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Philadelphia House Delegation: police accountability reforms are coming

PACE prescription programs benefit seniors

(Feb 10, 2016)

PACE, PACENET and PACE plus Medicare are Pennsylvania's prescription assistance programs for older adults, offering low-cost prescription medication to qualified residents, age 65 and older. As of this year, the legislature passed a law excluding Social Security Medicare Part B premiums from being counted towards income levels. Read more

 

Dawkins: End the Budget Crisis

(Feb 09, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Jason Dawkins says it's time for lawmakers to put people before politics and take Pennsylvania down a path where schools are funded, those in need get help and our homeowners don't face higher property taxes every year. Read more

 

CHIP offers kids protection and parents peace of mind

(Jan 29, 2016)

Pennsylvania has a Children's Health Insurance Program that provides free and low-cost health insurance to children. CHIP is not welfare – it covers children of working parents whose employers don't offer coverage and who can't afford private insurance. If you can't afford health insurance for your children, chances are they are eligible for CHIP. Read more

 

Dawkins Honors Gun Violence Victims

(Jan 12, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Jason Dawkins speaks about his house resolution honoring the victims of the Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado Springs. Read more

 

Dawkins votes against bill shielding cops who fire their guns

(Jan 06, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 19 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., voted against a bill that would give anonymity to police officers who discharge a firearm or use force unless the officer is charged with a crime in the incident. Proponents claim that the bill, H.B. 1538 , would protect police officers and their families from retaliation when they discharge their firearm or use force, but it seems that it only serves to shield them from any scrutiny of the actions, Dawkins said. "At a time when the relationship between law enforcement and the minority communities they serve is already strained, the last thing we need is a bill that would create suspicion and potentially damage public trust," Dawkins said. "This is a poorly written bill that may be unconstitutional. I am a huge supporter of our men and women who put that uniform on every day to protect the people of this great city, but transparency is desperately needed for our public figures." Dawkins also noted that Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association oppose this bill. The bill passed the House 162-38 and now goes to the Senate. ### Read more

 

Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property

(Jan 01, 2016)

Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Read more

 

PA Power Switch: Ask the right questions

(Dec 30, 2015)

In Pennsylvania, you can choose the company that generates your electricity – also known as your electric supplier. This means that you have the power to switch to a competing supplier who can offer the lowest price, or provide a specific service you want, such as “green” or renewable energy. Read more

 

Dawkins: Expungement bill passes the House

(Dec 11, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 27 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., today applauded House passage of a bill that would allow for criminal record expungement in certain situations. As the only African American and Philadelphian on the House Judiciary Committee, Dawkins played a crucial part in moving the bill out of committee for the historic floor vote in the House. "This legislation would directly benefit thousands of Philadelphians suffering from past convictions, which prohibit them from gainful employment and housing," Dawkins said. "Criminal record expungement will allow them to move past prior offenses and become productive citizens." The bill, S.B. 166, would allow a person convicted of a third- or second-degree misdemeanor, if at least 10 years have passed since they completed their sentence, to request the opportunity to appear before a judge and ask for an expungement. All violent offenses punishable by imprisonment of more than two years, and many others of a serious nature, would be prohibited from being subject to an order for limited access under the bill. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration. ### Read more

 

Fall 2015 Newsletter

(Nov 17, 2015)

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Dawkins Fights to Preserve Historic University

(Nov 10, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Jason Dawkins is joined by hundreds of students to demand the Commonwealth do more to help Cheyney University – America’s oldest historically Black institution of higher education – as it struggles to survive in a time of budget crisis and faltering student enrollment. Read more

 

Dawkins: Expungement is a Second Chance

(Oct 27, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Jason Dawkins applauds the House’s approval of a bill that would allow thousands of Pennsylvanians to have their criminal records expunged. S.B. 166 would allow a person convicted of a third- or second-degree misdemeanor, and who completed their sentence at least 10 years ago, to ask to appear before a judge to request an order for limited access of their criminal record. The bill would give a second chance to many people, including Philadelphians, who are struggling to find housing and employment due to their prior convictions. Read more

 

Dawkins: Mandatory Minimums Don't Work

(Oct 26, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Jason Dawkins talks about the unintended consequences of a proposal that would re-enact mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug crimes. Read more

 

Dawkins: PA Mental Heath Funding Critical

(Sep 10, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Jason Dawkins says it's time to restore funding cuts to the critical human service programs that help people with mental illness and intellectual disabilities, the homeless, and those looking for jobs. After years of budget cuts, Dawkins says it's time for Republicans to give these programs the funding they need to help all those who need it for the long run. Read more

 

Dawkins: Help Those in Need

(Sep 09, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Jason Dawkins says it's time to restore funding cuts to the critical human service programs that help people with mental illness and intellectual disabilities, the homeless, and those looking for jobs. After years of budget cuts, Dawkins says it's time for Republicans to give these programs the funding they need to help all those who need it for the long run. Read more

 

Dawkins: PA Needs a Budget, Not Gimmicks

(Aug 26, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Jason Dawkins talks about the Republican stunts and gimmicks they continue to pull instead of sitting down in good faith and negotiating a responsible budget. Read more

 

Dawkins: Education Funding Critical in PA Budget

(Jul 22, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Jason Dawkins talks about the ongoing state budget impasse. Dawkins applauds Governor Tom Wolf's veto of the GOP budget because it failed to properly fund education and bring tax relief to homeowners. Read more

 

Dawkins Hosting Franford Community Day

(Jul 22, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Jason Dawkins is hosting Frankford Community Day August 15th in Gambrel Playground, 1900 Wakeling Street, Philadelphia. Dawkins is bringing together members of the state, local and federal government and their services so people can find out more all in one place. The free event also features a gospel concert, food, carnival games, video games, bounce houses and more. Read more

 

Dawkins: Help All Pa. Students

(Jun 29, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Jason Dawkins says it’s time to restore cuts to the public education system so that a child’s education no longer depends on their zip code. Dawkins adds the GOP budget plan doesn’t go far enough in bringing back the teachers, staff, extracurricular programs, and classes cut by the previous administration. He warns that the crisis facing Philadelphia public schools could easily spread to the rest of the state, so the time is now to fix public education funding in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Dawkins: Fund Schools, Cut Property Taxes

(Jun 26, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Jason Dawkins supports a comprehensive and sustainable budget plan that moves Pennsylvania in the right direction, invests in education, rebuilds the middle class. Read more

 

Dawkins on Victims Restitution

(Jun 23, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Jason Dawkins discuses his amendment that reduces the amount of money that the Dept. of Corrections can remove from a prisoner's personal account to pay for restitution to victims. The amendment was agreed to by the Pa. House of Representatives. Read more