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Lawmakers discuss legislation to ensure equitable access to contraceptives

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' HARRISBURG, Oct. 28 – State Reps. Leanne Krueger, Kevin Boyle and Tina Davis today discussed legislation to expand and protect access to contraceptives. Krueger, Boyle and Davis introduced H.B. 2813 following a U.S. Supreme Court decision that allows virtually any employer to opt out of the Affordable Care Act mandate to provide contraceptive coverage if they object to birth control on religious or moral grounds. The bill would protect access to this important form of health care by making sure insurers in Pennsylvania provide coverage for contraception. “Now more than ever, we need Pennsylvania to take action. Creating barriers to this basic preventative care puts the health and well-being of millions of Pennsylvania women at risk,” said Krueger, D-Delaware. “In addition to preventing unintended pregnancies, contraceptives are often used to address a variety of women’s health issues. This legislation would help make sure women are able to make their own medical decisions and receive quality care.” Boyle, D-Montgomery/Phila, said, "Birth control is health care, and health care should be accessible to everyone. With the recent decision by the Supreme Court potentially cutting off access to birth control for 2.5 million women, it's vital that we act to provide another option to ensure women have access to the health care they need." Davis, D-Bucks, added, “Contraception is a fundamental aspect of Read more


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Bucks County state representatives announce $547K in COVID-19 grants for Bucks County fire, EMS agencies

(Oct 09, 2020)

LEVITTOWN, Oct. 9 – State Reps. Tina Davis, John Galloway, Wendy Ullman and Perry Warren, all D-Bucks, announced today local Bucks County fire and EMS agencies organizations will receive a total of $547,362 in grants to offset the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through Act 26, the state made $50 million in grants available to fire and emergency medical service organizations that were affected by the pandemic. The funding must be used for operational and equipment expenses. “Our fire departments and EMS agencies have been struggling to keep operations running during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Davis said. “This money will be a lifeline to these frontline workers.” Galloway said, “Our firepersons and EMS workers are always out there protecting our safety and that’s never been more true than during this deadly pandemic. I’m very glad they will receive funds needed to enable them to continue to perform their lifesaving duties.” “I’m proud to have voted for this legislation that will help support these frontline workers during this critical time,” Ullman said. “This grant money will help our fire and EMS agencies continue to carry out the essential work they do in our communities.” “We’re safe because of our first responders and the lifesaving work they do every day,” Warren said. “I’m very glad to see this CARES Act money Read more


October 2020 Events at Silver Lake Nature Center

(Sep 29, 2020)

Volunteer Work Day – Waterway Cleanup – Sponsored by the Dow Chemical Company. Saturday, October 3 rd , 9am to 12pm. Volunteer Work Days are held on the First Saturday of Each Month. This month’s Volunteer Work Day will focus on the SLNC Waterways, and is sponsored by the Dow Chemical Company! Help us maintain our grounds! Be prepared to get wet and dirty. Wear your mask and bring a refillable water bottle. This event is rain or shine. Register by visiting www.SilverLakeNatureCenter.org , by stopping into the SLNC Visitors’ Building, or by contacting Arden Williams at awilliams@buckscounty.org or 215-785-1177. Saturday Morning Bird Walks. October 3 rd , 10 th , 17 th , 24 th , & 31 st , 7:30am. Offered from September through November. FREE. Meet outside of the SLNC Visitors’ Building at kiosk near the Parking Area. Free. FREE Guided Walk on the SLNC Trails. Sundays, October 11th & 18th, 2 - 3pm. Join certified Pennsylvania Master Naturalist, Patricia Merkel, for this leisurely and informative walk covering seasonal topics. Meet outside of the SLNC Visitors’ Building at the kiosk near the Parking Area. Free. Earthship Tours. Saturday, October 24th, 1 - 2:30pm. FREE. The SLNC Earthship will be open to the public today! Stop by to visit and learn about these interesting, sustainable structures! Day-off from School Camp Read more


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(Sep 17, 2020)

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Cephas, Davis and Jones introduce bipartisan legislation to restore dignity for incarcerated women

(Sep 17, 2020)

State Reps. Morgan Cephas, Tina Davis and Mike Jones introduced bipartisan legislation today aimed at restoring dignity for incarcerated women across the commonwealth. “Everyone has rights, and this legislation is meant to strengthen the safety precautions and supports that the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections already has for incarcerated individuals by making sure these policies stay in place for years to come,” said Cephas, D-Phila. “While we continue the conversation and action around criminal justice reform, we must remember our women and girls within the system. Many of our incarcerated individuals are mothers or expectant mothers who are the primary providers for their family. Restoring their dignity means ensuring they have the resources they need to take care of themselves, rehabilitate and get back to their loved ones. This bipartisan effort to protect lives is one we all should agree on.” The legislation ( H.B. 2875 ) would: Update current restraint laws to better document restraint use and protect the mental and physical wellbeing of pregnant women and their children. Prohibit restrictive housing for pregnant or postpartum women and detainees. Require all correctional institution employees who have contact with pregnant, incarcerated individuals to undergo comprehensive, professional training related to pregnancy, post-partum, and trauma-informed care. Create an Read more


9/10/20 – The Vanishing Trial – Harrisburg

(Sep 10, 2020)

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House Democratic Policy Committee to hold briefing about “The Vanishing Trial” Thursday in Capitol

(Sep 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 4 – State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, announced today that the House Democratic Policy Committee will hold a public briefing on “The Vanishing Trial” film and the implications of Pennsylvania’s harsh sentencing laws on plea bargaining and trials. The briefing will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10 in Room G-50 Irvis Office Building in Harrisburg. The media and public are urged to watch the livestream at www.pahouse.com/live . Requested by state Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, the briefing will feature a showing of “The Vanishing Trial” and testimony from policy experts. Presenters will speak remotely while committee members will participate in person and remotely. Speakers will include: K. Celeste Trusty , Pennsylvania state policy director, FAMM. Marirosa Lamas , former superintendent, SCI-Chester. Chester Hollman , legal assistant, Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project. Nyssa Taylor , criminal justice policy counsel, ACLU-PA. Following the briefing, testimonies and full briefing video will be posted at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more



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Davis and Galloway: $149K in grant funding for Truman Senior High School

(Aug 26, 2020)

LEVITTOWN, Aug. 26 – State Reps. Tina Davis and John Galloway, both D-Bucks, announced that Truman Senior High School had been awarded $149,278 in grants to improve its educational services for historically underserved students. The school had been designated for Additional Targeted Support and Improvement under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. “The coronavirus pandemic has affected schools’ ability to teach their students, especially their most vulnerable student populations,” Davis said. “This funding will help Truman put systems in place so that all students are academically engaged during this challenging period.” This grant money comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, which authorizes governors to determine the educational use of Governor's Emergency Education Relief funds. ESSA requires states to develop plans to designate schools for support and improvement based on the performance of individual student groups in key areas, including academic achievement and growth; graduation rate and English learner progress; and student success factors such as regular attendance and chronic absenteeism. Student groups include race, economically disadvantaged, English language learners, and students with disabilities. Galloway said, “We don’t know what the fall will bring in terms of the pandemic, so I am glad that Truman will have the funds needed to Read more


Legislation by Reps. Ciresi, Davis would provide financial relief to local bars, restaurants

(Aug 20, 2020)

“We’ve had to take strict precautions to protect our health during the pandemic, but the impact of these protocols has devastated the restaurant industry and the lives of those who work within it,” Davis said. “The hardship these establishments and their workers are facing has had serious socio-economic ramifications on the entire community. This bill would help our local restaurants – and the people who work in them – survive this unprecedented crisis but would benefit the larger community as well.” Read more


Davis: Bristol Township School District receives $189K grant award

(Aug 07, 2020)

LEVITTOWN, Aug. 7 – State Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, today announced that the Bristol Township School District has been selected to receive a $189,000 Continuity of Education Equity Grant for the 2020-21 academic year. “This grant will ensure that our students have the resources needed to succeed academically in the coming school year,” Davis said. “The pandemic exposed the inequalities in our educational system. We must do everything we can to level the playing field. This grant money will help us do that.” The grants may be used to purchase computer equipment, such as laptops, tablets, and internet hot spots, or toward providing instructional materials, such as paper lessons and coursework. Schools with the highest percentages of students lacking access to resources were given priority in receiving these grants. CEEG grants are designed to help provide access and inclusion for all learners by bridging the gap for students who are currently limited in their ability to participate in continuity of education. Earlier this year, the Pennsylvania Department of Education was able to provide approximately $5 million to fund 96 applications, with additional funds through Governor’s Emergency Education Relief under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. PDE is now able to provide an additional $13 million. For additional guidance and resources for schools, visit the COVID-19 page Read more


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Relief to restaurants, bars & clubs to help workers a top priority in House Democratic legislative package

(Jul 27, 2020)

HARRISBURG, July 27 -- Citing the distressing impacts COVID-19 is having on Pennsylvania’s restaurant industry and a recent Yelp survey showing more than half of restaurants could close permanently due to the virus’ impact, Democrats in Harrisburg have crafted a legislative package aimed at providing relief to community business owners and the workers that cook and serve our food. The package includes nine bills that would provide grants to local restaurants, bars and clubs, reduce and eliminate specific licensing fees, extend discounts to licensees and protect businesses by guaranteeing their insurance pays out in future emergencies. These efforts will provide direct relief to an industry of Pennsylvania businesses the virus has hit hard, House Democratic leaders said. Restrictions put in place have been necessary in the state’s response to COVID-19. The leaders said they recognize the hardship the virus has continued to place on the restaurant industry. Restaurants have served as the backdrop of many life occasions and special moments and they need support more now than ever. The House Democratic package includes: Earmarking CARES grant funding from the federal government to be directed to small, community restaurants instead of national chains to ensure those dollars are invested back into the region. ( Rep. Joe Ciresi, Montgomery County & Rep. Tina Davis, Bucks County ) Earmarking CARES grant Read more


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(Jun 26, 2020)

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Bucks County state representatives announce state grants for county

(Jun 10, 2020)

LEVITTOWN/DOYLESTOWN/NEWTOWN, June 10 – State Reps. Tina Davis, John Galloway, Wendy Ullman and Perry Warren, all D-Bucks, announced today that two Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency grants totaling $120,000 are being awarded in Bucks County. According to the lawmakers, $100,000 is being awarded to Network of Victim Assistance and $20,000 will go to Bucks County Commissioners Public Defender Capital Case Indigent Defense. PCCD granted $100,000 for a two-year term to NOVA so it could train and support male forensic interviewers so child victims would have a choice of the gender of their interviewer. “Child victims of abuse are among the most vulnerable groups in our society,” Davis said. “I’m glad that NOVA’s vital work with child victims of abuse will be supported and enhanced by this grant funding.” “Children can be hesitant about speaking with a person of another gender,” Ullman said. “Being able to have an interviewer of the gender of their choice will make it easier for child victims to speak about their abuse to a stranger and so ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.” The grant money will also be used for counselors who will offer evidence-based therapeutic mental health services for children who do not initially disclose at the forensic interview and their non-offending caregivers. Read more


Davis legislation would create grace periods for insurance premium payments during a disaster emergency

(Jun 05, 2020)

LEVITTOWN, June 5 – State Rep. Tina Davis has announced that she will be introducing legislation that would require insurance companies to provide a 90-day grace period for the payment of insurance premiums during a disaster emergency. “Many Pennsylvanians have lost their jobs or had to close their businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are now struggling to pay their bills,” Davis said. “People shouldn’t have their insurance canceled because of an inability to keep up with insurance premiums during this period of unprecedented economic hardship . By requiring insurance companies to provide a 90-day grace period for insurance premium payments during a disaster emergency, my legislation would protect Pennsylvanians from having their insurance terminated at a time they need it most.” Currently, Pennsylvania has only recommended insurers grant a grace period to policy holders during the pandemic. Davis said that many states have required such grace periods in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in the aftermath of natural disasters. Residents with questions should contact Davis’ office by phone at 267-580-2660 or email ( repdavis@pahouse.net ). Read more


Davis Reopens District Office June 8

(Jun 03, 2020)

LEVITTOWN, June 3 – State Rep. Tina Davis has announced that she will reopen her district office by appointment Monday-Friday beginning June 8. “Over the past two and a half months, my office has remotely offered constituent services to hundreds of constituents,” Davis said. “Now that Bucks County will be entering into the yellow phase, I am glad that my office can take the first steps in safely resuming in-person services,” Davis said. “I am very much looking forward to the time when my office will be open to in-person services for all my constituents,” Davis said. Constituents that need assistance must contact the district office by phone 267-580-2660 or email ( repdavis@pahouse.net ). Appointments will last for an allotted time to allow for proper social distancing. Anyone entering the office must be properly wearing a mask. Davis said constituents should not come to the office if they are not feeling well or have been recently exposed to someone with COVID-19. Residents with questions should contact Davis’ office by phone at 267-580-2660 or email ( repdavis@pahouse.net ). Read more


Bucks County House Democrats: ‘We worked with Gov. Wolf to reopen Bucks County’: Bucks County to move to yellow phase by June 5

(May 22, 2020)

DOYLESTOWN/NEWTOWN/LEVITTOWN, May 22 – State Reps. Wendy Ullman, Tina Davis, John Galloway, and Perry Warren, all D-Bucks, praised Gov. Tom Wolf’s collaborative working relationship with the PA House Democratic Caucus , which has resulted in Bucks County moving to the yellow phase byJune 5. “Since Day One, my colleagues and I have worked with Governor Tom Wolf and the PA Department of Health toward a measured, data-driven, SAFE and EFFECTIVE reopening of the economy,” Warren said. “Today, thanks to the efforts and collective sacrifice our community has made, Governor Wolf has announced our county is moving into the yellow phase by June 5.” “Governor Wolf listened to my reasoning why it was time to reopen Bucks County,” Ullman said. “I pointed out that the data and health reports showed that Bucks County residents’ efforts during the red phase had been successful, and we were now at a point where we could safely move to the yellow phase.” “I’ve shared with Governor Wolf the stories of my hardest-hit constituents. A business owner myself, I told him how far the bottom line has dropped from under us,” Davis said. “I’m proud of my fellow Bucks County residents for their efforts during this challenging period and am ready to help them get working again.” Galloway said, “I explained to the governor that the people of Bucks County’s Read more