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Protecting workers’ rights in PA: Galloway’s misclassification, employee E-Verify bills pass House

Rep. Warren, Rep. Galloway and Sen. Santarsiero announce grants totaling $377,000 for flood mitigation, economic development

(Sep 18, 2019)

State Reps. John Galloway and Perry Warren, and state Sen. Steve Santarsiero, announced the approval of grants totaling $377,000 by the Commonwealth Financing Authority today. Read more

 

State lawmakers committed to ending misclassification of workers

(Sep 05, 2019)

State lawmakers hosted a press conference Wednesday to raise awareness about wage theft and the illegal misclassification of workers as independent contractors that costs Pennsylvania hundreds of millions of dollars every year. Read more

 

Bucks County receives $775,000 in low-income housing tax credits for affordable multifamily housing

(Jul 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, July 11 – State Reps. John Galloway, Wendy Ullman and Perry Warren today announced three Bucks County organizations were awarded $775,000 in low-income housing tax credits. Bucks County Opportunity Council—Housing Opportunities for Reentry Population--$250,000 Housing Visions—131 Harrison Rehabilitation---$250,000 Bucks County, Housing Services Department---Expanding Homeless Service Solutions--$275,000 Galloway said, “These tax credits will help fund the construction of affordable rental housing, and so will provide more housing options for Pennsylvanians.” “These tax credits will make a world of difference to fellow Pennsylvanians looking for a place to call home,” said Ullman and Warren in a joint statement. The tax credits are administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency and were approved by its board. Read more

 

Protecting workers’ rights in PA: Galloway’s misclassification, employee E-Verify bills pass House

(Jun 18, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 18 – Two bills supporting workers’ rights in Pennsylvania passed the House with overwhelming bipartisan support today, announced state Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks. Galloway’s two bills—H.B. 716, which would establish a task force to prevent misclassification of employees in Pennsylvania, and H.B. 1170, which would create the Construction Industry Employee Verification Act—together would help ensure an even playing field. “I am proud that members on both sides of the aisle came together to protect workers’ rights to fair pay in Pennsylvania,” said Galloway, the prime sponsor of H.B. 716. "Pennsylvania needs a task force to prevent the misclassification of employees as independent contractors, which effectively robs the Commonwealth and workers of the pay and benefits they earned.” Galloway said unethical employers often misclassify employees as independent contractors to save money. The practice both withholds the pay and benefits workers have earned and creates an uneven playing field for law-abiding businesses. He said potential revenue loss due to misclassification of employees is significant. According to the Keystone Research Center, a misclassified worker loses an estimated $6,000 annually due to lost overtime pay. The center also estimates that Pennsylvania may be losing $10 million in unemployment taxes, at least $15 million in income tax revenue, as much as $83 million in Read more

 

Galloway’s office collecting food donations for summer food drive

(Jun 11, 2019)

LEVITTOWN, June 11 – State Rep. John Galloway said today that his district office will be accepting donations for the next month for the United Way of Bucks County’s Operation Helping Hand food drive. Nonperishable food donations can be dropped off at Galloway’s office at 8610 New Falls Road until Thursday, June 20th. Items especially needed include 100-percent fruit juice, cereal, peanut butter, canned chicken, tuna or salmon, canned fruits or vegetables, applesauce (no sugar added), oatmeal and pasta. “This is our fourth year participating in Operation Helping Hand, and I’m always amazed to see the generosity of our community,” said Galloway, D-Bucks. “I’m happy to be able to play a part in helping needy families in our area.” Anyone with questions can call Galloway’s office at 215-943-7206. Read more

 

Legislation to provide clean drinking water reported out of House Commerce Committee

(Jun 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 11 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, announced that legislation he spearheaded to provide funding for clean drinking water and infrastructure to remediate the toxic man-made chemicals known as pre- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, was voted with overwhelming bipartisan support out of the House Commerce Committee today. In 2006, when the federal government closed down the Willow Grove Naval Air Station in Montgomery County, it discovered significant environmental issues, including contamination of the drinking water in some Bucks and Montgomery county communities as a result of the use of firefighting foam at the military installation. “It’s unfair that local ratepayers and taxpayers have had to bear the costs of removing harmful contaminants from their drinking water when the federal government is responsible for the contamination,” Galloway said. There continues to be ongoing runoff from the military base and the continued pollution of the aquifer. The environmental and drinking water issues have delayed the redevelopment of the former military base, which has cost the commonwealth tax revenue and job opportunities. “Something had to be done to resolve this issue that impacts the health and welfare of many Pennsylvanians,” said Galloway, the minority chair of the House Commerce Committee. “That’s why I was proud to spearhead this important legislation that will Read more

 

Galloway’s employee E-Verify bill voted out of committee

(Jun 04, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 4 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, today announced that the bill he co-sponsored with state Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-Berks/Lehigh (H.B. 1170), which would create the Construction Industry Employee Verification Act, was voted with overwhelming bipartisan support (23-1) out of the House Labor and Industry Committee today. The Act would require employers in the construction industry to use the E-Verify program to ensure that their employees are authorized to work in the United States “This bill would prevent unscrupulous employers from hiring individuals not authorized to work in the United States,” Galloway said. “These employers are hurting the construction industry by driving down wages, creating an unlevel playing field for other employers, and depriving the government of revenue that would be used to fund programs like unemployment compensation.” The bill would prevent employers from unknowingly hiring an unauthorized employee by having to verify their work eligibility through the E-Verify program. The employer would be required to keep a record of the verification while the employee worked for them, or for three years, whichever is longer. Under the bill, if the attorney general receives a complaint that an employer has hired an unauthorized employee, the attorney general would work with the federal government to determine the veracity of the complaint. If the employee is found to be unauthorized, the attorney Read more

 

Galloway’s employee misclassification bill voted out of committee

(Jun 04, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 4 – State Rep. John Galloway today announced that his bill (H.B. 716), which would establish a joint agency task force to address the misclassification of employees in Pennsylvania, was voted unanimously out of the House Labor and Industry Committee today. “My bill would create a task force to prevent the misclassification of employees as independent contractors, which effectively robs the Commonwealth and workers of the pay and benefits they earned,” Galloway said. Galloway said unethical employers often misclassify employees as independent contractors to save money. The practice both withholds the pay and benefits workers have earned and creates an uneven playing field for law-abiding businesses. He said potential revenue loss due to misclassification of employees is significant. According to the Keystone Research Center, a misclassified worker loses an estimated $6,000 annually due to lost overtime pay. The center also estimates that Pennsylvania may be losing $10 million in unemployment taxes, at least $15 million in income tax revenues, as much as $83 million in workers’ compensation premiums and $200 million in federal income taxes. Misclassification can lower labor costs by as much as 30%. The bill would amend the Administrative Code of 1929 to establish the Joint Agency Talk Force on the Misclassification of Employees. Members of the task force would include Pennsylvania’s attorney general; the secretaries of Read more

 

Bucks County receives $1.3 million from state Red Light Program

(May 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 29 – State Reps. Tina Davis, John Galloway, Wendy Ullman and Perry Warren today announced the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation awarded four Automated Red Light Enforcement grants totaling more than $1.3 million to communities in Bucks County. Bristol Township – $308,200 to improve safety at the intersection of Hood Boulevard and Queen Anne Drive by installing mast arms, conduit, signal cables, uninterruptable power supply, LED vehicular signal heads, LED countdown pedestrian signal heads, pedestrian push buttons, video detectors, radar detection system and emergency preemption system. Doylestown Township – $380,817 to improve safety at the intersection of Swamp Road and Easton Road by retiming the traffic signal and installing mast arms, emergency preemption, dilemma zone detection, video detection, uninterruptable power supply, pedestrian push buttons and dedicated hand/man pedestrian signals with countdown timers. Morrisville Borough – $20,000 to update and replace existing regulatory signage at various locations throughout the borough and install breakaway sign posts. Plumstead Township – $646,128 to improve pedestrian safety at the center of Plumsteadville by installing ADA ramps, crosswalks, pedestrian push buttons Hand/Person pedestrian signals with countdown timers, and signalization upgrades. In a joint statement, Davis and Galloway said, “This grant money will help make a busy intersection in Read more

 

Free shredding event: May 11

(Apr 26, 2019)

Rep. John Galloway will host a free shredding event on Saturday May 11 from 9 a.m. to noon. Read more

 

Galloway introduces legislation ensuring quality homebuilding materials, combatting water damage in homes

(Apr 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 11 – A bill to protect Pennsylvanians from paying for faulty new-home construction was re-introduced in the state House this week by Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks. H.B. 879 was inspired by numerous Bucks County residents who have stated that their homes have deteriorated to the point of becoming structurally unstable under expected or normal amounts of precipitation. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer , initially these water-damage claims were limited to stucco homes, but wider analysis reveals that many homes throughout the region and Pennsylvania made of brick, vinyl, stone and fiber cement are at risk for deterioration as well. H.B. 879 would require building companies to register with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office every other year and to use standardized construction contracts to better hold their work accountable when defects are found. The bill also would create the Home Builder Guaranty Fund, which would require builders to pay for any defects if they violated their contract with the homeowner. Galloway said that this bill hopes to shed light on the specific rights that homeowners have when it comes to dealing with faulty construction. “Purchasing a home is one of the biggest investments we make in our life,” Galloway said. “We must protect those homebuyers and hold companies accountable for their actions if they choose to take shortcuts or break rules.” Read more

 

Senator Santarsiero, Representatives Warren and Galloway Announce Grant for Morrisville Fire Company

(Mar 28, 2019)

BUCKS COUNTY – The Morrisville Fire Company was awarded $200,000 in state grant funding for a new fire engine, according to State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10), State Representative Perry Warren (D-31), and State Representative John Galloway (D-140). The new engine is a 2020 Pierce Arrow XT heavy duty rescue pumper with a 500-gallon tank and 2000 gpm pump. “The service that Morrisville firefighters provide to the community is invaluable and will greatly benefit from the addition of this new engine,” Sen. Santarsiero said. “Ensuring local fire companies are equipped to handle the emergencies they face on a daily basis will continue to be a top priority of mine.” “With this loan, the Morrisville Fire Company can purchase a new fire truck that is as top-notch as the men and women who volunteer for it,” Rep. Warren said. “This engine will be a great addition to the Morrisville Fire Company and reflects my commitment to funding local emergency services,” Rep. Galloway said. The Morrisville Fire Company applied for the grant through the Volunteer Loan Assistance Program (VLAP) and is administered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner. Read more

 

Galloway honors Hibernian Heritage Month with House resolution

(Mar 12, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 12 – The state House of Representatives today unanimously adopted a resolution sponsored by Rep. John Galloway recognizing March as Hibernian Heritage Month in Pennsylvania. The Ancient Order of Hibernians is the oldest Irish Catholic organization in America and was founded concurrently in New York and Pennsylvania in May 1836. “The Ancient Order of Hibernians are one of those great civic enrichment groups that add so much to the culture, history and pride here for Bucks County – as well as across the commonwealth,” said Galloway, D-Bucks. “And, as we look forward to the annual Bucks County St. Patrick’s Day Parade, I never miss the opportunity to point out that the Bristol Ancient Order of Hibernians Division No. 1 is the oldest division in the United States – a fact I’m proud to boast as a member.” The group’s roots can be traced back 300 years earlier when members’ ancestors risked their lives to keep the Irish language, culture and Roman Catholic religion alive in Ireland. The twin goals of the organization are to assist in the reunification of Ireland and promote Irish culture; additionally, it historically gave aid to the newly arrived Irish, both economically and socially, and is among the first to welcome new Irish immigrants. There are more than 80,000 members of the Hibernians in 46 states, Canada and Ireland. Read more

 

Galloway taking action against harassment and discrimination in the workplace

(Feb 25, 2019)

State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, announced he has gathered bipartisan support for a new bill to prevent harassment and discrimination in the workplace. Read more

 

House Democrats fight to protect your right to work without fear

(Feb 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 11 – To better protect workers, independent contractors and even volunteers at businesses of all sizes, House Democratic lawmakers announced new proposals today to help end workplace discrimination and harassment. The “Work Without Fear – It’s Your Right” plan is designed to give people the tools they need to protect themselves and their coworkers while also helping companies make sure everyone knows the rules. The plan includes: The PA Fairness Act – sponsored by Rep. Dan Frankel, Allegheny County – finally brings Pennsylvania into line with surrounding states by making sure nobody can be fired from a job or denied housing because of who they are or who they love. Until now, we’ve been counting on individual counties and cities to do the right thing and people and our economy has suffered. Give Victims Time for Justice – sponsored by Rep. Margo Davidson, Delaware County, and Rep Mary Isaacson, Philadelphia – gives victims the power to choose when to seek justice and guarantees them a right to trial by jury to seek damages by extending the timeline to file a complaint beyond the current 180 days. Ignorance is No Excuse – sponsored by Rep. Melissa Shusterman, Chester & Montgomery counties, makes sure workers and employers have the facts by requiring Employment Fair Practices notices posted in the workplace to include clear descriptions and examples of abuse so everyone is on the Read more

 

Galloway named Democratic chairman of House Commerce Committee

(Jan 07, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 7 – State Rep. John Galloway was named the Democratic Chairman of the House Commerce Committee, one of the standing committees assigned to consider legislation before it advances to the full House. “I’m honored to chair this committee as we work toward an economy that works for everyone in Pennsylvania,” said Galloway, D-Bucks. “We must create more jobs that allow hard-working Pennsylvanians to support their families and make sure we are looking out for the best interests of residents – not the best interests of big corporations.” The House Commerce Committee reviews and deliberates on legislation involving the banking industry and financial services industries, economic development agencies and programs, and housing agencies and programs, as well as provides legislative oversight for regulations proposed for those areas of the economy. Galloway, who was recently sworn in to his seventh term representing the 140 th District, previously served as Democratic chairman of the House Labor and Industry Committee. Read more

 

Galloway sworn in for a seventh term as state representative

(Jan 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. John Galloway was sworn in today for his seventh term as state representative for the 140 th Legislative District. “As I begin another term, I’m focused on making sure we’re addressing the needs of hard-working people and families in Pennsylvania,” said Galloway, D-Bucks. “We need to reduce the sky-rocketing cost of health care, so that no one has to sacrifice their health to make ends meet. And we need to continue to increase Pennsylvania’s investment in education, so that all children have the same opportunity to learn. “At the same time, we must find ways to reduce the property tax burden challenging so many residents. We need a strong economy in Pennsylvania that works for everyone, not just special interests. I’ll continue to make this my priority as we return to Harrisburg for a new legislative session.” Galloway first took office in 2007. In the most recent legislative session, he served as minority chairman of the House Labor and Industry Committee. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives swearing-in ceremony corresponds with the first Tuesday in January every two years. This year marks Pennsylvania’s 203 rd legislative session. Learn more about the House Democrats’ Plan for PA here . Read more

 

2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar

(Nov 29, 2018)

Click here to download Rep. Galloway's 2019 Capitol Scenes calendar. Read more

 

Galloway announces Toys for the YMCA drive

(Nov 13, 2018)

LEVITTOWN, Nov. 13 – State Rep. John Galloway announced his Levittown office will again serve as a drop off location for this year’s Toys for the YMCA drive. Now through Dec. 18, new and unwrapped toys, books, gloves, hats and scarves will be collected at the office during normal business hours. The items will be distributed through the YMCA to needy families, children and disabled adults in the area. The collection is part of the Lower Bucks Family YMCA and Ivins Outreach Center Giving Tree program, which shares gifts and food with local families in need during the holiday season. “As the holidays approach, it’s important that we remember those among us who may be in need, so I’m proud that my staff and I are able to participate in this program,” said Galloway, D-Bucks. “Last year, these organizations fulfilled the wish lists of 887 children from 404 families. I’m always in awe of the generosity of our community and I look forward to another successful toy drive.” Galloway’s office is at 8610 New Falls Road, Levittown. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays. For more information, call Galloway’s office at 215-943-7206. Read more

 

More than words; how Pennsylvania supports veterans

(Nov 08, 2018)

As Veterans Day nears, I wanted to share information on programs that benefit veterans and their families. To those from Bucks County who have bravely served our country, thank you and Happy Veterans Day. Read more

 

Rep. Warren, Rep. Galloway and Sen. Santarsiero announce grants totaling $377,000 for flood mitigation, economic development
Sep 18, 2019

State lawmakers committed to ending misclassification of workers
Sep 05, 2019

Bucks County receives $775,000 in low-income housing tax credits for affordable multifamily housing
Jul 11, 2019

Protecting workers’ rights in PA: Galloway’s misclassification, employee E-Verify bills pass House
Jun 18, 2019

Galloway’s office collecting food donations for summer food drive
Jun 11, 2019

Legislation to provide clean drinking water reported out of House Commerce Committee
Jun 11, 2019

Galloway’s employee E-Verify bill voted out of committee
Jun 04, 2019

Galloway’s employee misclassification bill voted out of committee
Jun 04, 2019

Bucks County receives $1.3 million from state Red Light Program
May 29, 2019

Free shredding event: May 11
Apr 26, 2019

Galloway introduces legislation ensuring quality homebuilding materials, combatting water damage in homes
Apr 11, 2019

Senator Santarsiero, Representatives Warren and Galloway Announce Grant for Morrisville Fire Company
Mar 28, 2019

Galloway honors Hibernian Heritage Month with House resolution
Mar 12, 2019

Galloway taking action against harassment and discrimination in the workplace
Feb 25, 2019

House Democrats fight to protect your right to work without fear
Feb 11, 2019

Galloway named Democratic chairman of House Commerce Committee
Jan 07, 2019

Galloway sworn in for a seventh term as state representative
Jan 01, 2019

2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar
Nov 29, 2018

Galloway announces Toys for the YMCA drive
Nov 13, 2018

More than words; how Pennsylvania supports veterans
Nov 08, 2018