HARRISBURG, March 7 – A set of public hearings to explore legislation to help stem gun violence and mass shootings is scheduled next month, PA SAFE Caucus leaders announced today. “It has become acutely apparent that measures need to be taken to prevent these situations from happening in the future,” wrote state House Judiciary Committee Chairman Ron Marsico, R-Dauphin, in a letter Tuesday inviting House lawmakers to testify. The announcement follows a statewide push by the PA SAFE Caucus to funnel Pennsylvanians’ calls for reform to state Capitol leadership in the wake of mass shootings across the country. “This is one of the most important safety issues we face, and I am pleased that the Judiciary chair has recognized the need to address gun violence,” said PA SAFE Caucus Co-chairwoman Madeleine Dean, D-Montgomery. “The students in Parkland are leading the fight for real reforms; it is now up to us to listen and make sure these hearings lead to meaningful passage of legislation that will save lives.” “We look forward to a robust, honest and fair discussion about the specific actions we will take to turn the tide against gun violence and deliver on our promise as elected officials to keep Pennsylvanians safe,” said PA SAFE Caucus Co-chairman Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny. The hearings will be held: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday, April 9 in Room 140, Main Capitol 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 10 in Read more
GLENSIDE, March 5 – State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, will hold special extended office hours from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, March 19 at his district office, 115 E. Glenside Ave., Suite 8. Congressman Brendan Boyle’s office staff will hold extended office hours in his office, which is located in Suite 1 in the same complex, on the same night. “It’s important that constituents who are unable to visit during normal working hours have full access to state- and federal-government services,” McCarter said. McCarter’s staff will be on hand until 8 p.m. to help with property tax and rent rebates, SEPTA Key Senior ID cards, birth and death certificate requests, PACE, PennDOT problems and all other state government-related issues. Boyle’s staff also will be available until 8 p.m. to address concerns involving Social Security, Medicare, veterans’ benefits, federal student loans, passports and visas, IRS issues and any other federal government-related issue. No appointments are necessary. Read more
LANCASTER, March 6 – State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable to discuss workforce development at Tec Centro in Lancaster. Members of the House Democratic Policy Committee joined Chairman Sturla, local community leaders and policy experts for a discussion on how job training and community partnerships can help workers find living-wage careers. “We received valuable input from a diverse group of stakeholders who all have a vested interest in preparing workers for the jobs of today and tomorrow,” Sturla said. “We learned that it really is a collaborative effort between government and private enterprises to help develop a well-rounded workforce that can meet the community’s needs at family-sustaining wages.” He added, “Our caucus’ Plan4PA recognizes that workforce development is a key component to ensuring a strong economy with quality jobs in our state.” Roundtable participants included: Jerry Oleksiak, secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry; Carlos Graupera, executive director, Spanish American Civic Association; Cathy Rychalsky, executive director, Lancaster County Workforce Development Board; Bob Shoemaker, project executive, Lancaster City Alliance; Tom Baldrige, president and CEO, Lancaster Chamber; Scott Fiore, vice president/partner, TriStarr Staffing; Tyrone Works, CEO, Lancaster Works; Vanessa Philbert, Read more
State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, highlighted his legislation ( H.B. 985 ) before the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee that would establish a Veteran Suicide Prevention Grant Program to be administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Schweyer said his legislation has two components: to establish the program for veterans to receive mental health and support and to provide a permanent funding stream in the state budget to specifically support veterans’ suicide prevention programs. “Often times we hear heartbreaking stories of how our veterans struggle with both the visible and invisible wounds of war,” Schweyer said. “Many veterans become frustrated and disenfranchised with the extremely complicated veterans’ benefits system and I want to change that.” The legislation would increase the fee for birth and death certificates by $2 each. The generated revenue would be deposited into a fund, administered by the DMVA, specifically for the competitive grant program. The Lehigh County lawmaker said that during the DMVA budget hearing last week, Adj. Gen. Anthony Carrelli testified the suicide rate for Pennsylvania veterans is twice the rate of non-servicemen and women in the state. “It is critical we ensure that all of our veterans across Pennsylvania and their loved ones have the necessary resources and support with both the physical and psychological Read more
PLYMOUTH, March 6 – As part of his ongoing constituent and community outreach service dubbed “One.19,” state Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, this week visited Plymouth and Plymouth Township. Read more
SCRANTON, March 5 – 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
HARRISBURG, Mar. 5 – State Rep. Bryan Barbin, D-Cambria/Somerset, announced that the Greater Johnstown School District will receive a $200,000 grant from the state Department of Education. “This is great news for the district,” Barbin said. “The funding will allow the district to expand its technology programs.” Barbin added that educational grants like this one are investments that provide great returns. “Our economic future depends on the strength of our schools,” Barbin said. “Giving our students a strong foundation equips them to succeed, stay and raise families in the state and invest back in the local economy. Helping our students to succeed benefits everyone.” Read more
PHILADELPHIA, March 5 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., reminds people that the City of Philadelphia now is offering a program to forgive older unpaid parking tickets and that his district office staff can help them navigate the process. The Parking Amnesty Program runs now through April 30 and will forgive any unpaid parking tickets issued before 2013 as long as a person does not have unpaid parking tickets between Jan. 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2017. If someone has parking tickets from between those dates, they must pay them either in full or under a payment plan before the tickets issued prior to 2013 are forgiven. Cruz said the program does not cover any traffic or moving violation tickets. “Whether it’s a matter of forgetting to pay them or having financial difficulty, dealing with unpaid parking tickets can be a burden but should be addressed,” Cruz said. “My staff and I are available to help people with the process and come up with a plan to resolve these unpaid tickets.” Constituents who would like assistance with their unpaid parking tickets can call Cruz’s district office at (215) 291-5643 or stop by at 3503 North B St., Unit 7, 19134. Read more
STROUDSBURG, March 5 – State Rep. Maureen Madden invites residents to join her for a town hall meeting on March 17. Read more
EBENSBURG, March 1 – Recognizing the importance of keeping children safe, state Rep. Frank Burns is building that theme into his inaugural “Breakfast with the Easter Bunny” set for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 31 at the Young Peoples Community Center, 300 Prave St., Ebensburg. Burns, D-Cambria, said child fingerprinting and IDs, bicycle safety tips and an appearance by McGruff the Crime Dog will figure prominently in the event. Free breakfasts from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for children under 12 and the opportunity for photographs with the Easter Bunny will also be offered. “Given everyone’s heightened concern for the safety of children, my staff and I decided that adding this event to our annual schedule would be an appropriate way to educate and help protect them, wrapped within the aura of having some fun,” Burns said. “Make no mistake, though: While we’re gearing up for everyone to have a good time, the primary focus of child safety is quite serious.” Burns said Cambria County Crimestoppers will collect a requested $5 donation from any adult who wishes to have breakfast. Anyone wishing to attend is asked to RSVP at (814) 736-7339 no later than Tuesday, March 20. Read more
HARRISBURG, March 5 – State Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, a member of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus , has announced that the PLBC’s annual scholarship competition is accepting applications up to April 30. “I’m more than happy to announce that it’s again that time of year where the PLBC is offering to assist minority students in pursuing higher education,” Gainey said. “This is a wonderful opportunity for students to showcase their dedication and commitment to enrolling in college and pursuing their dreams.” The scholarships are available for high school seniors and first-year college students who will be enrolled in an accredited two- to four-year Pennsylvania college or university. Gainey said the students applying for the scholarship must be an ethnic minority student, have a minimum grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, reside in the legislative district of and be sponsored by a PLBC member, and demonstrate leadership qualities. Additionally, a 500-word essay on the student’s academic plans and career goals also must be submitted. Only the first 250 applications submitted will be considered and the PLBC only will acknowledge receipt of those first 250. So, while applications will be accepted up to April 30, students are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible, Gainey said. Finalists will be contacted in mid-May. If selected, the recipient will receive a $1,000 award. Read more
HARRISBURG, March 2 – State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, announced that he learned today the state will be awarding Cambria County a grant for construction and maintenance of new ATV trails at Rock Run Recreation Area. “My office is committed to assisting organizations apply for grants,” Burns said. “It’s great to see the state making investments in our region by expanding outdoor recreational opportunities.” The $86,000 in funds will go toward the purchase of equipment that will be used to construct and maintain approximately 140 miles of off-highway vehicle trails at the recreational area. The grant, administered by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, is being funded through the department’s ATV Management Restricted Account. Read more
YORK, March 2 – As part of House Democrats’ Plan4PA and efforts to put people first, state Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on fair education in the commonwealth. The hearing will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, in the Hannah Penn K-8 School’s auditorium, 415 Boundary Ave. The public is invited to attend. Hill-Evans will be joined by local school officials, policy experts and state legislators, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, to learn how funding education in an equitable manner will benefit students, educators and the commonwealth as a whole. The current agenda is: 2:00 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 2:10 p.m. Panel One: Dr. Eric Holmes , superintendent, York City School District Richard Snodgrass , business manager, York City School District Dr. Todd Davies , superintendent, West York Area School District Dr. Larry Redding , acting superintendent, York Suburban School District 2:40 p.m. Questions from Committee Members 3:10 p.m. Panel Two: Dolores McCraken , President, PSEA John Callahan , Chief Advocacy Officer, Pennsylvania School Boards Association 3:30 p.m. Questions from Committee Members 3:50 p.m. Closing Remarks Those interested in learning more can visit http://planforpa.pahouse.com for additional information about the Plan4PA and www.pahouse.com/policycommittee for Policy Read more
PHILADELPHIA, March 2 – Leaders of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus thanked Gov. Tom Wolf for calling gun violence a crisis during his visit to Philadelphia today. State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chairman of the PLBC, hosted Wolf as the governor and PLBC members visited a memorial to local victims of gun violence. The governor and legislators then held a public roundtable with members of the local community who have been affected by gun violence as well as other local leaders, including Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. Harris said: "Illegal gun violence in Pennsylvania is a public health crisis and it's important that we call it that. We must be concerned about the neighborhood shootings that take lives one or two at a time as well as the tragic mass shootings that tend to dominate the headlines. Every victim matters. "So we appreciate Governor Wolf coming to Philadelphia and calling illegal gun violence what it is – a public health crisis. We look forward to working with the administration to identify resources to help stem the tide of gun violence in our communities." Wolf said: "We do need to make sure we are approaching this as the health crisis that this is. We need to make sure that we do everything we can to change the mindset of a nation, a whole nation, that is taking an entirely too casual approach to gun violence." State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., vice chair of the PLBC, said: Read more
PHILADELPHIA, March 1 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, announced that her Southwest Energy Forums at the 12th and 18th District police stations were a success. McClinton said there were more than 60 seniors in attendance at each energy forum who learned more about how to weatherize their homes properly during the winter months. “I was excited to host my Southwest Energy Forums and provide residents with the information on how to save money on utility bills this winter and the winter months to come,” McClinton said. “On average, low-income communities and communities of color spend 26 percent of their income on utilities. It’s time we teach residents how they can best save money on energy costs and spend those extra dollars elsewhere. “I would like to give a special thanks to representatives from PECO, Philadelphia Gas Works, Energy Coordinating Agency, the Department of Human Services, the Pennsylvania Utilities Commission and PennEnvironment for providing attendees with vital information that will save them hundreds of dollars each year.” ### Read more
ALLENTOWN, March 1 – State Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer, both D-Lehigh, issued the following statements after the guilty verdict in the trial of Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski. Rep. Peter Schweyer: “The people of Allentown are some of the proudest and toughest folks in all of Pennsylvania. We have seen ups and downs, good times and bad. Today’s announcement that Mr. Pawlowski has been found guilty by an impartial jury of breaking the public’s trust is certainly a sad day for my hometown, but gives us the chance to move forward. “There has been a cloud hanging over City Hall over the last few years which caused tension and frustration for city employees, business and everyday citizens. But the illicit activity perpetrated by Mr. Pawlowski has not hurt our strong neighborhoods, has not curtailed our economic recovery and hasn’t stopped the remaining dedicated city workers from working hard for each and every one of us. “I’m a lifelong Allentownian and I am fully confident that our best days are ahead of us. We will do today what we do best: roll up our sleeves and get to work on building a better community. You have my word that I will be right there with you. “ Rep. Mike Schlossberg: “Today is not a joyful day, it’s the conclusion of a tragedy. But hopefully, and more importantly, today marks the end of a painful chapter for the people of Allentown. Read more
LANCASTER, March 1 – As part of the House Democratic Caucus’ Plan4PA, Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable on workforce development. The roundtable discussion will take place at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 at Tec Centro, 102 Chester St., Lancaster. The media and public are invited to attend. Sturla requested this meeting to collect input on how to improve workforce development. The discussion will feature local leaders, policy experts and state legislators from all across the state. The current agenda is: 3:00 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 3:10 p.m. Discussion with Panelists: Jerry Oleksiak , secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry Carlos Graupera , executive director, Spanish American Civic Association Cathy Rychalsky , executive director, Lancaster County Workforce Development Board Bob Shoemaker , project executive, Lancaster City Alliance Tom Baldridge , president & CEO, Lancaster Chamber Scott Fiore , vice president/partner, TriStarr Staffing Vanessa Philbert , household stability impact team leader, Community Action Partnership Dr. Zoann Parker , vice president for academic affairs, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology Victor Ramos , vice president, HACC-Lancaster and Lebanon Campuses Victor Rodgers , associate provost for workforce development and continuing education, HACC Matt Johnson , Mayor’s chief of Read more
FOLSOM, March 1 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky will hold events in March to help constituents discover any unclaimed property the state might hold, as well as connect veterans with needed benefits. “I’m glad to be able to make state services more easily accessible for community members,” said Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware. “My staff and I are ready to help with these services as well as other state-related needs residents might have.” Both events will take place at Krueger-Braneky’s district office, 701 E. MacDade Blvd., Folsom. Unclaimed property search - March 14 and 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The state Treasurer’s Office has $3.2 billion in unclaimed property that it wants to return to the rightful owners. Unclaimed property can include closed bank accounts, uncashed checks, lost stocks or bonds and more. Constituents should bring their driver’s license or appropriate identification to this event, and staff can help them determine if the state has unclaimed property that belongs to them. PA Mobile Veterans Outreach Van – March 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Pennsylvania Mobile Veterans Outreach Van will be on site to help accredited veterans and their family members connect with needed benefits, such as disability, health care, pension, education, career assistance and more. Anyone with questions should call Krueger-Braneky’s district office at 610-534-6880. Read more
HARRISBURG, March 1 – The House Finance Committee’s Select Subcommittee on Tax Modernization and Reform held a second hearing to discuss Pennsylvania’s income tax and businesses on Feb. 20, said House Finance Committee Democratic Chairman Jake Wheatley. Leaders from the National Federation of Independent Business and the Pennsylvania Certified Institute of Certified Public Accountants provided testimony. Discussions focused on business taxes, what drives entrepreneurs to other states and how they, along with college graduates, could be kept in Pennsylvania. Democratic members in attendance included Wheatley, D-Allegheny, and Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery. For more information about the Democratic members of the House Finance Committee, visit its webpage . Read more
HARRISBURG, March 1 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, issued the following statement regarding the latest news story about a member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly being accused of sexual assault. Read more
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