Legislative Update July 20, 2021

(Jul 20, 2021)

I would like to take the summer break from session dates to highlight additional legislation I have chosen to follow closely. I have categorized these for your direction of interest. Health HB692 would establish a grant program to improve, enhance and expand access to clean diapers for infants, children and incontinent adults through outreach programs, volunteer training and fundraising assistance. HB547 would consolidate several existing programs under a new Department of Accessibility and Inclusion and create a secretary position to serve on the governor’s cabinet. The sponsor believes too many Pennsylvanians with disabilities remain underserved, underemployed, on waiting lists, or otherwise struggling to obtain greater independence or to maximize their skills effectively. HB729 seeks to address harms associated with conversion therapy by prohibiting a mental health professional from engaging in this archaic treatment with an individual under the age of 18. HB749 would require all children under the age of six to be tested for elevated lead levels in the blood. Specifically, the bill would require all children to receive a screening at 12 months of age and 24 months of age, with children determined by the Department of Health as high risk receiving annual screenings until they are six years of age. The bill would further require health insurers to provide coverage for the testing and services Read more


Hill-Evans announces $500,000 in tax credits for York

(Jul 20, 2021)

HARRISBURG, July 20 – State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, today announced that York County has been awarded $500,000 in Historic Preservation Tax Credits. These tax credits were awarded through the Historic Preservation Tax Credit program, administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development and Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The tax credits will be awarded for two building projects in the York Historic District. A $200,000 tax credit will be awarded for the York Hospital and Dispensary to rehabilitate a hospital complex and turn it into affordable senior housing. Additionally, a $300,000 tax credit will be awarded for the Yorktowne Hotel to enhance a rehabilitation project for continued hotel operations. “Investing in historic properties to bring revenue opportunities into the district and much-needed housing is a way to guarantee state funding is coming back to York and meeting the community’s needs,” Hill-Evans said. The tax credits were awarded through the Historic Preservation Tax Credit program, administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development and Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Since 2013, the Historic Preservation Tax Credit program has invested more than $28 million to rehabilitate 154 historic buildings, leveraging an estimated $2 billion in construction expenditures. The investments have helped preserve Read more


Hill-Evans highlights events for residents

(Jul 07, 2021)

HARRISBURG, July 7 – State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, is excited to announce upcoming events within the 95 th Legislative District. The events will run from later this month through the early fall. “Being able to engage with our community again during in-person events shows how much progress we have made both locally and nationally in our fight against COVID-19. I am thrilled to once again offer these community-driven experiences as we emerge from the darkness of the pandemic into the light of a better, more positive future for our society,” Hill-Evans said. “We certainly will have a newfound appreciation for having the opportunity to become more involved citizens and will not take our neighbors camaraderie for granted.” To kick off the event season, Hill-Evans will host a gun safety workshop from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 22. The workshop will be held in the Reliance Fire Hall at the West York Borough Fire Department, 1341 W. Market St. York, PA 17404. The workshop will feature local and state law enforcement along with legal experts. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, Hill-Evans will hold a workshop on the steps for forming and growing a nonprofit. The workshop will be held at the Grotto Community Center located at 2 W. Market St., 2 nd Floor, York, PA 17401. An expert panel will accompany Hill-Evans, and the topics for discussion will include filing paperwork correctly, reporting requirements and Read more


Legislative Update July 1, 2021

(Jul 01, 2021)

I wanted to take the opportunity to highlight legislation I co-sponsored and support that's on the move in the legislature. These bills and resolutions either recently came out of their committees, passed the House or are waiting to be enacted. Reported out of the Local Government Committee HB1325 would permit a Borough or City Council to reimburse newly elected members of the governing body for attending conferences, institutes, schools, and conventions prior to officially taking office. This would give such individuals the ability to receive reimbursement for training prior to taking office. Passed the House HB69 would include motorcycles in Pennsylvania's Lemon Law. HB1377 would prohibit a business from jumping Keystone Opportunity Zones upon expiration of their tax credits. HR15 will conduct an analysis of the current school bus driver industry and provide recommendations as to how the Commonwealth can effectively address the shortage of school bus drivers. HB581 would grant local authorities a menu of options to pass tax abatements or exemptions for the creation of or improvements to affordable housing of ownership or rental. Enacted HB827 is now Act 37 of 2021. It offers municipalities an additional economic development and revitalization tool that addresses unemployment through the advancement of microenterprises developed via public-private Read more


Legislative Update June 17, 2021

(Jun 17, 2021)

I wanted to take the opportunity to highlight legislation that I cosponsored and are on the move through the legislature. These bills and resolutions either recently passed their committees, passed the House or have been enacted. Enacted HB464 is now Act 20 of 2021. It updates and expands the Family Caregiver Support Program of 1990. This program provides relief for caregivers of older adults over 59; individuals with Alzheimer’s and related disorders; grandchildren being raised by grandparents; and those 18-59 years old with other disabilities being cared for by an older relative. Those last two being new under this Act. The bill removes maximum reimbursement rates for out-of-pocket expenses and prohibits anyone who has a substantiated case of disservice under the Older Adults and Adults Protective Services Acts from receiving benefits. Passed Education Committee HR15 would direct an analysis of the current school bus driver industry, seeking recommendations to effectively address the shortage of drivers. HR60 would establish a committee to recommend the development of new industries, including advanced manufacturing in Pennsylvania as part of our efforts to comeback from COVID and provide jobs of the future in the Commonwealth. Passed the House HB253 would establish a task force to examine the opioid abuse epidemic’s impact on infants and Read more


Hill-Evans secures over $2.4 million in new funding for the district

(Jun 14, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 14 – State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, today announced that York County was awarded over $2.4 million in funding from both the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund and the COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program. “The epidemic of our most vulnerable neighbors living with the real fear of not having stable housing is a harsh reality that must continue to be addressed,” Hill-Evans said. “For many residents in the 95 th District, $995,000 of PHARE funds will allow them to have a safe place they can truly call home, while working towards the goal of attaining permanent housing. PHARE funds can also be used for help with utility payments, energy-efficient appliance upgrades and social programs to assist our neighbors in crisis to get back on their feet.” The PHARE funding for York County is divided between eight organizations: $100,000 for Bell Socialization Services to provide homeless rental assistance and homeless prevention for those in York County struggling to maintain safe, stable housing. $155,000 for Emmanuel Community Development Corp. to provide for nine veterans housing units for homeless and at-risk female veterans. $115,000 for the YWCA of York, which provides free comprehensive services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking in York County. This will fund updates to the countertops and cabinets Read more


Hill-Evans and Gillespie honor York County SPCA advocates

(Jun 04, 2021)

To recognize Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month (April) in Pennsylvania, I want to properly acknowledge the tireless efforts of those who fight against animal cruelty and champion the rescue of animals in crisis. Read more


Bullock announces PLBC scholarship awardees

(Jun 03, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 3 – State Rep. and PLBC Chair Donna Bullock, D-Phila., this week announced the awardees of the newly renamed James R. Roebuck Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus scholarship for 2021. A virtual award ceremony will take place at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 23. It can be viewed live on Facebook @PALegislativeBlackCaucus and pahouse.com/PLBC. The scholarship recipients are: Jaelynn Pearson, Philadelphia, Hill Freedman World Academy. Labiq Jaigirdar, Philadelphia, George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science. Deiveian Story, Philadelphia, The Workshop School and Community College of Philadelphia, dual enrollment program. Jasmine Vega, Philadelphia, Archbishop John Carroll High School. Abronah C. Taylor, Harrisburg, Kutztown University. Mephki Lopez, Philadelphia, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. Mya Hill, Philadelphia, Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School. Annechase Obame , Harrisburg, Central Dauphin East High School. Asia Blocker, Lansdowne, The Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr. Norah Ostin, Pittsburgh, Oakland Catholic High School. Criteria for the $1,000 scholarships: A Pennsylvania resident. A person of color. A graduating high school senior or current undergrad at a college or university. Plan to enroll/return in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university for the entire upcoming academic year. Attend the scholarship awards Read more


Hill-Evans announces $280,000 grant to remediate properties on Penn Street

(May 28, 2021)

YORK, May 27 – State Rep, Carol Hill-Evans announced today a state investment in affordable housing in York. $280,000 in state grant funding was awarded to the Redevelopment Development Authority of York to help remediate properties along Penn Street and will help address a shortage of affordable housing in the city. "Helping to invest in York has always been a top priority for me," Hill-Evans, D-York, said. "With funds like these, we can drive targeted investments that have real return and make a difference in the lives of our friends, families and neighbors.” The project involves acquisition, stabilization and repair of seven properties that present danger to the community. The goal is to acquire these blighted properties, stabilize them, and return them to productive use through resale. Four of the properties have created a row of blight on Penn Street, which is a major connecting artery between York College and Historic Downtown York. Total project cost is $330,000 with York providing $30,000 of matching funds. “This award goes a long way in keeping local tax costs down, as we grow our communities block by block,” she said. Read more


Legislative Update May 17, 2021

(May 17, 2021)

To keep you informed, I am highlighting recently introduced bills this term that I will be following closely. I broke them down into categories so you can find your specific interests and provided short descriptions that the bill’s sponsor has claimed. If you click on the link for the bill number, you can find out more information about the bill. If you would like to advocate for the bill, follow the link, then click on the link for what committee the bill has been assigned to. This will bring up information about the chairs and other members of that committee who you can contact and advocate for or against the bill. Education HB1330 would increase online learning resources for our school entities by requiring the PA Department of Education (PDE) to establish a central repository of online courses accessible to all public schools, nonpublic schools, home education programs, and the public. HB1363 would establish a grant program for higher education institutions that take certain actions to eliminate hunger on their campus, including providing a food pantry and establishing a hunger task force. As tuition for American colleges and universities continues to rise and financial aid fails to keep up, many students are forced to ignore their basic needs. The sponsor of this bill claims between one-third and one-half of college students struggle to find enough to eat. Health Care HB1030 Read more


Now open for applications: Services for mental health and substance use disorder, boating infrastructure

(May 13, 2021)

Information on state and other grant programs that are open for applications. Read more


Hill-Evans announces $15,000 grant for York Fresh Food Farms

(May 10, 2021)

YORK, May 10 – State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans announced that York Fresh Food Farms has been awarded $15,000 through a state grant program aimed at improving urban agriculture infrastructure in Pennsylvania. “York Fresh Food Farms grows fresh, healthy produce right here in the city and makes it available for our neighbors. Making nutritious foods accessible is vitally important for the health of our community, and I’m pleased to see this state grant awarded to support this valuable work,” said Hill-Evans, D-York. York Fresh Food Farms was awarded a $15,000 grant for two high tunnels and for replacing plastic drip-tape irrigation lines with permanent PVC or orchard tubing hardware. The grant comes through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program, which aims to help build out urban agriculture infrastructure by investing in the system, filling gaps, encouraging entities to work together, finding ways to bring operations to a greater scale, overcoming food deserts, and opening opportunities for people to become social entrepreneurs. More information about the grant program is available here . Read more


Legislative Update April 28, 2021

(Apr 28, 2021)

I wanted to take the opportunity to highlight legislation that I cosponsored and is on the move through the legislature. These bills and resolution either recently passed their committees, awaiting a floor vote or passed the House and are in the Senate now. Local Government Committee HB221 w ould permit local government units, that impose a dedicated real estate tax or earned income tax for the preservation and maintenance of land for open space uses, to use a portion of the tax revenue generated for the maintenance of open space lands acquired by other means. The purpose of this bill is to allow communities to better maintain municipal owned lands used for parks and recreation purposes for residents. Education Committee HB358 would allow charter schools to enter into agreements with postsecondary institutions to allow charter students to attend and earn credits at post-secondary institutions through a dual enrollment program. A dual enrollment program allows high school students to enroll in concurrent college courses through an institution of higher education. Under state law, only school districts are currently permitted to enter into concurrent enrollment agreements and offer dual enrollment programs to their students. Increasing participation in "advanced coursework, such as dual enrollment" is part of Pennsylvania's Every student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Consolidated State Plan, which Read more


Shuttered Venue Operators Grant portal reopens Saturday, April 24th

(Apr 23, 2021)

This is a grant program established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, and is administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance. Read more


Community update: Programs that help residents during uncertain times

(Apr 19, 2021)

Find the latest updates on COVID-19 vaccine information and programs that can help residents. Read more


Now open for applications: Farm Vitality, Communities That Care, substance abuse, and recycling grant programs

(Apr 19, 2021)

Here are the latest state grant programs that recently opened for applications, as well as a federally funded American Rescue Plan grant opportunity available to humanities organizations. Read more


Legislative update: Review recently introduced legislation

(Apr 19, 2021)

To keep you informed, I am highlighting recently introduced bills that I will be following closely. I broke them down into categories so you can find your specific interests and provided short descriptions that the bill’s sponsor has claimed. Read more


April 12 update: Grant programs now open for applications

(Apr 12, 2021)

Here are the latest state grant programs that recently opened for applications, as well as a federally funded American Rescue Plan grant opportunity available to humanities organizations. Read more


Join me for my upcoming events in April, May

(Apr 07, 2021)

In this week's community update: Watch my comments on the COVID-19 vaccine and learn details on my Neighborhood Beautification in April and my Shred Event in May. Read more


Hill-Evans to host Neighborhood Beautification Workshop Saturday, April 24

(Apr 05, 2021)

YORK, April 5 – State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, will host a Neighborhood Beautification Workshop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 24. Participation in the event is limited. To reserve a spot, call 717-848-9595. “I am thrilled to host this event,” Hill-Evans said. “We will clean up the community in the morning, and in the afternoon we will look forward to learning new ways to beautify our neighborhood at the gardening workshop hosted by a master gardener from Penn State.” Masks will be supplied and social distancing will be practiced during the event. People signing up for the event will meet at the Hope Street Gardens, 446 W. Hope St., where clean-up supplies and instructions will be provided. The group will then gather in the afternoon for the workshop. Call Hill-Evans’ office in York at 717-848-9595 to learn more about the event. Read more