Legislative corner -- week of May 19-23

(May 24, 2019)

The House was recessed for the week but there is still plenty of legislative activity I can share with you. Several bills I signed on to were formally introduced this week and include: H.B. 1475 Conservation Corridors Pennsylvania is a leader among states in annual outdoor recreational activities and consumer spending, so it is important for the state to protect and preserve its natural resources. This legislation would require a study to focus on the economic benefits of conservation corridors to tourism and wildlife preservation in Pennsylvania’s 121 state parks and 2.2 million acres of forest lands. H.B. 1477 Genuine Second Chances More than 20 percent of jobs in Pennsylvania require a license. In many cases, people were trained for these jobs while serving their time in prison. But when they're released and try to get a license in the field they trained in, their record prevents them from being licensed. It doesn't make sense to deny access to work, especially in an attempt to reduce recidivism. This legislation would forbid licensing boards from barring someone from being licensed unless their criminal conviction relates directly to the field they want to work in. H.Bs. 1482-1487 School Administration Financial Reform Package The egregious financial mismanagement of a Pittsburgh-area school district prompted this legislative package that would require reforms based on recommendations in a state audit. While schools are mostly managed at the Read more

 

Hill-Evans announces legislation to prevent dropouts

(May 08, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 8 – State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, announced her bill today, “Removing Barriers to Graduation,” that would help schools partner with non-profits to support students, offer mental health services and prevent dropouts. Hill-Evans’ bill is part of the House Democrats’ legislative package, “ Beyond Safe Schools,” which would invest in identifying students in need of care and ensuring school district resources and state funding support would be available to stop problems before they start, doing more than just providing more locked doors and security cameras, and recognizing that students are more likely to see a security guard in their school than a nurse or counselor. “I am particularly concerned that schools don’t have enough qualified professionals to detect poor mental health in students and how to help them,” Hill-Evans said. Hill-Evans said that mental health conditions are associated with higher rates of dropout among students. Low educational achievement correlates to low wages and limited life opportunities. Furthermore, dropping out of school itself has been associated with higher rates of depression. “We need to safeguard our children’s mental health to help them reach their full intellectual, emotional and social potential,” Hill-Evans said. “My proposal would ensure that schools have the behavioral health resources necessary Read more

 

Hill-Evans announces state grants awarded to White Rose, Crispus Attucks senior centers

(May 07, 2019)

YORK, May 7 – The White Rose Senior Center and Crispus Attucks Active Living Center are recipients of 2018-19 Senior Community Center grants, state Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York announced today. “This grant money will improve the quality of life for many of our seniors by enabling more seniors to participate in the centers’ programs, attract a new generation of older adults, and provide a safe and healthy environment for participants,” Hill-Evans said. The Pennsylvania Department of Aging awarded $63,461 to White Rose Senior Center and $15,000 to Crispus Attucks Active Living Center in this year’s Senior Community Center Grants. Grant funding has been awarded to a total of 49 senior centers throughout Pennsylvania. The funding comes from the Pennsylvania Lottery. Hill-Evans’ office assisted with the grant applications, including the submission of letters of support. Read more

 

Recreation, library, beautification, and archival grant funding opportunities for your district

(May 06, 2019)

Recently Opened: Pennsylvania Environmental Council: Mini-Grants to Celebrate Local Trails Month Events Eligibility : Nonprofit organizations, municipalities, counties, and educational institutions Use : Event logistics to host a trail event, such as a fun-run or biking event on a rail trail, during the month of September. Not intended for trail maintenance. Funds : Up to $500 Application Deadline : May 15 More Information : Click https://pecpa.org/press-releases/celebrate-pa-land-trails-this-september/ Pennsylvania Humanities Council: Teen Reading Lounge grants Eligibility : Public libraries Use : Program expenses and staffing costs to plan and implement a Teen Reading Lounge series Funds : $8,000 Application Deadline : May 31 More Information : Click https://pahumanities.org/conversations/2019/04/15/bring-teen-reading-lounge-to-your-public-library Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful: Fresh Paint Days Beautification Grants Eligibility : Tax-exempt community groups. Use : To renew a community structure in need through fresh paint. Funds : Up to 20 gallons of exterior paint and a gift card for painting supplies. Application Deadline : June 28 More Information : Click https://www.keeppabeautiful.org/grants-awards/fresh-paint-days/ Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission: Historical & Archival Records Care grant program Eligibility : Historical societies, libraries, universities, local governments, school Read more

 

Immigration Clinic

(May 02, 2019)

Immigration clinic Read more

 

stroke run

(May 02, 2019)

Stroke Run Read more

 

Coalition of legislators unveils bills aimed at reforming police procedures

(Apr 16, 2019)

State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, and PLBC members were joined by a coalition of legislators from around the state for a press conference to unveil a package of legislation aimed at streamlining police procedures and improving police-community relations at noon today in the Capitol Media Center. Read more

 

Upcoming State Grant Application Deadlines

(Apr 15, 2019)

Commonwealth Financing Authority: High Performance Building Program Eligibility : Small businesses, primary homeowners Use : Grant or loan to underwrite cost premiums associated with the design and construction or major renovation of certified green/LEED buildings. Funds: Grants up to $500,000; loans up to $2 million. Match requirement of at least $1 for every $1 of program funds. Application Deadline : May 17 More Information : Click https://dced.pa.gov/programs/high-performance-building-program-hpb/ . Upcoming Application Deadlines: PDE Office of Commonwealth Libraries - Public Library Facilities: April 26 Public libraries – To improve/rehab building and other facility needs DEP County Recycling Coordinator Grant: April 30 Counties – To employ county recycling coordinator PA TreeVitalize: May 1 Municipalities, nonprofits – To plant trees, riparian buffers DCNR Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant: May 2 Small, rural communities - To fight wildfires CFA Greenways, Trails, and Recreation; Abandoned Mine Drainage Abatement and Treatment; Baseline Water Quality Data; Flood Mitigation; Orphan and Abandoned Well Plugging; Sewage Facilities; Watershed Restoration and Protection: May 31 Municipalities, authorized nonprofits, higher education institutions, watershed organization, businesses CFA Multimodal Transportation Fund: July 31 Municipalities, school districts, private businesses, Read more

 

PLBC Scholarship Opportunity: Deadline May 10, 2019

(Apr 11, 2019)

Click here for more information on a $1,000 scholarship from PLBC Read more

 

2019 PLBC Scholarship Program Application

(Apr 10, 2019)

2019 PLBC Scholarship Program Application Read more

 

Hill-Evans to host free shredding event

(Apr 08, 2019)

YORK, April 8 – State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans will host a free shredding event April 20. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 20 at a new location -- the parking lot in front of Hill-Evans’ district office at 53 E. North St., Suite 3, York 17401. “Shredding documents that contain personal information is a great way to protect yourself from identity theft,” said Hill-Evans, D-York. “And the shredded paper is recycled, so it’s a win for the environment as well.” Documents suggested for shredding include any papers containing Social Security numbers, credit card or bank account information, insurance or income tax records, bank statements, and canceled or unused checks. The shredding will be done on-site. Anyone with questions can call Hill-Evans’ office at 717-848-9595. Read more

 

Hill-Evans Addresses Childhood Mental Health Issues

(Mar 29, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Carol Hill-Evans hosted a public hearing to discuss the lifelong impacts of childhood mental health. She explains the collaborative effort needed to catch these issues early. Read more

 

3/28/19 – Childhood Mental Health – York

(Mar 28, 2019)

Materials from House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans. Read more

 

Childhood mental health focus of Hill-Evans Policy Committee hearing

(Mar 28, 2019)

YORK, March 28 – State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, hosted today’s House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on the lifelong impacts of childhood mental health at the York College Center for Community Engagement. Hill-Evans requested the hearing to discuss how professionals, educators and families can work together to improve outcomes for children experiencing mental health issues. She was joined by legislators from across the state including Policy Committee Chairman, Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “It’s extremely important that the community come together to make sure we are giving children experiencing mental health issues the tools they need to overcome those issues. When our doctors, educators and social workers are a part of the solution with parents, we can ensure better outcomes and a brighter future for Pennsylvania children,” said Hill-Evans. Sturla added: “Children who have mental health issues or experience trauma are in need of additional support. If we can come together to make sure these children get the resources they need early on in life, we can ultimately have positive impact on their future health and behaviors. Addressing ACES - adverse childhood experiences – could be another tool to help us address mental health issues.” The committee heard testimony from: Matt Bahn, Member, Oasis House; a panel from the School District of the City of York including Dr. Linda Brown, Assistant Superintendent Read more

 

Hill-Evans announces a $652,053 state grant awarded for transportation and multimodal improvements in York City

(Mar 27, 2019)

York, March 27 – York County History Center has been awarded a $652,053 state grant to build a new building and renovate two historical industrial buildings, as well as perform critical transportation and multimodal improvements to the site and the surrounding area, state Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York announced today. The transportation and multimodal improvements include railroad track enhancements, vehicular traffic improvements to North Pershing Avenue and Philadelphia Street, pedestrian improvements including wider sidewalks, an improved railroad crossing, utility relocations and streetscape improvements along North Pershing Avenue and West Gay Avenue. “This grant money will foster the growth of an important educational institution, the York County History Center,” Hill-Evans said. “The money will also help improve the quality of life in the area with wider sidewalks for pedestrians and safer roads for motorists.” The grant from the state’s Multimodal Transportation Fund program provides funds to encourage economic development and ensure a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to all Pennsylvanians. The Department of Community and Economic Development grant was approved through the Commonwealth Financing Authority. Hill-Evans’ office assisted with the grant application, including the submission of a letter of support. Read more

 

Hill-Evans announces a $652,053 state grant awarded for transportation and multimodal improvements in York City

(Mar 27, 2019)

York, March 27 – York County History Center has been awarded a $652,053 state grant to build a new building and renovate two historical industrial buildings, as well as perform critical transportation and multimodal improvements to the site and the surrounding area, state Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York announced today. The transportation and multimodal improvements include railroad track enhancements, vehicular traffic improvements to North Pershing Avenue and Philadelphia Street, pedestrian improvements including wider sidewalks, an improved railroad crossing, utility relocations and streetscape improvements along North Pershing Avenue and West Gay Avenue. “This grant money will foster the growth of an important educational institution, the York County History Center,” Hill-Evans said. “The money will also help improve the quality of life in the area with wider sidewalks for pedestrians and safer roads for motorists.” The grant from the state’s Multimodal Transportation Fund program provides funds to encourage economic development and ensure a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to all Pennsylvanians. The Department of Community and Economic Development grant was approved through the Commonwealth Financing Authority. Hill-Evans’ office assisted with the grant application, including the submission of a letter of support. Read more

 

Hill-Evans to host Policy Committee hearing on childhood mental health Thursday in York

(Mar 26, 2019)

YORK, March 26 – State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, is hosting a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing to address childhood mental health and the lifelong impact these issues have on children. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 28 at the York College Center for Community Engagement, 59 East Market St. in York. The media and public are invited to attend. Hill-Evans will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 10:00 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks 10:10 a.m. Matt Bahn , member, Oasis House 10:20 a.m. Panel from School District of the City of York · Dr. Linda Brown , assistant superintendent of special education · Laura Bloss , special education social worker · Dr. Kristin Shillingsford , occupational therapist · Paul Andriukaitis , special education social worker · Victoria Valdez , special education social worker · Angie Wetzel , speech therapist 11:00 a.m. Panel Two: · Dr. Michelle Merkle , education consultant · Dr. Adrienne Johnson , family medicine specialist, Security Family Medicine · Aly Cunningham , technology integrator, York Suburban School District 11:40 a.m. Closing Remarks The meeting is one in a Read more

 

Rep. Hill-Evans: Veterans outreach available each month in York office

(Feb 13, 2019)

YORK, Feb. 13 – Veterans and their families who are in need of or interested in benefits assistance are invited to the office of Rep. Carol Hill-Evans. Those interested can schedule appointments between 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. on the third Wednesdays each month – the next being Feb. 20 – at Hill-Evans’ office. An accredited veterans service officer will be available to assist veterans and military families with a variety of issues, including Veterans Administration compensation benefits, health care benefits, survivor benefits, educational opportunities, military personnel and medical records, and more. “We value the service and sacrifice of not only our dedicated military men and women, but also their families,” Hill-Evans said. “We do not want to see our veterans miss out on the benefits available to them. If somebody is hesitant because they fear they might take benefits from younger veterans, they shouldn’t be. The more all veterans utilize these benefits, the more Congress will fund these programs. “These monthly sessions are our small way of helping to give back. Veterans protect our freedoms, and we appreciate them.” Appointments are available by contacting Hill-Evans’ office at 53 E. North St., Suite 3, York, via telephone (717-848-9595) or email ( bmartin@pahouse.net ). People can also find Hill-Evans on Twitter (@RepHillEvans ) and Facebook ( Facebook.com/RepHillEvans ). Hill-Evans was Read more

 

Rep. Hill-Evans: Medication synchronization bill would benefit all

(Feb 05, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, proudly voted this week for H.B. 195, a medication synchronization bill that unanimously passed the House. This bill, which next heads to the Senate, would streamline pharmaceutical prescription refills for health insurance enrollees aiming to fill two or more medications. “This is terrific legislation for all who need to refill multiple medications through a pharmacy or doctor,” Hill-Evans said. “Evidence clearly shows improved medication adherence when patients are able to get all their medications in one monthly visit instead of going back and forth several times to fill several prescriptions. “We encourage the Senate to do as the House did and pass this legislation.” Among the benefits: Medication synchronization would allow patients to synchronize their medications in order to receive them on the same day each month instead of having to make multiple trips to the pharmacy. The common-sense change would serve as a convenience to the patient, especially elderly or others who rely on transportation, and would reduce poor health care outcomes that result from medication adherence. A Harvard Medical School study showed that when medications were not synchronized, patients’ adherence rates were 8.4 percent lower than those whose medications were synchronized. The bill includes protection for the patient that would bar their insurance plan from denying coverage Read more

 

1/31/19 – Importance of Apprenticeship Program Partnerships – York

(Jan 31, 2019)

Materials from House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans. Read more

 

Legislative corner -- week of May 19-23
May 24, 2019

Hill-Evans announces legislation to prevent dropouts
May 08, 2019

Hill-Evans announces state grants awarded to White Rose, Crispus Attucks senior centers
May 07, 2019

Recreation, library, beautification, and archival grant funding opportunities for your district
May 06, 2019

Immigration Clinic
May 02, 2019

stroke run
May 02, 2019

Coalition of legislators unveils bills aimed at reforming police procedures
Apr 16, 2019

Upcoming State Grant Application Deadlines
Apr 15, 2019

PLBC Scholarship Opportunity: Deadline May 10, 2019
Apr 11, 2019

2019 PLBC Scholarship Program Application
Apr 10, 2019

Hill-Evans to host free shredding event
Apr 08, 2019

Hill-Evans Addresses Childhood Mental Health Issues
Mar 29, 2019

3/28/19 – Childhood Mental Health – York
Mar 28, 2019

Childhood mental health focus of Hill-Evans Policy Committee hearing
Mar 28, 2019

Hill-Evans announces a $652,053 state grant awarded for transportation and multimodal improvements in York City
Mar 27, 2019

Hill-Evans announces a $652,053 state grant awarded for transportation and multimodal improvements in York City
Mar 27, 2019

Hill-Evans to host Policy Committee hearing on childhood mental health Thursday in York
Mar 26, 2019

Rep. Hill-Evans: Veterans outreach available each month in York office
Feb 13, 2019

Rep. Hill-Evans: Medication synchronization bill would benefit all
Feb 05, 2019

1/31/19 – Importance of Apprenticeship Program Partnerships – York
Jan 31, 2019