HARRISBURG, Aug. 23 – Area veterans are invited to take part in the monthly support program next week at the office of state Rep. Kevin Haggerty. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 23 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., announced that he will host three town hall meetings to address community concerns in the 200th Legislative District. “It’s vital that I meet residents where they are in order to best address the issues they face,” Rabb said. “These town halls will give me the opportunity to better explore the unique challenges that my district faces. It will also be a great opportunity for us to learn more on how we can work together to improve the quality of our neighborhoods.” The town hall meetings will take place 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the following dates and locations: Sept. 7 at Dorothy Emanuel Recreation Center at 8100 Pickering St. Sept. 14 at Dare to Imagine Church at 6611 Ardleigh St. Sept. 28 at Chestnut Hill College – Sugar Loaf Campus at 9220 Germantown Ave. Rabb said that there also will be information on state-related resources available to residents, as well as information on volunteer opportunities. Refreshments will be served. More information is available by contacting Rabb’s constituent service office at 215-242-7300. ### Read more
State Rep. Kevin Haggerty, D-Lackawanna, will host a property tax elimination Town Hall from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7 at his Olyphant Satellite Office, 530 E. Park St. Read more
UPPER DARBY, Aug. 22 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, is inviting parents to register now for her 7th Annual Back-to-School Book Bag Giveaway. Free book bags are provided while supplies last. Parent must register by Aug. 31 to receive a free book bag for their children. Residents of all ages from across the 164th Legislative District – Yeadon, Upper Darby, Millbourne, Lansdowne and East Lansdowne – are invited to Davidson’s 7th Annual Community Picnic & Back-to-School Book Bag Giveaway, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 9 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Second Ward Playground, 747 Crosley Ave., Upper Darby, across the street from the Fernwood Cemetery on Church Lane. "We'll have free barbecue and drinks, family games, entertainment, state resources and information for students and families. We provide this service every year so that families can have a successful school year," Davidson said. Pre-registration is mandatory to receive a free book bag and is first-come, first-served, while supplies last. To pre-register, call 610-259-7016, email email@example.com or stop by Davidson's office in the Barclay Square Shopping Center, 1500 Garrett Road, Upper Darby. Read more
Rep. Ryan Bizzarro will host his fifth annual free Senior Fair & Older Living Expo from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Aug. 28, at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, 301 Peninsula Drive, Erie. Read more
WEST CHESTER, Aug. 21 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, announced that she will hold her 2017 Senior Expo in October. The Senior Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 21 at West Chester East High School, 450 Ellis Lane. “There are so many opportunities and programs for seniors in our community, and this fun, free event will bring them together to make them easily accessible,” Comitta said. The event will feature nonprofit organizations, state and local government agencies and others offering information and services geared toward older adults. Vendors and senior service providers interested in participating in the expo can contact Comitta’s office at (610) 696-4990. Read more
PITTSBURGH, Aug. 21 – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, colleagues and faith leaders held a news conference today at Freedom Corner to discuss the aftermath of the Charlottesville, Va., domestic terror attack and to call for action on hate-crimes legislation in Pennsylvania ( H.B. 505 / S.B. 96 ). "The hatred and ugliness displayed by white supremacist groups in Charlottesville, which culminated in murder, has been followed by a lack of leadership from the White House. So it is more important than ever that state and local leaders and all people of good will do what we can. In Pennsylvania, one of the the most important things we can do is to restore several protections that were only struck from our hate-crimes law on a technicality," Frankel said. "These protections were added in 2002 on a bipartisan basis and were struck from the hate-crime law by the state Supreme Court in 2008 not on the merits, but only because of the state Constitution's single-subject rule for bills. The state House and Senate should vote on legislation that would restore the inclusion of actual or perceived ancestry, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, and gender or gender identity. The law currently covers hate crimes committed because of the victim's race, color, religion or national origin." State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, said, "It's fitting that we are at Freedom Corner today, since this has been a Read more
SWARTHMORE, Aug. 21 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware, announced today that following two successful Small Business Breakfasts, she will be hosting a third Small Business Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 24 in Neumann University’s Schmidt Multipurpose Room at 1 Neumann Drive, Aston, 19014. “We received a lot of positive feedback after our previous small-business breakfasts, and I want continue to bring the opportunity back to the community,” Krueger-Braneky said. “Small businesses are integral to a healthy local economy, so it’s imperative that we provide small-business owners with resources and networks to help them succeed as much as we can.” The breakfast will focus on “Reigniting Your Passion” and will feature guest speaker Seta Babayan-MacCrory of Brookhaven. Babayan-MacCrory, founder of SubstiToothFairy, will share her inspiring story about what it took to launch her successful small business. This event is free and open to any small-business owner in the 161 st District, but registration is required. Interested parties can register at www.pahouse.com/KruegerBrankey or by calling (610) 534-6880. Prior to running for office, Krueger-Braneky spent a decade supporting locally owned businesses and continues to work to support them as the true backbone of local economies. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 21 – State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, D-Phila., announced that she has been selected to serve on the board of the National Conference of State Legislators. Brown will serve as the at-large Democratic representative on the executive board of the Women’s Legislative Network of the NCSL. “I am excited to be able to continue my commitment to service while working with women legislators from across the nation,” Brown said. “This is a great opportunity to learn more about how we can increase female representation in our state legislature. This will also allow me to learn from my fellow legislators – from both sides of the aisle – on how I can better serve Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable residents.” The Women’s Legislative Network of the NCSL is the professional development organization that includes every female state legislator in the 50 states, United States territories, and the District of Columbia. For more than 40 years, the NCSL Legislative Summit has brought together legislators and staff from both sides of the aisle to tackle and discuss difficult problems and find reasonable solutions. The Network does not advocate for or against specific state policies. It instead seeks to promote the participation, empowerment, and leadership of women legislators and provides a forum for women to learn from one another and develop mentoring relationships. Brown was formally elected on Aug. 8 during the Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 18 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., announced he will hold a Human Services job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14 at the Treasures Banquet Facility, 5549 Germantown Ave., 19144. “Looking for a job can be a very frustrating process. There are so many avenues out there that sometimes a person isn’t able to find a suitable position,” Kinsey said. “This Human Services job fair brings available positions to anyone seeking employment in this specific field. So folks who come to the job fair should have a sense that they are coming with the intent to work in this field.” Kinsey said more than 25 agencies will be in attendance looking to fill various Human Services positions that are currently open. Candidates should dress to impress and bring copies of their resume. “This job fair is part of a series of meetings with constituents, to listen to their concerns on the need for employment throughout the northwest community. I’m happy to partner with the Alliance of Community Service Providers to host this event.” Kinsey concluded. More information can be obtained calling Kinsey’s constituent service office at (215) 849-6592. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 18 – State Reps. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, and Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., welcomed more than 1,200 constituents of the 191st and 192nd Legislative Districts to the Second Annual 60th Street Health and Wellness Summer Jam, where families could enjoy a day of fun and entertainment. “It was my honor to host the event again this year. We provided health screenings and resources for our constituents, but more importantly we united our communities even more. Communities where back in the days neighbors were not allowed to cross from one side to another,” McClinton said. “This event proves that peace is possible and that communities can come together, grow and thrive.” The Summer Jam began with a March for Peace and included health screenings conducted by Sayre Health Center, Mercy Health System and Penn Medicine; children’s activities, food and refreshments. Philadelphia radio show personality Dezzie hosted live performances that included the African Dance and Drum Ensemble, Carnival, and L&L Dance Company. With more than 50 exhibitors, attendees also had the opportunity to gather information on a variety of local organizations and state programs such as the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Medicaid and the state Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Congressman Dwight Evans, state Sen. Anthony Williams, state Rep. Donna Bullock and Councilmembers Jannie Blackwell and Curtis Jones Jr. Read more
YARDLEY, Aug. 18 – State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, is seeking applications from local students for a fall internship in his Yardley district office. Duties will include assisting with handling constituent relations, answering phones, planning events and engaging the community of the 31st Legislative District. "This is a great opportunity for students who are excited to learn more about Pennsylvania's legislative process," Warren said. "Interns will become familiar with a variety of legislative issues facing Pennsylvania, which will provide them with valuable experience." Interns must be 18 or older and a high school or college student. Those interested can contact P.J. O’Brien at POBrien@pahouse.net with a resume attached. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 18 – In an effort to expand access to books and promote literacy through Northwest Philadelphia communities, state Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., will re-launch “Books to Barbers” – a campaign to provide donated books to barbershops to encourage young boys and girls to develop love for reading. Youngblood will be dropping off donated books to three local barbershops on Tuesday, Aug. 22, beginning at 11 a.m. The first stop will be The Proper Image Barbershop, 326 W. Chelten Ave. From there, she will visit Ballerz Barber Shop, 60 W. Chelten Ave., and then conclude the tour at Clipperz Unisex Hair Salon, 61 W. Maplewood Mall. Youngblood said she hopes to eventually bring “Books to Barbers” to all barbershops and salons in her district, as well as work with lawmakers from across Philadelphia to help develop the campaign for other communities in the city. Youngblood has been working with the Philadelphia Free Library, and the Read By 4 th campaign to expand the program’s outreach. Anyone interested in participating in “Books to Barbers” or looking for more information on how to contribute to the campaign is encouraged to contact Youngblood’s office at 215-849-6426. Read more
Rep. Adam Ravenstahl introduces House Bill 1737, which he says could open the door for chiropractic educational programs in the state by allowing chiropractic interns to practice under supervision. Read more
HARRISBURG, Aug. 18 - Following the events in Charlottesville, Va., the members of the Southeast Delegation released the following statement: “We, the members of the Southeast Delegation of the Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus, watched in horror the open display of hate and bigotry from neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia this past Saturday, August 12 th . A display that quickly turned violent and deadly. “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Heather Heyer, who was killed in an act of hate-fueled terror, to the family and friends of the officers who died in the line of duty – Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper Berke Bates – and to the many others injured and traumatized that day. “In the aftermath, we are standing together with our families, our communities, and colleagues for support and strength in the face of this inhumane, racist moment. And we rightly look to our leaders, of any party and stripe, to clearly and full-throatedly denounce hate — and to reaffirm our country’s founding principle that all are created equal. “That moral authority that we search for was grotesquely missing in our president. Instead, President Trump displays sympathy for fanaticism; blame for violence on both the purveyors and victims; and an unashamed ignorance. At a time when our country needs a leader who will unite us, this president, again, pushes us apart. “Sadly, this past weekend’s Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 17 – State Rep. Vanessa Brown, D-Phila., warned citizens about an emerging scam related to Medicare cards. “Beginning in 2018, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services will mail out new Medicare cards that no longer have Social Security numbers on them. This action will help protect our citizens from identity theft, but at the same time, it’s an opportunity for unscrupulous people to take advantage of the most vulnerable,” Brown said. The representative shared tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of Medicare or Medicaid card scams. Beneficiaries don’t have to do anything – There is no need to confirm personal information with Medicare or anyone else. The card is free – There is no “one-time fee,” “processing fee” or any other fees for the new card. Medicare representatives don’t call you or come to your house – Hang up on anyone who calls and says there is a fee for the card or that they need to confirm your identity. More information on Medicare and Medicaid cards can be obtained by visiting www.medicare.gov . Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 17 – State Reps. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chair of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, and Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, chair of the Philadelphia County Delegation, released the following statement regarding the white nationalist protests that took place in Charlottesville, Va.: “As legislative leaders representing countless Pennsylvanians of color, we condemn the actions of white nationalists in Charlottesville as racist and un-American. As proud Americans, we know that these actions and ideals do not represent the values of tolerance, inclusiveness, and equality that our country strives to uphold. The diversity of our Commonwealth – and of our country – is an asset that must be fully utilized if we are to fulfil the promise of our democracy. “The flags, statues and monuments of the Confederacy are not the celebration of heritage, but are instead the articulation of hatred using the language of an enemy nation. No other country celebrates the conquered, just as no other country flies the flag of the defeated. The Confederacy and the monuments erected long after its defeat represent an ideology that should not be celebrated. This ideology commemorates treason while romanticizing slavery and systemic oppression. “Monuments honoring the Confederacy should be to the Civil War as Benedict Arnold is to the American Revolution. These symbols do not deserve to tower over those they once oppressed, but belong Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 17 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., today announced she is inviting residents to discover if they have any unclaimed property waiting for them. The representative will host an Unclaimed Property Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30 in her district office at 7178 Ogontz Ave., 19138. Fitzgerald said her staff will search the database for residents to see if they have unclaimed property belonging to them. Residents can also get assistance with filling out their claim forms. “My staff is happy to help residents go through the process to find out if they have any property that rightfully belongs to them,” Fitzgerald said. "It’s a good idea for residents to check annually if they are owed money as the Treasurer's Office estimates that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property." The Pennsylvania Treasurer's Office reports it is currently holding $2.3 billion in unclaimed property, which includes things such as closed bank accounts, uncashed checks, lost stocks and bonds, contents of safe deposit boxes, and unexpired gift certificates and gift cards. Read more
YORK, Aug. 17 – State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, issued the following statement following her appearance with York Mayor Kim Bracey today condemning the acts of violence and hatred in Charlottesville over the weekend and President Donald Trump’s response to them. “Following the appalling events in Charlottesville on Friday and Saturday, I must speak out against certain victim-blaming responses and normalizing of radical behaviors involved with the race-based violence that is threatening minorities across America,” she said. “Enough is enough. Because our president is so unwilling to denounce the hate fueling this crisis in America, I am proud to stand with a growing number of public officials across all good political backgrounds in loudly condemning any actions or groups in this country that seek to claim a superior race, advocate for a country exclusive to one race or revise the proud history or contributions of any entire race of people. “There is no room for hate, bigotry, racism, xenophobia or sexism in our communities, and I’m proud of anyone who stands against them. “Our fight against these evil forces might be our defining moment as we creep deeper into an obviously failed presidency and moral bankruptcy in the White House.” Read more
HARRISBURG, Aug. 16 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., announced he will introduce legislation that would prohibit a person participating in or attending a public demonstration in Pennsylvania from possessing a firearm or other dangerous articles. “Following the events that took place in Charlottesville, it is more important now than ever to protect our First Amendment right,” Kinsey said. “Civics teaches us that the right of people to assemble peacefully to express, promote, pursue and defend their beliefs is fundamental to a functioning democracy. The presence of firearms and other dangerous articles place that fundamental right in grave danger.” Kinsey said the possession of a firearm during a public demonstration presents a clear and present danger not only to law enforcement and other first responders, but also to those who attend and participate in public demonstrations. Kinsey believes that the presence of firearms and other dangerous articles impede on the rights of Americans to assemble in a peaceful manner. During the protests and counter-protests in Charlottesville, Va., one person died and several others were injured. “I have absolutely zero tolerance for intolerance,” Kinsey said. “I am relieved that the situation in Charlottesville did not escalate further. However, we must now take the precautionary measures necessary to keep residents safe and that they are able to utilize their First Amendment right. Read more
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