Budget update, Community Events, and More!

(Jun 30, 2023)

Plus, learn more about legislation passed in the House this week. Read more

 

Frankel speaks at courthouse as jury returns guilty verdict against Pittsburgh synagogue shooter

(Jun 16, 2023)

“Let us remember that the survivors reopened these wounds for us, for humanity,” Frankel said. “Because there has to be a record. The work to hold back hateful ideologies and violence stands on history.” Read more

 

Frankel 6/15 statement on Pittsburgh Synagogue shooter guilty verdict

(Jun 15, 2023)

Frankel 6/15 statement on Pittsburgh Synagogue shooter guilty verdict Read more

 

Productive week in Harrisburg, Community Events and More!

(Jun 09, 2023)

Looking back on a productive week in Harrisburg: supporting safe working environments for nurses, a plan to keep more seniors in their homes and more! Plus, check out upcoming community events! Read more

 

My e-newsletter: common-sense gun reform; countering antisemitism; whole home repairs!

(May 26, 2023)

Learn more about the passage of two bills that address gun violence in PA, the White House’s new strategy to counter Antisemitism, how to apply for the Whole Home Repairs Program and more in this week’s newsletter! Read more

 

Frankel, Schwank laud Biden’s creation of national plan to fight antisemitism

(May 25, 2023)

. “I am particularly encouraged that the new plan the Biden-Harris Administration has announced is a broad one, including new action by executive agencies, calls for new legislation and outreach to mobilize every sector of society," Frankel said. Read more

 

Anti-hate crimes legislation clears Judiciary Committee, heads for House consideration

(May 24, 2023)

“Today, the House Judiciary Committee voted for a commonwealth that stands with vulnerable communities and aspires to promote diversity and tolerance," Frankel said. Read more

 

Frankel, Bellmon applaud House passage of gun safety measures

(May 22, 2023)

“Today, for the first time in years, Pennsylvania House members were given the opportunity to take a position on legislation to protect Pennsylvanians from gun violence, and I am overjoyed to find that we have bipartisan support for serious, research-backed policy solutions that will save lives,” Frankel said. Read more

 

My e-newsletter: legislation to address hate crimes; meeting with Students Demand Action; upcoming community events!

(May 19, 2023)

My legislation to address hate crimes, meeting with Students Demand Action, upcoming community events, and more! Read more

 

My e-newsletter: gun violence forum; 2023 Disability & Mental Health Summit; voting resources!

(May 12, 2023)

Gun violence forum; 2023 Disability & Mental Health Summit; voting resources! Read more

 

Allegheny House Dems announce up to $2.4 million to help fight substance use disorder

(May 11, 2023)

PITTSBURGH, May 11 – Six organizations will each receive up to $400,000 in state grants to establish or expand substance use disorder services, members of the Allegheny County Democratic Delegation to the Pennsylvania House announced today. “Addiction has destroyed the lives of individuals and families in every type of community throughout Allegheny County,” said delegation chair Rep. Nick Pisciottano. “While we can’t repair the damage done, we can invest in and expand resources available to those struggling now and help prevent future tragedies. These grants will directly aid individuals on the road to recovery in our region.” Grants awarded to organizations serving Allegheny County residents include: Crossroads Treatment Centers. Macedonia FACE. Partners for Quality Foundation. Tadiso. Three Rivers Youth. Tree of Life Bible Church. The organizations above are part of 19 organizations across Pennsylvania receiving grants of up to $400,000 for a 12-month period beginning July 1, through June 30, 2024. Funding is sourced from the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and may be applied toward a range of activities, including construction, building infrastructure, staffing, and evidence-based programming. Organizations eligible to apply for this funding opportunity included organizations which provide services, outreach, and/or education to minority communities that promote access to harm reduction services, Read more

 

My e-newsletter: passing the Fairness Act, making progress against gun violence; joining forces to beat breast cancer!

(May 05, 2023)

Passing the Fairness Act, making progress against gun violence; joining forces to beat breast cancer! Read more

 

Allegheny County schools awarded $650,000

(May 03, 2023)

PITTSBURGH, May 3 – Nearly $650,000 has been awarded to expand opportunities for local high school students, members of the Allegheny County Democratic Delegation to the Pennsylvania House announced today. “Dual credit programs are a fantastic way for students to get a head start on college and explore different career paths,” said delegation chair Rep. Nick Pisciottano. “I’m happy these awards will help more students succeed by expanding access to dual credit programs throughout our region.” Grants awarded to Allegheny County schools include: $10,000 to Pennsylvania Distance Learning Charter School. $75,000 to Pittsburgh School District. $75,000 to Propel Charter School in Braddock Hills. $75,000 to Propel Charter School in Homestead. $75,000 to Propel Charter School in Montour. $39,430 to Quaker Valley School District. $75,000 to South Park School District. $75,000 to Upper St. Clair School District. $75,000 to West Allegheny School District. $75,000 to West Mifflin Area School District. The Pennsylvania Department of Education awarded $6.7 million to 100 school entities across the commonwealth in this round of funding. The full list of awardees is available here . Read more

 

Fairness Act protections for LGBTQ+ people clears Pa. House with bipartisan support

(May 03, 2023)

The Pennsylvania Capital-Star covers the passing of the Fairness Act out of the Pennsylvania House. Read more

 

Fairness Act passes PA House

(May 02, 2023)

HARRISBURG, May 2 – Today, the Fairness Act (H.B. 300) passed out of the Pennsylvania House and is headed to the Senate for a future vote. Below is a quote that can be attributed to the co-prime sponsors of this bill: Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila; Jessica Benham, Dan Frankel and La’Tasha D. Mayes, all D-Allegheny; Ismail Smith-Wade-El, D-Lancaster; and Greg Scott, D-Montgomery. “Today is a historic day, as we take a critical step to make Pennsylvania fairer. The Fairness Act is as simple as it is substantive. H.B. 300 would protect LGBTQ+ Pennsylvanians from facing discrimination and allow all individuals in the commonwealth to file complaints with the PA Human Relations Commission. “Now, we call on the Senate to quickly consider and pass this legislation and send it to Governor Shapiro’s desk.” Read more

 

Frankel, Schwank encourage colleagues to wear blue ribbons May 3 to support family, survivors of Pittsburgh synagogue attack

(May 02, 2023)

“Family members and survivors of the Oct. 27th attack live with those events every single day, and the court proceedings and media attention they generate stand to intensify those painful memories,” said Frankel, D-Allegheny. “We can’t erase the trauma for those hurting, but by wearing this ribbon, we can let them know that we stand with them and wish them strength." Read more

 

Harrisburg Happenings, Community Events, and More!

(Apr 28, 2023)

Learn more about the bipartisan bills we passed this week, the laws we introduced to combat hate crimes, the steps we took to strengthen LGBTQ+ rights, the commonsense gun regulation measures we advanced, and more! Read more

 

House Safe Caucus co-chairs applaud step forward for firearm regulations

(Apr 26, 2023)

“Under Democratic leadership, we can finally have research-based conversations and actual votes about life-saving measures that would allow our constituents to move through their lives without fear for themselves and their children," Frankel said. Read more

 

PA LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus holds rally for Fairness Act

(Apr 26, 2023)

HARRISBURG, April 26 – Today, the PA House LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus, chaired by state Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., and Jessica Benham, D-Allegheny, held a rally on the PA Capitol steps in Harrisburg promoting the Fairness Act (H.B. 300), anti-discrimination legislation currently moving through the state House. House Bill 300 would prohibit discrimination in PA based on sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity/expression. On Monday, the bill was voted out of the House Judiciary Committee and is headed for an eventual vote by the full House. Today’s rally saw a huge turnout of legislators, advocates and the public. Kenyatta and Benham were joined by the other co-prime sponsors of H.B. 300, state Reps. Dan Frankel and Latasha D. Mayes, both D-Allegheny; Ismail Smith-Wade-El, D-Lancaster; and Greg Scott, D-Montgomery; to speak on their bill. “Pennsylvania is better when it’s fairer. Passing the Fairness Act is the right thing to do for our families, our commonwealth and for our economy. This legislation was first introduced 22 years ago -- leaving committee once before -- and never receiving a full vote,” Kenyatta said. “It’s time for that to change. Pennsylvanians are good and decent people. They know every single one of us should be treated with dignity and respect. We have a chance to deliver on that basic principle and we will.” “The Fairness Act is as Read more

 

Frankel unveils teledentistry bill

(Apr 25, 2023)

HARRISBURG, April 25 – As part of his ongoing effort to increase access to health care, Health Committee Chairman Dan Frankel began gathering support Tuesday for legislation that would establish teledentistry and require insurance plans to cover it. “Adults and children throughout this commonwealth are not getting the dental care they need, which sets them up for years of pain and additional health consequences,” said Frankel, D-Allegheny. “My legislation would ensure that dental providers are able to use every tool to get that care to the patients most at risk for unmet dental needs, including rural and low-income populations.” Frankel announced the legislation in an address to the Pennsylvania Coalition for Oral Health, which brings together individuals from schools of public health, philanthropic organizations, businesses, dental organizations, health insurance firms, advocacy organizations and state agencies to advocate for improved oral health care in Pennsylvania. His memo to legislators, seeking cosponsors, can be found here . Read more

 

Budget update, Community Events, and More!
Jun 30, 2023

Frankel speaks at courthouse as jury returns guilty verdict against Pittsburgh synagogue shooter
Jun 16, 2023

Frankel 6/15 statement on Pittsburgh Synagogue shooter guilty verdict
Jun 15, 2023

Productive week in Harrisburg, Community Events and More!
Jun 09, 2023

My e-newsletter: common-sense gun reform; countering antisemitism; whole home repairs!
May 26, 2023

Frankel, Schwank laud Biden’s creation of national plan to fight antisemitism
May 25, 2023

Anti-hate crimes legislation clears Judiciary Committee, heads for House consideration
May 24, 2023

Frankel, Bellmon applaud House passage of gun safety measures
May 22, 2023

My e-newsletter: legislation to address hate crimes; meeting with Students Demand Action; upcoming community events!
May 19, 2023

My e-newsletter: gun violence forum; 2023 Disability & Mental Health Summit; voting resources!
May 12, 2023

Allegheny House Dems announce up to $2.4 million to help fight substance use disorder
May 11, 2023

My e-newsletter: passing the Fairness Act, making progress against gun violence; joining forces to beat breast cancer!
May 05, 2023

Allegheny County schools awarded $650,000
May 03, 2023

Fairness Act protections for LGBTQ+ people clears Pa. House with bipartisan support
May 03, 2023

Fairness Act passes PA House
May 02, 2023

Frankel, Schwank encourage colleagues to wear blue ribbons May 3 to support family, survivors of Pittsburgh synagogue attack
May 02, 2023

Harrisburg Happenings, Community Events, and More!
Apr 28, 2023

House Safe Caucus co-chairs applaud step forward for firearm regulations
Apr 26, 2023

PA LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus holds rally for Fairness Act
Apr 26, 2023

Frankel unveils teledentistry bill
Apr 25, 2023