KENNETT SQUARE, July 5 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, will host an informational panel discussion on Lyme disease from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11 at the West Bradford Township Building. “Chester County has the highest number of confirmed and probable Lyme cases in the state and is routinely in the top five counties nationally,” Sappey said. “I’m happy to help my constituents and educate them about this disease in any way I can.” Sappey will provide an update on current legislation to help those battling a Lyme disease diagnosis. Her co-panelists, including a local doctor, Lyme disease patient and representatives from the Lyme Disease Association of Southeast Pennsylvania, Department of Environmental Protection and the Chester County Health Department, will discuss Lyme disease, treatment, prevention, and resources available to help those who receive a diagnosis. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions or address concerns pertaining to Lyme disease. ### Read more
HARRISBURG, July 3 – State Rep. David M. Delloso will host his Sportsmen’s Summer Family Expo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 13 in the Presidential Ballroom of the Clarion Hotel in Essington. The event will feature outdoor-sports vendors and information on state hunting and outdoor recreation laws. “I’m proud of Pennsylvania’s outdoor sports and recreation heritage, and it’s my goal to promote, expand and support everything we have available for enthusiasts in our state,” he said. Delloso also will host his first Veterans Breakfast from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, July 11 at VFW Post 7213, 109 E. Amosland Road, in Norwood, 19074. All veterans from the 162 nd Legislative District are invited to the free event, which seeks to honor veterans by conveniently providing vital information for veterans looking to continue their education, transition to a civilian career, or find help with care and other services. Information will be available on the new Pennsylvania G.I. Bill, which is the first program in the country to provide free college for family members of those serving in the National Guard. Delloso supported the bill, which was signed by the governor Tuesday. “Heroes have needs too, and as state representative, I’m proud to bring as many services to veterans as possible,” said Delloso, D-Delaware. “I want to hear from the veterans in my district and their families about how I can better Read more
State Rep. David M. Delloso will host his first Veterans Breakfast from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, July 11 at VFW Post 7213, 109 E. Amosland Road, in Norwood, 19074. All veterans from the 162 nd Legislative District are invited to the free event, which seeks to honor veterans by conveniently providing vital information for veterans looking to continue their education, transition to a civilian career, or find help with care and other services. Information will be available on the new Pennsylvania G.I. Bill, which is the first program in the country to provide free college for family members of those serving in the National Guard. Delloso supported the bill, which was signed by the governor Tuesday. “Heroes have needs too, and as state representative, I’m proud to bring as many services to veterans as possible,” said Delloso, D-Delaware. “I want to hear from the veterans in my district and their families about how I can better serve their needs and make sure they’re able to easily enroll in the benefits they’re entitled to.” Delloso also will host his Sportsmen’s Summer Family Expo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 13 in the Presidential Ballroom of the Clarion Hotel in Essington. The event will feature outdoor-sports vendors and information on state hunting and outdoor recreation laws. “I’m proud of Pennsylvania’s outdoor sports and recreation heritage, and it’s my goal to promote, expand Read more
HARRISBURG, July 3 – With the General Assistance program and the lifeline it provides to more than 11,000 Pennsylvanians set to expire on Aug. 1, state Reps. Melissa L. Shusterman and Malcolm Kenyatta are introducing legislation to provide emergency relief to those previously receiving General Assistance. “We must help our most vulnerable citizens,” said Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery. “Our neighbors who relied on the roughly $200 a month General Assistance provided are veterans and their caregivers, victims of domestic violence, adults receiving substance abuse treatment and grandparents caring for their grandchildren. “The benefits of the program for our neediest neighbors far exceeded the cost,” Shusterman said. “That’s why Representative Kenyatta and I are introducing legislation to create a new Emergency Relief fund.” Funding for the Emergency Relief program would come from the state’s general fund. Kenyatta, D-Phila., said he and Shusterman plan to visit one another’s districts and hear from the people who’ll be hurt when the General Assistance program ends. “Those who stand to lose out when General Assistance ends are real people,” Kenyatta said. “We want to hear their stories and see their faces. We want them to know we will do all we can to help them achieve stability and self-sufficiency, and we believe an Emergency Relief program is a way to give them a hand Read more
HARRISBURG, July 3 – A low-interest loan will help a longstanding Beaver County trucking business construct a new, full-service maintenance and repair facility in Ambridge Borough, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today. Beemac Trucking, LLC, was approved for the $1.57 million, 15-year loan at a 3% rate through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority. “This loan is great news, not just for a thriving local business, but for our entire community,” Matzie said. “Beemac has been a productive job creator in Beaver County for 35 years. Funding that will help it grow and expand will support the combined creation and retention of more than 200 full-time jobs for our area. “I’m so pleased our efforts to help procure this loan were successful. It’s a great way to support our strong regional employers, who give so much back to the community by promoting a healthy economy and producing jobs for our region’s families.” Matzie noted that Beemac will use the funds to build an eight-bay, state-of-the-art maintenance facility and service shop with a 110-space paved truck and trailer marshaling area. The total project cost is nearly $3.15 million, and the project will enable to company to create 24 full-time jobs and retain 190 full-time jobs within three years. PIDA provides low-interest loans and lines of credit to Pennsylvania businesses that commit to creating and retaining full-time jobs within Read more
UPPER DARBY, July 3 – State Rep. Margo Davidson announced her 2019 Summer Senior Celebrations, scheduled throughout the 164 th District in July. The events will feature resources for seniors, assistance with state services like the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, help with SEPTA Senior Key ID card applications, refreshments and more. “I’m excited to host these events that give seniors, their family members and caregivers access to information on community programs and services – all in one place,” said Davidson, D-Delaware. “It’s important that our seniors have all the tools needed to maintain healthy and active lifestyles.” The Senior Celebrations will be held: Thursday, July 11, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Simpson Gardens, 84 N. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne Tuesday, July 16, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Watkins Center, 326 Watkins Ave., Upper Darby Thursday, July 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Alician Senior Apartments, 140 Hampden Road, Upper Darby Tuesday, July 30, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Grace Court, 550 S. Landsdowne Ave., Yeadon The date of the Senior Celebration at ManorCare Health Services in Yeadon is yet to be determined. This event will be open only to ManorCare residents. Anyone with questions should contact Davidson’s office at 610-259-7016 or email@example.com . Read more
On Tuesday, my staff and I attended a meeting at the United Steelworkers District 10-1 union hall in Norwood so we could hear directly from workers who are being impacted by the explosion and impending shut down of the oil refinery currently run by Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) in South Philadelphia. Also in attendance were Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon, members of Delco County Council, and state representatives from all over southeastern Pennsylvania, from both sides of the aisle. This is a nonpartisan issue, and I was glad to see so many come together to recognize that. The oil refinery in South Philadelphia has been in the industry since 1866 and has been instrumental in providing home heating oil, gasoline, and other refined sources of energy for states up and down the eastern seaboard for over a century. Now, after a recent explosion and fire, PES has announced they are suddenly shutting down the refinery, a huge surprise for thousands of workers in the region who depend on the refinery for their incomes. Thirteen families from my district are being impacted by the shut down, and that number only includes current employees, not retirees. In addition, over 2,000 union jobs and 30,000 tertiary jobs will be impacted in this region if we do nothing. One thing to me is abundantly clear — we owe it to the workers of the refinery to fight for their jobs. In the face of an emergency event that could’ve led to catastrophic results, the workers Read more
HARRISBURG, July 3 – State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, announced St. Francis University has been awarded a $19,700 grant for environmental education from the state Department of Environmental Protection. Burns said St. Francis University received the grant for its “Energy in Action” program. The program offers students hands-on learning in energy conservation and renewable energy technologies. “This grant will help students learn more about the different types of energy, how energy impacts the world around us and what we can do about it," Burns said. “The hands-on learning students are exposed to as a result will help them become more informed and environmentally aware adults." St. Francis received the fourth-highest grant amount out of the 45 grants awarded from the Environmental Education Grant Program which supports environmental education efforts. “This is just another grant in a long list of grants to benefit our region," Burns said. "Don't forget that my office is here to help. I have an on-staff grant writer for schools, municipalities and other entities interested in applying for state funding. My goal is to help the region in any way that I can." Read more
HARRISBURG, July 3 – State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, lauded Gov. Tom Wolf’s signing of legislation Bizzarro co-sponsored that will create a state-based insurance exchange for private plans under the Affordable Health Care Act. “This new law is tremendous news for the nearly 400,000 Pennsylvanians who rely on private insurance under the ACA and have been dealing with rising premiums,” Bizzarro said, noting that in the past, insurance consumers have relied on an insurance marketplace run by the federal government. “By stepping in and establishing its own state-run exchange, the commonwealth is paving the way for a more efficient system that will generate millions in savings. It’s a classic case of the state being able to accomplish something more efficiently than the federal government – with the savings realized going directly to the benefit of our state’s insurance consumers.” Bizzarro said Pennsylvania can operate its own insurance exchange at a cost of nearly one-third the amount the federal government collects from insurers to operate the federal exchange. The state can then use those millions in “user fees” no longer being paid to the federal government to create a reinsurance plan that will help insurers defray their risk. “The winner in all of this will be the state’s insurance consumers, who will benefit from lower, more stable premiums,” Bizzarro said. “We know these Read more
HARRISBURG, July 3 – Tucked in the 80-page Tax Reform Code bill that became law last week is a provision authored by state Rep. Marty Flynn that would exempt from state income taxes prize winnings and medals received for competing in the Olympic Games or Paralympic Games. Read more
HARRISBURG, July 2 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, today released the following statement on Gov. Tom Wolf’s signing of H.B. 3, a bipartisan bill that creates an authority to operate a state-based health insurance exchange for Affordable Care Act individual market plans, and enact a reinsurance program to reduce premium increases: “Following a hectic yet productive month at the state Capitol, I’m finally back in the district, meeting with constituents and attending to matters here in the community. However, I’m overjoyed to see Governor Wolf sign House Bill 3, which was a consumer-oriented bill that gives the commonwealth the opportunity to operate its own exchange at lower costs than the federal government and reduces premium increases. “I wish I could have been there today to take part in this historic moment – a moment that put our state legislature’s ability to work in bipartisan fashion on full display for the betterment of commonwealth residences. “I’d also like to thank Governor Wolf, Democratic Leader Frank Dermody and Republican Leader Bryan Cutler for acknowledging the work I put in to push this bill through the House Insurance Committee and to the House chamber for a prompt, unanimous vote. Your words are greatly appreciated, and it’s moments like this that give me the utmost faith in our state system and our ability to work together to move the commonwealth in the right direction. Read more
SCRANTON, July 2 – Older residents with questions about Medicare or health insurance coverage should visit state Rep. Marty Flynn’s office during his monthly outreach next week. Read more
KENNETT SQUARE, July 2 – Legislation to implement trauma-informed education in Pennsylvania schools has been signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf, largely thanks to a bill authored by state Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester. Earlier this year H.B. 1415 and S.B. 200 , which would implement approaches to student learning that recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma and integrates that knowledge into education-based policies, learning, procedures and practices, was introduced by state Reps. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, and prime co-sponsor Ryan Mackenzie, R-Lehigh/Berks, with state Sens. Vincent Hughes, D-Phila./Montgomery, and Patrick Browne, R-Lehigh. During the budget process, H.B. 1415 and S.B. 200 were incorporated into S.B. 144 and ultimately passed the legislature. “This is all a part of the legislative process in Harrisburg. The important thing is that the policy is being implemented,” Sappey said. “This bill will better equip teachers and other school employees to help children who have experienced trauma, or Adverse Childhood Experiences, succeed by implementing mandatory training. The training will cover how to identify the signs of trauma among students, how to utilize multi-tiered support systems, and recognizing schoolwide policies related to positive behavior supports, restorative justice and resiliency.” Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, include all forms of abuse, neglect and other potentially traumatic Read more
HARRISBURG, July 2 – Democratic Leader Frank Dermody and his Republican counterpart Bryan Cutler today joined Gov. Tom Wolf as he signed their legislation to establish a state-based health insurance exchange for Pennsylvania consumers. “This new law’s going to help more than 400,000 people who struggle to afford good health insurance for themselves and their families. The work to get this finished was a fantastic example of bipartisan action to do something good for people who can use it,” Dermody said. Consumers who now purchase individual or family health insurance on the federal health exchange set up by the Affordable Care Act will be able to buy the same product from an exchange based in Pennsylvania. The state Insurance Department will be able to manage the marketplace more efficiently than the federal exchange, with the savings invested into an innovative reinsurance program for high-risk patients. “This is going to result in lower health insurance premiums for thousands of state residents,” Dermody said. He noted that because the new state entity will be a full partnership with the federal government, it requires no new taxes or assessments. Dermody praised the bipartisan effort which led to Wolf signing the new law today and thanked Republican Leader Cutler for teaming with Dermody to push the bill through quickly in June. He said Reps. Tony DeLuca and Tina Pickett, the chairs of the House Insurance Committee, also Read more
MALVERN, Pa. – Rep. Kristine Howard, D-Chester, announced that she will hold a Sustainability at Home event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 at Rita Reves Park (formerly Garrett Mill Park), located at 1040 Garrett Mill Road, Newtown Square, PA 19073. Speakers from several local businesses, clubs and organizations will guide constituents on how to practice sustainability in everyday life. Speakers include the Chester Ridley Crum Watershed, the Smart Energy Initiative, Growing Roots Partners, the Chester County Beekeepers Association, the Healthy Yards Club and more! Howard herself will say a few words. ### About Rep. Kristine Howard – Kristine Howard (D-Chester) was elected state representative for the 167th Legislative District in November 2018. The district includes Charlestown, East Whiteland, Easttown, West Pikeland, West Whiteland, Willistown Township, and Malvern Borough. Read more
This bill signing is evidence that when political will is so inclined, good policy is the result. Read more
HARRISBURG, July 2 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., has issued a statement in response to news that Hahnemann University Hospital will be following through with its plans to close after filing for bankruptcy Sunday night. “By closing its doors, Hahnemann University Hospital is going to leave 2,500 employees without jobs and force patients to look elsewhere for timely treatment,” Kenyatta said. “This is the beginning of a public health crisis.” Kenyatta said he stands in agreement with Dr. Rachel Levine, the Pennsylvania Department of Health secretary, who issued a cease and desist letter to the owner of Hahnemann to prohibit the site’s closure until a state approved plan is established to ensure a safe transition for patients. It also prevents the hospital from closing its emergency room center as planned. “It’s unacceptable to shut down the emergency room center at this hospital just days before the Fourth of July holiday weekend, especially as Philadelphia is experiencing an increase in gun violence,” Kenyatta added. “That is why I’m also calling on Mayor Kenney to refuse sale to the buyers who wish to convert Hahnemann University Hospital into luxury apartments. Buyers should only be considered if they will continue to operate the site as a hospital.” Hahnemann, a level 1 trauma center, serves around 40,000 emergency room patients each year. Read more
State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, urged state Attorney General Josh Shaprio to join him and others to protect the rights of Pennsylvanians enrolled in the state’s medical cannabis program. Read more
State Rep. Chris Rabb is applauding Gov. Tom Wolf for signing the PA Farm Bill today, which includes his efforts to create a grant program that encourages farming of hemp, as well as other high-priority crops. “I’m proud to be part of such a historic day for the commonwealth,” said Rabb, D-Phila. “My contribution to the PA Farm Bill focuses on specialty crops, including hemp, hops, honey and hardwood, that need more attention in terms of specialty research cultivation and commercialization in both rural and urban areas.” Receiving bipartisan support, Rabb’s plan acts as a complement to the federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, which awards grants for projects aimed at expanding markets for small producers and sets aside 10% of grant funds for successful applicants from rural and urban communities that have at least 20% poverty for at least 30 years. “Agriculture is Pennsylvania’s most important industry, and we as a legislature must continue finding ways to build bridges and address critical agriculture issues that impact all Pennsylvanians,” Rabb explained. Once enacted, the Pennsylvania Farm Bill package will invest an additional $19 million into Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry to grow opportunities and resources, remove barriers to entry, and cultivate future generations of leaders within agriculture. For more information about the PA Farm Bill and Read more
HARRISBURG, July 1 – Members of the Pennsylvania National Guard can now send their spouses and children to college at no cost or at a substantially reduced cost if the guardsman reenlists for an additional six-year term, according to state Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, who supported the new initiative. Gov. Tom Wolf today signed into law House Bill 1324, known as the PA GI Bill or Military Family Education Program. It is the first program of its kind in the nation. “Members of the Pennsylvania National Guard and their families make daily sacrifices to ensure the very rights we hold most dear,” O’Mara said. “These sacrifices include but are not limited to days and nights spent away from loved ones. “The PA GI Bill enables these same families the opportunity to continue their education without piling a financial burden onto their households.” The freshman state representative serves on the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee and co-sponsored the bill. She has also served as an advocate with the Department of Veterans Affairs for her husband, a combat veteran and two-time Purple Heart recipient. PNG members are eligible for the Education Assistance Program as part of their initial service obligation of six years. It provides a non-transferable education benefit. The GI Bill provides members who reenlist the opportunity to receive five years of higher education benefits for their spouses and Read more
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