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Howard applauds awarding of $70,000 in PAsmart grants to local school districts to advance science and technology education

(Jan 17, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Kristine Howard applauded Gov. Tom Wolf today for awarding PAsmart Targeted grants worth $35,000 apiece to Great Valley and Tredyffrin-Easttown school districts to help expand computer science classes and teacher training. “I’m proud that the Great Valley and Tredyffrin-Easttown school districts will be able to deepen and enrich their STEM education programs,” Howard said. “Over the next 10 years, 71 percent of new jobs in PA will require employees to use computers and new technologies. It’s critical that we prepare technologically savvy students who can thrive in the 21 st century workplace.” The grants help schools introduce and expand computer science programming, and to provide pre-kindergarten through grade 12 educators with CS training. The targeted grant awardees from across the commonwealth have prioritized expanding access to computer science for underrepresented students, such as students of color, girls, low-income students and students in rural communities. For more information about PAsmart grants, go here . Read more

 

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Howard applauds local university on grant to combat sexual assault on campus

(Jan 16, 2020)

MALVERN, Jan. 16 – State Rep. Kristine Howard said she congratulates Immaculata University on being awarded a state grant to combat sexual assault on campus. Governor Tom Wolf announced $1 million in “It’s On Us” grants today for 36 colleges and universities statewide. Immaculata University was awarded $29,172. “I’m glad to see Immaculata University working to address sexual assault on campus. Students must feel safe and protected in order to pursue their education,” said Howard, D-Chester. “I support the state’s efforts to highlight the role we all must play in ending sexual assault, and I congratulate Immaculata for earning financial support.” More information on the program is available here . Read more

 

Howard angered by Trump administration’s proposed environmental rule changes

(Jan 14, 2020)

MALVERN, Jan. 14 – State Rep. Kristine Howard, D-Chester, today expressed her dismay at the Trump administration’s proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the benchmark environmental protection law signed by President Richard Nixon in 1970. Howard sent a letter to U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pa., and U.S. Sens. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., imploring them to oppose the changes. The proposed changes would narrow the scope of NEPA, making the approval process easier for major energy and infrastructure promises by eschewing detailed environmental reviews. “The changes are reckless, plain and simple,” Howard said. “The Trump administration is stripping away existing legal constraints because their oil and gas friends think that the review process is long and cumbersome. Tough.” As it stands, major projects must be assessed for potential environmental impacts before receiving approval, and the public must be involved in the process. This allows environmentalists, tribal activists and other concerned citizens to have a voice, she said. However, by redefining “major federal action,” the new version of NEPA would exclude privately financed projects with minimal government funding from these requirements, including several controversial pipeline projects in Howard’s district. “By proposing arbitrary deadlines and page limits for environmental reviews in the name Read more

 

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Howard concerned with lifting of troublesome oil company’s permit ban

(Jan 05, 2020)

MALVERN, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Kristine Howard, D-Chester, expressed hesitant support for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's oversight of Energy Transfer Partners, the Texas-based company that owns the Mariner East 2 pipeline. The DEP issued a $30.6 million civil penalty to ETC Northeast Pipeline , a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners, for violations related to the 2018 Revolution Pipeline explosion and fire. The DEP also lifted a permit ban, which has been in place since 2018. “I am pleased to see the DEP holding drillers to account,” Howard said, “yet can’t help but feel underwhelmed. Fines like this are little more than the cost of doing business for multi-billion-dollar companies like Energy Transfer Partners. And the lifting of the longstanding permit ban is a tremendously unwarranted leap of faith in a company that has consistently shown itself a bad actor.” The DEP suspended all reviews of permit applications and approvals for ETC after the Revolution pipeline explosion. ETC has “demonstrated its intention to correct its unlawful conduct to DEP’s satisfaction,” according to the regulatory agency. “No amount of money can make up for the devastation ETC has caused,” Howard said. “The DEP’s fine is a symbolic gesture, but I am worried the lifting of the permit ban is an invitation for ETC to resume dangerous, uncaring business as usual. I will Read more

 

Howard joins in announcing new state task force to strengthen juvenile justice system

(Dec 16, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 16 – Rep. Kristine Howard, D-Chester, this morning joined Gov. Tom Wolf, justices and fellow legislators at a news conference with Pew Charitable Trusts on the creation of a Juvenile Justice Task Force, which will develop a report on steps the Commonwealth can take to strengthen the juvenile justice system. “This task force is a great step towards a safe, healthy and well-educated future for the children of Pennsylvania,” Howard said. “When it comes to the welfare of Pennsylvania’s youth—and to improving our communities across the commonwealth—there is much work to be done. This data-driven task force is the way forward, and I look forward to taking up its recommendations. “I am committed to supporting the membership of this task force in any way I can to develop and pass evidence-based recommendations that will ensure that our systems are fair, equitable and responsive to all youth.” Joining Howard and Wolf were Rep. Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, the Hon. Kim Berkeley Clark, the Hon. Douglas Reichley, Sen. Anthony Williams, D-Philadelphia/Delaware, Sen. Larry Farnese, D-Philadelphia, and Sen. Mike Regan, R-Cumberland. Read more

 

Science-denying state rep. appointment to Climate Change Advisory Council is ridiculous

(Dec 06, 2019)

Imagine a butcher being invited to sit on an advisory board for longhorn steer safety. It’s an absolute farce. Yet Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, a climate change-denier from western Pennsylvania, has been appointed to the state’s Climate Change Advisory Council by House Speaker Mike Turzai. According to House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler, Metcalfe’s chairmanship of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee makes him “best suited to participate on the [advisory] committee.” Metcalfe is, after all, the most powerful lawmaker in Harrisburg when it comes to environmental issues. But Metcalfe also disagrees with 97 percent of the world’s scientists. Science-denying Metcalfe has accused environmentalists of all sorts of nonsense, like when he lambasted Auditor General Eugene DePasquale for “partisan pandering [to] the governor’s delusional climate change policy proposals” and for “Chicken Little fear-mongering” when the auditor general had the audacity to say that the state wasn’t financially prepared for climate change-related heavy weather. He also went on record at an environmental committee meeting to say, "I enjoy my vegetables, and plants need CO 2 ,” and so the state shouldn’t do anything to cut carbon emissions, a fun line of thinking he picked up from his science-denying buddy Gregory Wrightstone, an absolute hack author that Metcalfe has invited to testify before Read more

 

Howard: East Whiteland and Charlestown townships awarded $540,537 for a new township park

(Nov 19, 2019)

MALVERN, Nov. 19 – State Rep. Kristine Howard, D-Chester, announced today that East Whiteland and Charlestown townships have received $ 540,537 in state funds for a new township park. “This grant is outstanding news for East Whiteland and Charlestown townships, as the new park will help contribute to our sense of community,” Howard said. “The state’s investment will reap benefits for generations to come.” The project focuses on the acquisition of approximately 154 acres stretching across both townships for use as a public park. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Recreation and Conservation assists local governments, and recreation and conservation organizations with funding for projects related to conservation, parks and recreation, including conservation of open space, river conservation and access, and the planning, acquisition and development of public parks. More information can be found here . Read more

 

Howard: East Whiteland Township awarded $200K for recreational improvements in Bacton Hill Park

(Nov 14, 2019)

MALVERN, Nov. 14 – State Rep. Kristine Howard announced today that East Whiteland Township has received $200,000 in state funds to develop Bacton Hill Park. “I’m so glad that that these state funds have been released to East Whiteland Township to develop Bacton Hill Park into a space that will give people of all ages pleasure and enjoyment,” said Howard, D-Chester. “I’m proud that the state is assisting in improving the quality of life in our communities through investments like these.” Bacton Hill Park, formerly known as the Swanenburg property, has been owned by East Whiteland Township for 20 years. During this time, few improvements were made to the space. Howard said these funds will enable the substantial rehabilitation of the space. The project focuses on the development of Bacton Hill Park in East Whiteland Township. The work will include construction of a pavilion, a pedestrian walkway, a parking area, as well as stormwater management measures. The project also includes the installation of play equipment with required safety surfacing; ADA access, landscaping, project signage and other related site improvements. DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation assists local governments, recreation and conservation organizations with funding for projects related to conservation, parks and recreation, including conservation of open space, river conservation Read more

 

Howard discusses bipartisan support for hate-crimes addition

(Oct 22, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 22 – State Rep. Kristine Howard, D-Chester, held a Capitol news conference today in support of her H.B. 1344 , which would allow prosecutors to charge crimes against people with intellectual or physical disabilities as hate crimes. “Attacks committed against individuals with disabilities represent some of the most repugnant imaginable,” said Howard, D-Chester, “and yet, they are punished with little more than a slap on the wrist.” She highlighted a critical gap in Pennsylvania’s criminal code: attacks committed against individuals with disabilities do not receive the additional consideration that is given to crimes committed against an individual based on race, color, religion or national origin. This new bill, which comes in response to several recent attacks, would revise the state criminal code to ensure that crimes against individuals with intellectual or physical disabilities are given the same consideration as those based on race, color, religion or national origin. The Arc of Pennsylvania, a nonprofit that provides services and programs for people with disabilities, advocated for the addition and worked on the legislation closely with Howard and state Sen. Thomas Killion, R-Chester/Delaware. Howard’s bill is a bipartisan companion to Killion’s S.B. 444, which also is in response to a recent slew of attacks on individuals with disabilities. Read more

 

Howard to host SEPTA Key Senior ID Card event

(Oct 16, 2019)

MALVERN, Oct. 16 – State Rep. Kristine Howard, D-Chester, will hold an event on Oct. 26 to help local seniors obtain their SEPTA Key Senior Cards. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Howard’s office in the Greentree Office Building, 40 Lloyd Ave., Suite 309, 19355. “Seniors can now ride any SEPTA line in Pennsylvania for free, as long as they have a Senior Key Card,” Howard said. “I want to make the process as easy as possible for local seniors.” Residents who are 65 or older are invited to stop by Howard’s event to apply for their Key Cards. Seniors should bring their state ID or driver’s license. After applying for their card at the event, seniors will receive their cards by mail in about four weeks. Those unable make it to the event can stop by Howard’s office during regular office hours, which are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For additional questions, call Howard’s office at (610) 251-1070. Read more

 

Rep. Howard to hold Senior Fair in Exton Thursday, Oct. 10

(Oct 08, 2019)

EXTON, Oct. 8 – State Rep. Kristine Howard, D-Chester, will host a Senior Fair from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Exton Square Mall. Resources available will include flu shots, SEPTA keycards and information on the constituent services that Howard’s district office offers. The following groups and agencies will be in attendance: Acme Markets A&M Healthcare Brandywine SPCA ChesPenn Health Services Chester County Department of Aging Services Chester County Historical Society Crime Victims Center of Chester County KenCrest PA Office of Consumer Advocate Paoli-Berwyn-Malvern Lions Paoli Hospital PECO PennDOT Senior Law Center in West Chester Staff from Howard’s office will be available to answer questions about state issues and programs. Residents with questions about the Senior Expo may call Howard’s office at 610-251-1070 or email RepHoward@pahouse.net . Read more

 

Howard: East Whiteland Township receives $195,760 in state funds to improve traffic safety

(Oct 04, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 4 – State Rep. Kristine Howard, D-Chester, announced today that East Whiteland Township received $195,760 in state funds from Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s “Green Light-Go” program, which aims at increasing safety and mobility across Pennsylvania’s communities. The grant money will be used to update automated traffic signal performance measures with upgraded detection at five intersections along PA 29 Morehall Road. “The safety of our pedestrians and drivers is of utmost importance,” Howard said. “These funds will help increase safety along a busy road in East Whiteland Township.” Green Light-Go grants are provided as reimbursement to municipalities for updates to improve the efficiency and operation of existing traffic signals. Grant funding through the Green Light-Go program may be utilized for a range of operational improvements including, but not limited to: light-emitting diode (LED) technology installation, traffic signal retiming, developing special event plans and monitoring traffic signals, as well as upgrading traffic signals to the latest technologies. Read more

 

Chester County Representative introduces bill requiring electric vehicle charging stations at new commercial buildings

(Oct 03, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 3 – State Rep. Kristine Howard, D-Chester, announced today that she introduced legislation ( HB1908 ) to increase the number of electric vehicle charging stations around the commonwealth. The legislation would require new non-residential buildings to be constructed with the necessary infrastructure to support EV charging stations, ensuring the ability to charge EVs in the places consumers frequent, such as retail facilities, hotels, schools and restaurants. “The Pennsylvania Constitution guarantees us the right to clean air and clean water,” Howard said. “But we can’t have clean air and water while we depend on fossil fuels. To that end, we must encourage consumers to embrace clean, emission-free EVs, and that begins with supplying the infrastructure needed to support the technology.” Read more

 

Howard announces $250,000 grant for East Whiteland Township to design a trail to connect areas of the community to Chester Valley Trail

(Sep 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Kristine Howard, D-Chester, today announced that East Whiteland Township has been awarded a $250,000 state grant to help create a 0.7-mile bicycle and pedestrian trail to connect office, residential, educational and recreational sites to the Chester Valley Trail. “This grant will enable people who live and work in East Whiteland Township to take full advantage of the recreational benefits of the Chester Valley Trail,” Howard said. “The trail will foster community by bringing East Whiteland Township’s different areas together.” The $250,000 grant was awarded Tuesday by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, which holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania's economic growth. The Commonwealth Financing Authority is unique among state agencies in that project approval requires five affirmative votes, four of which must come from the legislative appointees who compose the board, along with the secretaries of the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Office of the Budget and the Department of Banking and Securities. The Commonwealth Financing Authority provides funding for a multitude of projects that help businesses succeed, including those focused on development, water quality, energy infrastructure and more. The grant awarded to East Whiteland Township focuses on greenways, trails and recreation. The total cost of the Read more

 

9/9/19 – State of Foster Care System – Exton

(Sep 13, 2019)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Kristine Howard. Read more

 

Howard, Policy Committee examine foster care system

(Sep 09, 2019)

EXTON, Sept. 9 – State Rep. Kristine Howard, D-Chester, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on Pennsylvania’s foster care system at the West Whiteland Township Building. Howard requested the hearing to discuss critical issues in foster care with leaders in the field. Howard was joined by legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “As a former social worker, I saw first-hand the negative impact of the foster care system on many children,” said Howard. “Too many children in the foster care system suffer from emotional, behavioral, developmental and physical issues that go untreated. These issues impact their lives long after they leave the foster care system. “I want to thank all of today’s testifiers for providing critical insights into how we can come together to improve the foster care system in PA.” Sturla added: “It’s critical that we have an open dialogue about issues within the system so we can come up with workable solutions that will improve the lives of foster children.” The committee heard testimony from Debra Schilling Wolfe, executive director, and Sarah Wasch, program manager of Foster Care to College Initiative , UPenn’s Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research; Frank Cervone, executive director, Support Center for Child Advocates; Maryann Piccioni , former Read more

 

Howard: Online site launched to support EpiPen insurance coverage legislation

(Sep 06, 2019)

MALVERN, Sept. 6 – Pennsylvanians can help make the EpiPen available to all children by signing an online petition sponsored by state Rep. Kristine Howard, D-Chester. The petition supports Howard’s upcoming legislation that would require any state-regulated health insurance company to cover the cost of doctor-prescribed, medically necessary epinephrine pens for children under age 18. More than 100,000 Pennsylvania children suffer from food or insect allergies, and over 1,000 of these children have an allergy so severe that an exposure could be fatal Howard said many low-cost short-term insurance plans that low-income families rely on do not cover EpiPen injections for their children. “Our kids shouldn’t die from allergies because insurance companies won’t cover the cost of an EpiPen,” said Howard. The online site would send a message to Speaker of the House Michael Turzai; Republican Leader Bryan Cutler; Rep. Tina Pickett, chairwoman of the House Insurance Committee; Rep. Kathy Rapp, chairwoman of the House Health Committee; and the sender’s state representative requesting them to pass the legislation. Howard said, “I’m encouraging everyone to join me in the fight to make our children’s health a top priority in Harrisburg.” The online petition can be found here . Read more

 

Rep. Howard tours West Whiteland pipeline sites, talks safety

(Sep 03, 2019)

WEST WHITELAND, September 3 – State Rep. Kristine Howard (D-Chester) toured several active and dormant pipeline construction sites around West Whiteland Township today. The tour highlighted drilling procedures, as well as the safety mechanisms put in place by the township, the county, various regulatory agencies and the operators themselves. The tour, conducted by Township officials, broke down three procedures for laying pipes below the ground – trench, horizontal directional drilling (HDD) and boring. The tour also covered the various levels of quality assurance in place to prevent corrosion and leaks. “We need to make the switch to alternative fuels,” Rep. Howard said, “but as we make that transition, we must ensure our current pipeline infrastructure is safe. To that end, township officials meet regularly with operators, inspecting each site, to keep our community safe. To be clear, I am and always will be on the side of my constituents, but while these pipeline operators are here, I will work with my county and township counterparts to ensure these operators are good neighbors.” Read more

 

Howard applauds awarding of $70,000 in PAsmart grants to local school districts to advance science and technology education
Jan 17, 2020

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Howard applauds local university on grant to combat sexual assault on campus
Jan 16, 2020

Howard angered by Trump administration’s proposed environmental rule changes
Jan 14, 2020

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Jan 08, 2020

Howard concerned with lifting of troublesome oil company’s permit ban
Jan 05, 2020

Howard joins in announcing new state task force to strengthen juvenile justice system
Dec 16, 2019

Science-denying state rep. appointment to Climate Change Advisory Council is ridiculous
Dec 06, 2019

Howard: East Whiteland and Charlestown townships awarded $540,537 for a new township park
Nov 19, 2019

Howard: East Whiteland Township awarded $200K for recreational improvements in Bacton Hill Park
Nov 14, 2019

Howard discusses bipartisan support for hate-crimes addition
Oct 22, 2019

Howard to host SEPTA Key Senior ID Card event
Oct 16, 2019

Rep. Howard to hold Senior Fair in Exton Thursday, Oct. 10
Oct 08, 2019

Howard: East Whiteland Township receives $195,760 in state funds to improve traffic safety
Oct 04, 2019

Chester County Representative introduces bill requiring electric vehicle charging stations at new commercial buildings
Oct 03, 2019

Howard announces $250,000 grant for East Whiteland Township to design a trail to connect areas of the community to Chester Valley Trail
Sep 17, 2019

9/9/19 – State of Foster Care System – Exton
Sep 13, 2019

Howard, Policy Committee examine foster care system
Sep 09, 2019

Howard: Online site launched to support EpiPen insurance coverage legislation
Sep 06, 2019

Rep. Howard tours West Whiteland pipeline sites, talks safety
Sep 03, 2019