Rep. Kirkland secures four committee assignments

(Jan 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 29 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland today announced he was assigned to four House of Representative committees. Kirkland’s assignments include Children and Youth, Urban Affairs, Gaming Oversight, and Tourism and Recreational Development. “I am excited about the committees I am part of,” said Kirkland, who represents the 159 th Legislative District, including the city of Chester. “These committees are important to me, specifically for the needs of my district.” The Children and Youth Committee focuses on Pennsylvania’s youngest residents, reviewing bills that impact the Office of Child Development and Learning, as well as the Office of Children, Youth and Families under the Department of Human Services. The Urban Affairs Committee focuses on housing and public safety issues in first-, second- and third-class cities and counties. The Gaming Oversight Committee centers on bills affecting gaming and casinos in Pennsylvania, while the Tourism and Recreational Development Committee oversees legislation regarding to the tourism industry. Its responsibilities include jurisdiction over the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, with other focus on arts, entertainment, recreation and travel. Kirkland was sworn in earlier this month to begin his second term in the House. Read more

 

Kirkland sworn in for second term as state representative

(Jan 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – During a Capitol ceremony, state Rep. Brian Kirkland today was sworn in for his second term as state representative for the 159 th Legislative District. “Serving the residents of this district is an honor, and as I enter my second term, I’m focused on addressing the issues that matter to them,” said Kirkland, D-Delaware. “We need to continue to increase our investment in public education, work to connect residents with in-demand jobs, and ensure our communities are safe places to live. I’m proud to keep fighting on residents’ behalf.” Kirkland was first elected in 2017. In his first term, he helped secure numerous grants for projects in the 159 th District and hosted a number of community events, including senior health events, job fairs and expungement clinics. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives swearing-in ceremony corresponds with the first Tuesday in January, every two years. This year marks Pennsylvania’s 203 rd legislative session. Learn more about the House Democrats’ Plan for PA here . Read more

 

2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar

(Dec 03, 2018)

Click here to download Rep. Kirkland's 2019 Capitol Scenes calendar. Read more

 

More than words; how Pennsylvania supports veterans

(Nov 08, 2018)

As Veterans Day nears, I wanted to share information on programs that benefit veterans and their families. To those from Delaware County who have bravely served our country, thank you and Happy Veterans Day. Read more

 

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Nov 01, 2018)

The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households, and crisis benefits of up to $600 for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Remember: These are grants and do not have to be repaid. This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,210 for an individual, $24,690 for couples and increases for each additional person in the household. Please click here for more LIHEAP information. Please consider visiting my office if you need help filing a LIHEAP application. Besides my office, LIHEAP information is available by: Contacting local County Assistance offices by phone or in person. Calling the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 or PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired. Applying online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us . Read more

 

10/25/18 – Jobs and Economic Development – Chester

(Oct 26, 2018)

Materials from House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Brian Kirkland. Read more

 

Kirkland, Policy Committee examine jobs and economic development

(Oct 25, 2018)

CHESTER, Oct. 25 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on jobs and economic development at Chester City Hall. Kirkland was joined by Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and state legislators from across the commonwealth. The committee discussed the importance of creating more jobs that offer good pay and benefits while boosting local economic development. “We had a great discussion today on what more we can do to connect Pennsylvania’s hard workers to the jobs that businesses need to fill,” Kirkland said. “We need to invest in projects that create good jobs and continue to fight for workers, so that we can strengthen the middle class.” Sturla added, “Jobs that offer family-sustaining pay and benefits are essential to creating an economy that works for everyone. I thank Representative Kirkland for spotlighting his region’s perspective in growing Pennsylvania’s economy.” The committee heard testimony from Carol Kilko, deputy secretary for business financing with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development; Eileen Cipriani, deputy secretary for workforce development with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry; Drake Nakaishi, executive director of the Chester Economic Development Authority; and John Daly, executive director of the Delaware County Workforce Development Board. Testimony, photos Read more

 

Kirkland to host Policy Committee hearing on jobs and economic development Thursday in Chester

(Oct 23, 2018)

CHESTER, Oct. 23 – As part of the House Democratic Caucus’ Plan4PA, state Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on jobs and economic development. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in City Council Chambers at Chester City Hall, 1 E. 4 th St. Kirkland requested the hearing to discuss the importance of creating more jobs that offer good pay and benefits while boosting local economic development. Kirkland will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 10:00 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks 10:10 a.m. State panel: Carol Kilko , deputy secretary for business financing, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Eileen Cipriani , deputy secretary for workforce development, Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry 10:45 a.m. Local panel: Drake Nakaishi , executive director, Chester Economic Development Authority John Daly , executive director, Delaware County Workforce Development Board 11:20 a.m. Closing remarks The meeting is one in a series being held across the state on the House Democrats’ Plan4PA, which includes putting people first by growing good jobs, investing in quality schools and working toward a fair economy. Visit www.plan4pa.com for additional information about the Plan4PA and Read more

 

Kirkland announces $5.6 million in Pennvest funding for Chester City Stormwater Authority

(Oct 17, 2018)

CHESTER, Oct. 17 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland today announced the Chester City Stormwater Authority was awarded a $5.6 million low-interest loan for a stormwater management project. The loan was approved by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority on Wednesday. The project will address an area subject to flooding and overflows from excessive runoff volume and lack of capacity in the conveyance and storage systems. The funds will be used to retrofit about 125 catch basins, remove impervious roadway and install stormwater controls for a recreational trail at Crozer Park. “This project is going to help reduce sediment to the Ridley and Chester creeks, reduce flooding and improve the stormwater system that serves 10,000 low-income households in the area,” said Kirkland, D-Delaware. “In addition, the work will create 50 construction jobs for Pennsylvania residents. This is important, necessary work, and I’m pleased that the Pennvest board saw fit to approve this loan.” Pennvest serves Pennsylvania communities by funding sewer, storm water and drinking water projects. The projects contribute to improving Pennsylvania’s environment and residents’ health, as well as provide jobs and opportunities for economic growth. Read more

 

Kirkland announces recycling grants for local municipalities

(Oct 15, 2018)

CHESTER, Oct. 15 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland announced today that two local municipalities were awarded grants to boost recycling and leaf collection programs. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection awarded $37 million in Recycling Development and Implementation Grants to 195 county and municipal governments for recycling collections and education, as well as leaf litter pickup. Upper Chichester Township was awarded $31,774 and Ridley Township was awarded $163,018. “It’s important that we encourage recycling for the health of our environment and our communities,” said Kirkland, D-Delaware. “I’m pleased to see the state award this funding to help local municipalities make it easier for residents to protect our environment.” Projects eligible for the grants include operating leaf compost facilities, developing web-based programs on recycling for consumers, expanding recycling processing facilities, and continuing or creating curbside recycling programs. Learn more at www.dep.pa.gov . Read more

 

Kirkland announces school safety grants

(Oct 04, 2018)

CHESTER, Oct. 4 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland announced that several local school and police agencies were awarded state grants aimed at improving safety in schools. The grants were among $8.4 million in Safe Schools grants awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education today. The funding includes program grants for school entities to establish programs to prevent and reduce violence; equipment grants to help school entities procure security or safety equipment; funding for the training and compensation of school resources officers, employed by law enforcement agencies and assigned to schools, and school police officers, employed directly by school districts. Local grants were awarded as follows: Chichester School District, Equipment Grant, $22,465 Chester-Upland School District, Program Grant, $19,998 Upland Borough Police Department, School Resource Officer Grant, Year 1, $60,000 Chester Community Charter School, School Police Officer Grant, Year 1, $40,000 “Keeping our children safe is the greatest responsibility we have. These grants will help ensure that schools have what they need to better protect our students, and I’m pleased that many of our local schools will benefit from this funding,” said Kirkland, D-Delaware. More information about the grants is available here . Kirkland also supported the creation of a new $60 million School Safety and Security Grant program to be administered through the Pennsylvania Read more

 

Kirkland to host senior health event

(Oct 01, 2018)

CHESTER, Oct. 1 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland will host a senior health event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 16, at the Chester Senior Center. The Get Right with Health event will include free demonstrations of fun and healthy activities, including yoga, Zumba and cooking. Health-related educational services will be provided, and Kirkland’s office will offer help with state government-related programs and services. “Seniors are an important part of our community, and I’m happy to bring these services and opportunities together to help older adults maintain active and healthy lifestyles,” said Kirkland, D-Delaware. The event will be held at the Chester Senior Center, 721 Hayes St., Chester PA 19013. Anyone with questions should contact Kirkland’s office at 610-876-6420. Read more

 

Kirkland bill would require ID for firearm ammunition purchases

(Sep 13, 2018)

CHESTER, Sept. 13 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, is introducing legislation that would require people purchasing firearm ammunition to present an official form of photo identification. Currently, ammunition cannot be sold to anyone who sellers reasonably believe to be under the minimum age. However, sellers are not required to check a buyer’s ID to verify age. Kirkland’s legislation would require identification be presented every time ammunition is purchased, helping to eliminate illegal sales. “Protecting our communities from the horrific impact of gun violence is extremely important to me,” Kirkland said. “From Sandy Hook to Stoneman Douglas High School, we too often grieve the loss of precious life taken by those who should not have access to firearms and ammunition. “Sadly, young people, especially African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans, face significantly higher-than-average risks of being a victim of gun-related homicide. We can – and we must – do everything in our power to curtail this epidemic, and this legislation is just one step of many necessary to take on this issue.” Kirkland said that photo ID is required to purchase alcohol, allergy medicine, lottery tickets and other items, so it is reasonable to require identification for purchasing the element that makes a firearm lethal. He said that his legislation would serve as reasonable reform to save lives without infringing Read more

 

Kirkland announces over $385,000 in grants for Chester-Upland School District

(Aug 30, 2018)

CHESTER, Aug. 30 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, announced today that the Chester-Upland School District received $385,884 in Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) grants to improve schools. Read more

 

Grower permit for local medical marijuana producer will bring jobs to region

(Aug 09, 2018)

CHESTER, Aug. 9 – Agri-Kind LLC, a Chester County-based medical marijuana business, has been issued a grower permit by Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration as part of Phase II of the state’s Medical Marijuana program, according to state Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware. “This is an exciting opportunity for Agri-Kind to bring new jobs and increased spending to our area,” Kirkland said. “Agri-Kind will also play an important role in expanding access to medical marijuana for qualified residents who want to purchase their medicine closer to home.” Phase I of Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana program built a framework to give Pennsylvanians suffering from one of 21 serious medical conditions access to medical marijuana. Phase II will expand the program to ensure that more patients have options in their own towns. Wolf signed the program into law April 17, 2016. Since then, more than 30,000 Pennsylvanians have received their identification cards and are eligible to purchase medical marijuana from a dispensary. Those interested can visit www.medicalmarijuana.pa.gov for more information about the Medical Marijuana program. Read more

 

Kirkland announces Across-Colors Cultural Festival in Chester on Aug. 4

(Jul 24, 2018)

CHESTER, July 24 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, will host an Across-Colors Cultural Festival from noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 4 in Chester Park, Edgemont and Elkington Avenue. Families and residents are welcome to enjoy musical entertainment, games for all ages, a moon bounce, swimming and more. The festival will include gospel, jazz, and rhythm and blues acts, cultural dances, and a host of other performances. Kirkland’s legislative staff also will be on hand to provide assistance with constituent services. “Come enjoy a day of music and fun with your neighbors and local elected officials as we celebrate the music and cultures in our area,” Kirkland said. “I’m happy to be able to bring fun events like this one to our community, while also making sure our constituent services are more accessible and convenient.” For more information, those interested can call Kirkland’s office at (610) 876-6420 . Read more

 

Kirkland to hold health fair at Chester Senior Fair on July 31

(Jul 16, 2018)

CHESTER, July 16 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, will hold a health fair, encouraging seniors and families to learn more about a healthy lifestyle from noon to 2 p.m. July 31. The event will take place at Chester Senior Center, 721 Hayes St. The event will be held rain or shine. “Join your neighbors, family, local officials and experts for yoga, Zumba, Chinese medicine and cooking demonstrations during this fun event for the entire family,” Kirkland said. Valuable information will be provided by Pennsylvania health insurers. For more information, those interested can call Kirkland’s office at (610) 876-6420. Read more

 

Kirkland congratulates Marcus Hook Preservation Society on state grant

(Jun 13, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 13 – The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission approved an $80,000 matching-fund grant today for the Marcus Hook Preservation Society, state Rep. Brian Kirkland announced today. The grant will help fund the second phase of a four-phase project to restore the 1730 Marcus Hook Plank House to its 1750 period, the date of the rear kitchen addition. Phase 1 saw the restoration of the mortise-and-tenon roof framing system, new wood shingle roofing and chimney restoration. Phase 2 also will complete the restoration of the building envelope, including demolition of a late 20th-century addition. “I’m so pleased that the Marcus Hook Preservation Society was able to secure this competitive state grant,” said Kirkland, D-Delaware. “The Plank House means so much to Marcus Hook’s historical identity. Due in part to the heavy role that Marcus Hook played in Revolutionary War naval battles, it is the only pre-Revolutionary War structure we have left to help tell our story. “Congratulations to the society. We all look forward to the restoration being complete.” The Marcus Hook Preservation Society is a nonprofit organization formed in 2004 to preserve the history of the Borough of Marcus Hook through educational programming, events and community involvement. The group owns the Marcus Hook Plank House, is in the process of renovating it and has sponsored archaeological digs on its grounds. Read more

 

Kirkland announces Family Fun Day in Trainer for June 9

(May 23, 2018)

CHESTER, May 23 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, will host Family Fun Day from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 9 at Henry Johnson Park, Henry Johnson Parkway, Trainer. Families are welcome to enjoy basketball and football, raffle and games, a DJ, face painting, a moon bounce and more. Kirkland’s staff will be on hand to provide constituent services, as well. “Come out and meet your neighbors, meet with local and state officials, and have fun,” Kirkland said. “It’s a pleasure bringing this yearly event to the community.” For more information, those interested can call 610-876-6420. Read more

 

Kirkland announces Job, Career & Education Fair for June 8

(May 23, 2018)

CHESTER, May 23 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland will host his Job, Career & Education Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 8 in St. Luke’s Church, 320 Tilghman St. Employers will include Penn Home Health, Child Care Career, JobCorps, Harrah Casino, Elwyn Corrections Department, Murphy Ford, Community Action Agency and more. Schools in attendance will include Harcum College, Delaware County Community College, Cheyney University, Lincoln University, Delaware County Practical Nursing, All-State Career School and more. Participants will be offered resume help and light refreshments as well. Professional attire is encouraged but not mandatory. Thirty participants will receive complimentary interview suiting. For more information, those interested can contact Kirkland’s office at 610-876-6420. Read more