Tuition Freeze: PASSHE board has acted, now it’s time for the General Assembly

(Jul 30, 2019)

The PASSHE board recently voted to freeze tuition. Read more

 

Help stock food pantry shelves this summer

(Jul 15, 2019)

For the 11th year, my office is holding a summer food drive to benefit local food pantries. Read more

 

Deadline extended for Pa. Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

(Jun 12, 2019)

I'm happy to announce that the deadline for the Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2018 tax year has been extended to Dec. 31, 2019. 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. Half of Social Security income is excluded, and the maximum standard rebate is $650. Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2018 and meet all other eligibility criteria. You can get your application at www.revenue.pa.gov or by calling 1-888-222-9190. My office also can help you, so don't hesitate to contact us. Read more

 

REAL IDs are now available

(May 28, 2019)

As you may know, REAL ID is now available for Pennsylvanians who want one. Effective October 1, 2020, Pennsylvanians will need a REAL ID to enter federal facilities that require identification, a military installation and board a domestic commercial flight. To get your REAL ID, gather the following documents: Proof of identity: (original or certified copy of a birth certificate or valid, unexpired U.S. Passport or passport card. Social Security Card Two proofs of current, physical PA address: examples include current, unexpired PA license or ID, PA vehicle registration, auto insurance card, or utility bill with the same name and address. Proof of all legal name changes: Certified marriage certificate, court order or divorce decree issued by your county’s family court. Visit one of the 12 PennDOT REAL ID Centers to receive your REAL ID at the time of service or your local PennDOT Driver License Center to receive your REAL ID within 15 business days. You DO NOT need a REAL ID to: Drive. Vote. Access hospitals. Visit the post office. Access federal courts. Apply for or receive federal benefits, such as Social Security or veterans’ benefits. A REAL ID driver's license or photo ID costs a one-time fee of $30, plus a renewal fee ($30.50 for a four-year, non-commercial driver's license or photo ID). More information on REAL ID is available here . Read more

 

Briggs renews call to require presidential and gubernatorial candidates to publicly disclose tax returns

(Apr 12, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 12 – With Tax Day approaching, state Rep. Tim Briggs renewed a call to require financial transparency on the part of presidential and gubernatorial candidates. “Many Americans are preparing to file their returns by Monday, and it’s a reminder that we still don’t have basic, vital information on the financial interests of the person currently holding the highest office in our country – the president,” said Briggs, D-Montgomery. “The 2020 presidential election is already starting, and Americans deserve to know whether there are any financial interests that may influence a candidate’s decision-making while serving.” Briggs introduced legislation that would require U.S. presidential and commonwealth gubernatorial candidates to make their tax returns public in order to be eligible to appear on the Pennsylvania ballot. His bill seeks to make a gubernatorial or presidential candidate’s financial interests transparent before they are elected to the highest office in the state or nation, respectively. “The need for this disclosure is clear,” Briggs said. “Many Americans, not to mention the national security community, want to know whether candidates for the highest offices in their state and country have personal or business interests that could undermine their commitment to act in their constituents’ best interests should they be elected.” Briggs’ introduction of Read more

 

Lawmakers announce ‘Zero Waste PA’ package to address single-use plastics, litter and a ‘throwaway’ society

(Apr 10, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 10 – House lawmakers joined PennEnvironment today to announce a package of bills aimed at addressing single-use plastics, pervasive issues of litter and the various environmental harms caused by a "throwaway" society. Legislation in the “Zero Waste PA” package works to address issues created by a disposable society including single-use plastics such as straws, plastic bags and Styrofoam takeout food containers, electronic waste, funding Pennsylvania’s recycling programs and more. “We can no longer ignore the growing waste problem that is threatening our environment. My colleagues and I have introduced a package of bills that, together, address this problem from a number of angles,” said Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery. “By encouraging the use of more naturally biodegradable materials, addressing issues with the way we recycle, and finding ways to support environmentally friendly practices, we can help preserve our planet for future generations.” “Every day, unwitting Pennsylvanians are barraged with products that we’re expected to purchase and use, and then throw away. Only, there is no ‘away,’” said PennEnvironment Executive Director David Masur. “Instead, it ends up in landfills where it can cause water pollution, in incinerators that cause air pollution, or blowing around in our neighborhoods in the form of litter. Nothing we use for a few minutes should Read more

 

Briggs and Roebuck introduce bill to better fund colleges, make higher education more affordable statewide

(Mar 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 28 – As hundreds of college students rallied at the state Capitol for affordable higher education this week, state Reps. Tim Briggs and James R. Roebuck Jr. joined in their call for action. Briggs, D-Montgomery, and Roebuck, D-Phila., recently introduced legislation (H.B. 993) that would make Pennsylvania’s colleges and universities more affordable and accessible. Their bill would create a higher education funding commission that would look at ways to improve access to higher education and job training in the state, including the charge to develop a higher education funding formula. “Pennsylvania ranks 48th, or third worst, in America at funding colleges, technical schools and universities,” said Roebuck, who serves as Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee. “By underfunding our institutions, we are creating a crisis for our graduates. That needs to change, because everyone benefits from the skills and education gained by students at our public institutions of higher education. To secure these benefits, we must invest substantial public resources to aid these institutions and their students in this important work.” The lawmakers said their legislation would ensure that Pennsylvania’s institutions receive appropriate and adequate funding, in turn working to combat Pennsylvania’s student debt crisis. They said a higher education funding formula would help determine the best distribution of Read more

 

Briggs announces state funds for five local projects

(Mar 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 26 – State Rep. Tim Briggs announced Tuesday that the Commonwealth Financing Authority approved state funding for five local projects, including work to build a trail in Upper Merion Township. Upper Merion Township was awarded $421,699 in Multimodal Transportation Funds to help with the second phase of construction of a multi-use trail along First Avenue. The project involves construction of 1,250 feet of multi-purpose asphalt trail, which will connect to another portion of the trail. The project includes installation of 54 solar-powered pedestrian lights, two pedestrian bridges over drainage culverts, ADA-compliant curb ramps and bus shelters, and more. “This project will improve quality of life in our area, making it easier and safer to get around the township,” said Briggs, D-Montgomery. “I’m pleased that the state awarded these funds to support this great addition to our community.” The Multimodal Transportation Fund provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to the residents of the commonwealth. Local Share Account grants The Redevelopment Authority of Montgomery County was awarded Local Share Account grants for the following projects: $500,000 – on behalf of Bridgeport Park Associates, for the Bridgeport Business Park Remediation Project, which includes abatement of asbestos-containing materials on the Boiler Read more

 

Briggs introduces legislation to reduce polystyrene pollution

(Mar 18, 2019)

KING OF PRUSSIA, March 18 – State Rep. Tim Briggs introduced legislation to reduce the amount of polystyrene material that pollutes the environment. House Bill 627 would prohibit food establishments from using single-use polystyrene containers (solid or foam) to dispense prepared foods. “We’ve all seen takeout cups and containers littering the sides of our roadways. Polystyrene can take hundreds of years to decompose, and in the meantime it clogs our local waterways and poses a threat to birds and marine life,” said Briggs, D-Montgomery. “My legislation would mean less of this material ends up in our waterways and in our landfills, and it would help us to reduce our overall impact on the world around us.” Briggs introduced similar legislation last session. In the fall, he joined environmental groups to announce 15,000 signatures were collected on a petition supporting the ban. Microplastics – tiny particles often resulting from the breakdown of larger plastic materials – have been found in birds and fish, and last year, were found in human stool samples for the first time, leading to questions about the impact on human health. “Every day, we are reminded that our disposable society is creating a growing waste problem. It’s time to change the way we live and think,” Briggs said. “We have to do everything we can to keep our air and water clean, and that includes encouraging the use of materials Read more

 

Briggs introduces bill requiring presidential and gubernatorial candidates to publically disclose tax returns

(Feb 25, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 25 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, announced today that he is introducing legislation that would require U.S. presidential and commonwealth gubernatorial candidates to make their tax returns public in order to be eligible to appear on the Pennsylvania ballot. Briggs’ bill seeks to make a presidential or gubernatorial candidate’s financial interests transparent before they are elected to the highest office in the state or nation, respectively. “The need for this disclosure is clear,” Briggs said. “Many Americans, not to mention the national security community, want to know whether candidates for the highest offices in their state and country have personal or business interests that could undermine their commitment to act in their constituents’ best interests should they be elected. “With the 2020 presidential election already starting, we need to act before it is too late,” Briggs said. “All Americans must know whether there are any financial interests that may influence a candidate’s decision-making while serving.” Briggs’ introduction of the bill follows President Donald Trump’s and 2018 Republican Pennsylvania Gubernatorial nominee Scott Wagner’s refusal to release their tax returns. “President Trump’s refusal to release a most basic, yet vital, piece of information could be categorized as a textbook bait and switch,” Briggs Read more

 

Briggs appointed to PASSHE Board of Governors

(Feb 22, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 22 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, announced today that he has been appointed to the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Board of Governors by House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody. “As a proud graduate of West Chester University serving on the PASSHE Board of Governors is a great honor and an incredible responsibility. I thank Leader Dermody for this opportunity to support and strengthen our state’s institutions of higher education,” Briggs said. “As a Board member, my top priority is ensuring Pennsylvania’s students have access to quality higher education opportunities at a reasonable cost.” The 20-member Board of Governors is responsible for planning and coordinating development and operation of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. The Board establishes broad educational, fiscal, and personnel policies, and oversees the efficient management of the State System. Among other tasks, the Board appoints the chancellor and university presidents, approves new academic programs, sets tuition, and coordinates and approves the annual State System operating budget. “PASSHE Universities provide quality higher education to over 100,000 students at 14 campuses statewide, at an often more affordable cost than other state-related intuitions,” Briggs said. “At the same time, the system has seen declining enrollment while struggling to Read more

 

Briggs working to end gun violence on first anniversary of Parkland shooting

(Feb 14, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 14 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, announced today that he is introducing gun safety legislation in the state legislature as the nation marks the first anniversary of the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., where 17 students and staff were killed and another 17 were injured. “Keeping our communities safe from gun violence must be a top priority for Pennsylvania and the nation,” Briggs said. “I can think of no better way to honor the victims of Parkland, and the many other victims of gun violence throughout our country, than by enacting meaningful gun safety reforms to prevent future tragedies.” Briggs added that gun violence in the United States takes many forms, including accidental shootings and suicides by firearms that have impacted thousands of children and families. “Too often acts of gun violence could have been prevented with a few simple precautions,” Briggs said. “That’s why I am introducing commonsense legislation that will help put an end to gun violence by keeping guns out of the hands of Pennsylvania’s children. Those who fail to safely store their firearms are putting young lives at risk and should face consequences for their recklessness.” If passed, Briggs’ H.B. 525 would require the safe storage of firearms in homes where children may be present. Failure to comply with this rule would result in a third-degree felony if it is used Read more

 

Briggs named Democratic chairman of House Judiciary Committee

(Jan 07, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 7 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, was named Democratic minority chairman of the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee today by House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve as chairman of the Judiciary Committee,” Briggs said. “As chairman of this vital committee, I will be a more progressive voice, fighting for legislation to increase responsible gun safety proposals and criminal justice reforms in the Commonwealth.” “I look forward to building on the progress made last session – including the passage of clean slate legislation – over the next two years as we develop legislative solutions to the greatest challenges facing Pennsylvania’s judicial system.” The committee reviews all legislation relating to aspects of the civil and criminal court systems, law enforcement and corrections. The committee also oversees the state police, Attorney General's Office, Department of Corrections, State Ethics Commission, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing and the Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission, among others. The committee also is responsible for evaluating prison staffing and inmate populations and housing conditions. Prior to becoming chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Briggs served on the committee for four years and was the Democratic chairman of the Read more

 

Briggs sworn in for 6th term representing the 149th District

(Jan 02, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 2 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, was sworn in Tuesday at the state Capitol to begin his sixth term representing the 149 th Legislative District in Montgomery County. “I am thankful to have the support of the people of Montgomery County to continue to fight for them in the new legislative session,” Briggs said. “It has been an honor to represent the 149 th for the last five terms and I am enthusiastic to get started working again to improve the quality life for all Pennsylvanians.” His legislative goals mirror the recently unveiled Plan4PA , a comprehensive strategy from the House Democratic Caucus that is focused on putting people first. Major components of the plan include job creation, affordable health care, a fair economy and quality schools. “My priorities continue to be those of my constituents, investing in education, protecting and improving access to health care, protecting our environment and creating an economy that works for everyone – not just special interests.” Briggs' top commitment has been to be accessible and provide high-level constituent service through his District Office. His office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and is located at 554 Shoemaker Road, Suite 149 in King of Prussia and can be reached at (610) 768-3135 . Constituents can visit his website at www.pahouse.com/Briggs for information on various state-related services and Read more

 

Briggs announces $300,000 state grant for park improvements in Upper Merion Township

(Nov 15, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 15 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, today announced Upper Merion Township has been awarded a $300,000 Community Conservation Partnership Program state grant for the rehabilitation of Swedeland Park, Bob White Park and Township Park. Upper Merion Township will use the grant to make improvements at the three parks, including installing play equipment with safety surfacing, handicap access, landscaping, project signs and other improvements. “Congratulations to Upper Merion Township for securing funding to enhance these three wonderful public parks.” Briggs said. “These upgrades and improvements will make our parks even more welcoming and accessible to all members of our community. I thank the township and CCPP for recognizing the important role that public parks play here in the district and across Pennsylvania.” CCPP grants are administered by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and is administered by DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation to provide financial and technical assistance to local governments, nonprofits and other organizations for planning acquisition and development of park, recreation, conservation and greenway projects. Read more

 

VIDEO: Briggs fighting to ban Styrofoam, protect community

(Nov 02, 2018)

State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, joined PennEnvironment and other advocates to push for a ban on Styrofoam products in an effort to protect their community against dangerous pollutants. Read more

 

Briggs, PennEnvironment to deliver 20,000 signatures supporting legislation to ban “Styrofoam” food containers

(Oct 31, 2018)

KING OF PRUSSIA, Oct. 30 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, will join PennEnvironment staff, volunteers and members to deliver 20,000 signatures from concerned Pennsylvanians in support of Briggs’ House Bill 2560 which would ban the distribution of single-use polystyrene (Styrofoam) cups and food in Pennsylvania. Briggs and PennEnvironment will also be joined by local fishermen and anglers, restauranteurs, conservation leaders, and others for the delivery of these signatures and to discuss why tackling polystyrene pollution is a priority for them. WHEN : 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 WHO : State Rep.Tim Briggs David Masur, PennEnvironment executive director Elaine Paul Schaefer, Schuylkill River Greenways executive director Darragh Moore, Founding Farmers managing partner WHERE : The Bridgeport Fish Ladder Park, 96 Dekalb St. (NOT DeKalb Pike), Bridgeport, PA 19405. Fish Ladder Park is located behind Frosty Falls Ice Cream Shop. The media is invited and encouraged to attend. Read more

 

Briggs appointed Democratic chairman of the House Health Committee

(Aug 27, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 27 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, was appointed as Democratic Chairman of the House Health Committee on Monday. “From health insurance to the opioid crisis, health care matters are some of the most challenging and important issues we face today,” said Briggs. “I’m honored to be named to lead this committee, and I look forward to working to better ensure a healthy future for all Pennsylvanians.” Briggs noted that the committee considers a variety of health-related matters, such as women’s access to reproductive health care, regulations related to opioid prescribing guidelines, public health emergencies, cancer screening programs and more. “I’m committed to making sure everyone in Pennsylvania has access to quality health care, and as chairman, I’ll work to advance legislation that promotes public health and wellness,” said Briggs. “Tim is a fantastic lawmaker because he studies the issues closely, listens to competing views and keeps an open mind,” said Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny. “He’s the kind of person the House of Representatives needs to guide our committee work in a productive direction instead of partisan bickering.” Briggs was first elected to represent the 149 th Legislative District in 2008. He also serves on the House Appropriations, Judiciary, Transportation, Professional Licensure and Tourism and Recreational Read more

 

Briggs announces winners of “There Ought to be a Law” student essay contest

(Jun 26, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 26 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, announced the winners of his ninth annual “There Ought to be a Law” essay contest for fifth-graders. Every year, Briggs hosts the contest, which encourages students to write an essay about a law that would improve their school, community or state. This year’s contest, which drew about 600 entries, had an environmental theme. “I’m always impressed by students’ creativity and the quality of their persuasive essays,” said Briggs, D-Montgomery. “This contest is a great way for students to think about how they can improve their communities, and it’s a good opportunity for me to hear what’s on the minds of my younger constituents.” The winners and finalists were recognized at the Upper Merion Area School Board and Lower Merion School Board meetings this month. This year’s contest winners have the opportunity to visit the state Capitol with their families for a tour and to be recognized on the House floor. The winners are: Katie McCullough, from Penn Valley Elementary School, who suggested reducing road salt that pollutes waterways by having the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation use “smart plows” to target salt amounts where needed; and Emma Menke, from Upper Merion Area Middle School, who wrote about combating deforestation by mandating the replanting of a tree or plant when one is removed or facing a fine. Read more

 

Briggs schedules constituent breakfasts in June

(Jun 01, 2018)

KING OF PRUSSIA, June 1 – State Rep. Tim Briggs has scheduled two “Breakfast with Briggs” events for the month of June. Residents of the 149 th District are invited to join Briggs, D-Montgomery, for a free continental breakfast and discuss the upcoming state budget as well as other legislative issues. “I’ve been hosting these events for several years, and they’re always a good chance to connect with residents and hear their concerns,” said Briggs. “I hope to see a lot of new and familiar faces and I look forward to input on how I can represent the district effectively in Harrisburg.” The events will be held: Friday, June 15, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Penn Wynne Library 130 Overbrook Pkwy Wynnewood, PA 19096 Friday, June 22, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Upper Merion Township Building 175 W. Valley Forge Road King of Prussia, PA 19406 RSVP is encouraged, but not required. Anyone interested should call Briggs’ district office at 610-768-3135. Attendees are invited to bring a non-perishable food item to the breakfasts, to be donated through Briggs’ 10 th annual Summer Food Drive. More information is available here . Read more

 

Tuition Freeze: PASSHE board has acted, now it’s time for the General Assembly
Jul 30, 2019

Help stock food pantry shelves this summer
Jul 15, 2019

Deadline extended for Pa. Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program
Jun 12, 2019

REAL IDs are now available
May 28, 2019

Briggs renews call to require presidential and gubernatorial candidates to publicly disclose tax returns
Apr 12, 2019

Lawmakers announce ‘Zero Waste PA’ package to address single-use plastics, litter and a ‘throwaway’ society
Apr 10, 2019

Briggs and Roebuck introduce bill to better fund colleges, make higher education more affordable statewide
Mar 28, 2019

Briggs announces state funds for five local projects
Mar 26, 2019

Briggs introduces legislation to reduce polystyrene pollution
Mar 18, 2019

Briggs introduces bill requiring presidential and gubernatorial candidates to publically disclose tax returns
Feb 25, 2019

Briggs appointed to PASSHE Board of Governors
Feb 22, 2019

Briggs working to end gun violence on first anniversary of Parkland shooting
Feb 14, 2019

Briggs named Democratic chairman of House Judiciary Committee
Jan 07, 2019

Briggs sworn in for 6th term representing the 149th District
Jan 02, 2019

Briggs announces $300,000 state grant for park improvements in Upper Merion Township
Nov 15, 2018

VIDEO: Briggs fighting to ban Styrofoam, protect community
Nov 02, 2018

Briggs, PennEnvironment to deliver 20,000 signatures supporting legislation to ban “Styrofoam” food containers
Oct 31, 2018

Briggs appointed Democratic chairman of the House Health Committee
Aug 27, 2018

Briggs announces winners of “There Ought to be a Law” student essay contest
Jun 26, 2018

Briggs schedules constituent breakfasts in June
Jun 01, 2018