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Fiedler Fights to Support Rights of Incarcerated Women

(Apr 01, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler joined colleagues and advocates to introduce a package of bills aimed at bringing dignity to incarcerated women. She explains how her legislation would give them the tools needed to turn their lives around, re-enter society, and succeed. Read more


Legislative package would help incarcerated women, parents in Pa.

(Mar 27, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 27 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., and colleagues today unveiled a package of legislation that would help incarcerated women and parents in Pennsylvania. “As chairwoman of the Women and Girls of Color Subcommittee of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, I traveled to SCI-Muncy last year, which is one of the two state prisons that house female inmates, and heard the cries for help,” Cephas said. “The visit made me realize that while I'm proud of the significant strides we've seen in our fight for criminal justice reform, we must include our women and girls of color in the bipartisan discussion. "Women are the fastest-growing segment of the incarcerated population. According to a report from the Vera Institute of Justice, the number of women in jail in the U.S. has grown 14-fold since 1970. Furthermore, a majority are accused of non-violent offenses. What's often ignored by our criminal justice system, though, is the fact female offenders have vastly different needs and experience different stresses compared to men.” Cephas plans to introduce two bills: one would create a Women and Girls Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency; the other bill would require the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections to submit an annual report on healthcare screenings and care services they provide to the House Health and Human Services committees and the Senate Health and Human Read more


House Democrats fight for seniors and families by delivering on Promise of Care

(Mar 20, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 20 – House Democratic lawmakers, in response to widespread concerns about patients and clients in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and long-term care homes not getting the quality care they deserve, announced a comprehensive package of bills to protect seniors and give family members the vital information they need to make the right choice for their grandparents and parents. As pension plans increasingly become a thing of the past and families become smaller and unable to care for elderly relatives in their own homes, House Democrats believe people need to know the long-term care options for their loved ones are the best possible – because, someday, we’ll all need a place to call home. While most facilities do a good job caring for patients and clients, as well as providing a stable place of employment for healthcare professionals, seniors, families and potential employees need the facts and protections these bills would deliver. The Promise of Care package includes: Making a Home truly a Home (Sponsored by Rep. Angel Cruz): A long-term care home shouldn’t feel like a hospital ward. This bill creates a voluntary Culture & Quality of Life Certification Program that would reward homes that go the extra mile to offer a rich, life-affirming program that treats residents like the individual people they are. Reporting Requirements when a Resident Passes (Two bills sponsored by Rep. Frank Burns): People Read more


Fiedler introduces net neutrality bill to protect consumers (with video)

(Feb 22, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 22 – State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., this week introduced legislation that would protect Pennsylvanians’ internet use. House Bill 544 would make it illegal for internet service providers to block lawful internet content, impair internet traffic or engage in any other activities that negatively affect the web experience of Pennsylvania residents. “Most people get their internet access from a handful of big companies, including AT&T, Comcast and Verizon. Under current law, the company you pay for your internet service could prevent you from going to a competitor’s website, interfere with speech that criticizes the company, or even block your access to a union website during a labor conflict at work,” Fiedler said. “We rely on the internet for so much of our communication with work, school, government and family, and for financial transactions including purchases and bill paying. We need to protect our equal access to information on the internet. In December 2017, the Federal Communications Commission voted to dismantle the rules of net neutrality, which is the expectation that the company people pay for internet service will treat all data on the internet equally. House Bill 544 was referred to the House Consumer Affairs Committee. Read more


Fiedler: PA Budget Must Fund Education and Clean Energy

(Feb 07, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler is responding to the governor’s budget address, discussing the issues that matter most to her communities. Read more


Freshman Rep. Fiedler assigned to House committees

(Feb 05, 2019)

Fiedler said she’s “thrilled to get started on these powerful committees and to work with my colleagues on health, environmental and economic issues that impact the residents in my district and across Pennsylvania.” Read more


Fiedler receives 2019-20 House committee assignments

(Jan 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., today announced that she has been appointed to sit on three House standing committees for the 2019-20 legislative session. The freshman legislator was picked to serve on the Appropriations; Environmental Resources and Energy; and Health committees. “I am thrilled to get started on these powerful committees and to work with my colleagues on health, environmental and economic issues that impact the residents in my district and across Pennsylvania,” Fiedler said. She added while all three committees are crucial in dealing with matters concerning the commonwealth, they also coincide with her legislative priorities. “I believe my work on environment, health and economic issues will go hand in hand. We all deserve high quality health care, clean air and water, and the medical treatment our doctors say we need to live healthy lives. And we deserve an economic system that spends public money for the greater good. “Health care specifically is a major issue for my constituents in South Philadelphia. As a member of the Health Committee, I will continue the fight for high-quality health care. Our lives are more valuable than huge profits for big companies. I also will push for universal health care and for our rights as women to make our own choices about our health and our bodies,” Fiedler said. Fiedler represents the 184th Legislative District in South Philadelphia. She Read more


Get free assistance with your Property Tax/Rent Rebate

(Jan 24, 2019)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2018 tax year are available – and my office staff is ready to help you file yours for free ! 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. The rebates normally are distributed by the Department of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more


Pre-register for your REAL ID on Feb. 6

(Jan 17, 2019)

Did you know that after Aug. 1, 2019, to board a domestic flight or enter a federal facility you will need a Real ID-compliant license or ID card (or a U.S. Passport or Military ID)? The driver’s licenses we now have will not be sufficient to board a plane or visit a military base or federal building. A Real ID-compliant driver’s license has enhanced security features required by federal law. We want to make the process of getting a new Real ID-compliant license as easy as possible, so we are bringing PennDOT to South Philadelphia. I am hosting a Real ID pre-verification event on Wednesday, Feb. 6 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Columbus Square Recreation Center, 1200 Wharton St. PennDOT will be on hand to help process forms for pre-verification. My staff will also be there to provide you with information on Real ID. Together with PennDOT, we can help you file the documentation now, so you are ready to receive your Real ID when they become available in March. Here’s what you will need to bring with you to the event on Feb. 6: One official proof of identity Your original Social Security card Proof of all legal name changes (marriage certificates, court orders, etc.) Two proofs of current, physical address in PA If you have any questions about what documents qualify for each category, or for more information for applying as a non-citizen, please call our district office at 215-271-9190. If you can’t make it to the event, my office Read more


Fiedler Ready to Move School Renovations Forward

(Jan 17, 2019)

PA state Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler is concerned about the conditions the schools in her district and the health of those who work and learn in them. She wants to make the situation better. Read more


Philadelphia Delegation announces its legislative platform for 2019-20

(Jan 16, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 16 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, chairman of the Philadelphia House Delegation, along with delegation members today announced their legislative agenda during a news conference at the state Capitol. The delegation said its top priorities for working toward a better Philadelphia include investing in education and schools, criminal justice reform, health care for all, strengthening commercial coordinators, and alternative energy methods. "We are joining forces to work as one unit for the betterment of all Philadelphians, and that begins with fighting for what our constituents need the most,” Dawkins said. "We are also focused on making sure that everyone gets a fair shot and equal treatment." “Last session we worked in bipartisan fashion to get clean slate legislation signed into law and bring real criminal justice reform to those who need it,” said Rep. Jordan Harris, the Democratic Whip. “Now, we must continue fighting for further reform to reduce recidivism and allow Pennsylvanians who have paid their debit to society to pursue a productive path to citizenry.” “For too long our criminal justice system has been an injustice system for the mentally ill, the poor, and people of color,” said Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta. “While we’ve made progress, our prisons remain overcrowded, inmates mistreated, and mental health problems ignored. I stand with my Philadelphia colleagues to address Read more


Fiedler to host family-friendly Health and Wellness Fair

(Jan 14, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 14 – State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., announced she will host her first event since taking office as state representative of the 184th Legislative District . The Health and Wellness Fair will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at the East Passyunk Recreation Center, 1025 Mifflin St., 19148. Fiedler said this family-friendly event will have a dance class for kids, exercise and healthy eating tips, information on health and safety programs for people of all ages, and door prizes. She and her staff also will be on-hand to meet attendees and answer any questions they may have regarding state services. “It’s a new year and with it comes New Year’s resolutions, including living healthier, but that sometimes takes a back seat while we all try to balance work, family and our health,” Fiedler said. “My event will provide great resources for busy families to get information they need to work together toward a healthy lifestyle and have fun at the same time.” For more information, constituents can call 215-271-9190 or email RepFiedler@pahouse.net . Read more


Apply now for RACP grants

(Jan 04, 2019)

The state is looking to help you and your organization make a difference in the community. The application process is now open to apply for grants with the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP). The deadline is Jan. 31. Click here for more information including how to apply. Good luck! Read more


Fiedler sworn in, set to begin first term as state representative

(Jan 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – First-time State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler was officially sworn in today to begin representing the 184 th Legislative District. “My family inspires a lot of my legislative goals,” said Fiedler, a mother of two young kids. “I want children across the commonwealth to have safer schools that are free of lead and asbestos, and for parents to have access to paid family leave, and for health care to be affordable and accessible.” Fiedler also said that she is committed to protecting the environment and securing funding for improvements to mass transit. Her priorities are in line with the PA House Democrats' Plan for PA, which puts people first – above politics and special interests – to ensure good jobs, affordable health care, quality schools, and a fair economy for Pennsylvania’s working families. More information about Fiedler is available on her legislative website, www.pahouse.com/Fiedler . The Pennsylvania House of Representatives swearing-in ceremony takes place on the first Tuesday in January every two years. This year marks Pennsylvania’s 203 rd legislative session. Read more


A record number of women will join the Pa. General Assembly. But we have a long way to go

(Dec 31, 2018)

Every day in Pennsylvania, women are treated as less than men. This is a fact. Across the state women earn an average of 80 cents for every dollar earned by a male colleague — before accounting for the added impact of racial wage gaps. Read more


Fiedler Celebrates Office Opening

(Dec 21, 2018)

Pa. state Rep.-elect Elizabeth Fiedler held a holiday open house and office opening celebration in her new district office in South Philadelphia. Fiedler will be sworn-in to serve the 184th Legislative District on January 1, 2019, but is already able to help the communities with state government needs. Read more


Holiday Open House and Office Opening

(Dec 18, 2018)

Join Rep.-elect Fiedler at the Office Opening and Holiday Open House on Thursday Dec. 20, at 4:30 p.m. Read more


Fiedler Opening District Office

(Dec 11, 2018)

Pa. state Rep.-elect Elizabeth Fiedler is opening her district office Wednesday, Dec. 12. She explains the state-related services and programs they will offer south Philadelphia residents. Read more


Veterans services

(Dec 01, 2018)

Below are a number of programs and services available to help veterans and their families. Please share this list with any veterans in your life. Veterans Temporary Assistance Temporary help is available for veterans and their beneficiaries who need aid for essentials such as shelter, fuel, clothing and food. If eligible, a veteran or their beneficiary can qualify for up to $1,600 in a 12-month period. The Disabled Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption Program Any honorably discharged veteran who is 100 percent disabled, a resident of Pennsylvania and has financial need can apply for this program, which provides real estate tax exemption on principal dwellings. Educational Gratuity Program Children of honorably discharged veterans with service-connected disabilities or children of veterans who died in service during a period of war or armed conflict qualify for up to $500 per semester/term to help defray educational costs. Military Family Relief Assistance Program Eligible Pennsylvania service members and their family members who have a direct and immediate financial need as a result of circumstances beyond their control can apply for up to $3,500 in grants. This program is available for active and past service members. Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant Program Grants are available for veterans’ services organizations, non-profit organizations with a mission of serving Pennsylvania veterans, individual eligible counties and the State Read more


Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Dec 01, 2018)

The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households, and crisis benefits of up to $600 for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Remember: These are grants and do not have to be repaid. This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,210 for an individual, $24,690 for couples and increases for each additional person in the household. Please click here for more LIHEAP information. Please consider visiting my office if you need help filing a LIHEAP application. Besides my office, LIHEAP information is available by: Contacting local County Assistance offices by phone or in person. Calling the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 or PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired. Applying online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us . Read more