Comments to ATF on banning bump stocks

(Jan 26, 2018)

To Whom It May Concern: On behalf of the citizens of the 24 th Legislative District of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, I write to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to urge the bureau to take action on bump fire stocks and similar devices, which pose an imminent danger to public safety. I also write to you from my heart, as a family member who has lost a loved one to gun violence. I understand the pain, sorrow and devastation that such violence inflicts on a family. I implore the bureau to issue a rule clarifying that the definition of “machine gun” in the National Firearms Act of 1934 includes such devices. Absent such a rule, the law banning fully automatic weapons is rendered meaningless, because it can be circumvented by those intending mass harm. The worst shooting in modern U.S. history was accomplished with the use of a bump stock device. Equipped with this device, Stephen Paddock was able to fire more than 1,100 rounds of ammunition into a crowd in 11 minutes. [1] The carnage was immediate and widespread: 58 innocent people were killed, and more than 500 were injured. The financial cost of the shooting is estimated at more than $600 million. [2] The human cost is beyond measure. In the wake of the Las Vegas incident, legislation to ban bump stocks and similar devices garnered bipartisan support. Polls showed that 82 percent of Americans, including 77 percent of Republicans, favor such a ban. Federal and state Read more

 

Gainey rallies for legalization of marijuana

(Jan 23, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 23 – Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, spoke in support of the legalization of marijuana during a rally held today in the Capitol Rotunda. It was the first of several planned rallies in support of the initiative. Gainey joined other legislators, members and volunteers from the Keystone Cannabis Coalition, PA-ACLU and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, as well as medical marijuana patients and cannabis consumers. “We know that the war on drugs has been a complete failure and changing the stigma on the use of marijuana is needed,” Gainey said. “Although the Commonwealth has taken some steps forward in terms of the use of medical marijuana, there is still much that needs to be done and we hope to highlight those things through these rallies.” A strong proponent of cannabis reform, Gainey’s legislation (H.B. 195) would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana, moving it from a misdemeanor to a summary offense. Gainey said a misdemeanor conviction could have several ramifications, ranging from the loss of employment, public housing and educational loan eligibility. “We cannot afford either the short-term or the long-term effects of saddling Pennsylvanians with misdemeanor charges and convictions for minor cannabis possession,” Gainey said. Read more

 

Gainey: We Need Cannabis Reform

(Jan 23, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey spoke at a Capitol rally in support of reforming Pennsylvania's marijuana laws. Gainey says that by legalizing marijuana we could drastically reduce our prison populations and use the additional tax revenue to invest in our children's education. Read more

 

Medical form to let patients refuse opioids now available, as called for by Gainey legislation

(Jan 19, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 19 – A two-page form that lets patients refuse opioid therapy, as called for in legislation put forth by state Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, has recently been made available by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The new medical form has its genesis in H.B. 2335 , introduced by Gainey in the last legislative session, which called for creation of the Pennsylvania Patient Non-Opioid Directive. It permits patients opt out of treatment with opioids by checking a box, and is valid for all medical and dental care. Recognizing the importance of getting this done no matter who gets credit, Gainey, co-chairman of the Pennsylvania Heroin, Opioid Prevention & Education Caucus, amended his language into S.B. 1367 , which became law as Act 125 of 2016 . During House debate, Gainey explained: “A patient who does not want to have opioid drugs administered or prescribed could sign a form and present it to his or her practitioner, evidencing his or her desire not to be administered or prescribed any opioid drug, such as Oxycodone, Vicodin or morphine. This is a patient rights issue, it is a public safety and health issue – and I urge (this amendment’s) passage.” Gainey said that while the measure became law in late 2016, it took additional time for the Health Department to create, approve and make available the form. It indicates to all prescribers, practitioners and health care facilities that a patient has opted not to be Read more

 

1/18/18 - Quality Education - Wilkinsburg

(Jan 19, 2018)

Testimonies from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Ed Gainey. Read more

 

Gainey, House Democratic Policy Committee explore quality education

(Jan 18, 2018)

WILKINSBURG, Jan. 18 – State Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at the Hosanna House to discuss quality education in Pennsylvania, which is a main component of the House Democrats’ Plan4PA. Gainey was joined by Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, legislators from across the state, local education officials and advocates to discuss how stakeholders can work with state officials to improve quality education for all students. “Education is supposed to be the great equalizer; however, Pennsylvania is still the most inequitable when it comes to education funding. We need to work on leveling the playing field so that regardless of their parents’ income level, our kids have a chance at a bright future. I thank my colleagues and Chairman Sturla for joining me today to strengthen our Plan4PA and improve quality education in the state,” said Gainey. Sturla added, “As we continue to talk about the Plan4PA, I’m glad to see a focus on education and Pennsylvania’s children. Investments in education are an investment in the state’s future and Representative Gainey realizes the importance of making sure all kids have access to a bright future through quality early learning and educational opportunities at every level of K through 12.” Hearing testifiers included Dr. Anthony Hamlet, superintendent of schools, Pittsburgh Public Schools; Ed Read more

 

Gainey to host House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on quality education Thursday in Wilkinsburg

(Jan 12, 2018)

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 12 – As part of the House Democratic Caucus’ Plan4PA, state Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing to discuss quality education in Pennsylvania. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18 at the Hosanna House, 807 Wallace Avenue, Wilkinsburg. Gainey requested the hearing to discuss the latest education trends and how to ensure quality schools for all Pennsylvanians. Policy experts and state legislators, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, will be in attendance. The current agenda is: 10 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 10:10 a.m. Panel One: Dr. Anthony Hamlet , superintendent of schools, Pittsburgh Public Schools Ed Donovan , past president, Wilkinsburg Board of School Directors 10:30 a.m. Questions from Committee Members 10:50 a.m. Panel Two: Tiffini Simoneaux , early childhood manager in Bureau of Neighborhood Empowerment, Office of Mayor William Peduto Angel Gober , lead organizer, One Pennsylvania 11:10 a.m. Questions from Committee Members 11:30 a.m. Closing Remarks Visit www.planforpa.pahouse.com for additional information about the Plan4PA and www.pahouse.com/policycommittee for Policy Committee materials. Read more

 

Senator Costa & Representative Gainey announce $475,000 grant for Wilkinsburg

(Jan 03, 2018)

Pittsburgh, Jan. 3 – Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa and state Rep. Ed Gainey announced $475,000 in state support today to rehabilitate the Ardmore Linear Park in Wilkinsburg. “I’m pleased to have worked with the Borough of Wilkinsburg to secure this funding,” said Costa. “The rehabilitation of this park is a worthy project that will bring together community organizations with local government.” The Ardmore Wall Linear Park stretches along the existing 950 linear foot portion of land burdened with the deteriorating 8-foot-tall concrete wall along Ardmore Boulevard between Penn Avenue to Franklin Avenue in Wilkinsburg Borough. The proposed improvements will repair and replace the sidewalks and handrails; provide proper storm water drainage, to help manage storm water, and renovate the green space, landscaping, and streetscape accents. The improvements will also increase overall safety by upgrading aging infrastructure and increasing pedestrian and commuter safety on the roadways connected to the project area. The Linear Park is one of 22 projects that were approved today through the Keystone Communities program, for a total of $5.4 million in state investment. “A solid public-private partnership is crucial to any community revitalization effort, so this infusion of state funding for Ardmore Linear Park is a testament to the success of our team-building approach,” Gainey said. “We’re jointly positioning Read more

 

Gainey announces $1 million in state grants; $500,000 each to Penn Film Group LLC and Bridgeway Capital Inc.

(Dec 22, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 22 – State Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, today announced the award of separate $500,000 state grants, one to Penn Film Group LLC for a multi-media studio and the other to Bridgeway Capital Inc. for the Susquehanna Street Phase II project. Gainey said the combined $1 million in grants, from the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, will benefit two forward-leaning projects in the city of Pittsburgh. “I’m pleased to see the state making such a substantial investment in our city,” Gainey said. “These projects will help improve the facilities and capabilities of Penn Film Group, a multi-media studio, and will assist Bridgeway Capital in its effort to improve the Homewood neighborhood.” Gainey said the Penn Film Group plans to use its grant for interior renovations and roof replacement of an existing two-story building, creating necessary space for a green screen studio, postproduction editing and computer animation equipment. Gainey said the Susquehanna Street Phase II project seeks to improve physical and economic conditions in Homewood, and Bridgeway will use funding to create a multi-faceted, community-centric development site. “This RACP grant will be used to complete land acquisition and perform construction necessary to make the site development-ready,” noted Gainey. “Existing, blighted structures will be removed, the full site will be graded and the 41 parcels legally assembled into Read more

 

2018 Capitol Scenes Calendar

(Dec 18, 2017)

Click here and download Rep. Gainey's 2018 Capitol Scenes Calendar. Read more

 

Gainey Recognizes Mike Nichols

(Dec 12, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey recognizes Mike Nichols on the House floor for his work in reading to children and teaching them the importance of reading in numerous schools and programs throughout Pittsburgh. Read more

 

Gainey: Dems’ Plan for PA puts families, people first

(Dec 07, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 7 – Saying it’s time to break free of Republican-induced stagnation, state Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, on Wednesday touted the merits of Plan for PA , a House Democratic proposal that puts people and families first, instead of corporations and special interests. At a Capitol news conference, Gainey joined other Democratic proponents of their plan, rolling it out as a way to break a status quo that isn’t working for a wide swath of Pennsylvanians in rural, urban and suburban areas who continue struggling to make financial ends meet. “The one thing we can agree on is that we need to put people first,” Gainey said. “We want to put our families first. We want to make sure that people have good-paying jobs and great quality health care. Today, Pennsylvania Democrats have put a plan forth that helps us get there. But we need your help.” Gainey said an essential priority of the Democrats’ plan is a sharp focus on education and workforce development and training, so that state policy is better shaped to help people acquire the skills needed for in-demand jobs. “If we’re going to improve wages, it starts with improving the quality of education,” said Gainey, noting the need to ensure that students in all school districts – from the wealthiest to the poorest – have an equal opportunity to prepare for jobs of the future. Gainey said the Plan for PA’s workforce development Read more

 

Gainey: Enroll at HealthCare.gov by December 15!

(Dec 05, 2017)

2018 Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment is open now through December 15, 2017. Don't delay! Find out what health insurance is available for you and if financial assistance is available at healthcare.gov Read more

 

PLBC calls Pa. gun violence a public health crisis like opioids, demands action

(Nov 28, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 28 – Several members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus today spoke out against the gun violence epidemic impacting communities of color across Pennsylvania. State Rep, Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, said, “Gun violence in Pennsylvania is a public health crisis and an epidemic, particularly for communities of color. It’s past time we start raising the level of attention on this tragic issue and demand more action. When children are being impacted, it’s time to call a state of emergency. “At this time, I’m not calling for new gun laws, but for a coordinated effort and stronger enforcements of the laws we already have in place. By providing the resources necessary, we can finally address the issue of gun violence that has traumatized our communities for far too long.” In 2016 alone, there were more than 10,000 incidents involving firearms across Pennsylvania, with nearly 5,000 of them taking place in Philadelphia. While one Pennsylvanian is murdered with a gun every 17 hours, communities of color are disproportionately impacted. African Americans and Hispanics represent nearly 79 percent of all gun homicides in Pennsylvania. From 2005 to 2014, Pennsylvania ranked fourth in the nation for the rate of gun homicides of African Americans. Although African Americans make up about 12 percent of Pennsylvania’s population, they account for more than 69 Read more

 

House adopts Wheatley/Gainey resolution recognizing November 2017 as "Food Insecurity Month" across the state

(Nov 21, 2017)

A resolution introduced by state Reps. Jake Wheatley and Ed Gainey, both D-Allegheny, designating November 2017 as “Food Insecurity Month” across the state was unanimously adopted this week by the state House of Representatives. The Wheatley/Gainey resolution, H.R. 433 , calls attention to food insecurity as a serious issue in Pennsylvania and both lawmakers also wanted to recognize the work and donations from many people to those struggling with food insecurity. “Food insecurity occurs in rural communities, in the suburbs and in urban communities and a lack of access to nutritionally adequate food is connected to a number of negative health effects in children and adults,” Wheatley said. Gainey said because many people cannot afford the luxury of buying healthy food, they often times opt for fast food. “Our resolution brings awareness and a call for all of us to work in a bipartisan way to find solutions to the state’s food insecurity problem,” Gainey said. Wheatley said there is more work to do and we must increase our financial support for food banks, food pantries and soup kitchens through grants in the state budget. “We can do way more than we are doing now, such as putting more grocery stores in low-income and rural areas to give more people access to healthy and nutritious food,” Wheatley said. Gainey also stressed the need to improve nutrition levels at Read more

 

Sen. Costa and Rep. Gainey applaud $225,000 grant to help renovate Wilkinsburg park project

(Nov 15, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 15 – State Rep. Ed Gainey and Sen. Jay Costa, both D-Allegheny, announced the approval of a grant to help fund renovations for the Whitney Park project in the Borough of Wilkinsburg. The Commonwealth Financing Authority gave the green light for $225,000 to go towards improving the entrance to the park and the playground. The first phase includes: Three new playground areas; Resurfacing the existing park areas and access drive; Replacing cracked concrete sidewalks; and Providing ADA accessible parking and routes. The project will also involve new walkways with decorative paving to create a plaza with seating and a rain garden next to the playground to help collect storm water from the parking lot. “I commend the Commonwealth Financing Authority for making a great investment in a community asset,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa. “The improvements in access to the park were especially encouraging in this grant application, and I’m glad I could help Wilkinsburg get this project rolling.” “This project is vital in reminding our community that we care,” Gainey said. “We all should take pride in where we live. This is a great example of taxpayer dollars going towards improving their own neighborhood.” The total project cost is $365,200. The grant is funded through CFA’s Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program. ### Read more

 

Here’s how to find Open Enrollment help for health care before the Dec. 15 deadline

(Oct 19, 2017)

Rep. Ed Gainey provides links to help residents secure 2018 health care coverage through the health care marketplace before the Dec. 15 Open Enrollment deadline. Read more

 

Rep. Gainey to host 5th Annual Community Police Service Award

(Oct 19, 2017)

State Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, will host his 5 th Annual Community Police Service Award ceremony from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27 at the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, 1203 Western Ave. The purpose of the event is to recognize the outstanding and committed service of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Detective Robert White. “Our office is looking forward to honoring and recognizing Detective Robert White for his exemplary service to the Pittsburgh community,” Gainey said. Invited guests include Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto, Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich, Pittsburgh Chief of Police Scott Schubert, Pittsburgh Assistant Chief of Police Lavonnie Bickerstaff, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police staff, state Rep. Jake Wheatley, Pittsburgh City Councilman Daniel Lavelle and White’s family and friends. For more information, contact Melvin Hubbard El in Gainey’s office at (412) 665-5502. Media coverage is invited . Read more

 

Health insurance subsidies cut and enrollment ends Dec. 15; Honoring the Afterschool Champion; and Halloween and school bus safety tips

(Oct 18, 2017)

Rep. Ed Gainey reports that subsidies that made health insurance more affordable for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians are being discontinued. To make matters worse, open enrollment for 2018 health insurance now runs from Nov. 1 only until Dec. 15. Read more

 

Let's work together to craft a workable budget, reverse the House GOP credit downgrade; Changes coming to SNAP

(Sep 21, 2017)

Rep. Ed Gainey provides an update on the late state budget and the state's sinking credit rating. The Pittsburgh lawmaker also reports on changes coming Oct. 1 to SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Read more

 

Comments to ATF on banning bump stocks
Jan 26, 2018

Gainey rallies for legalization of marijuana
Jan 23, 2018

Gainey: We Need Cannabis Reform
Jan 23, 2018

Medical form to let patients refuse opioids now available, as called for by Gainey legislation
Jan 19, 2018

1/18/18 - Quality Education - Wilkinsburg
Jan 19, 2018

Gainey, House Democratic Policy Committee explore quality education
Jan 18, 2018

Gainey to host House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on quality education Thursday in Wilkinsburg
Jan 12, 2018

Senator Costa & Representative Gainey announce $475,000 grant for Wilkinsburg
Jan 03, 2018

Gainey announces $1 million in state grants; $500,000 each to Penn Film Group LLC and Bridgeway Capital Inc.
Dec 22, 2017

2018 Capitol Scenes Calendar
Dec 18, 2017

Gainey Recognizes Mike Nichols
Dec 12, 2017

Gainey: Dems’ Plan for PA puts families, people first
Dec 07, 2017

Gainey: Enroll at HealthCare.gov by December 15!
Dec 05, 2017

PLBC calls Pa. gun violence a public health crisis like opioids, demands action
Nov 28, 2017

House adopts Wheatley/Gainey resolution recognizing November 2017 as "Food Insecurity Month" across the state
Nov 21, 2017

Sen. Costa and Rep. Gainey applaud $225,000 grant to help renovate Wilkinsburg park project
Nov 15, 2017

Here’s how to find Open Enrollment help for health care before the Dec. 15 deadline
Oct 19, 2017

Rep. Gainey to host 5th Annual Community Police Service Award
Oct 19, 2017

Health insurance subsidies cut and enrollment ends Dec. 15; Honoring the Afterschool Champion; and Halloween and school bus safety tips
Oct 18, 2017

Let's work together to craft a workable budget, reverse the House GOP credit downgrade; Changes coming to SNAP
Sep 21, 2017