“I wish it didn’t require an executive order, but nevertheless I proudly stood with Governor Wolf as he outlined his plan to fix our weak gun laws and reduce the everyday danger. We need to do more to protect Pennsylvanians, and this action gets us off to a good start.” Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 16 – In the aftermath of a seven-hour police standoff that wounded six officers in north Philadelphia, state Rep. Kevin Boyle is renewing his call for the need to address gun violence in the commonwealth. “The act of violence that occurred Wednesday evening against our law enforcement and the community is a clear-cut sign that we have a public health and safety crisis in Philadelphia,” Boyle said. “The residents didn’t deserve to have their lives put on hold and potentially in harm’s way, and the Philadelphia Police Department certainly didn’t deserve the actions of this suspected gunman. “I applaud Governor Wolf’s initial action to sign an executive order aimed at reducing gun violence, and I appreciate that he postponed it out of respect for the Philadelphia police officers. Something must be done in the commonwealth to tackle the gun violence epidemic,” Boyle said. Recently, Boyle and fellow legislators called on Wolf to convene a special session of the House and Senate to address the gun violence issue following the mass shootings in Ohio and Texas. Because large capacity ammunition magazines were reportedly used in these shootings, Boyle introduced legislation ( H.B. 1762 ) that would prohibit this type of ammo magazine in Pennsylvania. “Whether the suspect in Wednesday’s police standoff used this type of magazine or not, I feel there is no Read more
The discussion was part of Wheatley’s 7th annual Health and Wellness Weekend, a three-day festival happening at sites this weekend across Pittsburgh. Read more
“The purpose of these book club meetings is to produce a dialogue that can inform me about constituents’ viewpoints on policy. Our first two meetings did exactly that.” Read more
I-95 South Ramp to Bridge Street FULL RAMP CLOSURE from May 1-Indef., due to water main break. DETOUR POSTED. Route 611 (Broad Street) SHOULDER CLOSURE between Allegheny Avenue and Clearfield Avenue from August 2-August 24 from 9 AM-3 PM, due to utility work. Route 611 (Old York Rd) Full Ramp Closure to Route 309 (Cheltenham Ave) between Valley Rd and 71st Ave. from August 5-October 5 from 9AM - 3 PM, due to utility work. DETOUR POSTED. Route 363 (Trooper Road); Lower Providence Township Intersection Improvements: LANE CLOSURE at Ridge Pike from March 25-August 30 on weekdays (some Saturdays) from 9 AM - 3 PM, due to intersection improvements. Fitzwatertown Road; Abington, Upper Dublin Lane Closures with flagging between Susquehanna Road and Thunderhead Road from Mach 19-August 30 on weekdays from 9 AM - 3 PM, due to utility work. Old Skippack Road; Lower Salford Township PERMANENT SOUTHBOUND CLOSURE for 250 feet from Salfordville Road intersection. Drivers will be permanently directed around from April 24-Indef., due to concrete island construction. Johnson Highway; East Norriton Township FULL CLOSURE between North Hills Drive and Rahway Avenue from May 13-October 1, due to bridge replacement. DETOUR POSTED. North Lane Road; Whitemarsh Township Road Closure between Hector Street and Butler Pike from May 20-October 15 from Closure 9 AM - 3 PM, due to water main repair. Croton Road; Upper Merion Township Road Closure between Read more
Rep. Summer Lee, D-Allegheny, today sent a letter to the Allegheny County Health Department, urging it to review the current proposal by Merrion Oil and Gas to build a fracking well site in Braddock. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 16 – The week Philadelphia endured its eighth mass shooting of the year, state Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., joined Gov. Tom Wolf in calling on state legislative leaders to schedule votes on the commonsense gun safety reforms supported by most Americans. At a Capitol news conference today, Wolf signed an executive order directing his administration to create new state offices focused on violence prevention and reduction, expand programs that promote safety, refocus departments on combatting gun violence as a public health crisis, and increase collaboration and data sharing between the public, government agencies and other states. He also called on the legislature to act on legislation to make sure guns don’t get in the wrong hands. Isaacson said there are at least a half dozen bills waiting to be voted on to help reduce gun violence in the state. “What more can we say? What more can we do to convince these people that guns are the problem and that there are commonsense solutions,” Isaacson asked, referencing the state and federal lawmakers who have been blocking gun reforms. “The only thing left to be said is that further bloodshed that could be prevented by the commonsense reforms we propose is blood on their hands. The amount of gunfire coming out of the house in North Philly on Wednesday and the amount of gunfire seen in too many other shootings in recent years has our nation at the tipping point and parents afraid Read more
HARRISBURG, Aug. 16 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, released the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf's executive order today on gun violence prevention. “Communities across the commonwealth and across the country are experiencing tragedy and terror by senseless gun violence. In Allentown, residents are dealing with shootings driven in part by gang violence, and our dedicated law enforcement puts their lives on the line every time they answer shots-fired calls. “Far too often we’re seeing schools, places of worship, businesses, shopping centers and neighborhoods becoming targets. People are living in fear wondering if they will be the next victim of violence. The efforts the governor is undertaking to curb gun violence are a big step in the right direction without infringing on the Second Amendment rights of our citizens. “I strongly support the governor’s executive order to reduce suicides, homicides and mass shootings in Pennsylvania, but as he said today, an executive order on gun violence is not enough. My colleagues and I must take up common sense gun legislation, including closing background check loopholes and 'red flag' laws that would prevent those who are deemed a danger to themselves or others from having access to guns. “The safety of all Pennsylvanians is the primary focus for every lawmaker, and every resident young and old has the right of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, Read more
State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, today joined Gov. Tom Wolf in announcing a slate of executive actions to make sweeping changes to state agencies and programs to better target the public health crisis of gun violence. Read more
HARRISBURG, AUG. 16 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, attended today’s news conference held by Gov. Tom Wolf who signed an executive order making sweeping changes to executive branch agencies to better target gun violence. “I am troubled by what I am seeing throughout our communities," Madden said. "Gun violence has hit close home here in Monroe County where a young man was shot to death at the hands of another near my district office.” Madden said nearly two dozen new initiatives and reforms have been proposed in four primary categories: New oversight and data sharing. Reducing community gun violence. Combatting mass shootings. Addressing the rising number of gun-related domestic incidents and self-inflicting shootings. Madden said the governor will direct the administration to create new state offices focused on violence prevention and reduction, expand programs that promote safety, refocus departments on combatting gun violence as a public health crisis, and increase collaboration and data sharing between the public, government agencies and other states. “We cannot remain silent anymore because time and again we are left with another shooting in another town in another state and the same scenario plays out in the media. “Our loved ones are dying every day and that is why we must support common sense gun safety legislation and to ban assault weapons. “Our schools, our Read more
HARRISBURG, Aug. 16 – State Rep. Bridget Kosierowski offered her support for executive action taken today by Gov. Tom Wolf to reduce gun violence in Pennsylvania. Read more
HARRISBURG, Aug. 16 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, today joined Gov. Tom Wolf in announcing an executive order to make sweeping changes to executive branch agencies to better target gun violence and calling on the legislature to act on commonsense gun safety legislation. As outlined at a Capitol news conference today, Wolf is directing his administration to create new state offices focused on violence prevention and reduction, expand programs that promote safety, refocus departments on combatting gun violence as a public health crisis, and increase collaboration and data sharing between the public, government agencies and other states. The executive order is the result of months of work. Among the legislation Wolf is calling on the legislature to pass is Briggs’ legislation (H.B. 525) that would require the safe storage of firearms in homes where children may be present. Failure to comply with this rule would result in a third-degree felony if it is used in a crime or if death or grievous injury is caused, or a summary offense (third-degree misdemeanor if a second or subsequent offense) if a child is simply found in unlawful possession of a firearm. “Too often acts of gun violence, including suicide, could have been prevented with a few simple precautions,” Briggs said. “That’s why I introduced this commonsense legislation that will help keep guns out of the hands of Pennsylvania’s children. Those who fail to Read more
HARRISBURG, Aug. 16 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, released the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s executive order today on gun violence prevention: “To those who have lost someone to senseless gun violence or suicide by gunshot, to those who have been terrorized because of their religion or gender identity, to the families of police officers who worry every night and to those who have been assaulted by a former intimate partner – I am so very sorry. “I am so very sorry that our government, of which I am part, has been so unable or unwilling to act. I am so very sorry that it takes a mountain of evidence, horrific headlines and personal tragedy to even begin to create momentum for common sense firearm safety public policy. “But I am thankful for people like Jeannie Garcia and Shalon Buskirk. People who have told their stories about pain and tragedy and loss and fear to make sure that no more mothers face what they have. “And I am extremely thankful that Governor Wolf is taking this very strong stand to reduce the gun violence our state is experiencing. His executive orders are most necessary to help move our entire state government to action. “We have a governor willing to lead, law enforcement ready to protect and serve and communities across Pennsylvania organizing community groups to educate people, mentor young folks and help those with mental illness. This will all reduce gun violence. Read more
HARRISBURG, Aug. 16 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s signing of an executive order to decrease gun violence in Pennsylvania: “I am beyond grateful that no one was seriously injured in Wednesday's Philadelphia shooting. It is a testament to the great work of the Philadelphia Police Department that this was the case. But sadly, a second shooting occurred Thursday that left four men and one teenage boy injured, with one of the victims in critical condition. This shooting occurred just two miles away from where the six police officers were shot. “Unfortunately, Wednesday's event illustrated a fundamental truth: The prevalence of weapons - like the one used in Wednesday's attack - make all of us less safe, and that goes double for our police officers. Elected officials almost always like to say that we support our first responders, and I very proudly count myself among that group. That being said, this is a good moment to remind all of us that protecting our police means more than just using the hashtag 'Blue Lives Matter.' If you truly believe that 'Blue Lives Matter," taking steps to reduce gun violence is a requirement. “That's why I strongly support the governor's executive order. It contains strong and necessary steps to help reduce the scourge of suicides, homicides and mass shootings in Pennsylvania. In particular, I look forward to Read more
State Rep. Steve Malagari will host his inaugural senior fair from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1000 W. Main St., Lansdale. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 15 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., today released this statement following the news of another mass shooting in Philadelphia, this time in his legislative district. “ In the span of 24 hours, Philadelphia has experienced two mass shootings that have left 11 people injured, bringing the citywide mass shooting total to eight that has resulted in two fatalities and over 30 people injured,” Kinsey said. "The latest shooting that left five people injured happened in the Ogontz section of my district, less than two miles north of the location of Wednesday's scene of gun violence." "In our state legislature, there are currently over two-dozen bills that address the root causes of gun violence. We need action now. “Enough is enough! I will continue to push for gun safety legislation along with my Democratic colleagues. The mass shootings and gun violence we experience in our communities are tumultuous. Rage, sorrow and agony overwhelm us as we continue to encounter the loss of lives and distress from these horrific incidents of violence." Tomorrow, Kinsey is sponsoring a unity event along with the 14 th Police District in the northwest community. In addition, he is organizing town hall meetings to address gun violence and gun safety. Kinsey is chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. Read more
EBENSBURG, Aug. 15 – Making inroads at the National Conference of State Legislatures’ annual summit, state Rep. Frank Burns got a firsthand look at Amazon’s distribution center process and an invite to tour one of the online retail giant’s Pennsylvania facilities. Once again, Republican Speaker of the House Mike Turzai appointed Burns to serve on the national Communication, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee in Nashville. “I didn’t go to Tennessee to just whistle Dixie; I was a man on a mission to make contacts and learn all I could about helping Cambria County with job creation,” said Burns, D-Cambria. Burns met with Amazon’s regional public policy manager Anya Malkov and discussed his letters to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, informing him of the availability of a Keystone Opportunity Zone in Cambria County and touting the area’s workforce and willingness to welcome investors. “We also talked about how some Amazon distribution centers are located in small-sized cities like those in my district, as long as they are close to highways,” Burns said. “I view that as an extremely positive piece of information – and to all the people who say, ‘it’s never going to happen,’ – this is something for them to chew on.” Burns said Malkov, who attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, offered to help arrange a tour of one of the company’s Pennsylvania Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 15 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., chairman of the Philadelphia Delegation in the PA House of Representatives, along with delegation members, on Thursday commended the courage and service of the Philadelphia Police Department after six officers were shot, and others were injured during a shootout Wednesday. “These officers put their lives on the line every day that they go to work and serve their community,” Dawkins said. “They know the dangers they face when they put on their uniform, head out the door, leaving their families behind, to serve and protect us.” A gunman began firing shots around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday when police were at a house in the 3700 block of North 15 th Street in the Tioga section of North Philadelphia to serve an arrest warrant, according to news reports . Six officers were shot, all of them were eventually treated at the hospital and released, and the gunman was taken into custody after a 71/2-hour standoff. “The officers who were injured in this heinous act will have the Philadelphia House Delegation’s full support as they recover,” Dawkins said, adding “We must do all we can to prevent such senseless acts of gun violence in the future. We must do more to keep guns off the streets and out of the hands of criminals.” Dawkins pointed to the more than two dozen gun reform measures that could be voted on today as steps to take to reduce gun violence and access to Read more
Free backpack and school supplies available to students in K through 5 Read more
LANSDALE, Aug. 15 – State Rep. Liz Hanbidge, D-Montgomery, held a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing today at the Towamencin Township Building to discuss reducing the Home- and Community-Based Services Waiver Waitlist. “I’m glad we are choosing to shine a spotlight on the HCBS waiver waitlist, which is standing in the way of over 13,000 Pennsylvanians from receiving essential support services,” Hanbidge said. “By waiving their right to institutional care, individuals with disabilities on the waiver waitlist are opting to save our commonwealth billions of dollars but often receive no critical support services in return for years. This is unacceptable. After hearing from many stakeholders and activists at my Policy Committee Hearing, I am encouraged that we can make reducing the HCBS Waiver Waitlist a reality.” Hanbidge requested the hearing to discuss ways to reduce the wait times for individuals with disabilities, and the most vulnerable amongst us. She was joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “Many of those on these waitlists are in desperate need of care and there should be no reason they have to wait for their support services that could potentially save their lives,” Sturla said. “I’m glad that Representative Hanbidge has worked with us to draw more attention to this backlog so that we might find a way to relieve it Read more
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