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Boyle joins Wolf in calling for swift passage of legislation to ensure counties are prepared ahead of Nov. 3 general election

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant portal reopens Saturday, April 24th

(Apr 23, 2021)

The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced that the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal will reopen on Saturday, April 24. Updated documents and guidance will be available today (Friday, April 23rd) by clicking here . 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. Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue , with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees. Eligible entities include: Live venue operators or promoters. Theatrical producers. Live performing arts organization operators. Museum operators. Motion picture theater operators (including owners). Talent representatives. Other requirements of note: Must have been in operation as of February 29, 2020. Venue or promoter who received a PPP loan on or after December 27, 2020, will have the SVOG reduced by the PPP loan amount. Read more

 

With no increase to Pa.’s minimum wage since 2009, Boyle reintroduces legislation to allow municipalities to raise their own minimum wage

(Mar 23, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 23 – In an effort to work around lawmakers’ failure to enact a statewide minimum wage increase for more than a decade, state Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, has reintroduced a bill that would give municipalities the ability to raise their own minimum wage. “No one should be working 40 hours or more a week and still be unable to pay their bills, feed their family or make ends meet,” Boyle said. “But our failure to act in the legislature has put too many people who have a family to support in this predicament. “The impact of the coronavirus has only made matters worse,” Boyle continued. “It’s time that we give the hardworking people in Pennsylvania – like minimum wage earners who work in the hospitality industry and health care who were so important we deemed them ‘essential’ during this global pandemic – the dignity that comes with earning a living wage, and we can do that by giving municipalities the power to do what’s best for the people who live in their locale.” The 2006 amendment to Pennsylvania’s Minimum Wage Act prohibits individual municipalities from setting their own wages. Boyle said that prohibition is outdated and ignores the differences in the cost of living and other factors from one city or town to the next, and that’s why he has introduced this legislation to repeal that section of the 2006 act. “My legislation Read more

 

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications: Feb. 16 Update

(Feb 18, 2021)

STATE GRANT PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: Agricultural Hemp Promotion, Education and Export Promotion Matching Grant Program (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : Nonprofit agricultural product promotion and marketing organizations. Use : Projects aimed at increasing sales, export or consumer awareness of Pennsylvania hemp products. Eligible projects may include regional or national promotion. Funds : Reimbursement grants up to 50% of project costs. The minimum matching grant is $1,000. A total of $253,000 will be available statewide. Application Deadline : March 5 More Information : See the February 13, 2021, PA Bulletin at Pennsylvania Bulletin (pacodeandbulletin.gov) . Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: Federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (Funding Source: Federal Fund ing ) Who May Apply : State and local organizations, producer associations, academia, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders. Use : Projects that will increase visibility and competitiveness of the state’s horticultural specialty crops including fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, culinary herbs and spices, medicinal plants and nursery crops. Funds : Requests may be made for a minimum of $20,000, provided the amount reasonably represents the cost of the Read more

 

Boyle introduces resolution to condemn insurrection at U.S. Capitol and those who stoked it

(Jan 13, 2021)

State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, wants state lawmakers to quickly act on an official rebuke of last week’s seditious insurrection against the United States and the people who worked for months to stoke it, including President Donald Trump, state and federal Republican lawmakers and leaders, and the right-wing media. Read more

 

House Democrats fight to increase transparency and accountability, make sure the people come first

(Jan 04, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 4 – A group of 10 House Democrats announced the introduction of changes to the Operating Rules of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to reduce the impact of partisan politics, make sure ideas with broad public support get a fair hearing, and restore the people’s faith in government after the damage done by extremists in Washington, D.C., and Harrisburg. The People Before Politics plan was crafted with this central idea: lawmakers work for the people, not the other way around. It focuses on openness, transparency and citizen control of the legislative process. The People Before Politics plan includes the following proposals: Amendment 1 – The Voice of the People, sponsored by Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila. This amendment would make sure each House member has an opportunity to speak at a designated time during the first full session day of the week on any topic, similar to how the U.S. House of Representatives allows members to speak. This change would end the requirement of “unanimous consent” so often abused by extremists to silence members and prevent legislative topics bottled up in committee from being heard by the people. Amendment 2 – Let the People See, sponsored by Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware . This amendment would restore the rule requiring a full 24 hours before final passage of any bill, including all bills amended in the House chamber or in committee, or sent over from the state Read more

 

Boyle: Let’s Not Steal Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

(Dec 29, 2020)

As Democratic Chairman of the Pa. House State Government Committee, Rep. Kevin Boyle spent much of 2020 fighting to keep the Commonwealth on a safe path to economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

 

Boyle Continues Fight for Fair Elections

(Dec 29, 2020)

As the Democratic Chairman of the Pa. House State Government Committee Rep. Kevin Boyle worked tirelessly in 2020 to make sure voters could cast their ballots in a safe and timely manner, despite the efforts of House Republicans to suppress those votes. Read more

 

Boyle: House GOP continues reckless attempt to undermine trust in elections with zero evidence of any impropriety, fraud

(Nov 23, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 23 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, Democratic chairman of the House State Government Committee, again denounced the ongoing recklessness of House Republicans after they held yet another news conference Monday during which they called into question the integrity of the election process in Pennsylvania without evidence of any wrongdoing or impropriety.  Read more

 

Boyle Opposes Unnecessary Audit of 2020 Election

(Nov 20, 2020)

Democratic Chairman of the House State Government Committee Rep. Kevin Boyle spoke against a measure by Republicans, calling for an unnecessary audit of the 2020 election. He defended election officials who were successful in preventing voter fraud and ensuring every vote was counted. Read more

 

Boyle: House Republicans’ latest baseless attempt to sow doubt in the election process and delay certification of election results ‘shameful’

(Nov 10, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 10 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, Democratic chairman of the House State Government Committee, denounced the partisan posturing House Republicans exhibited Tuesday morning when they called for an investigative committee with subpoena power to audit the election process in Pennsylvania, while admitting they have no evidence of any wrongdoing or impropriety. “If you want to ensure that the election process here in Pennsylvania is fair and free, you can start by not sowing doubt and discord without evidence of any wrongdoing,” Boyle said.  Read more

 

ICYMI: State Rep. Kevin Boyle featured in The New Yorker article about election concerns in Pennsylvania

(Oct 30, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 30 – In case you missed it, State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, was featured in an article in The New Yorker magazine this week discussing his concerns about the upcoming election and the tactics Republicans might take to steer the results. In the article, Boyle spoke about the Select Committee on Election Integrity that House Republicans sought to create in recent weeks, before a Republican member of the State Government Committee tested positive for COVID-19, and House session was delayed. Boyle spoke about how Republicans had thwarted efforts by Democrats and a few Republicans to allow pre-canvassing by counties to begin ahead of the election, and he expressed his concern that House Republicans could reintroduce the legislation to create the Select Committee on Election Integrity immediately after Election Day, ultimately influencing the outcome of the election. “It’s pretty clear that Republicans are carrying Trump’s strategy to delay the vote count in Pennsylvania,” Boyle said in The New Yorker article. “This whole pre-canvassing thing is about creating doubt in the results so they can sell the override of the state popular vote.” The full article in The New Yorker can be read on The New Yorker’s website . Read more

 

In Pennsylvania, Republicans Might Only Need to Stall to Win

(Oct 30, 2020)

On September 10th, Kevin Boyle, a Democratic state representative in Pennsylvania, opened his e-mail to find an invitation to a Zoom call with several Democratic advocates and former politicians. They wanted to speak with him on behalf of Keep Our Republic, a nonpartisan civic-engagement group that formed this past summer, amid the pandemic, to investigate unconventional threats to the election. The call included high-powered figures such as Richard Gephardt, the former U.S. representative and Presidential candidate, and Tom Rogers, the founder of MSNBC and CNBC. Boyle, who is forty and has a thick beard, represents a working-class district in northeast Philadelphia. He wondered why they wanted to talk to him. “I’m not a big shot,” he told me recently. “I represent sixty-five thousand people.” Read more

 

Lawmakers discuss legislation to ensure equitable access to contraceptives

(Oct 28, 2020)

' HARRISBURG, Oct. 28 – State Reps. Leanne Krueger, Kevin Boyle and Tina Davis today discussed legislation to expand and protect access to contraceptives. Krueger, Boyle and Davis introduced H.B. 2813 following a U.S. Supreme Court decision that allows virtually any employer to opt out of the Affordable Care Act mandate to provide contraceptive coverage if they object to birth control on religious or moral grounds. The bill would protect access to this important form of health care by making sure insurers in Pennsylvania provide coverage for contraception. “Now more than ever, we need Pennsylvania to take action. Creating barriers to this basic preventative care puts the health and well-being of millions of Pennsylvania women at risk,” said Krueger, D-Delaware. “In addition to preventing unintended pregnancies, contraceptives are often used to address a variety of women’s health issues. This legislation would help make sure women are able to make their own medical decisions and receive quality care.” Boyle, D-Montgomery/Phila, said, "Birth control is health care, and health care should be accessible to everyone. With the recent decision by the Supreme Court potentially cutting off access to birth control for 2.5 million women, it's vital that we act to provide another option to ensure women have access to the health care they need." Davis, D-Bucks, added, “Contraception is a fundamental aspect of Read more

 

Boyle, Kenyatta to introduce legislation to ensure democracy isn't compromised in the November election

(Sep 28, 2020)

Just weeks before the general election, state Reps. Kevin Boyle and Malcolm Kenyatta are introducing legislation to strengthen Pennsylvania's election laws and help ensure democracy isn't compromised in November. "It's no secret that this president will go to great lengths to ensure victory, no matter what the American people want," said House State Government Committee Democratic Chairman Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery. "With Pennsylvania being a key battleground state, we have a responsibility in the state legislature to close unnecessary loopholes and make sure everyone's vote counts." Boyle said today their proposal would crackdown on so-called faithless electors by amending Pennsylvania's Election Code to require presidential electors to vote for the presidential and vice-presidential candidates who received the highest number of votes in the commonwealth during the general election. Under this plan, which is similar to Colorado and Oklahoma's law, faithless electors who vote against the candidates they vowed to support, would: Face a misdemeanor punishable by fine. Have their vote invalidated. Be replaced. “Faithless electors disregard the will of the people and ultimately tarnish the integrity of our democracy,” Kenyatta Read more

 

Boyle joins Wolf in calling for swift passage of legislation to ensure counties are prepared ahead of Nov. 3 general election

(Sep 15, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 15 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, today joined Gov. Tom Wolf in urging swift action on legislation that would provide the support county election officials need to make sure Pennsylvanians can vote safely and have their ballots timely counted. Boyle, Wolf and other public officials met in York today to outline the legislation the General Assembly should pass this month to improve the mail-in ballot process ahead of the Nov. 3 general election and give county officials the time they need to count ballots and return election results quickly. “The House State Government Committee is planning to meet this Wednesday to discuss legislation related to the election code. We have an opportunity in committee this week to make vital, time sensitive changes to allow counties more time to pre-canvass mail ballots so they can return election results timely on Election Day,” said Boyle, who serves as Democratic chairman of the committee. “Immediate action is needed to address the enormous volume of mail-in ballots expected to be cast. We need to ensure that Pennsylvania does not become a national embarrassment on Election Day. “To that end, I am introducing several amendments this week during committee, to expand counties’ ability to pre-canvass mail-in ballots, and to expand county residents’ eligibility to serve as poll workers.” Boyle said the committee is Read more

 

House State Government Committee Update

(Sep 10, 2020)

The abrupt entrance of COVID-19 and the movement to guarantee voting rights and access has resulted in an even greater need to put the House State Government Committee to work. This newsletter details some of the legislation the committee, of which I am the Democratic chairman, has worked on over the past year and a half. Read more

 

Boyle Expresses Confidence in Vote-By-Mail Security, USPS

(Aug 11, 2020)

Democratic Chairman of the State Government Committee Rep. Kevin Boyle reaffirmed his confidence in Pennsylvania’s new mail-in voting laws. Boyle went on to challenge President Trump’s claim that expanded mail-in voting is part of a Democratic plot to rig the 2020 election pointing out that 105 of 107 Republicans in the Pa. House voted for the new election code. Read more

 

Boyle seeks attorney general investigation into House COVID-19 case kept secret

(May 28, 2020)

State Rep. Kevin Boyle is appealing to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro to investigate the actions of House Republican lawmakers and leaders and any House officials who failed to duly notify lawmakers and staff of a House lawmaker's COVID-19 positive test as required by the Department of Health and CDC. Read more

 

Boyle, State Government Committee Democrats: GOP leadership must strike reprehensible comments from the record

(May 04, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, May 4 – Today, House State Government Committee Chairman Kevin Boyle, D-Phila., and other members of the committee released the following statements in response to Rep. Chris Dush’s comments today in committee: "Comparing Governor Wolf’s Administration’s policies in relation to his response to this pandemic to the Nazi Party of 1930s and 40s Germany is incomprehensible and evil. I was very disappointed no Republican member of the State Government Committee joined me in condemning these comments. I call upon GOP leadership to repudiate these disturbing comments made by Representative Dush and strike them from the record.” A video clip of Boyle’s full statement today in committee is available to watch here. Read more

 

Boyle Opposes School Layoff Bill

(Apr 28, 2020)

Chairman of the Pa. House State Government Committee, state Rep. Kevin Boyle strongly opposed legislation that would ultimately lead to massive layoffs in schools across Pennsylvania. During a hearing in Harrisburg, he explained the negative impact this bill would have on students in a post COVID-19 world. Read more

 

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant portal reopens Saturday, April 24th
Apr 23, 2021

With no increase to Pa.’s minimum wage since 2009, Boyle reintroduces legislation to allow municipalities to raise their own minimum wage
Mar 23, 2021

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications: Feb. 16 Update
Feb 18, 2021

Boyle introduces resolution to condemn insurrection at U.S. Capitol and those who stoked it
Jan 13, 2021

House Democrats fight to increase transparency and accountability, make sure the people come first
Jan 04, 2021

Boyle: Let’s Not Steal Defeat from the Jaws of Victory
Dec 29, 2020

Boyle Continues Fight for Fair Elections
Dec 29, 2020

Boyle: House GOP continues reckless attempt to undermine trust in elections with zero evidence of any impropriety, fraud
Nov 23, 2020

Boyle Opposes Unnecessary Audit of 2020 Election
Nov 20, 2020

Boyle: House Republicans’ latest baseless attempt to sow doubt in the election process and delay certification of election results ‘shameful’
Nov 10, 2020

ICYMI: State Rep. Kevin Boyle featured in The New Yorker article about election concerns in Pennsylvania
Oct 30, 2020

In Pennsylvania, Republicans Might Only Need to Stall to Win
Oct 30, 2020

Lawmakers discuss legislation to ensure equitable access to contraceptives
Oct 28, 2020

Boyle, Kenyatta to introduce legislation to ensure democracy isn't compromised in the November election
Sep 28, 2020

Boyle joins Wolf in calling for swift passage of legislation to ensure counties are prepared ahead of Nov. 3 general election
Sep 15, 2020

House State Government Committee Update
Sep 10, 2020

Boyle Expresses Confidence in Vote-By-Mail Security, USPS
Aug 11, 2020

Boyle seeks attorney general investigation into House COVID-19 case kept secret
May 28, 2020

Boyle, State Government Committee Democrats: GOP leadership must strike reprehensible comments from the record
May 04, 2020

Boyle Opposes School Layoff Bill
Apr 28, 2020