Lawmakers to seek easier name-change process for LGBTQ+ Pennsylvanians

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HARRISBURG, Jan. 20 – Members of the LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus are introducing legislation that would destigmatize and create a safer and easier name-change process for LGBTQ+ Pennsylvanians, especially transgender, non-binary and gender expansive people in the commonwealth. The Pennsylvania LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus is a bipartisan and bicameral caucus made up of members of the General Assembly whose mission is to advocate for equality for LGBTQ+ communities across Pennsylvania. Reps. Brian Sims, D-Phila., Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, and Sen. Katie Muth, D-Berks/Chester/Montgomery, are co-chairs of the caucus. Spurred by a Pennsylvania Senate Policy Committee hearing on the barriers in Pennsylvania for the transgender community in June 2021, members of the caucus worked with stakeholders to draft six key pieces of legislation to update Pennsylvania’s antiquated name change process and provide funding and safeguards for those seeking to change their name. The legislative package is being co-authored by Frankel and Muth, Reps. Nancy Guenst, D-Montgomery/Phila., Emily Kinkead, D-Allegheny, Ben Sanchez, D-Montgomery, Melissa Shusterman, D-Montgomery, and Joe Webster, D-Montgomery; and state Sens. Amanda Cappelletti, D-Delaware/Montgomery, Tim Kearney, D-Chester/Delaware, and Lindsey Williams, D-Allegheny. Co-sponsorship memorandums have been circulated and the LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus is calling on their colleagues in both chambers to sign onto these important Read more

 

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Frankel announces $250,000 grant for Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

(Dec 30, 2021)

State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, announced Thursday $250,000 in funding for Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens through a state grant program. Read more

 

Frankel applauds $29,000 ‘It’s on Us PA’ grant for Carnegie Mellon University

(Dec 10, 2021)

State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, announced today Carnegie Mellon University is receiving $29,000 through the It’s on Us PA grant program, a statewide initiative working to combat sexual assault on college campuses. Read more

 

Frankel announces $71,000 to support local museums, historical societies

(Dec 08, 2021)

State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, announced more than $71,000 in state funding will support the operations of four local museums and historical organizations. Read more

 

Sen. Costa & Rep. Frankel Announce $6.6M for Tree of Life Rebuild

(Dec 03, 2021)

Senator Jay Costa and Representative Dan Frankel today announced the award of $6.6 million in state grant funding for the rebuilding project at the Tree of Life in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of the City of Pittsburgh. Read more

 

Frankel appointed to PA Health Care Cost Containment Council

(Nov 22, 2021)

State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, was recently appointed by Democratic Leader Rep. Joanna McClinton to the state agency charged with monitoring cost and quality of health care in the Commonwealth. Read more

 

Frankel: $200,000 awarded to Tree of Life for street, pedestrian improvements

(Nov 19, 2021)

State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, announced today that the Tree of Life synagogue has been awarded funding to make streetscape and pedestrian improvements outside the building in Squirrel Hill. Read more

 

Frankel applauds new multi-state effort to reduce gun violence

(Oct 07, 2021)

State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, and co-chair of the PA SAFE Caucus, praised Gov. Tom Wolf’s Thursday announcement that Pennsylvania has joined a new multistate effort to prevent gun violence and increase public safety. Read more

 

Wheatley, Frankel introduce bill to legalize adult-use recreational marijuana

(Sep 28, 2021)

State Reps. Jake Wheatley and Dan Frankel, both D-Allegheny, unveiled new legislation Tuesday to decriminalize, regulate and tax adult-use, recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Frankel joins nearly 900 state legislators to express support for abortion rights

(Sep 21, 2021)

This week, state Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny and Democratic chair of the PA House Health Committee, signed onto an amicus brief in support of legal abortion in Dobbs v. Women’s Health Organization, the Supreme Court case likely to decide the future of reproductive freedom in the United States. Read more

 

Frankel applauds mask mandate for K-12 schools, daycare facilities

(Aug 31, 2021)

In response to the Pennsylvania Department of Health order mandating masks be worn by everyone in all K-12 schools and daycare facilities, Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, issued a statement of support. Read more

 

Frankel unveils legislation to protect teen health, require vital vaccine info

(Aug 30, 2021)

Surrounded by fellow lawmakers, medical professionals and parents, state Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, unveiled legislation that would give teens power over their own healthcare decisions and require vaccine-hesitant parents to receive vaccine resources and information on a yearly basis. Read more

 

Frankel supports ‘vaccine or test’ requirement for certain state employees

(Aug 10, 2021)

State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, offered his support for Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement requiring certain commonwealth employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing. Read more

 

LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus condemns bill that discriminates against athletes

(Aug 04, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 4 – A bill that would discriminate against LGBTQ+ students by restricting their ability to participate in their school’s sports programs as the gender they identify with was condemned by the LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus after a House Education Committee hearing on the proposed Republican legislation, according to the caucus’ co-chair, state Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila. House Bill 972 would prohibit trans girls and women from playing scholastic and collegiate sports. “Republicans are again advocating for open discrimination against LGBTQ+ youth masked as a bill to protect girls and women,” Sims said. “As a former collegiate athlete, I know that LGBTQ+ kids, like all kids, see countless positive outcomes from engagement in sports. The opportunity to build skills, foster friendships and learn to work as a team are essential in development, especially for Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable population, trans kids. The trans community is at higher risk of being victims of assault and experiencing depression, anxiety and, tragically, suicide. The fact that the majority party would aim to subject trans and non-binary youth to further exclusion and harassment is sickening and it is also illegal. We should be striving for inclusion in Pennsylvania, not sending a message of hate to LGBTQ+ youth and their families.” “Republican leaders are holding a hearing on a pretend issue and on a bill that stands zero chance of Read more

 

Frankel Calls for Enforcement of Act 163

(Jul 28, 2021)

In a letter sent Tuesday afternoon, state Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, asked Gov. Tom Wolf to have his administration investigate recent announcements by Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and enforce Act 163, which bars the commonwealth from contracting with any company engaging in a boycott when the action is based on race, color, religion, gender or national affiliation or origin of the targeted person or entity. Read more

 

Frankel responds to news of UPMC president’s upcoming departure

(Jul 28, 2021)

State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, welcomed UPMC’s Wednesday morning announcement that President Jeffrey Romoff’s time at the helm of the organization is coming to a close, and noted UPMC’s potential for a bright future now that Romoff’s reign is ending. Read more

 

Runaway drug costs, surprise billing subject of new legislation

(Jul 13, 2021)

State Reps. Dan Frankel and Emily Kinkead introduced legislation to lower costs for prescription drugs and prevent surprise billing for “facility fees” to keep health care affordable and accessible for Pennsylvanians Read more

 

Frankel hails impending Biden order targeting noncompete clauses

(Jul 08, 2021)

Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, applauded moves by President Joe Biden to protect workers from the ubiquitous use of noncompete clauses, which employers increasingly use to block employees from accepting new jobs. Read more

 

Frankel: State budget passed with missed opportunities to invest vital relief funds in our communities

(Jun 28, 2021)

In the end, I voted no on this budget bill. There were simply too many opportunities to allocate $10 billion to our residents left on the table. I saw this budget as the General Assembly turning their backs on the first responders, frontline workers, students and families of our great commonwealth. Read more

 

Lawmakers to seek easier name-change process for LGBTQ+ Pennsylvanians
1 day ago

Harrisburg Happenings, Community Events, and More!
1 day ago

Frankel announces $250,000 grant for Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Dec 30, 2021

Frankel applauds $29,000 ‘It’s on Us PA’ grant for Carnegie Mellon University
Dec 10, 2021

Frankel announces $71,000 to support local museums, historical societies
Dec 08, 2021

Sen. Costa & Rep. Frankel Announce $6.6M for Tree of Life Rebuild
Dec 03, 2021

Frankel appointed to PA Health Care Cost Containment Council
Nov 22, 2021

Frankel: $200,000 awarded to Tree of Life for street, pedestrian improvements
Nov 19, 2021

Frankel applauds new multi-state effort to reduce gun violence
Oct 07, 2021

Wheatley, Frankel introduce bill to legalize adult-use recreational marijuana
Sep 28, 2021

Frankel joins nearly 900 state legislators to express support for abortion rights
Sep 21, 2021

Frankel applauds mask mandate for K-12 schools, daycare facilities
Aug 31, 2021

Frankel unveils legislation to protect teen health, require vital vaccine info
Aug 30, 2021

Frankel supports ‘vaccine or test’ requirement for certain state employees
Aug 10, 2021

LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus condemns bill that discriminates against athletes
Aug 04, 2021

Frankel Calls for Enforcement of Act 163
Jul 28, 2021

Frankel responds to news of UPMC president’s upcoming departure
Jul 28, 2021

Runaway drug costs, surprise billing subject of new legislation
Jul 13, 2021

Frankel hails impending Biden order targeting noncompete clauses
Jul 08, 2021

Frankel: State budget passed with missed opportunities to invest vital relief funds in our communities
Jun 28, 2021