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Rep. Austin Davis elected chairman of Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation

Miller, Davis legislation would increase transparency in law enforcement videos

(1 day ago)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – State Reps. Dan Miller and Austin Davis, both D-Allegheny, are introducing legislation to provide more transparency and accountability when it comes to police videos and recording of law enforcement in Pennsylvania. Act 22 of 2017 approved the use of body cameras by law enforcement. While Miller and Davis believe the law has protected both officers and the public, they also believe it has shortcomings that need to be addressed. “Act 22 was an important bill that I believe has helped de-escalate some situations and improve safety,” Miller said. “But at the same time, it decreased transparency by restricting the public’s ability to access police video previously subject to the state’s Right to Know Law and made it more challenging to get any footage from law enforcement in a variety of ways. Our legislation would reverse much of that and make other important changes.” Miller and Davis’ legislation would: Return all non-body camera police video to the purview of the Right to Know Law, as was the case before Act 22. Increase the amount of time a person has to request body camera footage from 60 to 180 days. Increase the ways a person may formally request such footage. Increase response time for such requests. Increase appeal rights by providing for review by the Office of Open Records. Develop a uniform request form. Protect and enshrine the right of citizens to record police Read more

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Registry Act solution to PA vaccine registration troubles

(Feb 15, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 15 – In response to challenges faced by eligible Pennsylvanians seeking to get vaccinated, Reps. Ryan Bizzarro, Pam Snyder, Jennifer O’Mara, and Austin Davis are introducing legislation that would streamline the registration and notification process. The Vaccine Registry Act would direct the Pennsylvania Department of Health to create a statewide database of people who are eligible and willing to accept the vaccine and permit them to schedule for themselves, their spouses or significant others, and their families. Registrants may also provide evidence of risk status and proof of eligibility and make note of how far they are willing to travel to be vaccinated. Vaccine providers would be required to commit to accessing the registry and prioritizing registrants for scheduling appointments, to prevent people from spending hours trying to find and sign up for available appointments. “We cannot flounder any longer without a plan which allows people to easily register for vaccine access for themselves and their families, the frustration is real and growing and we cannot wait any longer. I look forward to working with the Department of Health and Governor Tom Wolf on this creative solution for a centralized system that recognizes the independence of our providers,” said Bizzarro, D-Erie, and chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, added: Read more

 

Davis commends educators for providing safe in-person learning during COVID-19 pandemic

(Feb 12, 2021)

McKEESPORT, Feb. 12 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, is thanking school district leaders in the 35 th Legislative District for providing a safe environment for students to return for in-person instruction, following months of school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Davis sent a letter to all school board members and superintendents to show his appreciation and let them know their leadership and efforts implementing proper safety protocols have not gone unnoticed. “The COVID-19 pandemic has required us to completely change how we live our daily lives and has posed a myriad of challenges on our educational systems,” Davis said. “When the governor ordered schools to be closed in March, educators were left with limited guidance on what the next steps to educating our youth would be. “It’s through the hard work and dedication to students that school districts in the Mon Valley have been able to overcome obstacles to help students learn at home and now back in the classroom, while also keeping everyone safe. “I want our educators to know their efforts have not gone unnoticed and I’m proud to work with school leaders and will continue to be a resource for districts so we can ensure our children continue to have access to quality education, which is paramount to shaping the future of our youth and creating tomorrow’s leaders,” he said. “Together, Read more

 

Drop boxes at Davis’ offices for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program assistance

(Feb 10, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 10 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, has made drop boxes available at his offices in McKeesport and Munhall to help eligible homeowners and renters applying for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2020. The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded. “I want to help eligible homeowners and renters get much-needed money back in their pockets,” Davis said. “It’s free to apply to the program and my offices are available to help them navigate the application process.” Residents who want assistance with completion of their Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program applications should place the following documents in an envelope with their name, address, and phone number in the drop boxes: Homeowners Paid property taxes for school, city or borough and county. All 2020 income information. Renters A completed rent certificate or rent rebate report. All 2020 income information. Those documents will be mailed back to the applicant once the rebate form is completed. For assistance with filing for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program or help with other questions, residents may contact the McKeesport office at Read more

 

Rep. Davis calls for COVID-19 vaccine central registry

(Feb 08, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 8 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, is urging the Pennsylvania Department of Health to start a central registry for the distribution of COVID-19 Vaccine. Davis, the Vice-chair of the House Democratic Policy Committee, asked the agency to provide a central location where Pennsylvanians can register for a vaccination during that committee’s virtual hearing today on the state’s vaccine rollout. “I think it would make this process significantly easier for folks if they had one place to go to get on the list and then somebody would reach out to them,” Davis said. “It’s not going to work any other way. It’s creating too much chaos and confusion among people.” Pennsylvania Department of Health Executive Deputy Secretary Keara Klinepeter said in the hearing the Governor’s office is considering the option and other ways to make it easier for Pennsylvanians who want to be vaccinated to do so. “A central registry can work here in Pennsylvania,” Davis added. “I’m advocating in the strongest terms that the state Health Department creates one. It would make things easier and it’s just the right thing to do.” To watch state Rep. Davis’ full remarks from today’s hearing, click here . For the latest information about COVID-19 vaccines in Pennsylvania, visit http://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Vaccine . Read more

 

Davis issues statement on Gov. Wolf’s budget address

(Feb 03, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 3 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address: “The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the lives of every Pennsylvanian last year, and today Governor Wolf outlined a plan with an emphasis on helping people get back to work and providing recovery efforts that would help hard-hit businesses get back on track. “Today’s proposal shows support for workforce development and puts forward a path to raise the minimum wage, touching on key issues that are important for working-class families in the Mon Valley. The pandemic has shown how critical it is for people to be able to provide necessities, like food and shelter, for their families. “I’m also encouraged to see the governor is also addressing the digital divide in schools by removing barriers that would close that gap, as well as making sure school buildings are safe from lead, asbestos and other hazardous materials for when students are able to return to classrooms. “ The governor has laid out a plan that’s focused on bettering the lives of all Pennsylvanians and falls in line with my priorities for our region, which includes putting people first, creating family sustaining jobs and ensuring every child has access to a quality education. I look forward to assessing this budget proposal in the coming weeks as member of the House Appropriations Read more

 

Addressing the frustrations about COVID-19 vaccine scarcity

(Feb 01, 2021)

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A breath of fresh air; Remembering those we lost; Celebrating Maternal Health Awareness Day

(Jan 27, 2021)

I’m happy to report that Allegheny County reported record-breaking air quality across the region on Tuesday! Read more

 

Davis, state representative and advocate for clean air, heartened by Allegheny County’s report on improved air quality

(Jan 26, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 26 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, released the following statement today regarding Allegheny County’s record-breaking air quality across the region: “Clean air is a fundamental right. Today’s announcement is heartwarming because it highlights that fact. People should not be subjected to subpar air quality simply because of where they live, and I commend the collective efforts of the Allegheny County Health Department, federal, state, and local agencies, industry, and all of the advocates involved in making that a reality. “This is not just a win for environmentalists; it is a step towards equitable living standards, it is a means for protecting the lives of our most vulnerable and it is an example of what is achievable when we all work together. “This is great news, and I am overjoyed by this report, but the fight is not over, and we must all continue advocating for increased air quality across the region, across the Commonwealth and across the country. However, today, we should take solace in the fact that we can breathe a little easier,” Davis said. Read more

 

Davis urges eligible veterans to visit walk-in clinics for COVID-19 vaccine

(Jan 14, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 14 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Caucus, wants to inform Mon Valley veterans they may be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination earlier than anticipated. “Our veterans answered the call when we needed them most. It’s our turn to do our part, which is why I encourage eligible veterans to capitalize on this life-saving opportunity,” Davis said. Davis said the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System will host walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinics on Saturday, Jan. 16 and Monday, Jan. 18 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at its University Drive campus in Oakland. To receive a vaccine on these dates, veterans must: be 75 years or older. be eligible for and enrolled in VA health care. receive health care at VA Pittsburgh. If you meet all three of the above criteria, please stop by the University Drive campus during these walk-in clinics. No appointment is necessary. If you meet all three of the above criteria but cannot make it to the walk-in clinics, please reach out to your primary care team to request an appointment to receive the vaccine. VAPHS is providing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. This vaccine requires two doses, given approximately 21 days apart. VA worked with the CDC to develop a phased distribution plan to maximize the benefit of COVID-19 vaccines. In these first weeks, there is limited Read more

 

Great news for area veterans regarding COVID-19 vaccine

(Jan 14, 2021)

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) will host walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinics on Saturday, Jan. 16 and Monday, Jan. 18 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at its University Drive campus in Oakland. Read more

 

A year in review; Don't miss the COVID-19 vaccine virtual town hall on Jan. 21

(Jan 13, 2021)

The last year is one I’m sure we can all say we’re glad is finally in the past. Fortunately, despite all the bad, we were still able to find the time to do some good and fight for the legislative issues that matter most to Mon Valley residents. Read more

 

Davis champions Port Authority’s McKeesport Transportation Center project, notes phase two of project begins Saturday

(Jan 12, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 12 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today applauded the Port Authority of Allegheny County’s announcement that it will be transitioning to phase two of its McKeesport Transportation Center construction project. “As a Port Authority board member, I understand not just the want but need to have quality transportation options in the Mon Valley, especially in McKeesport,” Davis said. “It’s because of this that I advocated for the completion of this project. Mon Valley residents deserve access to a reliable and affordable mass transit system, and this is another step toward reaching that goal.” Davis said the second phase of the project will begin Saturday. Once complete, the project will have enhanced passenger amenities, including four bus shelters with benches, two ticket vending machines and improved access to the Great Allegheny Passage Trail. Davis said the number of parking spaces also will increase from 66 to 85 and will accompany wider bus lanes, an underground stormwater management basin and an employee relief building. Due to ongoing construction, Davis noted the closing of the transportation center’s park and ride for about a year. Bus routes that currently serve the McKeesport Transportation Center will remain on Lysle Boulevard. Riders of the 60-Walnut-Crawford Village, 61C-McKeesport-Homestead and P7-McKeesport Flyer should board Read more

 

Davis sworn in for third term as state representative of 35th Legislative District

(Jan 05, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 5 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today was sworn in for another term as state representative of the 35th Legislative District in the 2021-22 legislative session. “I am honored to have been sworn in for a 3 rd term as the state representative of the 35 th Legislative District. It’s always a humbling experience and a great honor to know that the constituents entrust me to be their continued voice here at the Capitol,” Davis said. “As we continue to be plagued by COVID-19, it is my hope to continue to fight for those pressing issues affecting my constituents. As we know, the novel coronavirus is still a major topic of concern here in the commonwealth and I plan to continue fighting for the interests and initiatives that matter most to Mon Valley residents.” Although 2021-22 committee assignments have not been made, Davis previously served as vice chairman of the Insurance Committee, secretary of Consumer Affairs, and on the Appropriations and Urban Affairs committees. Davis also is the chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation for the 2021-22 legislative session and a member of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. “It is a great privilege to have been elected chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation by my colleagues,” Davis said. “I truly believe this position will allow me to better advocate for the needs Read more

 

$4 million in Redevelopment Capital Assistance Program grants awarded in Mon Valley; We did our part – it’s time Republicans meet us in the middle -- and more!

(Dec 30, 2020)

Last week, multiple entities in the Mon Valley were recipients of a combined $4 million in Redevelopment Capital Assistance Funding grants. Read more

 

Davis announces $4 million in Redevelopment Capital Assistance Fund grants

(Dec 23, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 23 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today announced a combined $4 million in state grants were awarded to multiple entities for redevelopment projects in the Mon Valley. Davis said the funding, awarded through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, will further enhance the beautification of the 35 th Legislative District, leading to additional opportunities for residents in the community and those who visit the area. “Today we’re able to spread a little Christmas cheer with the awarding of this substantial state funding,” Davis said. “Ensuring the redevelopment of our district in part relies on state funding, and now is a better time than ever – especially with COVID-19 – to announce this financial assistance to entities that need it most.” Of the $4 million awarded Wednesday, Davis said $2 million was earmarked for PurePenn LLC’s phase three of its expansion project in McKeesport. Specifically, PurePenn LLC will use the funding to conduct interior build-out at its McKeesport-based site, which includes mechanical and electrical work, fire protection and other interior building components. The remaining $2 million will be evenly split between The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank in Duquesne and Munhall Borough. Davis said $1 million will be used by the food bank for a redesign project, which will help the food bank increase overall Read more

 

Davis: $860K in tax credits awarded to organizations, nonprofits in Mon Valley

(Dec 09, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 9 – Following a year of uncertainty and financial strain due to the novel coronavirus, state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, is happy to announce an influx of $860,000 through a state tax program to local nonprofits, projects and community initiatives in the Mon Valley. “These organizations directly serve our community, offering educational opportunities, outreach to our most vulnerable citizens, and housing initiatives across the Mon Valley,” Davis said. “COVID-19 has put a financial strain on everyone and everything, and these organizations are no exception. The secured tax credits awarded today will do wonders for those involved, and it surely shows an ongoing, committed investment in our community.” By providing tax credits to businesses that donate capital, the Neighborhood Assistance Program encourages private sector investment into communities to support projects that address neighborhood and community problems. Locally, programs funded included: Best of the Batch Foundation Munhall, $27,500 - Construction and rehabilitation of a new state-of-art educational complex. Tube City Renaissance McKeesport, $13,750 - Address blight, lack of safe housing, poor quality of life and lack of skill-based employment opportunities. McKees Point Development Group, $360,000 – Funding for McKeesport’s Rising Project, which includes rehabilitating and resizing the downtown Read more

 

Davis presents $50,000 check to Clairton City School District Superintendent Dr. Ginny Hunt

(Dec 07, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 7 – Today, state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, presented a $50,000 check to Clairton City School District Superintendent Dr. Ginny Hunt. Davis said the check was awarded by the state Department of Education. “I was honored to facilitate this significant investment in Clairton City School District and our students,” Davis said. “It’s always a good day any time my office has a chance to play a part in investing back in our schools. It’s my hope that this funding has an immediate impact in creating a safe and healthy learning environment for the district and its students.” Davis said the funding will be used for renovations to the district’s education center’s windowsills. Read more

 

Davis urges Congress to act on CARES funding

(Dec 02, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 2 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, wrote a letter Wednesday to congressional representatives, urging members of Congress to act fast on extending CARES Act funding and to devise a plan-of-action that would provide unemployed workers and businesses with financial assistance during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Davis, Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation chairman for the 2021-22 legislative session, sent his letter in the wake of the ongoing pandemic and the resurgence of novel coronavirus cases statewide. “While we’re grateful for the initial passage of the CARES Act, I can’t stress enough how important it is that we provide residents and businesses with continued financial assistance as we fight the coronavirus pandemic,” Davis said. “The stories I’ve been told by residents in my district about the financial turmoil their families and businesses face are unprecedented. We need action, and fast. The livelihood of our residents and businesses depend on it.” CARES Act funding and its related programs, such as Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation and small business grants expire Dec. 30. A copy of Davis’ letter can be found here . Read more

 

Davis: $1.2 million in funding awarded to Allegheny County to assist with homelessness during winter months

(Nov 30, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 30 – State Rep. Austin Davis, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation for the 2021-22 legislative session, announced today an influx of $1.2 million was disbursed to Allegheny County to assist residents currently experiencing homelessness. “Everyone in the commonwealth deserves a roof over their head, especially during the cold winter months,” Davis said. “Our delegation has worked tirelessly to ensure no Allegheny County resident is left behind, and this funding will ensure the county has the proper resources to accommodate our at-risk homeless community and provide shelter to those in need.” The funding awarded today will be disbursed to ACTION Housing/Team PSBG for temporary emergency sheltering; Community Human Services for emergency sheltering; and to Pittsburgh Mercy for temporary emergency sheltering. Davis said the commonwealth recently received its second allocation of Emergency Solutions Grant funding from the CARES Act funds, and the Department of Community and Economic Development set aside a portion of those funds to create the ESG-CV Code Blue program, which helps provide emergency shelter in preparation for the winter months. Under the program, Davis said funding will be provided for emergency shelter and temporary emergency shelter to expand shelter for those experiencing homelessness in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The funds will be used to assist Read more

 

Miller, Davis legislation would increase transparency in law enforcement videos
1 day ago

COVID-19 Vaccine Registry Act solution to PA vaccine registration troubles
Feb 15, 2021

Davis commends educators for providing safe in-person learning during COVID-19 pandemic
Feb 12, 2021

Drop boxes at Davis’ offices for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program assistance
Feb 10, 2021

Rep. Davis calls for COVID-19 vaccine central registry
Feb 08, 2021

Davis issues statement on Gov. Wolf’s budget address
Feb 03, 2021

Addressing the frustrations about COVID-19 vaccine scarcity
Feb 01, 2021

A breath of fresh air; Remembering those we lost; Celebrating Maternal Health Awareness Day
Jan 27, 2021

Davis, state representative and advocate for clean air, heartened by Allegheny County’s report on improved air quality
Jan 26, 2021

Davis urges eligible veterans to visit walk-in clinics for COVID-19 vaccine
Jan 14, 2021

Great news for area veterans regarding COVID-19 vaccine
Jan 14, 2021

A year in review; Don't miss the COVID-19 vaccine virtual town hall on Jan. 21
Jan 13, 2021

Davis champions Port Authority’s McKeesport Transportation Center project, notes phase two of project begins Saturday
Jan 12, 2021

Davis sworn in for third term as state representative of 35th Legislative District
Jan 05, 2021

$4 million in Redevelopment Capital Assistance Program grants awarded in Mon Valley; We did our part – it’s time Republicans meet us in the middle -- and more!
Dec 30, 2020

Davis announces $4 million in Redevelopment Capital Assistance Fund grants
Dec 23, 2020

Davis: $860K in tax credits awarded to organizations, nonprofits in Mon Valley
Dec 09, 2020

Davis presents $50,000 check to Clairton City School District Superintendent Dr. Ginny Hunt
Dec 07, 2020

Davis urges Congress to act on CARES funding
Dec 02, 2020

Davis: $1.2 million in funding awarded to Allegheny County to assist with homelessness during winter months
Nov 30, 2020