DeLuca demands answers from PA Turnpike Commission about more than $104 million in uncollected tolls

(Sep 21, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 21 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, demanded answers from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission regarding reports that more than $104 million in tolls went uncollected last year during its transition to electronic tolling. “This uncollected revenue is especially concerning to me because it may have been captured if the Turnpike had continued employing the approximately 500 fare-collection workers who were laid off in 2020 during the transition to electronic tolling,” said DeLuca, the Democratic chairman of the House Insurance Committee. “These fare-collection workers had good family-sustaining jobs and they made great contributions to their local economies.” DeLuca’s letter to Turnpike Commissioner Mark Compton sought answers to several questions, including if layoffs were cost-effective compared to the millions lost in uncollected tolls, along with the costs of mailing notices and initiating collections, if the uncollected tolls would have been captured if there had not been layoffs, and for solutions to collect money from unpaid invoices from the Turnpike’s Toll-by-Plate operations. A copy of DeLuca’s letter can be found here . “These unpaid tolls will raise rates for law-abiding drivers who do pay their tolls,” DeLuca said. “I’m asking these questions on behalf of those drivers and the former fare-collection workers who lost their jobs during this transition, and Read more

 

DeLuca to propose legislation to protect patients and taxpayers in response to federal lawsuit against UPMC surgeon

(Sep 15, 2021)

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 15 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, the Democratic chairman of the House Insurance Committee, will introduce legislation aimed at protecting patients and preventing health care fraud following the recent federal lawsuit against UPMC and one of its top surgeons. The government claims the surgeon booked multiple surgeries at the same time, submitted false claims to Medicare and Medicaid, and put patients at risk for serious harm. “If true, these allegations show serious flaws in our health care system,” said DeLuca, D-Allegheny. “Patients facing complex surgeries should know that their doctor will be in the operating room for the duration of their procedure with complete focus on their medical care. The legislation I’m proposing would offer an extra level of protection for those patients and help ensure violators are held responsible.” DeLuca said his legislation would include the following: A proposed law to require surgeons to inform the patient or the patient’s representative if the surgeon plans to perform two or more surgeries concurrently. A proposed Pennsylvania-version of the federal False Claims Act, to allow private citizens to sue a party that submits false claims to the state to incentivize whistleblowers and ensure taxpayer dollars are spent on legitimate claims. Incentivizing health care workers to report when sub-par care is rendered Read more

 

Join me for a free shredding event on September 18!

(Sep 13, 2021)

Join state Rep. Tony DeLuca for a free shredding event on September 18, 2021 in Penn Hills. Read more

 

DeLuca encouraged by proposed regulations to protect patients at long-term nursing facilities

(Jul 21, 2021)

DeLuca said he will continue to advocate for unannounced inspections of long-term care facilities, another element included in H.B. 213. Read more

 

My office is fully open!

(Jul 06, 2021)

I am pleased to announce that effective today (July 6) in compliance with directives from the CDC and the Governor, my District Office is fully open to constituents with no appointments necessary. Read more

 

Opinion-Editorial: Republican voting legislation leads to a path of taking voters’ rights away

(Jun 24, 2021)

I believe there is no greater right than voters participating in democracy by casting their ballot to elect those who will represent them. However, I feel the legislation that Republicans recently pushed through the House would restrict access for voters and impinge on their rights. It is vital to remove barriers for voters to use ballot boxes, and while I support and believe voter ID is an important keystone of voting, we should not add other restrictions to make it more difficult for voters to cast their ballot. During last year’s general election, Pennsylvania had the greatest voter turnout because we had mail-in and early voting. I support free and fair elections – and I’ve introduced two pieces of commonsense legislation this session and multiple sessions previously to make it easier for voters to exercise their right to participate in democracy. House Bill 316 would create a devoted system of true early voting at more locations to be established by county boards of elections. This would make voting more accessible than in 2020, when Pennsylvanians who wanted to vote early in-person would request a mail-in ballot at a county elections office, wait for it to get approved on the spot, fill it out, and turn it back immediately. I also re-introduced a bill that would allow same-day registration on Election Day, which has proven to be effective for turnout in other states. House Bill 215 would accomplish the same goal by allowing Read more

 

DeLuca applauds U.S. Supreme Court for upholding ACA

(Jun 17, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 17 – While the U.S. Supreme Court today rejected the latest legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act, state Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, is continuing his push for legislation that would protect Pennsylvanians’ insurance coverage should the ACA ever be declared unconstitutional. “I commend the Supreme Court for its wise decision in leaving the entire law intact,” said DeLuca, who is Democratic chairman of the PA House Insurance Committee. “The justices’ decision today saves health insurance coverage for millions of Americans.” The ACA protections include pre-existing conditions, no-cost preventative services and the expansion of the Medicaid program. DeLuca is urging lawmakers to consider H.B. 315 to make sure that Pennsylvania never goes backward in terms of health coverage. “With major legal attacks on the constitutionality of the ACA continuing, we must ensure Pennsylvanians will continue to be protected should the law ever be declared unconstitutional,” DeLuca said. “My legislation would put the federal essential health benefits into state law, so Pennsylvanians won’t lose healthcare coverage they deserve and suffer financially from paying out of pocket for services that were once covered.” House Bill 315 has been referred to the House Insurance Committee. Read more

 

DeLuca to introduce legislation to add minimum wage question on the ballot

(Jun 08, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 8 – Pennsylvania has not raised its minimum wage from $7.25 an hour in over a decade, leaving many working families barely above the federal poverty line and struggling to make ends meet. With lawmakers failing to enact a minimum wage increase, state Rep. Tony DeLuca will introduce legislation that would ask Pennsylvania voters if they want to see the minimum wage raised. “Every state surrounding Pennsylvania has raised their minimum wage. Even Florida recently raised its minimum wage when the state put the question before its voters,” said DeLuca, D-Allegheny. “If we want to continue attracting people to Pennsylvania, we need to make sure we are competitive with other states – and that includes making sure that our minimum wage is competitive.” DeLuca’s legislation proposes putting the question on the ballot in the next general election. He said the results of the referendum would be nonbinding as to address concerns over constitutionality. “The minimum wage impacts every Pennsylvanian,” DeLuca said. “The results of this referendum will be invaluable to policymakers.” DeLuca said he plans to introduce the legislation next week. Read more

 

Happy National Dairy Month!

(Jun 05, 2021)

Happy National Dairy Month! Many Pennsylvanians do not realize what a vital role dairy farmers play in our state – not only in terms of providing products, services, and jobs for our citizens but also the significant contribution the industry makes to the general financial well-being of the Commonwealth. I want to send a special shout out to Turner Dairy Farms in Penn Hills which last spring, at the start of the pandemic, celebrated its 90th anniversary but because of COVID concerns, there could be no public recognition of this momentous occasion. Ironically, Charles Turner, Sr. dropped out of high school to help deliver milk for his father during the great influenza pandemic of 1918. On April 10, 1930, he moved out to the country (Penn Hills) to start his own dairy in the heart of the Great Depression and the rest is history. Today still family-owned and operated, Turner’s is an icon in Penn Hills. They consistently receive national awards for their milk that far exceeds every industry standard; they are a major employer in the area and of special note, they are one of the most philanthropic businesses I have ever had the pleasure with which to be affiliated. Especially during National Dairy Month, it is my honor to say thank you Turner’s for staying a very rocky course last year, and here’s to many more happy anniversaries! Read more

 

DeLuca: $300,000 grant awarded to Penn Hills project to demolish landslide-damaged homes

(May 25, 2021)

HARRISBURG, May 25 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca announced today that the Commonwealth Financing Authority awarded $300,000 in grant funding from its Blight Remediation Program to the Municipality of Penn Hills to demolish two properties that were condemned following damage from landslides. DeLuca said the project will remove the tax-delinquent properties at 235 and 270 Bramble St., which have been inhabitable due to landslides. Both properties are in danger of further damage since the landslides are still active and the hillsides continue to move, which could also cause additional damage to adjoining properties. The BRP funding will be used to demolish those properties, along with excavation and grading. “This is a welcome relief, not only for the municipality, but more importantly, the nearby homeowners on the street,” said DeLuca, D-Allegheny. “I have been working on this for a very long time and will keep working on issues such as this in the district as more money becomes available.” The CFA awarded a total of $12 million from its Blight Remediation Program for planning and remediation projects across the state. Read more

 

DeLuca bill to support taxpayers by limiting “pension hopping” for public officials

(May 19, 2021)

PITTSBURGH, May 19 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, has authored a bill that would limit a public official from what he calls “pension hopping.” “At a time when many Pennsylvanians are struggling to save for retirement, I do not think it is right that a public official can become vested in one government pension system and then move on and become vested in another government pension system,” DeLuca said. House Bill 1442 would limit future public officials to one pension that is funded by state or local tax dollars. Under the bill, public officials who are eligible for two or more pensions funded by state or local tax dollars would be able to choose which pension they would like to receive or would automatically receive the highest pension. The bill would not apply to beneficiaries or any pension funded by the federal government. “This legislation is just good government,” said DeLuca. “Limiting pension hopping adds transparency to the process and saves taxpayer dollars, which are contributing to government pension systems.” H.B. 1442 has been referred to the House State Government Committee for consideration. Read more

 

PA House Democrats Launch Effort to Defend Democracy

(Mar 29, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 29 – Responding to the Capitol insurrection in January and the signing of new restrictions on voting rights last week in Georgia, House Democrats are taking action to protect American democracy. Today, a website was launched that summarizes policy proposals to defend democracy as well as links to more information and the ability for people to quickly email their elected officials, noting their support of the bills. The House Democratic Caucus has been working on these proposals since a House Democratic Policy Committee Hearing in January, when members were briefed by legal scholars, hate crimes experts and members of Congress on the language of false conspiracy and election fraud being used to undermine democracy. That same language has shifted from encouraging outright attack to what many perceive as insidiously undermining basic voting rights. “We cannot allow the outrage and disgust of the American people watching an armed invasion of our government to be subverted by a slick rebranding into attacks on our right to fair and free elections” Policy Committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro said. Members of the House Democratic Caucus have introduced dozens of measures to expand voting rights, preserve election security, protect access to mail-in ballots and polling places, and to clarify and consolidate the often-outdated Election Code. Bizzarro said the site – www.pahouse.com/policy/defendingdemocracy -- will serve as a great Read more

 

Allegheny County rental relief program now accepting applications

(Mar 15, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 15 – Financial assistance is now available to help Allegheny County residents struggling to pay rent or utilities during the COVID-19 pandemic as part of a program that is partially funded by legislation members of the Allegheny County Democratic Delegation helped to pass. The Allegheny County Emergency Rental Assistance program has a total of $79.9 million to distribute to eligible county residents. Of that funding, $43 million came from Act 1 of 2021, which Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law last month. Eligibility requirements for the program include: having at least one person who qualifies for unemployment, has lost income or suffered financially due to COVID-19. being at risk of experiencing homelessness. having a total income below 80% of the Area Median Income for Allegheny County. ACDD Chairman state Rep. Austin Davis, as well as state Reps. Jessica Benham, Dan Deasy, Tony DeLuca, Dan Frankel, Ed Gainey, Sara Innamorato, Emily Kinkead, Anita Kulik, Summer Lee, Brandon Markosek, Robert Matzie, Dan Miller, Nick Pisciottano and Jake Wheatley, issued the following statement: “People living in Allegheny County have been struggling for over a year during this pandemic. This program has been a long time coming and helps provide direct relief to those who’ve been scrambling to pay their rent and bills during this Read more

 

DeLuca bill would offer protection from predatory housing groups

(Mar 02, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 2 – Housing advocacy groups would have to notify individuals about residential leasing practices that may violate housing discrimination law based on familial status under legislation introduced by state Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny. DeLuca said the bill would give individuals who have been notified about practices that may violate housing discrimination law one week to correct the advertisement or face the possibility of legal action from a housing advocacy group. This legislation would not apply to companies that rent properties. “I suspect many of our constituents do not know that familial status is a protected class and this legislation could serve as an educational tool,” DeLuca said. “A housing advocacy group sued two senior citizen landlords in my district because of the way their advertisement for a rental property was worded. Had the couple been notified about a potential violation, they could have corrected an oversight in their advertisement.” The legislation has been introduced as H.B. 635 . Read more

 

A real urgency to distribute vaccines in Pa.

(Feb 18, 2021)

The urgency is real, and we must get more shots into arms. Now is the time to act. Read more

 

L&I Urges Vigilance Against Social Media Fraud Attempts

(Feb 01, 2021)

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) has become aware of multiple attempts by fraudsters to obtain individuals’ personal and confidential information through fake Facebook pages and is reminding Pennsylvanians to never provide their information to anyone over social media. “Unfortunately, the availability of new federal unemployment money is causing a surge in fraud attempts,” said L&I Acting Secretary Jennifer Berrier. “L&I does not communicate directly with individuals over social media, including Facebook.” L&I operates a Facebook page under the name “PA Department of Labor & Industry” and handle “@PALaborIndustry.” Several similarly named pages have appeared over the past few days, and some scammers have posted on L&I’s legitimate page pretending to be L&I employees. Important tips L&I’s Facebook page has a blue check box next to the name that identifies it as a verified page. Comments by the legitimate L&I page also have a blue check box next to them indicating it as a verified page. If a comment or page does not have this check box, it is a fraudster posing as L&I. L&I does not post responses directly to claimants, send private messages, or ask for a private message to be sent. L&I also will not ask individuals to call or text a phone number. The only phone Read more

 

Rep. Tony DeLuca condemns GOP effort to undermine state courts

(Jan 21, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 21 – Today, State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, forcefully spoke out against H.B. 38, calling it a Republican attempt to undermine Pennsylvania's justice system by creating regional voting districts for electing appellate court judges, including those on the state Supreme Court. "Let's call this what it is -- a blatant Republican attempt to pack Pennsylvania's courts because Republicans have lost several court cases," DeLuca said. "In retaliation, Republicans are trying to remake the courts." House Bill 38 is a proposed constitutional amendment that would reconstruct Pennsylvania's court system. Currently, appellate court judges are elected in statewide elections. House Bill 38 would change this and create a court system with judicial districts drawn up by the state legislature, which is controlled by Republicans. DeLuca stated "House Bill 38 will put political judges on the bench and give Pennsylvanians controversial rulings meant to satisfy voters in a judge's district. I oppose this bill because the Pennsylvania courts that shape Pennsylvania law should be elected by all Pennsylvanians." In addition to concerns over political gerrymandering, DeLuca noted that some judicial districts would likely be "prison gerrymandered." Prison gerrymandering occurs when incarcerated people -- many of whom are barred from voting -- are counted as part of the population in a judicial or Read more

 

Happy New Year; Office information; Home Heating Help Available

(Jan 01, 2021)

Welcome 2021! Today we begin a new year that is full of hope and positivity. Read more

 

DeLuca: $328K awarded to Penn Hills for traffic upgrades

(Dec 07, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 7 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, announced on Monday the disbursement of $328,803 in state funding to Penn Hills for a traffic upgrade. DeLuca said the funding, awarded through the state Department of Transportation’s Automated Red Light Enforcement fund, will go to modernize and update traffic and pedestrian signals and equipment at the intersection of Frankstown Road, Spring Grove Road and Shenandoah Drive. The outdated and failing equipment will be replaced with new equipment that will improve the safety for vehicular and pedestrian traffic through this heavily traveled intersection. “Today, significant funding is going toward, and will benefit, the overall safety of Penn Hills residents,” DeLuca said. “Ensuring safe roadways is another step in making Penn Hills a destination town, and it’s my hope these upgrades will have an immediate impact in our community.” DeLuca said Pennsylvania’s ARLE program aims to improve safety at signalized intersections by providing automated enforcement at locations where data shows red-light running has been an issue. Funding is supplied by fines from red light violations at 31 intersections in Philadelphia. State law specifies that projects improving safety, enhancing mobility and reducing congestion can be considered for funding. Since 2010, 473 transportation enhancement projects have been funded by ARLE. Read more

 

NACDS Lauds Pennsylvania Law Enhancing Patient Access as COVID-19 Converges with Flu

(Dec 02, 2020)

NACDS today hailed a new law that will increase Pennsylvanians’ access to healthcare as the COVID-19 pandemic converges with the 2020-2021 flu season. Read more

 

DeLuca demands answers from PA Turnpike Commission about more than $104 million in uncollected tolls
Sep 21, 2021

DeLuca to propose legislation to protect patients and taxpayers in response to federal lawsuit against UPMC surgeon
Sep 15, 2021

Join me for a free shredding event on September 18!
Sep 13, 2021

DeLuca encouraged by proposed regulations to protect patients at long-term nursing facilities
Jul 21, 2021

My office is fully open!
Jul 06, 2021

Opinion-Editorial: Republican voting legislation leads to a path of taking voters’ rights away
Jun 24, 2021

DeLuca applauds U.S. Supreme Court for upholding ACA
Jun 17, 2021

DeLuca to introduce legislation to add minimum wage question on the ballot
Jun 08, 2021

Happy National Dairy Month!
Jun 05, 2021

DeLuca: $300,000 grant awarded to Penn Hills project to demolish landslide-damaged homes
May 25, 2021

DeLuca bill to support taxpayers by limiting “pension hopping” for public officials
May 19, 2021

PA House Democrats Launch Effort to Defend Democracy
Mar 29, 2021

Allegheny County rental relief program now accepting applications
Mar 15, 2021

DeLuca bill would offer protection from predatory housing groups
Mar 02, 2021

A real urgency to distribute vaccines in Pa.
Feb 18, 2021

L&I Urges Vigilance Against Social Media Fraud Attempts
Feb 01, 2021

Rep. Tony DeLuca condemns GOP effort to undermine state courts
Jan 21, 2021

Happy New Year; Office information; Home Heating Help Available
Jan 01, 2021

DeLuca: $328K awarded to Penn Hills for traffic upgrades
Dec 07, 2020

NACDS Lauds Pennsylvania Law Enhancing Patient Access as COVID-19 Converges with Flu
Dec 02, 2020