passes House

(Nov 21, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 21 – State Reps. Alex Charlton, R-Delaware, and Jared Solomon, D-Phila., announced their bill to establish the Pennsylvania Semiquincentennial Commission passed the House unanimously. “As the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence, it’s important to recognize our Commonwealth’s integral role in the founding of the United States of America,” Charlton said. “The semiquincentennial is a chance for all Pennsylvanians to engage in a shared undertaking of national unity, as well as remembering what has united us as American citizens for over 200 years.” House Bill 1793 would establish a commission to plan, encourage, develop and coordinate the commemoration of the 250 th anniversary of the founding of the United States. The commission would submit a comprehensive report that includes the specific recommendations of the commission to the governor and the General Assembly by September 2018. “By our commonwealth playing host to the nation’s 250 th birthday, we hope for an extensive, expansive, and exciting dialogue between and within all 67 counties in Pennsylvania, a dialogue that brings together all Pennsylvanians and all state and local governments to plan how we welcome the world to our state for this yearlong celebration,” Solomon said. “I thank Rep. Charlton for his leadership and partnership on this bill, and I hope the spirit of bipartisanship that led to this bill’s passage Read more

 

Solomon saves historic church property from wrecking ball

(Nov 13, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 10 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., today thanked members of the Philadelphia Historical Commission for their vote to add the Parish House at the Trinity Oxford Church to the local historic register, thus forestalling plans to demolish it in place of a Royal Farms gas station. “Today is a great day for Northeast Philly. We will now work collaboratively to bring new revitalization to our business corridors,” Solomon said after the hearing. “I nominated this building because it holds a special place in the hearts of so many Northeast residents and is integral to the rich – and often underappreciated – history in Northeast Philadelphia. Today’s successful designation was the product of so many of these residents, along with key partners like the Preservation Alliance, working together towards this shared goal.” Solomon and the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, along with many near-neighbors and activists, testified in support of the nomination at the Nov. 10 Historical Commission hearing at 16th and Arch streets. The commission voted to support the nomination, affirming the recommendation of an earlier subcommittee that in September voted unanimously to add this building to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. Solomon said, “While I am thrilled with today’s vote, much work remains. Since Day 1 of this process I have been committed to working closely with the Church Read more

 

Solomon to host Senior Fair on Nov. 18

(Nov 02, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 2 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., will host a Senior Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 18 at the J. Hampton Moore School, 6900 Summerdale Ave. “There are so many great programs and opportunities for our seniors and this event is a fun, free way to enable them to gain access to services they are entitled to and should be receiving,” Solomon said. The event will feature health screenings, state and local government agencies, representatives from hospitals and insurance companies, and others offering information and services geared toward older adults. Free flu vaccines will also be available with most insurance and Medicare cards. Solomon stated that there will also be door prizes and free refreshments. For further information and to RSVP, individuals can contact Solomon’s office at 215-342-6340 . Read more

 

Solomon, Taylor introduce legislation to increase penalties for nuisance offenses

(Oct 19, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 19 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., has joined Rep. John Taylor R-Phila., to introduced two bills that would amend the Crimes Code to address chronic nuisance issues that cause problems for downtowns and neighborhoods throughout Pennsylvania. “During the last 10 years, we have provided innovative new laws to help local governments, like Philadelphia, fight blight,” Taylor said. “This legislation gives us new tools in that struggle. Nuisance acts depress property values and deter investment in our communities, large and small.” “The nuisances outlined in the legislation threaten the public health, safety and welfare of residents in neighborhoods across our commonwealth,” Solomon said. “These two bills would not only assist with decreasing these petty acts, but also help improve the appearance of our communities both big and small in all 67 counties.” The first bill, House Bill 1812, groups littering, loitering, and disorderly conduct under the umbrella of "chronic nuisances," and creates incrementally higher penalties for such incidents with this grouping. The bill increases existing fines for the following offenses when committed two or more times within a two-year period; graffiti, scattering rubbish, public drunkenness, loitering and public nuisances. Fines will be doubled for a second offense, and tripled for a third or subsequent offense. Under current law, the fines vary. Read more

 

Solomon-Gabler Veterans Registry bill voted out of Senate Veterans Committee

(Oct 18, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 18 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., and Rep. Matt Gabler, R-Clearfield/Elk, are pleased that their legislation to help Pennsylvania’s veterans and their families get the support they need was unanimously approved by the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. “I want to thank the Committee chairmen and my Senate colleagues for their unanimous support of this important legislation,” Solomon said. “With this bill, Representative Gabler and I hope to ensure that all veterans, their families and support workers know about all the benefits they can avail themselves of, and to ensure that all State agencies work together towards the common goal of providing that vital support.” H.B. 1231 would expand and codify the existing Department of Military and Veterans Affairs registry’s reach by bringing other agencies into the process of identifying veterans who stand to benefit. Currently, the DMVA manages an online registry that lists roughly 7,000 of the more than 894,000 veterans in Pennsylvania. That represents less than 1 percent of veterans in the commonwealth. The bill awaits full Senate consideration. Read more

 

Charlton, Solomon bill to establish commission to plan America’s 250th birthday voted out of committee

(Oct 17, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 17 – State Reps. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., and Alex Charlton, R-Delaware today announced their bill to establish the Pennsylvania Semiquincentennial Commission was voted out of the House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee. The unanimous vote comes one day after Solomon and Charlton held a Capitol news conference on their bipartisan effort. “Pennsylvania is truly a state that’s rich in culture and history and as the home of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, what better way to celebrate our nation’s 250th birthday than having our commonwealth host this celebration,” Solomon said. “We want this event to be a means to promote the achievements and contributions of all 67 counties to our nation’s past, present and future.” House Bill 1793 would establish a commission to plan, encourage, develop and coordinate the commemoration of the 250 th anniversary of the founding of the United States. The commission would submit a comprehensive report that includes the specific recommendations of the commission to the governor and the General Assembly by September 2018. “The nation’s semiquincentennial is an opportunity for all Pennsylvanians to recognize the American experiment and how it has been sustained by sacrifice and the willingness to stick to it and see it through,” Charlton said. “We hope this celebration will inspire a new generation of Americans to continue to Read more

 

Solomon, Charlton introduce Pa. Commission bill to plan for America’s 250th birthday in 2026

(Oct 16, 2017)

With less than 10 years until America celebrates the nation’s 250 th birthday in July 2026, a bipartisan team in the Pennsylvania House has introduced House Bill 1793, establishing the Pennsylvania Semiquincentennial Commission. This effort, led by state Reps. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., and Alex Charlton, R-Springfield, envisions the commission to plan, encourage, develop and coordinate the commemoration of the 250 th anniversary of the founding of the United States. “Our country’s semiquincentennial is a moment for all Americans and Pennsylvanians to engage in a shared undertaking of national unity, remembering what unites us American citizens while aiming toward a better tomorrow as individuals, families and communities,” said Charlton. In the legislation, the commission is expected to submit a comprehensive report that includes the specific recommendations of the commission to the governor and General Assembly by next September. “This is exceptional for our Commonwealth, as we led and became the first state in the nation to begin the very important planning of welcoming in the 250 th birthday of America,” said Solomon. The commission will coordinate planning with all federal, state and local agencies on infrastructure improvements and projects to welcome regional, national and international tourists. “For Pennsylvanians, it is both a privilege and responsibility to host the nation and the world on the anniversary of Read more

 

Solomon Preparing Pa. for USA250

(Oct 16, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Jared Solomon is a lead sponsor on legislation to create a commission to plan the United States 250th Anniversary Celebration. Solomon says Philadelphia has always played a lead role in celebrating our nation's history and he is looking to expand that celebration across all of Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Solomon launches street cleaning pilot program for northeast Philadelphia

(Oct 12, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 10 – In an effort to clean up the lower northeast part of Philadelphia, state Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., held a news conference to announce a six-month street cleaning pilot program. “This is our home and we should take pride in where we live,” Solomon said. “It’s our responsibility to take care and maintain it in order to attract more people, which, in turn, would continue growing our great community.” Speaking on Bustleton Avenue Tuesday morning, Solomon stood alongside Streets Department Commissioner Carlton Williams and the founder of Steve's Prince of Steaks Steve Iliescu, who are both helping with the program. Solomon stressed the fact that his plan goes beyond just picking up trash and is a key step in keeping the community safe. “Garbage-littered streets and alleyways can attract criminals, but maintaining our appearance can help deter them from striking,” Solomon explained. This pilot program will target core areas of the following business corridors: Castor Avenue between Knorr and Levick Street; Bustleton Avenue between St. Vincent Street and Unruh Avenue; and Rising Sun Avenue between Comly and Levick Street, Tyson Avenue and Five Points. “After the six-month pilot, my hope is we will expand to cover the full length of each corridor,” Solomon said. The idea is associated with H.Bs. 1812 and 1813 , both co-sponsored by Solomon. The Read more

 

Solomon Working for Better Childcare Information

(Sep 26, 2017)

Choosing the best child care center can be difficult, and now, Pa. state Rep. Jared Solomon is pushing legislation to ease the burden for parents by rating quality on a four star system. Day cares would be required to post their results on a public-facing window and website for parents' review. Read more

 

Solomon-Mehaffie bill seeks to help parents deciding on child care

(Sep 26, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 26 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., and Thomas Mehaffie, R-Dauphin, today announced they introduced legislation to bring clarity to parents in the process of choosing where to send their children for child care. “Parents normally make decisions on child care based on cost and convenience, but they need to add quality to the mix,” said Solomon. “Our legislation requires that all centers post on their public-facing window – and website, if they have one – how many Keystone Stars their center has out of four. This legislation provides much-needed information that increases and improves parent choice, protects our children, and allows the free market to thrive in the economy for child care.” Keystone STARS is one of the largest and most mature quality rating and improvement systems in the nation. It is an initiative of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning to improve, support, and recognize the continuous quality improvement efforts of early learning programs in Pennsylvania. The performance standards are grouped into four levels. Each level builds on the previous and it utilizes research-based best practices to promote quality early learning environments and positive child outcomes. The standards address staff qualifications and professional development, the early learning program, partnerships with family and community, and leadership and management. Mehaffie said, “Deciding which child Read more

 

Solomon to host Public Safety and Criminal Justice Summit

(Sep 19, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 27 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., will host constituents and state and local leaders to discuss and gather input on public safety in the Lower Northeast and the state-wide criminal justice system. The Public Safety and Criminal Justice Summit will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12 at St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church, 1009 Unruh Ave., 19111. Solomon said the event will provide an opportunity to engage in dialogue with city and state criminal justice leaders on issues of crime, safety and community. “Public safety remains a big issue in my district, and the criminal justice system – both here in Philadelphia and across the commonwealth – continue to find themselves under scrutiny,” Solomon said. “This legislative summit will offer constituents an opportunity to have an informed discussion with leaders on the state and local level and give input into how we can make our community safer.” Solomon added the summit will present constituents with a chance to help shape his legislative agenda in Harrisburg. In addition to community leaders and experts, those expected to attend include Secretary John Wetzel from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and Commissioner Richard Ross from the Philadelphia Police Department. To RSVP, constituents should call Solomon’s constituent office at (215) 342-6340. Read more

 

Solomon condemns Trump administration for ending DACA

(Sep 06, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 6 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., made this statement following President Trump’s announcement that his administration would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. “Like many around the country and in my district, I was saddened and dismayed when President Trump announced that he would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program,” Solomon said. “My heart goes out to the young people who, from the moment they arrived in this country, have embodied the American dream, contributed so much, and worked so hard for their futures and their families. “The people of lower northeast Philadelphia who I represent are particularly impacted – we have over 17,000 foreign-born residents in my district and it is a true melting pot of cultures. This cultural diversity should be celebrated and supported – that’s exactly what I’ve worked to do since taking office. “After convening a legislative summit on immigration and diversity in February, my team has worked tirelessly to support young immigrants and their families (even bringing some of them on as interns in my district office). Now I am working closely with colleagues in Harrisburg to introduce legislation that promotes cultural sensitivity and dialogue in our classrooms. “The decisions of national leaders have thrust a generation into fear and uncertainty. But we have the opportunity and Read more

 

A reminder from Philly House Democrats about landmark Pa. animal protection law taking effect today

(Aug 28, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 28 – Today, a landmark overhaul of Pennsylvania’s animal protection laws takes effect, and state Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Jared Solomon, all D-Phila.; and Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, want the public to know what to expect. Named after a Boston terrier puppy rescued from near death on a Lancaster County farm last summer, Libre’s Law will allow felony charges for first-time animal cruelty offenders. This is a first for the state. According to Humane PA, this level of punishment was usually used in cases of animal fighting or killings of endangered species. The new law also spells out the rules for tethering an animal. It specifically requires: A leash must be three times the length of the pet or 10 feet, whichever is longer. No tow or logged chain or pinch, choke, or prong collars used with a tether. A well-fitted collar and no open sores or wounds on the dog's body. The lead must be on a swivel and ideally a lead that has a coated cover to avoid getting tangled. The area where the pet is kept must be kept clear of excessive feces, with access to drinkable water and shade. No more than nine consecutive hours on a leash in a day's time. No more than 30 minutes tied up when temperatures are lower than 32 degrees or higher than 90 degrees. Anyone who tethers a dog outside in extreme weather or severely abuses a horse will face more than a summary offense. In the past, Read more

 

Sign up now for SEPTA Key Reduced Fare Card
Jan 18, 2018

Solomon’s veterans registry bill becomes law
Dec 22, 2017

State Reps. Miller, Rabb, Sims and Solomon call for prompt action in wake of sexual harassment allegations in Harrisburg
Dec 22, 2017

Solomon’s veterans registry bill passes the Senate, heads to governor
Dec 13, 2017

Rep. Solomon Fall 2017 Newsletters
Dec 01, 2017

Solomon participates in beautification effort at Tarken Recreation Center
Nov 29, 2017

Charlton, Solomon bill to establish commission to plan America’s 250th birthday passes House
Nov 21, 2017

Solomon saves historic church property from wrecking ball
Nov 13, 2017

Solomon to host Senior Fair on Nov. 18
Nov 02, 2017

Solomon, Taylor introduce legislation to increase penalties for nuisance offenses
Oct 19, 2017

Solomon-Gabler Veterans Registry bill voted out of Senate Veterans Committee
Oct 18, 2017

Charlton, Solomon bill to establish commission to plan America’s 250th birthday voted out of committee
Oct 17, 2017

Solomon, Charlton introduce Pa. Commission bill to plan for America’s 250th birthday in 2026
Oct 16, 2017

Solomon Preparing Pa. for USA250
Oct 16, 2017

Solomon launches street cleaning pilot program for northeast Philadelphia
Oct 12, 2017

Solomon Working for Better Childcare Information
Sep 26, 2017

Solomon-Mehaffie bill seeks to help parents deciding on child care
Sep 26, 2017

Solomon to host Public Safety and Criminal Justice Summit
Sep 19, 2017

Solomon condemns Trump administration for ending DACA
Sep 06, 2017

A reminder from Philly House Democrats about landmark Pa. animal protection law taking effect today
Aug 28, 2017