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Davidson, Bizzarro respond to State Government Committee Election Review released by GOP

Davidson, Bizzarro respond to State Government Committee Election Review released by GOP

(Apr 21, 2021)

In more than 42 hours of testimony there was clear agreement on three bipartisan proposals -- pre-canvassing, more resources for election operations and expanded timelines for essential election processes -- that so far have been ignored in lieu of voter suppression based on false claims about the 2020 election that was in fact free, fair and accurate and upheld by almost every court in the land where actual evidence of fraud was demanded but never provided. Read more

 

Rulemaking to protect people’s health and safety is latest target of Republican majority power grab

(Apr 20, 2021)

The notion that regulatory policy should be based on the number of regulations that exist rather than on the public purpose of those regulations is foolish, if not dangerous. Adding this cost to the state budget and to government while programs and services to help people hang in the balance shows us exactly where Republican majority priorities lie. Read more

 

Pa. Republicans eyeing tighter voter ID requirements to meet wall of Wolf veto

(Apr 16, 2021)

As then-President Donald Trump used baseless claims of election fraud to try to unsuccessfully hold onto the presidency, Pennsylvania’s majority Republican Legislature amplified those claims, and promised a string of hearings, in preparation to change state voting law. Read more

 

14 hearings were pretense for voter suppression laws

(Apr 15, 2021)

State Government Committee Republican members continue false claims, show contempt for Pa.’s local election officials. Read more

 

Heated exchange concludes Pa. House hearings on election reform

(Apr 15, 2021)

Some Democrats say there’s no cure for Republicans trying to suppress them. “It was just a mockery of our Democratic process and a cynical ploy to restrict the voting rights of Pennsylvania,” Rep. Margo Davidson (D-Delaware) said. “And it is shameful.” Read more

 

Face the State

(Apr 11, 2021)

Rep. Margo Davidson (D-Delaware) joins to talk about the election hearings that have been taking place in the state government committee. Read more

 

Republicans ramp up attacks on ballot access as hearings wind down

(Apr 08, 2021)

Republicans continue to focus on alleged fraud in the 2020 election to set the stage for introducing voter suppression legislation in time for the 2022 midterm elections. Read more

 

Harrisburg Republicans meet with Kansas’s Kobach to talk election, immigration policy

(Apr 07, 2021)

State Rep. Margo Davidson, of Delaware County, the ranking Democrat on the State Government Committee, told the Capital-Star the private meeting with Kobach was “appalling and grotesque.” Read more

 

Dems, advocates press GOP to wrap up election review

(Apr 01, 2021)

“Here we are again,” said state Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, the Democratic chairwoman of the State Government Committee. “We are not prepared to do anything about the May primary when there was plenty of time.” Read more

 

No fixes or reforms before Pennsylvania’s next election

(Apr 01, 2021)

There’s been a deep dive into what went wrong. But thus far, no action to make it right. “Here we are close to a primary with the same rules and regulations that caused chaos in the 2020 election,” Rep. Margo Davidson (D-Delaware) said. Read more

 

Defending democracy means enabling participation for all voters

(Apr 01, 2021)

When states started to remove race and class-based barriers to voting, people voted. We saw record turnout across the country in 2020 with mail-in voting, early voting, same-day registration and ballot drop boxes, which is a very good thing. Read more

 

Join Live @2PM: Virtual Financial Health Expo is Thursday, March 25

(Mar 24, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 23 – State Rep. Margo Davidson is inviting residents of the 164 th Legislative District to her a virtual Financial Health Expo at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 25, at www.RepDavidson.com . Those who tune in live can watch and question financial experts about public tools to help manage their personal or business finances – particularly during the pandemic and relating to loss of income or housing. Participants are encouraged to send questions they would like answered by the panel by calling 610-259-7016 or emailing RepDavidson@pahouse.net before or during the event. The meeting can be joined directly here: https://zoom.us/j/93610224828?pwd=bXlBTW1tMSs3K3FTZHBLckhhZEtJUT09 . Read more

 

Sowing division will not mend economy or save taxpayer money

(Mar 17, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 17 – Days after Pennsylvania’s governor announced the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions on restaurants and other businesses, the House State Government Committee today voted out an unnecessary partisan bill to legislate the opening of gyms and fitness centers, according to the committee’s Democratic Chair Margo Davidson, D-Delaware. Davidson said gyms and fitness centers were included in Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement to increase capacity to 75 percent occupancy effective April 4, which is what the bill (H.B. 453) would do. She said the committee moved forward to preserve the GOP’s ongoing attempt to sow division and continue to strip authority from a Democratic governor and make people believe he and not the virus is responsible for the struggles businesses across the nation have faced in attempts to keep people safe from illness and death. She said they continue to ignore the Emergency Powers act and this once-in-a-century kind of crisis. “This is yet another blatant attempt by a gerrymandered Republican majority to take power from a Democratic governor who has worked steadfast over the past year to keep Pennsylvanians safe while working to get grant and other funding to businesses to help keep them afloat,” Davidson said. “The governor ’s office must have full power to protect the public now and in the future. The legislature made that decision a long time Read more

 

Are teleworking state employees working? Pa. House hearing looks for answers

(Mar 15, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary since tens of thousands of state workers were sent home and told to work remotely. Read more

 

Voter registration deadline getting further scrutiny

(Mar 05, 2021)

Gov. Tom Wolf in his budget address called for the state to move to same-day voter registration. Read more

 

Davidson: House hearing shows clear safeguards in Pa. voter registration

(Mar 04, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 4 – The House State Government Committee today heard about the vast protections put in place to ensure fraud-free elections in Pennsylvania and other states, according to the committee’s Democratic Chair Margo Davidson, D-Delaware. In its fourth of 14 planned hearings on the settled 2020 election, the committee took testimony from Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose and representatives from the Electronic Registration Information Center, Lycoming County’s election board and the Department of State on voter registration. Davidson said the testimony revealed the great protections in Pennsylvania’s registration system and the detailed processes for keeping voter registration lists current. “Ballot access is the single most American ideal Pennsylvania can provide to its citizens, yet the Republican majority has spent decades trying to prevent it from happening,” Davidson said. “New registration tools were put in place in 2019 and for the first time in a long time, people had more options and breathing room to exercise their constitutional right. But it worked so well that the GOP now wants to take it back.” She said questions from her Republican colleagues focused less on registration and more on obscure circumstances, like birth dates that don’t match up because of court orders protecting a voter’s identity, such as with protection from abuse orders. She said that if Republicans did Read more

 

Experts: Parts Of PA’s Redistricting Process Can Still Happen Without Census Data

(Feb 25, 2021)

ata from last year’s census may not be ready until September, but data and legislative affairs experts say some aspects of the redistricting process can begin before then. Read more

 

Pa. GOP Lawmakers Push Ballot Questions Redefining Emergency Powers

(Feb 25, 2021)

The Republican majority in Pennsylvania's General Assembly wants to wrest control from the governor's office over the powers of emergency declarations. Read more

 

Legislature should move forward with redistricting process

(Feb 24, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 24 – A joint hearing of the House and Senate State Government committees today showed how the legislature can move forward with redistricting and reapportionment now despite the delayed delivery of census data and in time for the 2022 election, according to House State Government Committee Democratic Chair Margo Davidson, D-Delaware. “Between having to overcome a once-in-a-century pandemic and a former president who seemed intent to stop counting before every person was accurately counted and represented, the census results will be delayed,” Davidson said. “But as our government has found ways to meet and legislate on behalf of the people we represent in quarantine and otherwise, we too can and should start the redistricting and reapportionment process now in order to ensure another free, fair and accurate election in 2022.” Earlier this month, Census Bureau officials said they plan to release redistricting data to states by Sept. 30 due to delays caused by the pandemic, five months later than originally planned. Because states must use this data to draw district boundaries based on changing demographics, legislatures across the nation have been put in positions where final maps might not be in place in time for the 2022 primary election. Davidson said testimony received at today’s hearing convinced her and the House Democratic Caucus that the legislature can proceed in its normal process as they wait for the final Read more

 

Public Safety Forum – Exploring the History & Efficacy of Vaccines on Marginalized Communities & Communities of Color in the Era of COVID
Apr 22, 2021

Davidson, Bizzarro respond to State Government Committee Election Review released by GOP
Apr 21, 2021

Rulemaking to protect people’s health and safety is latest target of Republican majority power grab
Apr 20, 2021

Pa. Republicans eyeing tighter voter ID requirements to meet wall of Wolf veto
Apr 16, 2021

14 hearings were pretense for voter suppression laws
Apr 15, 2021

Heated exchange concludes Pa. House hearings on election reform
Apr 15, 2021

Face the State
Apr 11, 2021

Republicans ramp up attacks on ballot access as hearings wind down
Apr 08, 2021

Harrisburg Republicans meet with Kansas’s Kobach to talk election, immigration policy
Apr 07, 2021

Dems, advocates press GOP to wrap up election review
Apr 01, 2021

No fixes or reforms before Pennsylvania’s next election
Apr 01, 2021

Defending democracy means enabling participation for all voters
Apr 01, 2021

Join Live @2PM: Virtual Financial Health Expo is Thursday, March 25
Mar 24, 2021

Sowing division will not mend economy or save taxpayer money
Mar 17, 2021

Are teleworking state employees working? Pa. House hearing looks for answers
Mar 15, 2021

Voter registration deadline getting further scrutiny
Mar 05, 2021

Davidson: House hearing shows clear safeguards in Pa. voter registration
Mar 04, 2021

Experts: Parts Of PA’s Redistricting Process Can Still Happen Without Census Data
Feb 25, 2021

Pa. GOP Lawmakers Push Ballot Questions Redefining Emergency Powers
Feb 25, 2021

Legislature should move forward with redistricting process
Feb 24, 2021