When AI’s Not the Answer, Bringing Tax $ Back Home, Severe Storm Prep and more

(Jan 12, 2024)

Happy New Year! As we wade into 2024, I wanted to update you on two bipartisan bills I created that I think will help our community – one to help fund the renovation of our libraries, rec centers, and police and fire stations, and one to safeguard political advertisements, like the kind we’ll see in 2024, from misleading deep-fakes and other deceptive AI-generated content. This email also has an update on safeguarding our community from future severe storms. Read more

 

Khan leads a bipartisan group of state legislators to introduce infrastructure bill designed to help local governments update municipal facilities

(Jan 09, 2024)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 9 – State Rep. Tarik Khan, D-Phila., led a bipartisan group of state representatives in announcing plans today to introduce legislation calling for a grant program to assist municipalities with making essential renovations to municipal facilities. Khan was inspired by his retired civil engineer father, Zia Khan, a municipal employee who spent his life building and renovating municipal buildings in Philadelphia. “We have many well-loved buildings in our communities, like our libraries, rec centers, and police and fire stations. These buildings need some love back in return,” said Khan. “We believe our bipartisan bill is a win-win-win. A win for the community who get services in these buildings, a win for the workers who serve in these buildings, and a win for our labor community who will be repairing and renovating these buildings.” Named the "Public Facilities Infrastructure Grant Program," this program would provide municipalities with funding to help maintain, repair, renovate and reconstruct municipal buildings and facilities, public libraries, and recreational facilities. The bill has prevailing wage protections for workers and will require at least a 50% match for each grant application. State Rep. Alec Ryncavage, R-Luzerne, who also is a co-prime sponsor of this legislation, said he feels strongly about the need to revitalize and Read more

 

Khan and Democratic Leadership Celebrate Recognition of Eid al-Fitr Passage in PA House

(Jan 09, 2024)

PA state Rep. Tarik Khan helps lead the passage of legislation in the House of Representatives that would recognize Eid-al-Fitr as an official state holiday. Read more

 

Khan leads bipartisan group of state legislators to introduce bill prohibiting misuse of AI in campaign advertising

(Dec 21, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 21 – State Rep. Tarik Khan, D-Phila., and a bipartisan group of state representatives announced plans today to introduce legislation that would prohibit the use of artificial intelligence to misrepresent a candidate in a campaign advertisement. “In terms of AI, elections, and regulations, it’s the Wild Wild West. Without significant protections, artificial intelligence and ‘deep fakes’ will have a catastrophic impact on elections, creating confusion and mistrust of the system as technology evolves,” said Khan, who is one of the co-prime sponsors of this bill. “This bill will create some of those essential protections and help to keep our elections safe, accurate, and free from misinformation tactics.” Under this legislation, the dissemination of a campaign advertisement containing an artificially generated impersonation of a candidate would be prohibited if done without consent and with the intent to unduly influence the outcome of the election. State Rep. Chris Pielli, D-Chester, another co-prime sponsor of the legislation, shared similar concerns. “Protecting and ensuring our free and fair elections is the bedrock of our Democracy. Adversaries to this concept, both foreign and domestic, now have a devastating tool to undermine our elections with the use of deceptive AI-generated material,” Pielli said. “We must address this national security, bipartisan issue head Read more

 

Khan: Less Speeding = Safer Streets

(Dec 14, 2023)

PA state Rep. Tarik Khan thanks his House and Senate colleagues for expanding the reach of #speedcameras on Philadelphia streets. Read more

 

Khan Protects Children From Lead

(Dec 13, 2023)

Pa. state Rep. Tarik Khan introduced bipartisan legislation with Reps. Roni Green, Jim Haddock, Jason Ortitay, Abby Major and Joe Hogan that would address lead contamination in drinking water in Pennsylvania schools. Khan says there is nothing more important than the health and safety of children. Read more

 

Winter Newsletter 2023

(Dec 12, 2023)

Check out my 2023 Winter Newsletter! Read more

 

Pennsylvania lawmakers lead introduction of bipartisan bill removing lead in Pa. schools’ drinking water

(Dec 11, 2023)

State Reps. Roni Green and Tarik Khan, both D-Phila., and other state representatives will circulate a co-sponsorship memo next week for a bipartisan House bill addressing lead contamination in drinking water in Pennsylvania schools. They are being joined by state Reps. Abby Major, R-Armstrong/Westmoreland; Jim Haddock, D-Lackawanna/Luzerne; Jason Ortitay, R-Allegheny/Washington; and Joe Hogan, R-Bucks, as prime co-sponsors of this bill. “This legislation corrects a longstanding problem within our schools across the commonwealth,” Green said. “Children have a right to be in a safe environment, have clean drinking water, and maximize their learning journey free from harm and hazardous particles. It’s unacceptable to still have children being exposed to lead while in school. Our bill ensures that all Pennsylvania children’s rights are respected and that our children can be safe from lead exposure in school.” Green pointed out that this legislation is like a bill passed last year by the Philadelphia City Council and signed into law. This legislation would require the replacement of old drinking fountains with lead-filtering water stations by 2025 and direct funding to help school districts achieve this goal. The other sponsors noted their support for the bill. “As a state representative, one of my top priorities is keeping the children in my community safe,” Haddock said. “This bill will help schools in Read more

 

Khan Working to Provide a Safe, Accepting School Environment

(Nov 30, 2023)

PA state Rep. Tarik Khan believes that LGBTQ+ students deserve to feel safe and welcome in PA public schools, just like any other student. Khan stood with his colleagues in the House Democratic Caucus to roll out a package of bills that would ensure protection and acceptance of all students, regardless of sexual identity or orientation. Read more

 

Feeling Safe in Our Most Sacred Spaces

(Nov 27, 2023)

By Representative Tarik Khan As published by East Falls Forward, Chestnut Hill Local, and the Roxborough Review The morning of Friday November 3, 2023 was bitter, one of the coldest days this fall. As he approached the entrance of the Khair Community Center in the predawn light, the community member briskly fingered through his familiar key ring. Like most Fridays in Islam, today was special. Fridays are the day of the week when many Muslims congregate together to connect and worship with their friends, family, and neighbors and affirm their commitment to their community. In fact, this new mosque in Montgomery County had just hosted a huge community day the previous week with plenty of food vendors, elected officials, and members of varied faiths in attendance. The event got great press. There was even a nod to the symbolism of the center’s name, “Khair,” which translates to “goodness” in Arabic, The community member took one last breath of cold air and lifted his keys to open the front door. An unfamiliar word written on the glass caught his eye. It stopped him cold. It was a painful word that would shock and traumatize the community that holy day and the days that followed. “Terrorist.” I first heard about the Islamophobic defacing of the Khair Community Center from the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) that Friday afternoon Read more

 

Khan Helps Light the Manayunk Christmas Tree

(Nov 24, 2023)

Pa. state Rep. Tarik Khan took part in the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Manayunk. Many special guests were in attendance helping to bring in holiday cheer throughout Main Street. Khan also reminds everyone that the day after Black Friday is Small Business Saturday and there are plenty of shops and restaurants right along Main Street! Read more

 

Khan Diabetes Awareness Month Resolution adopted by House

(Nov 21, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 21 – A resolution (H.R. 141) designating November 2023 as “Diabetes Awareness Month,” has been adopted by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The resolution was introduced by state Reps. Tarik Khan, D-Phila., and Donna Oberlander, R-Armstrong. More than 1.1 million Pennsylvanians have been diagnosed with diabetes; that’s 11% of the state’s adult population ( Microsoft Word - ADV_2021_State_Fact_sheets_all.docx (diabetes.org) . “One out of every two Pennsylvania adults have diabetes or prediabetes, and nearly 20% of all adults have diabetes but don’t know about it yet,” said Khan, who is a doctorally-prepared nurse practitioner. “Creating awareness about diabetes is critical, and this bipartisan resolution helps us to educate Pennsylvanians on the need to get tested for diabetes and manage the disease if they have it.” A video about the resolution can be found here: ( https://youtu.be/x8LX97kgKU0 ). “As co-chair of the Diabetes Caucus, I was pleased to have the resolution declaring November as Diabetes Awareness Month pass the House of Representatives,” said Oberlander. “The prevalence of diabetes and the increase in both Type 1 or Type 2 makes it essential to educate and spread awareness to the signs and symptoms so that our constituents can get tested and treatment for better health.” Monica Billger, American Read more

 

Khan’s bipartisan resolution to make November 2023 Diabetes Awareness Month in Pennsylvania passed the House

(Nov 21, 2023)

Co-chair of the Diabetes Caucus, Pa. state Rep. Tarik Khan’s bipartisan resolution to make November 2023 Diabetes Awareness Month in Pennsylvania passed and is now adopted! As a healthcare provider, Khan knows the struggles of diabetes and how to keep it well managed. Read more

 

Khan: Eid-Al-Fitr as state Holiday in PA Passes the House

(Nov 16, 2023)

Pa. state Rep. Tarik Khan worked with Reps. Carol Kazeem and Jason Dawkins to pass legislation in the House that would make Eid al-Fitr a state holiday in the Commonwealth. Eid al-Fitr is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan - it's about community, charity and the power of forgiveness. Read more

 

Khan Urges Everyone to Let Their Voices be Heard

(Nov 06, 2023)

Pa. state Rep. Tarik Khan reminds everyone that Tuesday, November 7th is Election Day in Pennsylvania. There are plenty of local races impacting you, from local judges to county officials to the Mayor of Philadelphia! Get out and vote at your local polling place! Read more

 

Khan Receives New COVID Vaccine

(Nov 03, 2023)

Pa. state Rep. Tarik Khan received his COVID shot at the Capitol and took the time to explain the importance of being vaccinated. Read more

 

PA House Democrats approve legislation to increase nonprofit security grant program to $10 million

(Nov 02, 2023)

“No one should feel afraid to attend a house of worship. We need to ensure our communities are kept safe, including our mosques, synagogues, and LGBTQ+ centers, said Khan. “I’m proud to have helped lead this bill, which demonstrates that we won’t stand by while acts of violence are committed in our most sacred spaces.” Read more

 

Khan Highlights Nonprofit Security Bill

(Nov 02, 2023)

Pa. state Rep. Tarik Khan highlighted his bill, H.B. 1772, which would increase grants to nonprofits and houses of worship to help protect them against hate-fueled violence. Read more

 

Khan Backs Increasing Education Funding

(Nov 02, 2023)

Pa. state Rep. Tarik Khan continues fighting for high quality education for all students in Pennsylvania. As a product of the public school system, he knows just how impactful a child’s education is in shaping the rest of their life. Read more

 

To Bullies Everywhere: Here, we SLAPP Back

(Oct 29, 2023)

As published in the East Falls Forward and The Chestnut Hill Local This spring, I met with a community group to discuss a lawsuit. A business was suing one of the community group’s members. The litigation was not alleging theft, property damage, or a failure to pay, but instead was filed after the exercise of a constitutionally protected right of free speech. Because of this suit, the tiny community nonprofit faced thousands of dollars in court costs and the steep emotional toll of defending a lawsuit. The group was asking for my help. They wanted anti-SLAPP legislation.” SLAPP stands for Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation. SLAPP suits intend to bully, frighten, and silence. Investigative news outlets like 60 Minutes have been “SLAPPed” for exposing corruption. President Trump lobbed a ½ billion dollar SLAPP suit against CNN for running a critical story about his “big lie” election fraud nonsense. My former boss, Jay Leno, was SLAPPed several times for bad jokes. When I was in high school, Oprah was SLAPPed for millions by the meat industry when she said on air that she would stop eating burgers over mad cow concerns. These celebrity defendants had deep pockets and big-time lawyers who could easily fight back. But all too often, suits are waged against individuals, small nonprofits, and community groups. Victims of abuse and other advocates who speak out. And folks who will Read more

 

When AI’s Not the Answer, Bringing Tax $ Back Home, Severe Storm Prep and more
Jan 12, 2024

Khan leads a bipartisan group of state legislators to introduce infrastructure bill designed to help local governments update municipal facilities
Jan 09, 2024

Khan and Democratic Leadership Celebrate Recognition of Eid al-Fitr Passage in PA House
Jan 09, 2024

Khan leads bipartisan group of state legislators to introduce bill prohibiting misuse of AI in campaign advertising
Dec 21, 2023

Khan: Less Speeding = Safer Streets
Dec 14, 2023

Khan Protects Children From Lead
Dec 13, 2023

Winter Newsletter 2023
Dec 12, 2023

Pennsylvania lawmakers lead introduction of bipartisan bill removing lead in Pa. schools’ drinking water
Dec 11, 2023

Khan Working to Provide a Safe, Accepting School Environment
Nov 30, 2023

Feeling Safe in Our Most Sacred Spaces
Nov 27, 2023

Khan Helps Light the Manayunk Christmas Tree
Nov 24, 2023

Khan Diabetes Awareness Month Resolution adopted by House
Nov 21, 2023

Khan’s bipartisan resolution to make November 2023 Diabetes Awareness Month in Pennsylvania passed the House
Nov 21, 2023

Khan: Eid-Al-Fitr as state Holiday in PA Passes the House
Nov 16, 2023

Khan Urges Everyone to Let Their Voices be Heard
Nov 06, 2023

Khan Receives New COVID Vaccine
Nov 03, 2023

PA House Democrats approve legislation to increase nonprofit security grant program to $10 million
Nov 02, 2023

Khan Highlights Nonprofit Security Bill
Nov 02, 2023

Khan Backs Increasing Education Funding
Nov 02, 2023

To Bullies Everywhere: Here, we SLAPP Back
Oct 29, 2023