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Harris applauds passage of bipartisan occupational licensure reform

Fiedler, Harris and Donatucci call for halt to safe injection site until more community input is received

(1 day ago)

State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila; Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., House Democratic whip; and Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, issued the following statement on the prospective opening of a safe injection site in South Philadelphia:“First and foremost, let us be clear that the opioid epidemic is a public health crisis that demands our attention. Opioid and fentanyl-related deaths have skyrocketed in Philadelphia and our city has the unfortunate distinction of having one of the highest overdose death rates in the nation. That’s why we’ve unequivocally supported legislation aimed at combating this crisis and worked with Governor Tom Wolf to increase funding for treatment and recovery. Read more

 

Rep. Harris Winter 2020 Newsletter

(Feb 25, 2020)

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NBC 10 @ Issue

(Feb 10, 2020)

Rep. Jordan Harris joins NBC 10 @ Issue to discuss Gov. Tom Wolf's latest budget proposal. Read more

 

House Democrats embrace Wolf’s vision for Pennsylvania

(Feb 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – House Democratic leaders praised the 2020-21 budget proposal outlined today by Gov. Tom Wolf, saying it closely tracks the Democratic Caucus’ own policy agenda, the Plan For Pennsylvania . “Governor Wolf is showing the way to make Pennsylvania a better place to live, learn and work,” said Democratic Leader Frank Dermody. “House Democrats are matching his vision with our plan for affordable health care, quality schools, good jobs, a safe and healthy environment, and justice for all people.” Wolf’s budget proposal includes heavy investment in public schools and early childhood education, as well a new workforce initiative to prepare more workers for in-demand jobs. Wolf proposed a new scholarship program to help students in the State System of Higher Education avoid crushing student debt. “This budget is a bold approach to fixing some of Pennsylvania’s most pressing issues, including reducing gun violence, increasing the minimum wage, ensuring our schools are safe places for our children to learn and addressing the rising cost of higher education,” said Democratic Whip Jordan Harris. “I’m especially glad to see Governor Wolf address the student debt crisis. Education is the elevator out of poverty and considering Pennsylvania’s students have the highest level of student loan debt in the nation, that elevator is essentially broken. The legislature must act to address this Read more

 

Harris announces over $2,900 for Chester A. Arthur School to increase healthy meal options

(Jan 29, 2020)

Citing the importance of healthy eating for students, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., House Democratic whip, applauded a $2,908 grant from the federal government to Chester A. Arthur School for the purchase a new cafeteria cooler. Read more

 

Dawkins and Philadelphia Delegation applaud Gov. Wolf’s budget allocation to address lead, asbestos issues in schools

(Jan 29, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 29 – Members of the House Democratic Philadelphia Delegation, led by Rep. Jason Dawkins, today applauded Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to include funding to address lead issues in public schools, including those in Philadelphia, in the budget. “Our children deserve to learn, and our teachers deserve to teach, in schools that don’t make them sick,” said Dawkins, chairman of the Philadelphia Delegation. “This is something that we can all agree on. But for far too long, our children, teachers and anyone else who has entered school buildings in Philadelphia have taken their own lives into their hands because often lead and asbestos were lurking inside. “My delegation colleagues and I are overjoyed at the news that Governor Wolf will be making investments in lead and asbestos remediation projects in our schools. Finally, we can take the steps to make our school buildings safe places to learn and to teach,” Dawkins said. “After so many of us have fought for so long to bring attention to this crisis, we are so grateful that Governor Wolf is making this a priority.” Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., secretary of the Philadelphia Delegation, agreed that it’s great news Wolf plans to prioritize the funding to allow schools to get rid of toxins. “We won’t rest until this money is a reality,” Fiedler added. “Every single Pennsylvania student Read more

 

It’s time to fix Pennsylvania’s probation system

(Jan 21, 2020)

There’s a growing urgency - and willingness - to fix Pennsylvania’s probation system.Pennsylvania lawmakers can’t squander this opportunity.About 178,000 people are on probation in Pennsylvania. Criminal justice reform advocates and a growing number of lawmakers say that number is too high. The system is unnecessarily expensive and punitive. Too many people are on probation for too long, making it exceedingly difficult for those trying for a fresh start. Read more

 

How two politicians from opposite sides fixed their state together

(Jan 18, 2020)

On paper, Rep. Sheryl Delozier, a Republican from a predominantly white conservative district, and Rep. Jordan Harris, a Democrat from a predominantly black Philadelphia district, would be considered an unlikely alignment. If they sat on a cable-news panel they’d be expected to yell and point fingers at each other over partisan slights. On social media, the idea of them being friends would be considered an abomination worthy of canceling them both.But since 2018, they have been working together on criminal-justice reform — and making real change happen. Read more

 

Pa. lawmakers hope to pass probation reform bill this year but some differ on putting caps on sentences

(Jan 15, 2020)

Republican and Democratic lawmakers say they see a genuine opportunity to fix the probation system this year.Such bipartisan agreement in Harrisburg is uncommon, lawmakers concede. Still, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say the probation system is too expensive and inefficient. Advocates for probation reform contend shorter sentences would give people a chance to rebuild their lives. As a bonus, it would save millions of tax dollars that could be used to improve public safety. Read more

 

Rep. Harris Fall 2019 Newsletter

(Jan 02, 2020)

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House Democratic whip applauds passage of licensure system bill

(Dec 23, 2019)

State Rep. Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia), House Democratic whip, applauds the passage of House Bill 1477 that restructures how the state’s occupational licensure system views criminal records. Read more

 

Two state legislators set the right tone for the battles ahead in 2020

(Dec 19, 2019)

State Reps. Jordan Harris and Aaron Bernstine know how to agree to disagree, and not be disagreeable. In fact, they could teach our national Democratic and Republican leaders a thing or two.Harris is a Democrat and represents the 186th legislative district and is from South Philadelphia -- “born and raised.” Bernstine is Republican and represents the 10th District, rural Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties. They duked it out – ideologically speaking – on a recent Battleground PA podcast, but left our studios patting each other on the back and guffawing uproariously at their own jokes. Read more

 

Harris disappointed, not discouraged, on lack of movement on probation reform legislation

(Dec 18, 2019)

State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., House Democratic whip, issued the following statement on H.B. 1555, bipartisan probation reform legislation introduced with state Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland, not receiving a vote before the House adjourned today:“The great Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. once said, ‘we must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.’ This week, we must accept the disappointment that House Bill 1555 did not receive a vote in the House, but also understand that the political process is continuing to work and we still plan to get this bill across the finish line in the House when we return in January. Read more

 

Harris applauds passage of bipartisan occupational licensure reform

(Dec 18, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 18 – Citing the benefit to Pennsylvanians looking for employment as well as to the state’s economy, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., House Democratic whip, applauded the passage of bipartisan legislation he authored with state Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland, that restructures how the state’s occupational licensure system looks at criminal records. “This legislation is about second chances, job growth and lower recidivism across Pennsylvania,” said Harris. “We know the number one way to lower recidivism and stop people from falling into the pitfall of crime is to give them a chance at secure employment and a better life, and that’s exactly what House Bill 1477 accomplishes. I’m thrilled to have worked with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, especially Representative Delozier again, to help give thousands of Pennsylvanians a chance to succeed and turn their lives around. ” “A licensing board should not reject someone applying to practice a profession solely due to an old infraction that may have nothing to do with the profession they want to serve,” said Delozier. “This legislation would not allow someone to be solely rejected based on a criminal record unless there is a direct tie to the profession.” House Bill 1477 provides alternatives to licensing boards in Pennsylvania to issue licenses to formally incarcerated and Read more

 

Bipartisan criminal justice reform legislation moves through House Judiciary Committee

(Dec 09, 2019)

Calling it a victory for criminal justice reform in Pennsylvania, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., House Democratic Whip, thanked the committee chairmen and members for moving multiple pieces of legislation aimed at correcting injustices in Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system. Read more

 

Harris applauds accreditation for Cheyney University

(Nov 25, 2019)

Calling it a positive decision for both Pennsylvania and Cheyney University, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., House Democratic Whip, released the following statement regarding Cheyney receiving accreditation: “Cheyney university retaining its accreditation is excellent news for not simply the university, but for Pennsylvania and the African American community at large. As the oldest historically black institution of higher learning in the nation and the conscience of the African American community, Cheyney represents an integral cultural piece of the African American experience in higher education. Read more

 

‘Punishment should not be endless.’ Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf urges lawmakers to reform probation.

(Nov 21, 2019)

Gov. Tom Wolf is urging lawmakers to revamp Pennsylvania’s probation system so that people can get a fair chance at improving their lives.The issue has growing bipartisan support in the General Assembly. Lawmakers are weighing measures to reduce the length of probation sentences and create incentives that would allow people to shorten their sentences if they stay out of trouble. Read more

 

Harris announces $800,000 grant for Schuylkill River Trail

(Nov 12, 2019)

On the heels of a $1.48 million grant awarded earlier this year to the Schuylkill River Trail, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., House Democratic Whip, announced an additional $800,000 in grant funding from the Commonwealth Financing Authority for the Christian to Crescent segment of the trail. Read more

 

On One Issue, Americans Are United. Too Many Are Behind Bars.

(Oct 30, 2019)

In modern times, the United States has never been as polarized and partisan as it is now. The two parties cannot work together and have stopped talking to each other, and many of their members barely see people in the other party as human. Adversaries become enemies; disagreement is seen as treason. Read more

 

Harris to take part in bipartisan presidential forum on criminal justice reform

(Oct 24, 2019)

State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., House Democratic whip, is slated to be part of a panel on probation reform and question presidential candidate Julian Castro on criminal justice reform this weekend at the 2019 Second Step Presidential Justice Forum at Benedict College in Columbia, S.C.“It’s a tremendous honor to take part in this vital discussion on where we go next with criminal justice reform,” Harris said. “Criminal justice reform has become the civil rights issue of our time, and it’s imperative that our presidential candidates on both sides have a plan for reform and voters understand exactly where the candidates stand and how they plan to move us forward on criminal justice.” Read more

 

Fiedler, Harris and Donatucci call for halt to safe injection site until more community input is received
1 day ago

Rep. Harris Winter 2020 Newsletter
Feb 25, 2020

NBC 10 @ Issue
Feb 10, 2020

House Democrats embrace Wolf’s vision for Pennsylvania
Feb 04, 2020

Harris announces over $2,900 for Chester A. Arthur School to increase healthy meal options
Jan 29, 2020

Dawkins and Philadelphia Delegation applaud Gov. Wolf’s budget allocation to address lead, asbestos issues in schools
Jan 29, 2020

It’s time to fix Pennsylvania’s probation system
Jan 21, 2020

How two politicians from opposite sides fixed their state together
Jan 18, 2020

Pa. lawmakers hope to pass probation reform bill this year but some differ on putting caps on sentences
Jan 15, 2020

Rep. Harris Fall 2019 Newsletter
Jan 02, 2020

House Democratic whip applauds passage of licensure system bill
Dec 23, 2019

Two state legislators set the right tone for the battles ahead in 2020
Dec 19, 2019

Harris disappointed, not discouraged, on lack of movement on probation reform legislation
Dec 18, 2019

Harris applauds passage of bipartisan occupational licensure reform
Dec 18, 2019

Bipartisan criminal justice reform legislation moves through House Judiciary Committee
Dec 09, 2019

Harris applauds accreditation for Cheyney University
Nov 25, 2019

‘Punishment should not be endless.’ Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf urges lawmakers to reform probation.
Nov 21, 2019

Harris announces $800,000 grant for Schuylkill River Trail
Nov 12, 2019

On One Issue, Americans Are United. Too Many Are Behind Bars.
Oct 30, 2019

Harris to take part in bipartisan presidential forum on criminal justice reform
Oct 24, 2019