ERIE, Aug. 8 – State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, will host his sixth annual free Senior Fair and Older Living Expo from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Aug. 13, at the McDowell Intermediate High School, 3320 Caughey Road. “I look forward to this yearly event and in particular, connecting with all of the senior residents I serve,” Bizzarro said. “The Senior Fair provides a wealth of information to constituents related to health, how to access benefits, plan for retirement and finding housing, among other things.” Bizzarro said dozens of local and state organizations and exhibitors will provide health screenings, flu shots, veterans’ benefits information and other useful information for older residents. Additionally, there will be light refreshments, entertainment and door prizes for attendees. Bizzarro and his staff will be available to outline how his office can help seniors access programs such as the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program and prescription assistance through PACE and PACENET. No RSVP is required. More information is available by calling Bizzarro’s office at 814-835-2880 or visiting the office at 1101 Peninsula Drive, Suite 209, in the Peninsula Plaza. Read more
HARRISBURG, Aug. 7 – State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, is hosting a complimentary spaghetti lunch for veterans from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26 at the Cresson Volunteer Fire Co., 223 Ashcroft Ave., Cresson 16630. Guests are welcome, but only veterans with a military ID qualify for the free lunch. Guests can eat for $5. To RSVP by Friday, Aug. 17, please call Burns’ Portage office at 814-736-7339. Burns has hosted the free meal for veterans in the past, as a way of showing appreciation for the sacrifices veterans have made in service to the country. “My staff and I love hosting this event for our veterans,” Burns said. “It’s the least we can do to honor their service and thank them for dedicating their lives to our safety.” Veterans will also have the opportunity to ask any questions they may have about state programs and services. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 7 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., and the Women and Girls of Color Subcommittee of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing at the District 1199 Union Hall on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling and its impact on women. Cephas was joined by Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and state legislators from across the commonwealth. The committee discussed how the Janus vs. AFSCME Council 31 decision threatens worker rights and all working families, particularly women of color. Cephas said labor unions have helped women of all backgrounds close gaps in pay and career advancement. Letting government workers benefit from union representation without paying union fees would make many institutions across the country smaller and poorer in the next few years. “My mother raised four young girls on her own and struggled with her wage, leave and her rights. She couldn’t fight the battles on her own, but her union was there for her,” Cephas said. “Unions lifted my mother and other women out of poverty. They were a vehicle for women of color to gain access to the middle class. It is our duty to continue the fight against powerful corporate special interests.” Sturla added, “The U.S. Supreme Court ruling dealt a blow to unions, but that will not stop the effort of helping working people in Pennsylvania obtain health care benefits, safe working Read more
State Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, invites residents of the 141st District to participate in a Tele-Town Hall at 7 p.m. Aug. 16. Read more
BROOKHAVEN, Aug. 7 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware, released the following statement congratulating first responders with Aston Township Fire Co. for its $1 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant announced by Gov. Tom Wolf today: “By winning this large highly competitive grant, Aston Township Fire Company not only stood out across the state, but its service to the community had to be second to none,” she said. “Congratulations to Aston Township, and thank you to Governor Wolf for recognizing a wise investment in Aston and its finest first responders. Under the leadership of Chief Mike Evans, these firefighters and EMS workers put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe. “The real winner is the community, of course. This award will help keep local taxes down and help keep people safe. I’m proud to have helped support this grant to the community and look forward to championing other great local projects.” Aston Township plans to renovate and expand the former Green Ridge Fire House, which is located on Duttons Mill Road. The existing building was constructed over 30 years ago and is outdated and undersized. The proposed improvements involve renovating the existing 5,250-square-foot building and constructing a 15,430-square-foot addition. The new firehouse will have six fire truck bays, two EMS bays, a recreation room, office space, meeting rooms, bunk rooms and storage and Read more
SCRANTON, Aug. 7 – A staffer from state Rep. Marty Flynn's office will provide outreach assistance next week in South Abington Township. Read more
SCRANTON, Aug. 6 – 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, Aug. 6 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., today thanked Gov. Tom Wolf for the governor's historic creation of the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, believed to be the only statewide commission of its kind in the United States. "Governor Wolf has consistently supported equal rights for LGBTQ Pennsylvanians, and today's announcement confirms that. I'm honored that he appointed me to serve on this commission," said Sims, the first out LGBTQ person elected to the legislature. "The work of equality also needs to move forward in the legislature. One example of stalled legislation is the Pennsylvania Fairness Act , which would include sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in the types of discrimination banned statewide in the workplace, housing and public accommodations. The people are ahead of the legislature on this: Polls have shown consistent 70-percent support for this in Pennsylvania for eight years. The Fairness Act has bipartisan support in the legislature, and there should be hearings and votes on it. We know Governor Wolf would sign it into law." ### Read more
ASTON, Aug. 6 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware, today at Neumann University hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on connecting workers to good jobs. Krueger-Braneky was joined by Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and state legislators from across the commonwealth. The committee discussed matching workforce development efforts to the real jobs that Pennsylvania businesses need to fill. Krueger-Braneky said that she is focused on policy efforts to help build a better pipeline from schools to jobs as well as reforms to build a stronger and more diverse workforce in Pennsylvania. “Connecting people with jobs begins with engaging local businesses and making investments in people,” she said. “Whether that involves connecting a business owner to qualified candidates or creating qualified candidates in schools, the commonwealth must commit the supporting legislation, funding and programs for the people. We also must support our workforce development agencies, local business community, pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs, and colleges and universities to create those outcomes. Community, regional and state economies don’t grow without strong stewardship from their leaders. Sturla added, “House Democrats have a plan for this kind of investment, and it hinges on helping current workers and college students adapt in a changing economy – keeping them productive and prepared. Read more
PITTSBURGH, Aug. 6 – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, today commended Gov. Tom Wolf for creating the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs. "Governor Wolf is showing leadership by his historic creation of the only commission of this kind in the United States. It shows once again that he values all Pennsylvanians, and I'm honored he appointed me to serve on the commission," said Frankel, co-chairman of the LGBT Equality Caucus in the legislature. "This is a good step forward to determine needs for LGBT residents. But some things we already know: The legislature should pass the Pennsylvania Fairness Act . This bipartisan bill would include sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in the types of discrimination banned statewide in the workplace, housing and public accommodations. It's still legal in much of Pennsylvania for people to be denied a job or a place to live just because of who they are, and that's wrong," Frankel said. "The Fairness Act has had consistent 70 percent support in Pennsylvania polls for eight years. It's time for hearings and votes on this bipartisan, common-sense legislation. Governor Wolf would sign the Fairness Act into law – let's send it to his desk." ### Read more
State Rep. Joseph Petrarca said he is delighted to announce that Saint Vincent College in Latrobe has been selected to receive a $1 million state grant which will assist the college with its $19 million expansion of the Latimer Family Library on campus. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 6 – As part of the House Democratic Caucus’ Plan4PA, state Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on the PA Promise Act, legislation that would provide free tuition for students attending Pennsylvania’s community colleges, state system universities, and state-related institutions. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9 at Temple University, Shusterman Hall, 1834 Liacouras Walk, 19122. Roebuck requested the hearing to gather insight on innovative ways to reduce the financial burden on Pennsylvania’s students and their families, and provide support for the state’s community colleges and universities. Roebuck will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 10 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks 10:10 a.m. Mark Price, labor economist, Keystone Research Center 10:40 a.m. Panel from higher education: Dr. Chae Sweet, dean of liberal studies, Community College of Philadelphia Dr. Ivan Turnipseed, professor and coordinator – hotel, restaurant and tourism management, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Mark Rimple, professor, music theory and composition, and APSCUF chapter president, West Chester University of Pennsylvania 11:20 a.m. Closing remarks The meeting is one in a series being held across the state on the House Read more
HARRISBURG, Aug. 6 – State Rep. Perry Warren congratulated Council Rock School District for participating in the Department of Environmental Protection’s 2018 chemical cleanout. Council Rock is one of 11 schools or districts in seven counties to participate in the 2017-18 Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign . To be eligible to apply for a one-time cleanout, schools must complete the Department of Environmental Protection’s chemical management training and complete a laboratory chemical inventory. The department then coordinates a chemical cleanout event over the summer, when hazardous and nonhazardous wastes are transported to the appropriate permitted disposal facilities. “I’m pleased to see Council Rock School District taking the proactive steps to participate in this program,” said Warren, D-Bucks. “Proper training to ensure chemicals are handled, stored and disposed of properly will help protect students and staff and keep our schools safe.” The Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign is provided by DEP at no cost to schools, and training for 2018-19 will begin in October. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 3 – As part of the House Democratic Caucus’ Plan4PA, state Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on probation reform. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8 at the Philadelphia City Hall, City Council Chambers (Room 400), 1400 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia, 19107. McClinton requested the hearing to discuss potential legislation that would update Pennsylvania’s probation policies, reduce recidivism, create reforms and give returning citizens a second chance and save taxpayer dollars. McClinton will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 2 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 2:10 p.m. Panel: Christian Stephens, deputy secretary for field services, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Helene Placey, executive director, County Chief Adult Probation & Parole Officers Association Holly Harris, executive director, Justice Action Network 2:50 p.m. Panel: Office of the Philadelphia District Attorney Mark Houldin, policy director, Defender Association of Philadelphia Leslie Jones, policy and advocacy director, Montgomery County Public Defender Office, and member, Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 3:30 p.m. Panel of parolees John Thompson Crystal Walker 3:50 Read more
State Reps. Helen Tai and Tina Davis, both D-Bucks, held a joint event with PennEnvironment to discuss H.B. 2132, legislation that would set a goal of transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 2 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., today announced she will host a National Night Out celebration in northwest Philadelphia from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7 at Masjidullah, The Center for Human Excellence Parking Lot at the corner of Washington Lane and Limekiln Pike. Fitzgerald said the free event will feature games and activities for children of all ages, free food and more family fun. State and local resources will also be on hand to assist with any concerns or issues families may have. Representatives from the 14 th and 35 th police districts will be present. “Bringing our neighborhoods together is one of my favorite parts of my job,” Fitzgerald said. “This is a great opportunity for the community to have some fun while getting to know the law enforcement in the neighborhood.” Started in the Philadelphia area in 1984, National Night Out has since expanded to 16,000 communities across the country with more than 38 million neighbors involved. The program’s mission is to promote community involvement in local anti-crime programs, heighten neighborhood spirit and to increase knowledge on crime and drug prevention. For more information, call Fitzgerald’s office at (215) 549-0220. Media coverage is invited. Read more
HARRISBURG, Aug. 2 – On Wednesday, state Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Centre, will host a bridge dedication ceremony in Lock Haven for U.S. Navy Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer David M. Collins. The dedication will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the junction of state Route 150 and state Route 64 over Fishing Creek, in Mill Hall, Clinton County, in the grassy area near the Creekside Restaurant. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held at the Bland J. Rossman VFW Post #1630 in the John J. Russo Hall of Honor, 1110 E. Water St., Lock Haven. “I’m more than proud to honor this local veteran for the sacrifices he made for his family and country,” Hanna said. “The dedication of the U.S. Navy SOC David M. Collins Veterans Memorial Bridge is a small way of showing Collins’ family how grateful we all are for his honorable and distinguished service in the U.S. Armed Forces.” Collins, a Lock Haven native, was a decorated war veteran and former Navy SEAL, serving in Operation Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Collins retired from naval service in September 2012. He died in March 2014 as a result of a traumatic brain injury and chronic traumatic encephalopathy suffered in combat. During his time in the U.S. Navy, Collins was the recipient of numerous awards and decorations. In 2005, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal – the fourth-highest military decoration for valor – for his meritorious Read more
PITTSBURGH, Aug. 2 – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, today issued the following statement on the federal government’s final rule on the expansion of short-term, limited duration health plans: “I am dismayed and deeply troubled by the Trump administration’s latest attack on consumers and the Affordable Care Act. The president’s plan to expand the availability of short-term, limited duration junk health plans which fall far short of the insurance protections currently required under the ACA, is both dangerous and extremely short-sighted. “These plans, which had previously only been available for up to three months, would now be available for a full 12 months with the option to renew for additional years. We know that such plans are not required to cover essential health benefits, prescription drugs or preventative care, and are unlikely to cover a consumer’s pre-existing conditions. “It cannot be stated loudly enough: short-term, limited duration plans that don't cover essentials are not a meaningful substitute for major medical health-care coverage and should not be marketed as a realistic alternative. “I look forward to working closely with the Wolf administration and Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman, as well as my colleagues in the General Assembly, to do whatever is in our power to educate consumers about these dangerous short-term plans and mitigate any damage they may Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 2 – As part of the House Democratic Caucus’ Plan4PA, state Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., and the Women and Girls of Color Subcommittee of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on how a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on unions impacts women of color. The hearing will be held at noon Tuesday, Aug. 7 at District 1199 Union Hall, 1319 Locust St., 19107. Cephas requested the hearing to discuss the Janus vs. AFSCME case and how the justices’ ruling against unions affects women of color. According to the National Women’s Law Center, Women represented by a union are paid 15 percent more than those who are not, and women of color represented by unions are closer to closing the wage gap with black women making 77 cents and Latina women making 75 cents to every dollar white men make. Cephas will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 12 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 12:10 p.m. Panel One: • Amal Bass, staff attorney, Women’s Law Project • Representative from POWER 12:40 p.m. Panel of union leaders: • Chris Woods, executive vice president, District 1199C • Bonnee Breese Bentum, board member, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers • Lynn Read more
HARRISBURG, Aug. 2 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will hold her 76 th Town Hall meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 16 in Wolcoff Auditorium – Roxborough Memorial Hospital, 5800 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia. Pennsylvania Secretary of Corrections John Wetzel will be guest speaker, and the discussion will focus on re-entry programs, rehabilitation vs. punishment and the cost of operating prisons vs. educating our youth. "As always, my goal is ongoing dialogue with constituents. Bring your questions and concerns about these three aspects of our criminal justice system, and I look forward to our discussion," DeLissio said. “I’m looking forward to seeing new and familiar faces from all parts of the legislative district.” More information can be obtained by calling DeLissio’s office at (215) 482-8726 or found on her website at www.pahouse.com/DeLissio . Read more
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