PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 21 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, will co-host a weekly radio program from 11 a.m. to noon every Thursday on radio station WTTM, 1680 AM. The program, entitled "Voices from the Inside," will focus on the state's prison system and reducing crime. McClinton will be joined by co-hosts state Rep. Leslie Acosta, D-Phila., Esteban Cabrera and author Hugh Taft-Morales. "I am excited to have this opportunity to discuss our criminal justice system," McClinton said. "This new program will offer a voice to those currently incarcerated and will promote the sharing of ideas between prisoners and us on the outside. Thanks to Rep. Acosta, who developed the idea and invited me to participate in such a meaningful program. "By meeting those currently in prison, I hope that the listeners will understand the need for changes and improvements in our current system. We need to establish more humane methods to house our prisoners and work with them so they can be rehabilitated and can return to society and contribute. We waste so much money incarcerating those who have committed minor offenses and by locking them up for extended periods of time, we make it harder for them to blend back in to society and hold a meaningful job. "Additionally, we will be discussing community programs which may reduce violence and crime." The program will air live at 11 a.m. every Thursday on 1680 AM, and it can also Read more
PITTSBURGH, March 7 – In conjunction with the national “A Day Without a Woman” event called for by organizers of the recent Women’s March on Washington, D.C., state Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, is giving all female employees of his Pittsburgh and Harrisburg offices Wednesday off with pay. Wheatley, who recently arranged for 200 high school girls to see the inspirational movie “Hidden Figures” and who supports measures to reduce gender inequality – including pay inequity, said his decision was made to show solidarity with all women in the 19 th Legislative District whose voices deserve to be heard. Wheatley said women in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, and especially that region’s African-American women, are some of the most impoverished in the country. “Women make invaluable contributions in the workplace, yet they continue to lag behind their male peers in terms of pay and promotion,” Wheatley said. “Giving my female employees the day off is one way to add more voices to the growing chorus that’s demanding policy changes to help women achieve parity, in the workplace and elsewhere. “We need to recognize their voices and do something to improve their lives. What I am doing Wednesday is just a small part, but I recognize that much more is needed.” Wheatley said the day without women also seeks to recognize women’s vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment and Read more
SCRANTON, March 6 – A staff member from state Rep. Marty Flynn's office will provide outreach assistance from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, March 15 at the Clarks Green Borough Building, 104 N. Abington Road. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, March 6 – State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, D-Phila., and Lt. Gov. Mike Stack will host a "Pathways to Pardon" town hall meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 8 in Stein Auditorium, Room 111 of Drexel University's Nesbitt Hall, 3215 Market St. "Is your criminal record preventing you from getting a job? Do you need a second chance? Or do you want to help change the pardon process? Then this meeting is for you," Brown said. "This is a special opportunity because Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor, who chairs the state Board of Pardons, will be at this event," Brown emphasized. To reserve a seat or for more information, please call Brown's office at 215-879-6615. ### Read more
HARRISBURG, March 6– State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, D-Phila., invites her constituents to come and celebrate minority women in business during the Minority/Women/Disadvantaged Businesses Enterprise Lobby Day in Harrisburg. The “Entrepreneurial Inclusion Summit and Business Mixer” will take place 11:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, March 20 at the State Capitol. The agenda is as follows: 11:15 a.m. – Gather in Capitol Media Center. 11:30 a.m. -11:50 a.m. – Press conference. Noon -1 p.m. – Networking session (include lunch) for attendees to talk with purchasing directors from various state departments. 1 p.m. – Guests can proceed to House Chamber to be recognized by the Speaker as being present for the business summit. 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. – Guests will break into groups to meet with House/Senate leadership and State Government Committee chairmen. Brown said the event will focus on creating a fair and open environment for businesses owned by minority women across the commonwealth. “These strong, powerful women are equally a part of the very fabric of our business community and they should have a seat at the table when it comes to every aspect of entrepreneurship in Pennsylvania,” Brown said. “This event also will look at opportunities to improve practices for businesses owned by women, minorities and people of color, the disadvantaged and veterans throughout the commonwealth. “I encourage Read more
HARRISBURG, March 6 – In an effort to help people recover lost revenue and property, state Rep. Maureen Madden’s offices will hold a two-day unclaimed property event next week. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, March 6 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., voiced his strong opposition to District Attorney Seth Williams’ decision to seek life without parole sentences in at least three cases with juvenile defendants. “Last year, District Attorney Williams did what was right, and announced that he would no longer pursue life without parole for those under 18 years old,” Dawkins said. “It is disheartening to see him go back on his word, and I condemn in the strongest terms his decision to revive a punishment the Supreme Court has called cruel and unusual.” In 2012, the Supreme Court ruled in Miller v. Alabama that mandatory sentences of life without parole for juvenile offenders violate the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. The court later held in Montgomery v. Louisiana that its decision in Miller applied retroactively. Dawkins said as the courts began resentencing hearings, Williams announced that his office “will not be asking for cases going forward for life without the possibility of parole for people under the age of 18” in order “to give all of these individuals some light at the end of the tunnel.” “I hope that the district attorney returns to his original position, and provides these individuals – whose decades in prison began in their teenage years – what he once called ‘some light at the end of the tunnel,’” Dawkins said. Read more
SCRANTON, March 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
State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on 21 st century jobs at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 at the Manufacturer & Business Association, Forum Room, 2171 W. 38 th St. House Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, will co-chair the hearing. Bizzarro requested the hearing to further explore what more can be done to increase job creation in the region. The hearing agenda is as follows: 4 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 4:10 p.m. Panel One: Brian Slawin , Ben Franklin Partnership NW Regional Director and Portfolio Manager Dr. Valerica Vlad , professor of economics, Penn State Behrend Maggie Horne , director of Small Business Development Center, Gannon University Janet Anderson , Director of Partners for Performance, NWPA Workforce Development Board 4:50 p.m. Panel Two: Sean Fedorko , co-founder, Radius CoWork Beth Zimmer , co-founder and managing director, Innovation Collaborative Matt Wiertel, director of business development, Velocity Network 5:30 p.m. Closing remarks Read more
State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on 21 st century jobs at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 at the Manufacturer & Business Association, Forum Room, 2171 W. 38 th St. House Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, will co-chair the hearing. Bizzarro requested the hearing to further explore what more can be done to increase job creation in the region. The hearing agenda is as follows: 4 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 4:10 p.m. Panel One: Brian Slawin , Ben Franklin Paretnership NW Regional Director and Portfolio Manager Dr. Valerica Vlad , professor of economics, Penn State Behrend Maggie Horne , director of Small Business Development Center, Gannon University 4:50 p.m. Panel Two: Sean Fedorko , co-founder, Radius CoWork Beth Zimmer , co-Founder and managing director, Innovation Collaborative Matt Wiertel, director of business development, Velocity Network 5:30 p.m. Closing remarks Read more
Rep. Joseph Petrarca reminds residents that March is the last month to apply for heating assistance through LIHEAP, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Read more
DRAVOSBURG, March 3 – State Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, said 2017 trout stocking schedules are now available in his constituent service offices. Trout season opens statewide at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 15. The schedule has an easy-to-read table that allows western Pennsylvania anglers to see an entire year’s worth of stockings at one time. The information is broken down by county, with stream sections and lakes listed alphabetically, and the type of trout being released at each location. Kortz said the guides can be picked up at either of his constituent service offices – 751 Pittsburgh-McKeesport Blvd., Dravosburg, or 5101 Old Clairton Road, Pittsburgh. The guides are also available at various locations throughout the district. Constituents can call his office staff at (412) 466-1940 or (412) 886-2870 for specific locations. Stocking schedules are also available on Kortz's web page, www.pahouse.com/Kortz "The state stocks our fishing locations from March through November," Kortz said. "The state stocking program shows the commitment to supporting the long tradition of fishing in Pennsylvania." Kortz added, "Remember, a fishing license is required for anyone age 16 or older." License information can be found on the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission website, http://fishandboat.com/license.htm . For those new to fishing, the state offers a free Mentored Youth Fishing Day on Saturday, April 8, the Read more
Rep. Pam Snyder introduces legislation that would enable fire relief funds to be used to pay basic utility costs at volunteer fire company stations. Read more
YARDLEY, March 3 – The following statement is attributable to Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, in response to the report that Elcon Recycling Services, LLC has officially submitted an application with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for a commercial hazardous waste treatment and storage facility proposed for Falls Township. “Earlier this week, DEP Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell responded to my request for public hearings and committed to scheduling them moving forward, saying, ‘Our review of any material submitted by Elcon will be rigorous and thorough, and we intend to be transparent in all aspects of our review.’ DEP has 90 days to determine if the application is considered administratively complete before beginning the official review process. “As I stated in my January letter, the public hearing process will allow residents and other interested parties the opportunity to ask questions and provide comment.” The Phase II process is the most detailed and extensive review of all design and operational information. The DEP will put the application on its website: http://www.dep.pa.gov/About/Regional/SoutheastRegion/Community Information/Pages/Elcon-Recycling-Services-LLC.aspx and also have copies for public review available at the Bucks County Library, 7311 New Falls Road, Levittown, Pa., and the Westampton Branch of the Burlington County Library, 5 Pioneer Boulevard, Westampton, N.J. Read more
State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware, announced today that following a successful Small Business Breakfast last summer, she will be hosting a second Small Business Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Friday, March 10 at Neumann University’s Schmidt Multipurpose Room, 1 Neumann Drive, Aston, PA 19014. Read more
UPPER DARBY, March 2 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, will host her annual Financial Fitness Forum from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23 at Saint Laurence Catholic Church, 8245 West Chester Pike Upper Darby, 19082. This expo will include free information on a variety of financial issues. Exhibitors and speakers will provide presentations on money management, improving your financial health, and state programs to help families, homeowners and small business owners. “This expo is an excellent opportunity for area residents to gather information to help them improve their current financial situation or to prepare for the future,” Davidson said. “We will have a number of financial experts to provide resources on money matters and my staff will help with state programs and services that affect family finances, including unclaimed property and property tax rebates.” Organizations scheduled to participate include the Pennsylvania Treasury Department, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, financial institutions, credit counselors and many more. Davidson has held events on this topic in previous years that were highly attended so she urged residents to register to reserve their space. For more information or to register, please contact (610) 259-7016 or email@example.com . Read more
HARRISBURG, March 2 – State Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Centre, today said that his town hall meeting held Wednesday night provided many residents with an opportunity to get their voices heard. “I am honored to represent residents of Clinton and Centre counties for the past 27 years,” Hanna said. “Being able to hear from multiple constituents at one time affords me the opportunity to better understand what’s important to them, which is always enlightening.” Hanna said nearly 100 constituents attended the event at the Red Eye Center in Flemington and over 160 people viewed the live stream through Facebook. “As many know, over the course of my career, the 2015/16 budget cycle was by far the worst,” Hanna said. “Wednesday’s town hall reassured constituents that no one wins in that type of situation and that no one in the general assembly, nor the governor, wants to endure another budget season like last session.” Throughout the 90-minute event, the 2017/18 budget, property taxes, Bucktail High School, education funding, environmental protections, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Affordable Care Act, Real ID and many other topics were discussed. Hanna said, “I heard many of the concerns of my constituents loud and clear. We must work to reform property taxes throughout our state, protect our environment, and create jobs and economic activity all while working to Read more
HARRISBURG, March 2 – Legislation requiring schools to provide parents of children in grades 5 through 12 with information about eating disorders was introduced in the House by state Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks. “Eating disorders are real and devastating,” Warren said. “These complex conditions have serious health consequences that impact a person’s productivity and relationships.” The legislation (H.B. 531) also would create guidelines for local school boards that exercise an optional development of an eating-disorder screening program with appropriate opt-out and exemption procedures, specify training requirements for personnel and volunteers, and provide the framework for parental notification procedures in the event of a positive indication of an eating disorder. “We have a responsibility to ensure that our children have a way to get the help they need,” Warren said. “These serious conditions are not fads, phases or lifestyle choices, but are potentially life-threatening conditions that affect emotional and physical health. The earlier we can provide help to those who are struggling with an eating disorder, the greater the likelihood of physical and emotional recovery.” Warren explained that H.B. 531 would make accessing help easier for a child suffering from an eating disorder, as school districts would have materials and resources for parents readily available, and if needed Read more
PHILADELPHIA, March 2 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila, voiced his support today for Gov. Tom Wolf’s appointment of Kerry L. Kirkland to serve as the deputy secretary for Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities in the Pennsylvania Department of General Services. “I have introduced legislation to modify our state’s procurement system to encourage the participation of women and minority-owned enterprises, and I’ve worked with Governor Wolf on his administration’s reform efforts,” Dawkins said. “The creation of this position, designed to facilitate the governor’s efforts to improve state contracting for minority businesses, is a great step in the right direction. Deputy Secretary Kirkland’s experience in the public and private sectors make him an ideal choice, and I look forward to working with him.” According to the governor’s office, Deputy Secretary Kirkland will serve as the senior public official to represent and advise the administration and the department on all matters related to the development of statewide policies and programs to substantially increase the participation of small diverse businesses (SDBs) and small businesses (SBs) in commonwealth contracting and in Pennsylvania’s overall economy. In the 2015-16 session, Dawkins introduced H.B. 2166, which would amend the Procurement Code to encourage the participation of minority and women-owned Read more
ERIE, March 2 – State Rep. Patrick Harkins, D-Erie, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on renewable energy at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 8 at SB3, East Training Room, 3 rd Floor, 1540 East Lake Road, Erie. Biodiesel fuels and wind energy are among the topics set for discussion at the hearing, which will be co-chaired by state Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee, and include other Democratic House members. The hearing agenda is as follows: 9 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks 9:10 a.m. Panel from HERO BX: John Nies , vice president of operations Christopher Peterson , vice president of finance and commodity risk 9:50 a.m. John Rossi, executive board member, Sierra Club Lake Erie Group 10:10 a.m. John Pruvis, president, Solar Revolution Erie 10:30 a.m. Closing remarks The hearing is open to the public and media coverage is invited. Read more
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