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Davis introduces legislation aimed at providing support for health care workers fighting COVID-19

(1 day ago)

HARRISBURG, April 7 – Looking to provide a much-needed safety net for frontline medical professionals fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, introduced legislation Tuesday that seeks to ensure these workers have the support they need during this ongoing crisis. “COVID-19 has created a significant burden for health care workers,” Davis said. “Health care workers across this Commonwealth are on the front lines battling this virus every day. They selflessly continue to fight to save the lives of our families, friends and neighbors. As government leaders we need to ensure they have the support they need during this difficult time – it’s the least we can do.” Davis said his legislation would do the following: Invest in urgently needed personal protective equipment to help protect frontline health care workers and their patients from infection. Establish mental health supports for frontline health care workers, many of whom are working long hours under extreme stress and personal hardship. Create a childcare grant program for frontline health care workers to ensure they are able to afford high-quality childcare as they work to save lives. This legislation is expected to be considered by the House in the near future. Read more

 

Resources for businesses, business owners during COVID-19 health crisis

(Apr 03, 2020)

Do you have questions about the available resources that can assist your business during the COVID-19 pandemic? Read more

 

Davis calls upon President Trump to utilize Defense Production Act

(Apr 02, 2020)

HARRISBURG, April 2 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, released the following statement Thursday, which calls upon President Donald Trump to put the full power of the federal government into producing protective equipment by utilizing the Defense Production Act to the greatest extent possible: “The rise of COVID-19 cases statewide has called for drastic measures. Governor Tom Wolf and the state Department of Health have done an amazing job and have been transparent and up front since the beginning. However, more needs to be done – at the federal level. “In Pennsylvania alone we have more than 7,000 cases of COVID-19 and 90 deaths. We’re learning more and more about this virus each and every day, who is more susceptible for severe illness, and how contagious this virus truly is. Despite this information, we’re sending our medical professionals into harm’s way without the proper protective equipment. “It’s unconscionable that in the United States of America our healthcare workers and other front-line responders are being put in danger because of a lack of personal protective equipment. That is why I’m calling upon President Trump to utilize the Defense Production Act, in hopes of getting our first responders and medical professionals the protective equipment they need during this truly trying time in our country. This, of all things, needs to be a main priority as we try to Read more

 

Fill out the 2020 census!

(Mar 30, 2020)

In Pennsylvania, everyone counts and April 1 is National Census Day! Read more

 

Davis: Emergency legislation shortening school year, ensuring financial assistance to schools and employees passes House

(Mar 25, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 25 – Emergency legislation that shortens the school year and ensures financial assistance to schools and their staff as part of the commonwealth’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic unanimously passed the state House on Wednesday, announced state Rep. Austin Davis. “There’s no way to plan for something of this magnitude,” Davis said. “But what we can do is work together to ensure students aren’t penalized for something they couldn’t control.” Davis, D-Allegheny, said the legislation – Senate Bill 751 – also passed the Senate and will now go to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk to be signed into law. The COVID-19 crisis in Pennsylvania led to a statewide, two-week school closure on March 13. That order was extended Monday through April 6, with the possibility of continued extensions to ensure student and staff safety from the highly contagious respiratory disease. These continued extensions, Davis said, will make it hard for school districts to reach the state-mandated 180 instructional day school year. This measure waives that mandate and also allows for the shortening of hours required for a career and technical program, days for preschool instruction, and the 12-week requirement for student teachers. Davis added that any school staff member Read more

 

Allegheny County, six other counties issued Stay at Home Order

(Mar 23, 2020)

Today, Gov. Tom Wolf issued a “Stay at Home Order” for Allegheny County and six other counties across the commonwealth. Read more

 

Check out our Community Resource Guide

(Mar 17, 2020)

Income Support:If you are employed in Pennsylvania and are unable to work because of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), you may be eligible for Unemployment or Workers’ Compensation benefits. The Department of Labor & Industry will continue to provide important employment benefit updates as the situation evolves. UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION (UC) BENEFITSYou may be eligible if: • Your employer temporarily closes or goes out of business because of COVID-19•Your employer reduces your hours because of COVID-19• You have been told not to work because your employer feels you might get or spread COVID-19• You have been told to quarantine or self-isolate, or live/work in a county under government recommended mitigation efforts Read more

 

Davis: Offices closing to walk-ins; staff available via email, phone

(Mar 16, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 16 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, on Monday announced that his district offices in Clairton, McKeesport and Munhall will be closed to walk-ins until further notice. Davis’ announcement is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the nation and countries worldwide. " We’re in the midst of a situation that calls for drastic measures,” Davis said. “While I will continue to provide updates, talk with constituents and uphold my oath of office to keep the best interests of our community in mind, I’m going to be closing my office to walk-ins to protect the health and safety of residents and staff." Davis said residents can still reach his office through phone or email at RepADavis@pahouse.net. Davis’ McKeesport office can be reached at 412-664-0035 ; Clairton at 412-233-2505 ; and Munhall at 412-476-3046 . Read more

 

Miller, ACHDD seek to support school districts, families, first responders and small businesses during outbreak

(Mar 13, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 13 – State Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation, and fellow ACHDD members on Friday announced their legislative priorities to support Pennsylvania during the coronavirus outbreak, including the need to support low-income and working-class families without paid family leave or the ability to work from home. Miller, as well as state Reps. Austin Davis, Dan Deasy, Tony DeLuca, House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, Dan Frankel, Ed Gainey, Sara Innamorato, Bill Kortz, Anita Kulik, Summer Lee, Brandon Markosek, Adam Ravenstahl, Harry Readshaw and Jake Wheatley issued the following statement in response to Friday’s statewide school closure: “The delegation, first and foremost, wants to be supportive of the school districts during this time. It is clear that both they and the governor are motivated by an abundance of concern for the health and safety of both their students and staff. We respect their decision and will work to support their needs in Harrisburg. However, while the closure may have been a necessary step, it is not without its subsequent challenges -- and those challenges must be addressed by the legislature. “At a minimum, in order to help people across Pennsylvania, Harrisburg should prioritize the following items for discussion and vote: Paid family leave legislation. Emergency funding for childcare support. Assistance for Read more

 

Davis: More than $90K in funding awarded to local synagogue, library for safety initiatives

(Mar 11, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 11 – A local synagogue and library have been awarded a combined total of $92,393 in state funding to use toward security and safety at both facilities, announced state Rep. Austin Davis. Davis, D-Allegheny, said the Carnegie Library of Homestead and the Gemilas Chesed Synagogue were awarded the funds by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency at its quarterly commission meeting today. The Carnegie Library of Homestead was awarded $71,593 and the Gemilas Chesed Synagogue received the remaining $20,800. “As someone who has strongly advocated for safety initiatives at places of learning and worship, today’s funding is quite rewarding and encouraging on both ends,” Davis said. “Residents’ safety is of utmost importance, especially at locations such as these. If anything, it should be the last place anyone should ever fear for their safety. Today’s funding will work toward easing both tension and concerns when visiting these institutions.” Davis said the grants are provided through PCCD’s Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program following the passage of Act 83 of 2019 . The act directs PCCD to administer grants to nonprofit organizations who have been or who are likely to be targets for hate crimes. Priority consideration for funding was given to organizations that indicated they – or their membership – were victims of a hate crime Read more

 

Davis: Three Rivers Workforce Development Board awarded nearly $140K in funding

(Mar 05, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 5 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today announced that a $137,996 grant was awarded to the Three Rivers Workforce Development Board (Partner4Work). Davis said the grant, awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry’s Business-Education Partnership program and funded through the federal Workforce Innovative and Opportunity Act, helps young adults develop vital workforce skills by providing them with their first work experience. “Internships are one of many ways to prepare young adults for their future,” Davis said. “This workforce development board excels in that category. I am confident this funding will go a long way in ensuring young adults get the exposure they need to begin their journey on to a new career.” The 2020 SLIP will operate for an eight-week period between May 1 and Aug. 28, 2020. The program will offer wages at a minimum of $10.35 an hour for young adults between ages 16 and 24. Read more

 

Davis: $635,000 in school safety grants coming to Mon Valley

(Feb 26, 2020)

More than a half million dollars in state funding has been awarded to Mon Valley school districts, with the majority of it headed to South Allegheny School District to support and implement school safety initiatives, announced state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny. Read more

 

Don't forget to opt-in; Fighting for better air in the Mon Valley

(Feb 25, 2020)

According to House rules, I need your permission to contact you during the 60 days before an election in which I am a candidate – also called a “blackout” period. Read more

 

Creating a state Fire Commission

(Feb 19, 2020)

The fire and emergency medical service personnel in our community and across the state are instrumental in ensuring our safety, and they work hard to get the job done, day in and day out. Read more

 

My take on Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal; U.S. Steel, Allegheny County come to terms on Clairton Coke Works emissions settlement; Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Applications Now Available

(Feb 12, 2020)

Last week, Gov. Tom Wolf offered his annual budget address before the state House and Senate. The plan he laid out was one of prosperity, hope and for a brighter future for Pennsylvania, something I know will directly benefit working-class families in the Mon Valley. Read more

 

PLBC urges Judicial Conduct Review Board to investigate Allegheny County judge

(Feb 12, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 12 – Following Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Mark Tranquilli being reassigned on Tuesday to summary appeals after allegedly calling a Black female juror “Aunt Jemima” and making other racist remarks toward her, members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus are now urging the Judicial Conduct Review Board to investigate. Leading the effort are PLBC members representing Allegheny County, who condemned Tranquilli’s comments as another manifestation of a broken criminal justice system that systemically targets black and brown people. “The alleged comments made by Judge Mark Tranquilli are alarming on multiple fronts,” said state Rep. Austin Davis, who represents the 35 th Legislative District in Allegheny County. “On one hand we have an individual tasked with upholding the law to the highest extent but who clearly harbors bias and judgment toward defendants before a verdict is even reached. On the other hand, we have a judge who harbors an even stronger bias toward people of color, both of which are a recipe for disaster and an injustice to our community. I’m calling on the Judicial Conduct Review Board to do a thorough investigation into this matter.” State Rep. Edward C. Gainey, who represents the 24 th Legislative District, also in Allegheny County, echoed similar sentiments. “Our society is based on the belief that justice is blind – that regardless of race, color Read more

 

Davis applauds Gov. Tom Wolf’s state budget plan

(Feb 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address: “Governor Tom Wolf today laid out a plan of prosperity, hope, and for a brighter future for Pennsylvania, one which will directly benefit working-class families in the Mon Valley. “To say I’m encouraged by what I heard today in the House chamber is an understatement. I’m hopeful for a better 2020 for all Pennsylvanians, and I’m excited to assess the budget proposal in the coming weeks in the House Appropriations Committee. “Today’s budget proposal encompassed the core values and issues that are of extreme importance to Mon Valley residents, including workforce development, raising the minimum wage, universal Pre-K for every child, and a continued emphasis in bolstering and advancing the commonwealth’s educational entities. “But it also included a push to curb the issue of gun violence, which unfortunately is a deep-searing pain for far too many families in the commonwealth. I believe the governor’s plan to tackle this issue is promising and an initiative that can be accomplished with bipartisan support. “While we’ve yet to reach the finish line, today’s budget proposal offers a progressive, calculated plan that reflects the base of House Democrats’ Plan for PA initiative, which includes putting people first, good Read more

 

Money coming back to the district!; H.B. 1737 passes state House, heads to Senate

(Jan 29, 2020)

I’m excited to announce that House Bill 1737, which would create an environmental liability exemption for land banks, was passed by the state House and now heads to the state Senate! Read more

 

Davis: Steel Valley, West Mifflin Area school districts receive funding for cafeteria upgrades

(Jan 28, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – Grant money awarded today to two school districts in the 35 th Legislative District will go toward the purchase new food service equipment, said state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny. Davis said the grants, awarded through the state Department of Education, went to Steel Valley and West Mifflin Area school districts. “We champion the ability to provide students with quality, healthy food throughout the school day. But that can’t be done without quality equipment,” Davis said. “The funding awarded today will allow the receiving districts to accomplish this goal.” Davis said Steel Valley School District’s Steel Valley High School was awarded $16,085 for the purchase of a convection steamer . West Mifflin Area School District received a total of $12,594. Davis said West Mifflin’s Clara Barton Elementary School will use half the funding for a convection oven. West Mifflin Area High School also will use half the funding to purchase a convection oven. Davis said funding for the grants is made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is awarded to schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program and have 50% or more of students eligible for free or reduced-priced meals. More than $925,000 in competitive grants has been awarded to 72 elementary, middle and high schools across the state for the purchase of new food Read more

 

Davis’ legislation exempting municipal land banks from liability passes state House, moves to state Senate

(Jan 21, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 21 – State Rep. Austin Davis’ H.B. 1737 , which would create an environmental liability exemption for land banks, was passed by the state House of Representatives today. Current law, as defined under the Land Recycling and Environmental Remediation Standards Act, deems a land bank – enacted by a municipality for the purpose of acquiring and redeveloping local property – is subject to enforcement action by the state Department of Environmental Protection. However, the Economic Development Agency, Fiduciary and Lender Environmental Liability Protection Act exempts “economic development agencies” from liability from the DEP, so long as they do not contribute or exacerbate contamination at the property. Economic development agencies include redevelopment authorities, municipal authorities and other government and community-based entities acquiring properties. Davis’ legislation seeks to grant the same protections to land banks. “The practice of repurposing land has been stagnant due to the Department of Environmental Protection’s enforcement efforts, which has resulted in large amounts of land remaining vacant,” Davis said. “My bill would exempt land banks from this enforcement, while also encouraging environmental cleanup without fear of being reprimanded for contamination that took place prior to the land bank’s purchase.” Read more

 

Davis introduces legislation aimed at providing support for health care workers fighting COVID-19
1 day ago

Resources for businesses, business owners during COVID-19 health crisis
Apr 03, 2020

Davis calls upon President Trump to utilize Defense Production Act
Apr 02, 2020

Fill out the 2020 census!
Mar 30, 2020

Davis: Emergency legislation shortening school year, ensuring financial assistance to schools and employees passes House
Mar 25, 2020

Allegheny County, six other counties issued Stay at Home Order
Mar 23, 2020

Check out our Community Resource Guide
Mar 17, 2020

Davis: Offices closing to walk-ins; staff available via email, phone
Mar 16, 2020

Miller, ACHDD seek to support school districts, families, first responders and small businesses during outbreak
Mar 13, 2020

Davis: More than $90K in funding awarded to local synagogue, library for safety initiatives
Mar 11, 2020

Davis: Three Rivers Workforce Development Board awarded nearly $140K in funding
Mar 05, 2020

Davis: $635,000 in school safety grants coming to Mon Valley
Feb 26, 2020

Don't forget to opt-in; Fighting for better air in the Mon Valley
Feb 25, 2020

Creating a state Fire Commission
Feb 19, 2020

My take on Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal; U.S. Steel, Allegheny County come to terms on Clairton Coke Works emissions settlement; Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Applications Now Available
Feb 12, 2020

PLBC urges Judicial Conduct Review Board to investigate Allegheny County judge
Feb 12, 2020

Davis applauds Gov. Tom Wolf’s state budget plan
Feb 04, 2020

Money coming back to the district!; H.B. 1737 passes state House, heads to Senate
Jan 29, 2020

Davis: Steel Valley, West Mifflin Area school districts receive funding for cafeteria upgrades
Jan 28, 2020

Davis’ legislation exempting municipal land banks from liability passes state House, moves to state Senate
Jan 21, 2020