Kim, lawmakers explain need to act after rise in hate crimes

(May 23, 2022)

“About one year ago, following the deadly shooting in Atlanta where a gunman killed eight women – including six women of Asian descent – I joined lawmakers in participating in a listening tour involving the Asian community across the commonwealth,” Kim said. “People were fearful, people were frustrated and one of the topics that kept coming up was the need to educate to combat the hate. Asian Americans are tired of seeing their children bullied in our schools and being perceived as ‘forever foreigners’ in their own country.” Read more

 

Celebrate sport, embrace competition, practice empathy and stop attacking transgender athletes

(Apr 29, 2022)

If a kid wants to compete, let them. If that kid happens to be an excellent athlete and outstanding person, celebrate them. That’s it. Please stop these unnecessary and hateful attempts to target certain populations just because you’ve been led to believe some lie about fairness. Read more

 

Ciresi applauds three county unanimous votes for the Schuylkill River Passenger Rail Authority

(Apr 27, 2022)

The Schuylkill River Passenger Rail Authority will be the regional coordinating body between Berks, Chester, and Montgomery counties for the restoration of train service through the execution of contracts, selection of a service operator, and seeking and obtaining state and federal funding. Read more

 

State lawmakers demand action on PA Fertility Act

(Apr 26, 2022)

“Just to give you an idea of what many aspiring families are facing, one day my insurance had not been loaded and our bill for that day came to $15,000,” said State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, who has undergone needed fertility treatments in the wake of her husband suffering injuries as a result of his work as a combat veteran. “This is the sad reality for too many hardworking people across Pennsylvania attempting to start a family.” Read more

 

Hill-Evans announces $14 million in state grants for York County

(Apr 26, 2022)

HARRISBURG, April 26 – State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, today announced that 6 projects in York County will receive a total of $14 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grants. “This $14 million in RACP funding will help improve quality of life in York County, from preserving and protecting our environment to helping to alleviate food insecurity to constructing a community center,” Hill-Evans said. “We will all benefit from the state’s support of these critical community projects in our beloved York County.” The following is the listing of the organizations’ projects and their grant award amounts: York County Economic Alliance -- $5 million to assist in the current phase of the Codorus Greenway, which will build upon the previous phase to make improvements to the section of the Codorus Creek from the rail bridge north of Philadelphia Street in the city of York to the Army Corps of Engineers access point downstream of North George Street in the city of York. Construction will include repair and reconstruction of flood walls to expand the capacity of the levee system and create riparian buffer areas adjacent to the creek and allow for an ADA compliant access point; remediation of contaminated soil; and in-channel improvements that enhance water quality and mitigate flooding. The York County Industrial Development Authority -- $2 million for its Ballpark Commons Northern Read more

 

West Chester University Promotes Economic Opportunities for Students with Autism

(Apr 20, 2022)

“It was wonderful to join Sen. Comitta, Secretary Snead, Secretary Berrier and students from the Dub-C Autism program today,” said Rep. Sappey. “We’ve learned so much about autism over the last 20 years so, it’s truly heartening to see inclusion in practice here. Neuro-diverse individuals want to be productive members of the community just like all of us, and this supportive programming keeps young people moving forward in their education and on the path to independent living. I am extremely proud of West Chester University for their leadership in this area.” Read more

 

Ciresi introduces ‘Click to Cancel’ legislation for recurring subscriptions

(Apr 13, 2022)

HARRISBURG, April 13 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, this week introduced legislation (H.B. 2511-- Click to Cancel) that would increase consumer protections by requiring service providers to provide notification before each automatic renewal of a service, to be transparent about renewal terms, and to allow consumers to cancel subscription services exclusively online if they initially subscribed over the internet. “I’ve introduced legislation, ‘Click to Cancel,’ that would amend the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Act to make consumers aware of their active subscriptions and their renewal terms and empower them to easily cancel their subscriptions,” Ciresi said. “I firmly believe that subscriptions should be transparent and easy to understand, and that consumers should be able to cancel them as easily as they can begin a subscription. “The situation too many consumers face today is that their online contracts often automatically renew without them being notified or even aware. Making matters worse is that some subscription services require consumers to jump through hoops just to cancel their subscription, such as by forcing them to call or speak to an online representative before they can end the service. “When it is passed, consumers in Pennsylvania will be better protected from companies’ subscription practices that have burdened them with fees for subscriptions they no longer want or Read more

 

Ciresi announces $130K grant for Ridge Pike sewer extension in Limerick

(Apr 06, 2022)

HARRISBURG, April 6 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, announced that he secured a $130,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development for sewer extension design and permitting in Limerick Township. “After a lot of hard work, I’m very happy that state funding has been awarded to extend public sewer access to the western portion of Ridge Pike in Limerick Township,” Ciresi said. “Following communication with Aqua PA, which owns the sewer system, to find out what they needed from the state to make the extension happen, I worked with DCED to secure the grant money required to finally, after decades, make real progress on extending public sewer access to this area. This grant is an excellent example of local service providers and state government coming together to achieve a solution that will benefit the whole community for years to come.” “Assisting the needs of our constituents is a continued high-priority objective of the board and with this grant from DCED, the township will be able to support Limerick property owners along Ridge Pike who are dealing with the burdens of failing on-lot septic systems,” said Limerick Board of Supervisors Chairman Kenneth W. Sperring Jr. “We thank Representative Ciresi for his support of this important project. These grant funds will not only provide for the engineering design of sanitary sewer Read more

 

Daley resolution to study conservation corridors advances

(Mar 30, 2022)

“Taking a good look at conservation corridors would provide us with valuable information that would have benefits for both Pennsylvania residents and wildlife," Daley said. Read more

 

The path to defeating Putin lies in ending our dependence on fossil fuels | Opinion

(Mar 17, 2022)

Clean energy like wind, solar, and nuclear produced here is not dependent on international market forces and is much less vulnerable than oil and gas to price shocks. Read more

 

Reps. Davis, Warren urge passage of Kayden’s Law

(Mar 16, 2022)

“By its action, the U.S. Congress both recognized the critical need to reform child custody law and provided funding to support reform,” said Warren. “Kayden’s Law would protect children and ensure that the best interest of the child is the top priority in custody proceedings. This funding would help Pennsylvania courts implement Kayden’s Law and protect Pennsylvania children.” Read more

 

Malagari introduces bill to position region as hub for research, industry

(Mar 14, 2022)

“An important aspect of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is the emphasis and funding placed on the research, development and transmission of clean energy,” Malagari said. Read more

 

Galloway to introduce plan to thwart employee misclassification

(Mar 09, 2022)

HARRISBURG, March 9 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, today announced that he is working with his colleagues to introduce 15 recommendations contained in the Joint Task Force on Employee Misclassification’s preliminary report to the General Assembly released earlier this month. The Joint Task Force created by Act 85 of 2020 and championed by Galloway studied the issue of worker misclassification and its impact on Pennsylvania. Misclassification of employees occurs when a business wrongfully classifies a worker as an independent contractor even though the nature, type and oversight of their work determines they should be considered an employee under the law. Misclassification can impact industries from home health care to construction to online businesses, like Uber and Lyft drivers. “I fought to have my bill enacted because I was sick of seeing how employee misclassification was hurting Pennsylvania,” Galloway said. “I knew the legislature could level the playing field by preventing honest, hardworking Pennsylvanians from being wrongly classified as independent contractors and suffering from lost wages, medical bills and lack of unemployment compensation; law-abiding businesses from struggling with the impact of lost profits and competitive bids; and the taxpayer and state government from losing out on rightfully owed revenue that could be used to improve services and infrastructure. “Criminals use employee misclassification Read more

 

Ciresi introduces legislation on clear signage for land development projects

(Mar 08, 2022)

HARRISBURG, March 8 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, introduced legislation to create signage requirements for subdivision and land development. The legislation would amend the Municipalities Planning Code to ensure that posted signs meet minimum size standards, are conspicuously posted, and include required information on the development and construction schedule. This signage would be required for land undergoing subdivision and land development. “Currently, property developers can provide ‘notice’ with nothing more than an 8½-inch by 11-inch sheet of paper, which is often easy to miss for anyone passing by and leaving many residents unaware of development happening near them,” Ciresi said. “My bill would guarantee more transparency with specific requirements for posted signage on property under development, giving residents a better understanding of what is happening in their community.” The legislation has been introduced as H.B. 2375 and referred to the House Local Government Committee. Read more

 

Howard: Let’s keep no-excuse mail-in voting

(Mar 07, 2022)

Act 77, which created mail-in voting in Pennsylvania, was introduced as a simple bill to eliminate straight ticket voting. While introduced by a Democratic senator, Republicans leapt to support it, and the bill became anything but the bipartisan victory the Republicans claimed it as. In 2019, when the bill was introduced, Pennsylvania was one of only seven states permitting straight ticket voting in presidential elections. Initially a simple voting reform, the Republicans turned Act 77 into something far less noble. The Republican senators on the State Government Committee made what turned out to be a very astute observation – then-president Donald Trump was an albatross around their party’s electoral neck. By eliminating straight ticket voting, the Republicans figured they could improve the chances of their candidates down ballot by distancing them, however subtly, from a president less than popular with many of their voters. In a bid to assuage any partisan opposition, the bill was amended to include the creation of no excuse mail-in voting. However, the majority of Democrats voted against what was ultimately more electoral smoke and mirrors than genuine voting reform, leaving the bill an example of anything but the triumph of bipartisanship it was claimed to be. Not only did the Republicans not raise any legal or constitutional objections to mail-in voting at the time, but they also pushed the idea from the jump, with only two Republican House members Read more

 

Ciresi and Shusterman introduce legislation to exempt at-home Covid tests from sales tax

(Feb 09, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 9 – State Reps. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, and Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, have introduced H.B. 2327, which would exempt at-home COVID-19 tests from the state sales tax. “As the pandemic rages on, we need all the tools in our arsenal to fight the virus,” Ciresi said. “By exempting at-home COVID-19 tests from the sales tax, we can help our residents and improve access to convenient diagnostic testing by removing this financial barrier. These tests are vital to public health and should not be taxed when Pennsylvanians are fulfilling their duty to their neighbors by testing themselves for the virus.” “Accessing at-home COVID-19 tests allows people to quickly get results so they do not put others at risk,” Shusterman said. “These important medical devices should be exempt from sales tax because they serve the greater good of the community.” Read more

 

Williams named to powerful Professional Licensure Committee

(Feb 09, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 9 – In recognition of his success fostering economic development projects in the 74 th district , State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, has been named to the House Professional Licensure Committee. “Since I was elected to the house in 2018, I have made economic development a priority as it is the primary way to uplift our communities,” Williams said. “As a member of the powerful House Professional Licensure Committee, I will be able to advocate for bills that will foster job development and business growth in our district and throughout Pennsylvania. As a bridge builder, I will work across the aisle to ensure that bills that would help our businesses and workers thrive will come up for a vote on the House floor.” In the House, the Professional Licensure Committee reviews bills related to the state’s diverse professional and occupational licensing boards located administratively in the Department of State. The scope includes businesses as diverse as funeral homes, doctors, vehicle sales and crane operators to auctioneers, pharmacists and beauticians. Williams also serves on Aging & Older Adult Services , Human Services, Urban Affairs, Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness committees, as well as in the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. Williams’ office can be reached by calling (484) 200-8256 . Read more

 

Ciresi applauds record investment in local schools in Governor Wolf’s budget proposal

(Feb 08, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 8 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, released the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 2022-23 budget unveiled today: “Governor Wolf’s budget outlines a clear vision to make up for years of underfunding education and local development with historic investments in public education and our communities that will improve our schools, reduce property taxes and breathe new life into the 146th,” Ciresi said. “This funding would be a major help to all of our local districts and have a transformative effect on Pottstown, which has long been one of the most underfunded in the state.” The budget includes an additional $2.1 billion for public education statewide, achieved through increases in basic and special education funding and cost savings through comprehensive charter school reform without raising taxes. It also expands on the “Level Up” funding included in this year’s budget, designed to help Pennsylvania’s most underfunded school districts such as Pottstown School District. The charter school reform that Ciresi and Wolf have partnered on would achieve over $373 million in savings statewide. These reforms include using the same special education funding formula used by school districts and setting a data-driven statewide tuition rate for cyber charter attendance. The local impact of these investments in education for the 146 th Read more

 

Ciresi introduces legislation to provide for sustainable community safe houses

(Feb 01, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 1 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, introduced H.B. 2321, which would provide grant money to build sustainable community safe houses so that residents would have shelter in case of natural disaster. “This past year, many families in our communities have been left without shelter in the wake of serious storms like Ida,” Ciresi said. “Our residents need to have somewhere to go when their homes have been damaged by floods, wind or other types of natural disasters that we’re increasingly seeing in Pennsylvania.” If passed, H.B. 2321 would allow counties, municipalities and councils of governments to apply for grants to develop and maintain community buildings powered by and storing green energy. Grants of up to $250,000 would be issued to create emergency systems and centers, sustainably and reliably backed up by renewable energy, that would be there for our communities in their time of need. Money for these grants would be appropriated to the already existing State Sustainable Energy Fund to help get these projects off the ground. As they would be powered by renewable energy backup systems, Ciresi said these sustainable community safe houses would remain operational even when the power in the community goes out. Volunteers would be able to plug in refrigerators and fans, residents could charge their cell phones, and all sorts of other needs could continue to be met. Read more

 

Bucks lawmakers announce passage of bill to support health care workers

(Jan 26, 2022)

“Nurses and health care workers in Bucks County have selflessly sacrificed for the greater good since the first days of the pandemic,” House Democratic Caucus Secretary Tina Davis said. Read more

 

Kim, lawmakers explain need to act after rise in hate crimes
May 23, 2022

Celebrate sport, embrace competition, practice empathy and stop attacking transgender athletes
Apr 29, 2022

Ciresi applauds three county unanimous votes for the Schuylkill River Passenger Rail Authority
Apr 27, 2022

State lawmakers demand action on PA Fertility Act
Apr 26, 2022

Hill-Evans announces $14 million in state grants for York County
Apr 26, 2022

West Chester University Promotes Economic Opportunities for Students with Autism
Apr 20, 2022

Ciresi introduces ‘Click to Cancel’ legislation for recurring subscriptions
Apr 13, 2022

Ciresi announces $130K grant for Ridge Pike sewer extension in Limerick
Apr 06, 2022

Daley resolution to study conservation corridors advances
Mar 30, 2022

The path to defeating Putin lies in ending our dependence on fossil fuels | Opinion
Mar 17, 2022

Reps. Davis, Warren urge passage of Kayden’s Law
Mar 16, 2022

Malagari introduces bill to position region as hub for research, industry
Mar 14, 2022

Galloway to introduce plan to thwart employee misclassification
Mar 09, 2022

Ciresi introduces legislation on clear signage for land development projects
Mar 08, 2022

Howard: Let’s keep no-excuse mail-in voting
Mar 07, 2022

Ciresi and Shusterman introduce legislation to exempt at-home Covid tests from sales tax
Feb 09, 2022

Williams named to powerful Professional Licensure Committee
Feb 09, 2022

Ciresi applauds record investment in local schools in Governor Wolf’s budget proposal
Feb 08, 2022

Ciresi introduces legislation to provide for sustainable community safe houses
Feb 01, 2022

Bucks lawmakers announce passage of bill to support health care workers
Jan 26, 2022