Williams: Timely Vote Count Matters

(May 29, 2020)

The COVID-19 crisis will not stop us from electing our leaders. The people trust their government to guarantee their vote counts. Since I took office, I’ve been working with my colleagues on improving our elections. This year, and for the first time, residents can vote by mail with no excuse required. We thought this would be a convenience for busy voters; we never anticipated a pandemic to make this a safety lifeline. Over one million Pennsylvanians applied to vote by mail for the June 2 primary or to permanently remain on the mail-in voting roster. This is a victory in the era of social distancing. However, a new question arose. How long will it take to count these ballots? It’s possible that we may not know our results until several days later. How long must we wait for the results of our vote? With Pennsylvania as a critical swing state, the stakes are high. A ballot counting backlog should not block timely results. My solution is this: clear the backlog before it happens. Current PA law says mailed-in ballots cannot be counted until Election Day. My House Bill 2483 would allow mail-in and absentee ballots received early to be counted starting two weeks before Election Day. Importantly, my bill would also keep all counts confidential until the polls closed on Election Day. This way, county officials could prevent inevitable backlogs while still maintaining the integrity of our vote. Voting by mail is the safe, simple, and secure Read more

 

Let’s thank our workers – and support them

(May 01, 2020)

On May 1, people around the world celebrate International Workers Day, also known as May Day, which commemorates the working class and the struggles and triumphs of the labor movement. This year, the observance seems particularly meaningful. Workers on the front lines have been doing an incredible job to protect us from COVID-19 and to make sure we have supplies to get us through this challenging time. Health care providers, grocery store workers, delivery drivers, utility workers, emergency responders and countless others are stepping up to keep us safe and healthy, and I am incredibly grateful for their efforts. But these unprecedented circumstances have been a reminder that while many workers have unions looking out for their safety, far too many in Pennsylvania do not. COVID-19 has exposed the gross inequities within our workplaces and the dangers that too many workers are exposed to. We must work to fix these problems. That’s why I, along with my colleagues Reps. David Delloso, Joe Ciresi, Jennifer O’Mara and Steve Malagari, have introduced H.B. 2289 – the PA Protecting the Right to Organize (or PA PRO) Act. This bill would provide for a transformational strengthening of worker safeguards and enhancement of organizing rights. We need to ensure all Pennsylvania workers have the ability to fight for fair wages and a safe workplace. Weeks of staying home and quarantining have given many people a Read more

 

Williams applauds $23K in grant funding to help students continue learning despite school closures

(Apr 23, 2020)

COATESVILLE, April 23 – State Rep. Dan Williams announced that Coatesville Area School District and Oxford School District have been selected to receive grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Continuing of Education Equity Grant program. Coatesville Area School District will receive $14,150 and Oxford School District received $9,500. Funds may be used to purchase computer equipment such as laptops, tablets, and internet hot spots, or used toward providing instructional materials such as paper lessons and coursework. Schools with the highest percentages of students lacking access to resources were given priority in receiving the grants. “As COVID-19 has made apparent to everyone, access to technology is a critical need for an equitable education,” Williams said. “I’m very glad for the additional funds to schools within my district as we strive toward a more equitable and prosperous future, and thanks to the Department of Education for providing these awards so quickly in the midst of this crisis.” CEEG grants are designed to help provide access and inclusion for all learners by bridging the gap for students who are currently limited in their ability to participate in continuity of education. Read more

 

COVID-19 Helpful Resources

(Mar 19, 2020)

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic affecting Pennsylvania, we wanted to provide you with the following resources and information to help you and your family in the days ahead. Please note that this webpage will be updated as needed with additional information and resources. State Services and Resources The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has created a COVID-19 guide to assist everyone. It includes information on social distancing, mental health resources, unemployment, food assistance, changes from PennDOT and resources for small business: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/ For individuals : https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForIndividuals For families : https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForFamilies For businesses : https://dced.pa.gov/resources COVID Support for PA Businesses : The following provides information and and links to federal, state, local and private resources. https://www.pahouse.com/News/?id=113388 **Self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers: Apply here for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits .** https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForBusinessesUtilities Information from the PA Dept. of Labor and Industry on the federal CARES Act: https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/CARES-Act/Pages/default.aspx The following link provides you with Read more

 

Williams Discusses Workforce Impact of Apprenticeships, Trades

(Mar 12, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Williams took part in a discussion on ways to get more people, especially young people, engaged in apprenticeships and union jobs that promise living wages. Read more

 

CANCELLED: Williams to host coronavirus town hall March 18

(Mar 11, 2020)

COATESVILLE, March 11 – State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, is cancelling his COVID-19 coronavirus town hall originally scheduled for March 18. Williams decided to cancel the event due to the virus’ presence in neighboring Delaware and Montgomery counties. “The health and safety of my constituents is my top priority, especially during this disease outbreak when the goal is to keep people as safe as possible,” Williams said. “Information on this virus is rapidly updating and changes almost daily. I urge constituents to look to the Pennsylvania Department of Health for the most accurate and timely updates.” For more information, contact Williams’ by calling 484-200-8256 or emailing RepWilliams@pahouse.net . Read more

 

Williams to host coronavirus town hall March 18

(Mar 05, 2020)

COATESVILLE, March 5 – State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, will host a public town hall forum to discuss the COVID-19 coronavirus at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 at Downingtown Middle School. The event will update residents on prevention efforts at the state level to keep the virus out of Pennsylvania. Several guest speakers will be present, including the Chester County health director, Caln Township chief of police, a representative from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and an infectious disease specialist. There will be a Q&A portion at the end of the presentations. “Although no cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Pennsylvania, it’s important to stay vigilant and informed when it comes to human health to prevent widespread panic,” Williams said. “This event aims to set the record straight and provide attendees with the most accurate, up-to-date information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.” For more information, those interested can call Williams’ office at (484) 200-8256. Read more

 

Chester County Democratic Reps applaud $2.1 million awarded in school safety grants county-wide

(Feb 26, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – Chester County’s Democratic state Reps. Carolyn Comitta, Kristine Howard, Dan Williams, Melissa Shusterman and Danielle Friel-Otten announced that 13 school districts throughout the county received $2.1 million in grant funding to enhance school safety and security. Awardees in Chester County received the following: Avon Grove School District: $45,000 Chester County Intermediate Unit 24: $256,693 Coatesville Area School District: $45,000 Downingtown Area School District: $45,000 Great Valley School District: $244,660 Kennett Consolidated School District: $45,000 Owen J. Roberts School District: $343,588 Phoenixville Area School District: $495,000 Royer-Greaves School for the Blind: $26,133 Tredyffrin-Easttown School District: $480,065 Unionville-Chadds Ford School District: $45,000 West Chester Area School District: $45,000 “I am thankful for these funds that will go directly to support and protect Chester County students. It is our duty to make sure we are creating a safe and healthy school environment for our students to prosper,” Comitta said. “As a former child welfare investigator, ensuring the safety of our community’s children has always been a top priority of mine. A safe learning environment is a productive learning environment, and I thank the Wolf administration for prioritizing our Read more

 

Williams works to help victims of substance abuse

(Feb 25, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Williams and the House Democratic Policy Committee heard testimony from those working on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic. Read more

 

Williams Winter 2020 Newsletter

(Feb 13, 2020)

Recapping the first year of my first term as your state representative. Read more

 

Williams applauds governor’s state budget plan

(Feb 04, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Williams supports Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal that increases investments in education. Read more

 

Williams: Diversity can allow businesses and individuals to thrive

(Jan 30, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Williams took part in a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on the issue of main street’s small businesses. Williams points out that affordable housing, transportation, and workforce development are critical in the redevelopment of our communities. Read more

 

Williams announces $222K in funding for local first responders

(Jan 30, 2020)

“This state funding will help with training, equipment upgrades and other critical projects. I am pleased to see the state support first responders here in the 74th and across the commonwealth. Not all heroes wear capes – and those heroes, many of whom are volunteers, should have everything they need to help them selflessly serve our communities.” Read more

 

Williams helping Seniors ride SEPTA for free

(Jan 29, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Williams and his office staff are here to help constituents sign up for SEPTA Key Senior ID Cards. Read more

 

Williams announces $35K PAsmart Targeted grant for Coatesville Area School District

(Jan 17, 2020)

“It is common knowledge that students who study STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) will be well equipped for the 21st century economy. Preparing our teachers to advance these skills is equally important. My thanks to Governor Wolf and Secretary Rivera for continuing to put our teachers and students on the path to excellence.” Read more

 

Otten, Williams applaud $150K CTE grant for Chester County Workforce Development Board

(Jan 16, 2020)

EXTON, Jan. 16 — State Reps. Danielle Friel Otten and Dan Williams today congratulated the Chester County Workforce Development Board for its $150,000 award to help businesses and school districts work together to better prepare students for in-demand careers. “Career and technical education allows students to discover their individual talents and explore rewarding career pathways that may not require a four-year degree,” Otten said. “Grants like this help us grow opportunities for students ready to make their mark in the workforce. I’m grateful to the administration for steering these grants into Chester County, and I congratulate the Workforce Development Board for earning the award.” “Our economy is telling us that specific jobs are in great demand but short supply,” Williams said. “These investments in workforce development and training will ensure that Pennsylvania students are well prepared to succeed in the working world. My thanks to Governor Wolf for these awards.” The Department of Labor & Industry awarded $2.4 million for Business-Education Partnership grants to 19 local workforce development boards across the commonwealth. The partnerships will connect schools, employers and students to provide career-related experiences and opportunities through soft-skills development, internships, workplace shadowing and career mentoring, all with the goal of preparing students for good local jobs. Read more

 

Williams talks hemp, helping veterans at Pennsylvania Farm Show

(Jan 13, 2020)

From the hemp industry to opportunities for veterans, Pa. state Rep. Dan Williams had the pleasure of sitting down with Pa. Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding at the Pa. Farm Show to discuss the critical role farming plays across the commonwealth. Read more

 

Williams: No one should suffer because they can't afford prescriptions

(Jan 13, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Williams wants prescription drugs to be available to all who need them, which is why he joined his colleagues in a press conference announcing the Prescription Drug Affordability Act. Read more

 

O’Mara, Zabel and Williams applaud nearly $70K grant awarded to Delaware County Community College to fight opioid crisis

(Jan 08, 2020)

MEDIA, Jan. 8 – State Reps. Jennifer O’Mara, Mike Zabel, both D-Delaware, and Dan Williams, D-Chester, today announced that Delaware County Community College has been awarded $68,988 in federal grant money to expand opioid preventive programs and create naloxone training opportunities for students. Delaware County Community College is one of 13 higher education institutions throughout the commonwealth to receive this grant, and its funds will benefit both the Marple and Downingtown campuses. Gov. Tom Wolf today announced the awards, which his administration procured from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Projects developed from the infusion will focus on raising campus awareness, reducing stigma, increasing access to overdose training and grief support. The grant prescribes that initiatives will be built with local partners specialized in fighting the opioid epidemic within the community. “With this money, we can sow community-first prevention resources locally tuned to Delaware County Community College,” O’Mara said. “I’m grateful that our communities were selected to receive this competitive award, as there is need all across the commonwealth for these life-saving services.” "This fight against the opioid epidemic is so important, and not just for those who are addicted,” Zabel said. “That's why I Read more

 

Williams attends 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show

(Jan 07, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Williams participated in this year’s PA Farm Show. He explained why the farming community is critical to communities across the commonwealth. Read more

 

Williams: Timely Vote Count Matters
May 29, 2020

Let’s thank our workers – and support them
May 01, 2020

Williams applauds $23K in grant funding to help students continue learning despite school closures
Apr 23, 2020

COVID-19 Helpful Resources
Mar 19, 2020

Williams Discusses Workforce Impact of Apprenticeships, Trades
Mar 12, 2020

CANCELLED: Williams to host coronavirus town hall March 18
Mar 11, 2020

Williams to host coronavirus town hall March 18
Mar 05, 2020

Chester County Democratic Reps applaud $2.1 million awarded in school safety grants county-wide
Feb 26, 2020

Williams works to help victims of substance abuse
Feb 25, 2020

Williams Winter 2020 Newsletter
Feb 13, 2020

Williams applauds governor’s state budget plan
Feb 04, 2020

Williams: Diversity can allow businesses and individuals to thrive
Jan 30, 2020

Williams announces $222K in funding for local first responders
Jan 30, 2020

Williams helping Seniors ride SEPTA for free
Jan 29, 2020

Williams announces $35K PAsmart Targeted grant for Coatesville Area School District
Jan 17, 2020

Otten, Williams applaud $150K CTE grant for Chester County Workforce Development Board
Jan 16, 2020

Williams talks hemp, helping veterans at Pennsylvania Farm Show
Jan 13, 2020

Williams: No one should suffer because they can't afford prescriptions
Jan 13, 2020

O’Mara, Zabel and Williams applaud nearly $70K grant awarded to Delaware County Community College to fight opioid crisis
Jan 08, 2020

Williams attends 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show
Jan 07, 2020