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Fiedler: corporations like PES must be held accountable to workers, nearby residents

(Jun 27, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 27 – The recent Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery fire and subsequent expected closure of the site have sent shockwaves across the Philadelphia region, where state Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., whose district includes both refinery workers and residents living near the refinery, has been working to craft solutions to the economic and environmental impact on workers and the nearby community. She issued the following statement: “We need to make sure these refinery workers are made whole. We need to hold the corporations that operate in our state accountable for their duty to both the workers, whose labor they profit from, and the land that’s been polluted for decades. Additionally, we need to make sure the community gets a responsible neighbor that doesn’t endanger their health and safety. We can no longer allow big corporations to divide working people, while also presenting us with false and dangerous ultimatums, such as putting food on the table or polluting the air our children breathe. “We need to demand better- together- as strong supporters of unions, of environmental justice and as leaders who are committed to the future. This includes a determination to bring more jobs in renewable energy and energy efficiency to Philadelphia and the entire commonwealth. We can and must do all these things!” Read more

 

Philadelphia legislators release statement on PES closure

(Jun 27, 2019)

State legislators from Philadelphia, including Rep. Jordan Harris, House Democratic Whip, Sen. Anthony Williams, Senate Democratic Whip, Rep. Maria Donatucci, Sen. Larry Farnese, Senate Democratic Secretary, and Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, issued the following statement on the announced closure of the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery:“The explosion and subsequent fire at the PES refinery last week sent a shockwave, both literally and figuratively, through our community. The announcement of the closure of the refinery is another blow to the thousands of workers who earn a living and support their family through their hard work in South Philadelphia. Read more

 

Philly lawmakers continue fight to save general assistance, fight poverty in GOP-controlled legislature

(Jun 26, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, June 26 – State Reps. Jason Dawkins, Malcolm Kenyatta, and Elizabeth Fiedler, all D-Phila. and leaders of the House Philadelphia Delegation, today said they will continue their fight to save the General Assistance program and help people living in poverty, despite the many roadblocks being put up by Republican leaders in this month’s state budget debate. Last week the House passed legislation (H.B. 33) that would eliminate Pennsylvania’s General Assistance program, which provides about $200 per month to people who are temporarily or permanently unable to work because of disability or other hardship and costs the state about $50 million per year. Every Democrat but one voted against the measure. It passed the Senate today also along party lines, 26-24. “House Democrats put up nearly 30 amendments last week to save this lifeline for the more than 10,000 Pennsylvanians who rely on it to afford the most basic of necessities,” said Dawkins, chairman of the Philadelphia Delegation. “But our efforts to save it and help the most vulnerable among us continue to be met with indifference and derision by the Republican-led majority.” Kenyatta, vice chairman of the delegation, praised his Senate colleagues for attempting to offer the same amendments to save the program as House Democrats and denounced GOP tactics in both chambers. He said Senate President pro tempore Joe Scarnati today ruled Senate Read more

 

Fiedler Fights To Protect PA’s General Assistance Program

(Jun 05, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler joined colleagues and advocates to fight and protect Pennsylvania’s General Assistance program. She explains why this lifeline is critical to families across the commonwealth. Read more

 

Fiedler joins legislators, local officials to announce legislation to fund Philadelphia school repairs

(May 29, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, May 29 – State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, along with other legislators and local officials, today announced legislation that would invest $85 million to make critical repairs to school buildings in Philadelphia. “Our children spend their days in leaking buildings surrounded by lead, rodents and outdated electrical systems. They get a very clear message: our society does not value them in the same way it values children in richer parts of our state,” Fiedler said. “As they grow up, this knowledge is buried deep into their understanding of the world. It is long past time for us adults to change that. That’s what our legislation is aimed at doing.” The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Vincent Hughes, proposes half the $170 million that the Fund our Facilities Coalition said is needed to address the immediate safety and health issues in the school buildings, and to ensure they are safe, clean and healthy. Fiedler said she plans on introducing companion legislation in the House. The Fund our Facilities Coalition kicked off its work during a news conference in Fiedler’s South Philadelphia district , outside Francis Scott Key Elementary, which is the school district’s oldest school. Read more

 

Rep. Fiedler launches fight for Fair Workweek for all Pennsylvanians

(May 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 1 – Flanked by a strong contingent of labor unions, lawmakers and advocates, state Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., today launched the fight to ensure reasonable and predictable work schedules for Pennsylvanians. Fiedler is introducing legislation – Fair Workweek PA -- that would put Pennsylvania workers first, ensuring employees of large hospitality, food service, and retail companies receive two weeks’ notice of their work schedules and that these employees are compensated when their schedules are changed at the last minute. “This bill puts workers first,” Fiedler said. “Two weeks’ schedule notice is common sense. When people have predictable work schedules, they can schedule doctors’ appointments, child care and college classes. Workers with predictable schedules also can set a household budget and stick to it, confident that they’ll actually be paid the money they already budgeted for rent, groceries and child care.” Fiedler said, “Reducing workplace instability, preventing last-minute schedule changes, and adding predictability for hours and wages are reasonable things for workers to expect.” Fiedler said her bill would have a significant impact on the daily lives of Pennsylvanians and on challenges facing the commonwealth: helping to combat poverty and improve the health and economic stability of families. Pennsylvania is one of the top 10 states with the highest Read more

 

Fiedler signs brief supporting AG lawsuit against UPMC

(Apr 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 25 – State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler D-Phila., signed a legal brief filed this week by the House Democratic Caucus supporting the state Attorney General’s lawsuit against UPMC. The lawsuit seeks to modify and indefinitely extend the UPMC-Highmark Health consent decrees that expire June 30. “It is critically important that we make sure everyone has access to high quality medical care. Letting the consent decrees expire will jeopardize patient choice and hurt patient care. I’m proud to be fighting to urge the court to step in and force UPMC to do the right thing,” Fiedler said. Shapiro originally filed the lawsuit to modify the consent decrees in February, arguing that as a charitable organization, UPMC has an obligation to protect patients’ access to affordable care and to facilities that patients have funded through their own tax dollars. In early April, Shapiro filed an appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court asking it to either expedite review of the consent decrees before the June 30 expiration date or issue an order to keep the decrees in place while the lawsuit is decided. The House Democratic Caucus amicus curiae brief provides additional support for the lawsuit. On Wednesday, a federal court judge dismissed a lawsuit UPMC had filed against the attorney general challenging his authority to modify the consent decrees. Read more

 

Fiedler joins in ‘Zero Waste PA’ bill package to address single-use plastics, litter and a ‘throwaway’ society

(Apr 10, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 10 – State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler today joined other lawmakers and PennEnvironment to announce a package of bills aimed at addressing single-use plastics, pervasive issues of litter and the various environmental harms caused by a "throwaway" society. Legislation in the “Zero Waste PA” package works to address issues created by a disposable society including single-use plastics such as straws, plastic bags and Styrofoam takeout food containers, electronic waste, funding Pennsylvania’s recycling programs and more. “Pennsylvania imports a huge amount of solid waste from New Jersey and New York. The transportation, handling and disposal of this enormous amount of waste into our state has a negative impact on Pennsylvania residents and our natural resources,” said Fiedler, D-Phila. “I am committed to safeguarding the health and safety of residents and making sure our natural resources are protected.” “Every day, unwitting Pennsylvanians are barraged with products that we’re expected to purchase and use, and then throw away. Only, there is no ‘away,’” said PennEnvironment Executive Director David Masur. “Instead, it ends up in landfills where it can cause water pollution, in incinerators that cause air pollution, or blowing around in our neighborhoods in the form of litter. Nothing we use for a few minutes should pollute our environment, neighborhoods, rivers and Read more

 

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

 

Fiedler: corporations like PES must be held accountable to workers, nearby residents
Jun 27, 2019

Philadelphia legislators release statement on PES closure
Jun 27, 2019

Philly lawmakers continue fight to save general assistance, fight poverty in GOP-controlled legislature
Jun 26, 2019

Fiedler Fights To Protect PA’s General Assistance Program
Jun 05, 2019

Fiedler joins legislators, local officials to announce legislation to fund Philadelphia school repairs
May 29, 2019

Rep. Fiedler launches fight for Fair Workweek for all Pennsylvanians
May 01, 2019

Fiedler signs brief supporting AG lawsuit against UPMC
Apr 29, 2019

Fiedler joins in ‘Zero Waste PA’ bill package to address single-use plastics, litter and a ‘throwaway’ society
Apr 10, 2019

Fiedler Fights to Support Rights of Incarcerated Women
Apr 01, 2019

Legislative package would help incarcerated women, parents in Pa.
Mar 27, 2019

House Democrats fight for seniors and families by delivering on Promise of Care
Mar 20, 2019

Fiedler introduces net neutrality bill to protect consumers (with video)
Feb 22, 2019

Fiedler: PA Budget Must Fund Education and Clean Energy
Feb 07, 2019

Freshman Rep. Fiedler assigned to House committees
Feb 05, 2019

Fiedler receives 2019-20 House committee assignments
Jan 28, 2019

Get free assistance with your Property Tax/Rent Rebate
Jan 24, 2019

Pre-register for your REAL ID on Feb. 6
Jan 17, 2019

Fiedler Ready to Move School Renovations Forward
Jan 17, 2019

Philadelphia Delegation announces its legislative platform for 2019-20
Jan 16, 2019

Fiedler to host family-friendly Health and Wellness Fair
Jan 14, 2019