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Kim eyes minimum wage increase as 3rd term begins

(Jan 03, 2017)

State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, took the oath of office today to begin her third term representing the 103rd Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Read more

 

License Your Dog in PA

(Dec 22, 2016)

All dogs three months or older must be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year. Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs. An annual license is $8.50 and a lifetime license is $51.50. If the animal is spayed or neutered, the annual fee is $6.50 and lifetime is $31.50. Discounts are available to older adults and people with disabilities. The small license fee helps the millions of dogs in the state by funding the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement. Dog licenses are available from your local county treasurer and other licensing agents. Reasons for dog licensing: It’s the law. All dogs three months or older must have a current license. If your dog gets lost, a license is the best way to get him back. A license helps animal control and shelters identify your dog and get him back home safely. The cost of a license is less than the penalty for being caught without one. Owners who fail to license their dogs could face a fine of up to $300 for each unlicensed dog. License fees support animal control. The annual fee you pay to license your dog helps keep shelters running and supports the work of the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, which is responsible for ensuring the welfare of dogs, regulating dangerous dogs and overseeing annual licensing and rabies vaccinations. Read more

 

Holiday Safety Tips

(Dec 16, 2016)

As family and friends decorate their homes and gather to celebrate the holidays, Pennsylvania Fire Commissioner Tim Solobay and Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller offer some tips to ensure everyone stays safe this holiday season. Read more

 

Kim: Transportation Center Improvements Benefit City Residents

(Dec 08, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Patty Kim says the proposed improvements to the Harrisburg Transportation Center and surrounding neighborhoods will benefit residents of the city as well as the over 1 million people who ride Amtrak, and the regional and local bus service. Read more

 

Kim: Stopping Hate Starts with Educating Each Other

(Dec 01, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Patty Kim joined religious and community leaders at the Islamic Society of Greater Harrisburg to talk about a hate letter sent recently to the mosque. Kim spoke about how the local community and the nation as a whole need more conversation and compassion with Americans with different beliefs. Read more

 

Patty Kim to host veterans’ recognition ceremony

(Nov 04, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 4 – State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, announced she will host a veterans’ recognition breakfast from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11 at Paxton Presbyterian Church, 3500 Sharon St., Harrisburg. At the ceremony, Kim will recognize those residents in her legislative district -- Harrisburg, Steelton, Highspire, Paxtang and part of Swatara Township -- who have served in the military. "This is one small way that we can thank those heroes who sacrificed so much for our freedom," Kim said. "I hope all area veterans will attend so they can receive the recognition and appreciation that they deserve." The event will also include the state’s Mobile Veterans Outreach Van to provide information and assistance on benefits available to veterans. Kim requests that veterans who want to be recognized and receive a personalized citation contact her office at 717-986-1673 or by email at ODouglas@pahouse.net . ### Read more

 

State Grant Provides $3 million for Revitalization Project in Allison Hill

(Nov 03, 2016)

Last week a $3 million state grant was awarded for the redevelopment of a blighted section of the South Allison Hill neighborhood in Harrisburg. The “MulDer Square” revitalization project includes streetscape improvements, construction of commercial retail space and affordable housing, and the demolition of several blighted properties in and around the intersection of Mulberry and Derry streets. The MulDer Square Project is anchored by four key components: · Streetscape Enhancement: Upgrades to streets, walkways, trees, storm water inlets, ADA curbing, and traffic signal. · Housing & Elimination of Blight: Redeveloping 15 Harrisburg Redevelopment Authority (HRA) properties and one privately owned property into 50 new, high quality affordable apartments. Harrisburg House Authority (HHA) will construct three new buildings: one 26-unit, one 21-unit, and one 3-unit. The first floor of one of the 26-unit building (Mulberry Apartments East) will house the commercial/retail space as part of the MulDer Square activity. This space is presently planned for use as a pharmacy. HHA will eliminate blight by demolishing seven abandoned, severely deteriorated houses to construct Mulberry Street Apartments. MulDer Square will demolish an additional three targeted houses in similar condition. · Economic Development: Developing 2,500 square feet of commercial/retail space within HHA’s Mulberry Street Apartments. This Read more

 

2016 Senior Fair a Success

(Sep 09, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Patty Kim held her annual Senior Fair in Harrisburg Friday. By brining over 30 agencies and vendors together, Kim wants to give seniors one-stop convenience for any help they need as they get older. Even if folks couldn't make it out to the event, Kim is ready to help them at her offices in Harrisburg and Steelton. Read more

 

Patty Kim invites area seniors to health fair on Friday

(Sep 07, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 7 – State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, will host her fourth annual senior health fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9 at the Goodwin Memorial Baptist Church Family Life Center, 2430 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg. This year’s fair will focus on the health and welfare of senior citizens and will include: Free health screenings Information on programs to benefit seniors Free dental consultations A diverse group of vendors will offer information on transportation, fitness, insurance, housing disability and health care services. In addition, there will be free giveaways and light refreshments. "I hope many seniors will attend and gather information that may be helpful to them," Kim said. "I look forward to providing valuable information to my older constituents." Constituents may contact Kim’s office at 717-783-9342 with questions about the event. ### Read more

 

Kim: Everyone Deserves A Second Chance

(Aug 31, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Patty Kim speaks in support of the state’s new criminal record expungement and pardon process. Criminal expungement can positively impact those who have served their time and are again trying to become responsible, contributing members of society. Read more

 

Kim and Teplitz to host informational session on Second Chance Law

(Aug 02, 2016)

HARRISBURG, August 1 – State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, and state Sen. Rob Teplitz, D-Dauphin/Perry announced that they are hosting an informational session on the recently enacted “Second Chance Law” for ex-offenders from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, August 27 at the Boys and Girls Club, 1227 Berryhill St., Harrisburg. Doors open at 9:15 a.m. and will close at 10:15 a.m. The event will include information about the state’s new criminal record expungement process and the pardon process. "Criminal expungement can positively impact those who have served their time and are again trying to become responsible, contributing members of society ,” Kim said. “I urge anyone with questions to attend to find out about opportunities to potentially clear their records.” “Giving ex-offenders a second chance to obtain employment and housing reduces recidivism and, more importantly, helps them get on the right track,” Teplitz said. “I’m pleased to team up with Representative Kim for this unique opportunity to assist the community and I encourage interested individuals to register and attend this informative event.” Free one-on-one expungement legal counseling is available to those who pre-register on Rep. Kim’s website at www.pahouse.com/kim , by calling her office at 717-986-1673 , on Sen. Teplitz’s website at www.senatorteplitz.com/RSVP or by calling his Read more

 

Kim Supports Reforming Life Sentences

(Jun 23, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Patty Kim comments on the importance of reforming life sentences for certain inmates, giving them a chance to have a parole hearing when certain criteria are met. Read more

 

Patty Kim applauds minimum wage boost for state workers

(Mar 07, 2016)

HARRISBURG, March 7 – State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, today applauded Gov. Tom Wolf for signing an executive order to provide a minimum wage of $10.15 per hour for all employees who work under his jurisdiction and for employees of state government contractors. "Thanks to Governor Wolf, no state employee who works full-time will have to live below the poverty line," Kim said. "I am hopeful that this is a first step towards the passage of my bill, which would increase the minimum wage for all workers in Pennsylvania." Kim’s bill, H.B. 250, would increase the minimum wage from the current $7.25 per hour to $9 per hour and then to $10.10 per hour a year later. Increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would boost the earnings of a full-time worker by more than $5,900 to $21,008. For a single mother with two children who works 40 hours per week, this would get her family above the poverty line, which is $19,790 for a household of three. Currently, someone earning minimum wage who works 40 hours per week only makes $15,080, which is more than $4,700 below the poverty line, requiring many people to use government assistance programs just to get by. Kim also said that a minimum wage increase will help the state’s economy because most workers making minimum wage need their paychecks to make ends meet. "They don’t save their money because they can’t," Kim said. "They spend their money quickly, which Read more

 

Kim: We Must Raise the Wage

(Mar 07, 2016)

As Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order today that ensures employees under the governor’s jurisdiction will be paid no less than $10.15 an hour, Pa. state Rep. Patty Kim continues to fight for a minimum wage increase for all Pennsylvanians. Read more

 

Kim: Be Proud of your Heritage

(Feb 24, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Patty Kim took her opportunity to speak at the multi-agency celebration of Black History Month and addressed the children in the audience from Harrisburg area schools. Kim talked about her own path to becoming proud of where she came from and encouraged the students to do the same as they work to build a better future. Read more

 

Kim: Expungement Bill Will Change Lives

(Feb 16, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Patty Kim joined Governor Tom Wolf today as he signed into law a bill that expands criminal record sealing in Pennsylvania in order to reduce recidivism, relieve the pardon system, and provide ex-offenders greater opportunity to join the workforce. Rep. Kim knows this will give a second chance to tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians who are held back by a minor crime or charge years ago. Read more

 

Patty Kim: Criminal record expungement bill headed to governor

(Feb 15, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 27 – Language that would allow criminal record expungement in certain situations, written by state Reps. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, and Jordan Harris, D-Phila., is on its way to becoming law. “I am thrilled that criminal expungement legislation will finally become law in Pennsylvania,” Kim said. “There are too many cases in which people make a mistake when they're young and it wreaks havoc on their life for years to come. Making record expungement more accessible prevents a completed sentence from becoming an indefinite sentence.” Kim and Harris’ language is in S.B. 166 , which would allow people convicted of a third- or second-degree misdemeanor, if at least 10 years have passed since they completed their sentence, to request the opportunity to appear before a judge and ask for an order for limited access of their criminal record. Criminal justice and government agencies would not be subject to the order for limited access, and they still would be able to see a person’s entire criminal record information. “This will help thousands of Pennsylvanians who have turned their lives around to find employment and contribute to society,” Kim said. “The more people who are successful after prison means less of a financial drain for prison costs and court systems.” The governor is expected to sign the bill in the next few days. ### Read more

 

Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms available at my office

(Feb 15, 2016)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2015 tax year are available at my district office – and my staff is ready to help you file yours for free ! The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650. Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2015 and meet all other eligibility criteria. The oft-extended deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2015 is June 30, 2016, and the rebates normally are distributed by the Deparment of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more

 

Patty Kim asks residents to volunteer on Martin Luther King Day

(Feb 11, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 12 – As co-chairwoman for Harrisburg’s 2016 MLK Day of Service, state Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, urged area residents to sign up to volunteer on the Jan. 18 Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Kim said there are a number of volunteer opportunities available across Central Pennsylvania. She said interested volunteers can look at the various opportunities and register to participate at www.centralpamlkday.org . “Martin Luther King Jr. Day should be celebrated as a day on and not a day off,” Kim said. “I believe we can best honor his legacy by volunteering to help our fellow citizens.” Area residents are also invited to attend the 2016 MLK Day of Service opening ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18 at Steelton-Highspire High School cafeteria, 250 Reynders Ave., Steelton. The opening ceremony includes: Children’s activities (crafts/face painting) On-site volunteer opportunities Collection bin for Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Donations accepted for local shelters. President Bill Clinton signed legislation making the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday a national day of service in 1995. Over the past 20 years, millions of people have volunteered across the country on the January holiday. ### Read more

 

Kim: Raising Minimum Wage Helps Us All

(Feb 10, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Patty Kim spoke at a rally in Harrisburg to support her bill to raise Pennsylvania's minimum wage. In the middle of the ongoing budget impasse, Kim explained how raising the minimum wage helps close the budget deficit and reduces the use of government assistance by working families. Read more