YORK, April 8 – State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans will host a free shredding event April 20. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 20 at a new location -- the parking lot in front of Hill-Evans’ district office at 53 E. North St., Suite 3, York 17401. “Shredding documents that contain personal information is a great way to protect yourself from identity theft,” said Hill-Evans, D-York. “And the shredded paper is recycled, so it’s a win for the environment as well.” Documents suggested for shredding include any papers containing Social Security numbers, credit card or bank account information, insurance or income tax records, bank statements, and canceled or unused checks. The shredding will be done on-site. Anyone with questions can call Hill-Evans’ office at 717-848-9595. Read more
HAVERTOWN, April 8 – State Rep. Greg Vitali will host a Real ID Town Hall from noon to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, April 18 at the Haverford Township Administration Building, 1014 Darby Road, 19083. A representative from the state Transportation Department will be on-site to explain Real ID and help answer questions and concerns. “The session will be a great way for people to have their questions about Real ID answered by a PennDOT representative,” Vitali said. Real IDs are now available through PennDOT. After Oct. 1, 2020, a Real ID-compliant license or ID card, or a U.S. Passport or Military ID, will be necessary to board a domestic commercial flight or enter a secure federal facility. A Real ID-compliant driver’s license has enhanced security features required by federal legislation. Anyone with questions can contact Vitali’s office at 610-789-3900. Read more
On Wednesday the Pennsylvania Legislature will hold a rare joint legislative session to honor the victims of the October terror attack at the Tree of Life building. Read more
HARRISBURG, April 8 – Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, announced today he will host a public roundtable discussion on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the lifelong impact ACEs has on the brain. The roundtable will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 11 at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, Stager Conference Room 3, Ground Floor, 555 North Duke Street, Lancaster. The media and public are invited to attend. Sturla, Chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee, said the hearing is the second in a series held across the state to further explore how these experiences impact children’s cognitive development, and the impact ACEs has on education, health care and correctional costs. The current agenda is: 10:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 10:10 a.m. Panelists: Jeffrey Martin , Associate Director of Family and Community Medicine, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health Lark Eshleman , Executive Director, About Child Trauma Foundation Alice Yoder , Executive Director of Community Health, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health Melanie Snyder , Executive Director, Lancaster County Reentry Management Organization Erin Elliott , Chief Development Officer, Boys and Girls Club of Lancaster 11:30 a.m. Closing Remarks The meeting is one in a series held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first, good jobs, health care access, quality schools and job training, and a fair Read more
PHILADELPHIA, April 5 - Residents of the 194 th Legislative District looking to participate in a thoughtful exchange with their neighbors can join state Rep. Pam DeLissio at her newly organized book club. “A new way to exchange thoughts and ideas is to participate in the book club I established this year,” DeLissio said. The first meeting was held in March at which “Hillbilly Elegy” by J.D. Vance was discussed. “Thoughtful insight was shared by attendees,” DeLissio said. “It was helpful to hear my constituents’ reflections and their ability to relate the memoir to their own personal and professional experiences regarding poverty and the culture that often keeps citizens from moving beyond poverty. Moving the needle on poverty is the focus of the Philadelphia Platform that was adopted this year by the PA House Philadelphia Delegation.” The second book club meeting will be held on Friday, June 7 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. and the book to be discussed is “ Educated ,” by Tara Westover. DeLissio said in the current political climate, where there is a dearth of empathy, tolerance and acceptance of differences, this book will provide an opportunity to discuss how someone transitioned from an insular environment to a broader view of the world. The meeting will take place in DeLissio’s district office located at 6511 Ridge Avenue, Phila., 19128. Participation is limited to 20 persons and to those who Read more
PHILADELPHIA, April 5 - State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will host her 83 rd Town Hall Meeting at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 23 at the Belmont Hills Library located at 120 Mary Watersford Road, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004. DeLissio has invited two special guests to speak on the topic of retaining the current Electoral College or changing the system to elect our President by a national popular vote. The speakers will provide information on the differences between the two processes, how these two systems work, and the pros and cons of each. “I am always thrilled to see so many familiar faces and to have the opportunity to meet new constituents who have taken the time to come out to share and learn with me. My Town Halls always energize me because I highly value the dialogue with my constituents,” DeLissio said. “There is plenty of free parking and I am looking forward to an educational and informative meeting for all.” As always, folks from all parts of the 194 th Legislative District are welcome, and more information can be obtained by calling DeLissio’s office at 215-482-8726 or visiting www.pahouse.com/DeLissio . Read more
PHILADELPHIA, April 5 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will hold two free shredding events for constituents of the 194th Legislative District to safely dispose of confidential, unwanted documents. The next two shred events are scheduled as follows: Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. in the parking lot behind Magisterial District Court, 925 Montgomery Ave., Narberth. Saturday, May 11, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. in the Roxborough Municipal Lot, 514 Dupont St., Philadelphia. The events will be held rain or shine. There is a limit of four bags per household (standard storage/banker boxes or grocery bags) and will conclude at 11 a.m. sharp. "Safe disposal of documents with personal information is one of the best defenses against identity theft,” DeLissio said. "Onsite shredding is a great way to dispose of important paperwork containing sensitive information in an environmentally friendly way, and I am happy to offer this FREE service to my constituents." DeLissio said common types of unwanted items that should be shredded include credit card statements, credit card applications, bank and investment statements, canceled checks, income tax information, insurance and health records and retirement or pension fund information. Shredded paper will be recycled. Those who would like more information can call DeLissio’s office at 215-482-8726. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, April 5 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., today announced he will host his Scams, Fraud and Cyberbullying event featuring guest speaker Anthony Luker from the state Attorney General’s Office. The free event will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 11 at Dare to Imagine Church, 6610 Anderson St., 19119. “It’s important that all of my constituents know how to prevent identity theft and stop a scam before it starts,” Rabb said. “Even if we only save one person from having their information compromised, it prevents so much heartbreak and turmoil for the victims. We will continue to do our part educating the public about the latest scams and the technologies that allow them to happen.” Rabb encourages everyone to attend to learn how to spot and avoid the latest scams disguised as debt collection efforts, sweepstakes notifications, tech support offers, and other phone and internet schemes. This event will help attendees to learn and recognize fraud and how to steer clear. ### ATTENTION NEWS/ASSIGNMENT EDITORS : Media coverage of this event is invited. Read more
WAYNE, ARIL 4 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware., today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on infrastructure. O’Mara requested the hearing to discuss green infrastructure, storm water management and Governor Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania plan. She was joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “Improving our state’s infrastructure is a big task. It will take cooperation and collaboration at the local and state level to put in the work and changes needed for Pennsylvanians to have better roads, safer and more efficient buildings, cleaner water and affordable access to utilities and technology. Thank you to Chairman Sturla for recognizing the importance of improving our infrastructure and having the Policy Committee discuss how we can come together to make it happen,” O’Mara said. Sturla added, “I’m glad we had the opportunity to further explore Governor Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania plan. Addressing blight, storm preparedness plans, access to high speed internet and natural gas impact can make life better for all Pennsylvanians. This was a great starting point to see how infrastructure improvements can ultimately create good jobs and boost our economy.” The committee heard testimony from Patrick McDonnell, Secretary, Pa. Department of Environmental Protection; Rob Traver, Professor of Civil & Read more
PHILADELPHIA, April 4 – State Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., announced today he will be hosting a Veterans and Family Members Outreach event on April 11. Burgos said the event focused on veterans will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 11 at The Lenfest Center, 3890 N. 10th St., Philadelphia. There are a wide range of federal, state and county benefits available to qualified veterans and their families. Burgos’ staff will be informing veterans on benefits and services available to them, including assistance with applying for VA benefits and healthcare. Referrals to community resources and employment, as well as information on housing, public benefits and counseling also will be discussed. “When our veterans return home, they should not have to fight any longer just to be taken care of,” Burgos said. “We owe them so much for their sacrifices. I look forward to working with them and their families to make sure their needs are met and they can easily access the services they need for a happier and healthier life.” Interested residents may contact Burgos’ office at (215) 223-1890 with any questions or for more information. ### Attention assignment editors : Media coverage is encouraged. Read more
ERIE, April 4 – State Rep. Bob Merski, D-Erie, will host an open house from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11 at his new district office located at 3901 Liberty St. in Erie. Merski, who is serving his first term as state representative, said he is excited about the opportunity to speak in-depth with area residents about community issues. “I’m really looking forward to the chance to talk to area residents one-on-one,” Merski said. “This is a great opportunity for us to get to know each other better, to exchange ideas about our community and to make sure everyone is aware of the many ways in which our staff can help with state-related matters.” Although not required, Merski and his staff encourage residents planning to attend to RSVP by calling the district office at (814) 455-6319 . Read more
HARRISBURG, April 4 – In recognition for her work to connect all Pennsylvanians to modern broadband service, state Rep. Pam Snyder was honored with a broadband champion award from KINBER, a nonprofit group that helps communities gain access to reliable, high-speed internet service. The award was recently presented to Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Westmoreland, during KINBERCON 2019, a three-day conference that brought together Pennsylvania’s leaders in a variety of fields to share ideas and success stories about using next-generation networks and technology. “I was extremely humbled and honored to receive this award,” Snyder said. “Working together – with KINBER, my colleagues in the state House and Senate, and with partners in agriculture, education, and other sectors throughout Pennsylvania – we can effectively close the gap that exists between our residents who have reliable internet access and those who do not. It is critical for our continued economic growth and development and to successfully navigate our modern world.” “Pam Snyder is working hard to connect Pennsylvania with this needed commodity – broadband,” said Wendy Huntoon, CEO and president of KINBER. “Her leadership and focus on this issue made it easy for us to select her for the first broadband champion award.” In February, Snyder introduced three measures to address the lack of broadband access in unserved and underserved areas Read more
HARRISBURG, April 4 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., today announced legislation that would urge the attorney general to file a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies, distributors and manufacturers that have contributed to the state's opioid addiction and overdose crisis. “I am urging the attorney general to pursue wrongful-death suits on behalf of the thousands of Pennsylvania families that have lost loved ones to this epidemic,” Cruz said. “Great strides have been taken -- including a statewide disaster declaration and making naloxone available to everyone to help save thousands of lives from overdose death. But Pennsylvania is one of only a handful of states that has yet to pursue legal action over this opioid problem. We need to get to the root of the problem, and that started decades ago with the questionable and possibly illegal marketing and sales of these opioids.” Nearly 5,500 drug-related overdose deaths occurred in Pennsylvania in 2017 alone. Purdue Pharma recently settled its first lawsuit with Oklahoma on March 26, 2019. Cruz noted that Pennsylvania needs to act now to save as many lives as possible. More information about Cruz' legislation and other state-related matters is available by contacting his Harrisburg office at 717-705-1925. ### Read more
HARRISBURG, April 4 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., today announced legislation that would require African American, Native American and Hispanic history, culture and diversity to be included in history curricula in public schools. “Many of us were taught history in school, but from a homogeneous perspective,” Cruz said. “Other races are often portrayed in negative, over-simplified, or victimized ways. I want to ensure that our schools give a more complete picture of history. History should include all stories, regardless of culture or race.” Cruz noted that research has shown that inclusive lessons lead to fewer absences, higher grades and better graduation rates. Additionally, inclusive lessons help to bridge differences that exist in experiences and perspectives, building tolerance and understanding in communities. More information about Cruz's legislation and other state-related matters is available by contacting his Harrisburg office at 717-705-1925. ### Read more
HARRISBURG, April 4 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill recently was appointed Democratic chairwoman of the House Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Economic Development. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, April 3 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on Meaningful Solutions to Maternal Mortality-Doula Care and Coverage at St. Joseph’s University. Cephas requested the hearing to discuss what more the state can do to reduce maternal deaths and provide stronger support for doula care. Testifiers and lawmakers looked at definitions of maternal mortality, rates and causes and discussed best practices and solutions to reducing mortality rates. Cephas was joined by legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “I want to thank all of today’s testifiers for providing great insight into how we can come together to improve maternal care and reduce maternal mortality. When we have open dialogue about the causes and drivers of these issues, we can better craft solutions that will ensure healthy moms and healthy babies,” explained Cephas. “In the United States, maternal mortality is on the rise, as it declines in every other developed country. We need to make sure medical professionals are fully educated and prepared to handle potential complications and that women aren’t afraid to speak up if something seems to be going wrong.” Sturla added: “In the developed world, the United States has the worst rate of maternal deaths. We need to make sure we’re encouraging women to seek the Read more
HARRISBURG, April 3 – Voting that is easier, more efficient and more secure is the aim of a new vote-by-mail bill introduced today by state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny. House Bill 1059 would permit Pennsylvania voters to cast their ballots by mail. Voters would request a ballot once and then continue receiving ballots for every election until they opted out. “The right to vote is at the heart of our democracy, but the system we use to cast and count ballots can help or hinder the process,” Matzie said. “Voting by mail has numerous advantages over traditional voting: it increases voter participation, saves taxpayer dollars and reduces the already low chance of fraud. “There are many other advantages, as well. No concern about the weather. No issues with making it to work on time, or to the polls on time. No hassle for first responders or emergency workers. No worrying about a ride to the polls. Easier for seniors. Easier for those with disabilities. Easier for those who travel for work. Easier for students. Easier for everyone. “We already trust the postal service to handle sensitive personal documents, so we can feel confident in their ability to handle our ballots. A vote-by-mail system is already working in 22 other states, including three – Oregon, Washington and Colorado – that hold their elections entirely by mail. I’m encouraging my colleagues to support this bill, which will get more citizens Read more
HARRISBURG, April 3 – State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, announced today that he has been appointed to serve on the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts for the 2019-2020 legislative session. The subcommittee investigates issues and holds public hearings relating to the operation of Pennsylvania’s court system. Bizzarro, who has served on the House Judiciary Committee since 2015, said he is excited to take on the new role. "Our state courts handle most disputes governing our daily lives, from resolving civil matters to determining criminal sentences of offenders, so it’s essential that they run smoothly,” Bizzarro said. “I’m honored to sit on the subcommittee, which helps ensure that our courts have the resources they need to serve the interests of justice as efficiently and effectively as possible. The subcommittee also plays a central role in investigating possible crimes or abuse of power by public officials so that the Judiciary Committee can determine whether impeachment is appropriate.” In addition to serving on the Judiciary Committee, Bizzarro serves on the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness, Consumer Affairs and Insurance committees. He also serves as House chief deputy whip and as vice chairman of the Northwest Delegation. Read more
HARRISBURG, April 3 – As the nation of Brunei enacts a new law today that implements stoning or whipping to death under anti-LGBT laws, state Rep. Kevin Boyle is calling on the commonwealth to end any business investments with that country. “This new law is inhumane and violates international human rights laws. It is medieval and should not be tolerated by anyone,” said Boyle, D-Phila. “While we here in Pennsylvania certainly can’t change the laws in Brunei, we can certainly punish the nation for its abhorrent actions of discrimination by cutting investment ties with it and any businesses located in Brunei.” Boyle is currently seeking co-sponsors for his legislation that would require the Public School Employees’ Retirement System, the State Employees’ Retirement System, the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System, and the state Treasurer's Office to no longer invest in companies that do business with Brunei. “For humanity’s sake, we cannot stand idly by and be associated with countries that commit such acts of abuse. These places, including Brunei, create risk and undermine the value of Pennsylvania’s investments,” Boyle said. Boyle said his proposed legislation would amend Act 44 of 2010, known as the Protecting Pennsylvania’s Investments Act, which already divests commonwealth-funded investments in Iran or Sudan, or with any company from either of those countries. Read more
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