Braddock Borough awarded state funding for boat launch project

(1 day ago)

A local organization that works to protect the trails and riverfronts of Allegheny County has been awarded a state grant through the Pennsylvania Fish and Boating Commission, according to state Rep. Summer Lee, D-Allegheny. Read more

 

As Biden heads to Pittsburgh to talk infrastructure, Mon Valley legislators urge federal investment in two long-awaited projects

(Mar 29, 2021)

Projects would open region for economic turnaround, investment in communities Read more

 

Krajewski: Dignity and forward thinking needed with approaches for incarcerated parents

(Mar 19, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 19 – The House Democratic Policy Committee’s Subcommittee on Progressive Policies for Working People hosted a roundtable discussion focusing on incarcerated parents and the impact of incarceration on families. Read more

 

Lee: Cash bail reforms needed to address racial inequities, public health and safety

(Mar 18, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 18 – State Rep. Summer Lee today hosted a hearing of the Subcommittee on Progressive Policies for Working People, bringing together advocates statewide to highlight the need for eliminating cash bail in Pennsylvania. The hearing’s first panel included Larry Krasner, district attorney, city of Philadelphia; Bethany Hallam, at-large member, Allegheny County Council; Jessica Lopez, community activist and Lancaster County resident; and Muhammad “MAN-E” Ali Nasir, community activist and co-founder of Jailbreak PGH. Krasner highlighted reforms Philadelphia implemented that resulted in public health and safety improvements through the pandemic and called for reforms at the state level. Hallam, Lopez and Nasir shared their personal experiences with cash bail that exposed systemic racism and traumatic practices that ignored the presumption of innocence and implemented punitive detainment practices. Lee, D-Allegheny, said, “While we must eliminate debtors’ prisons, we cannot replace it with other pre-trial practices and conditions that impose unjust and harmful physical and financial barriers for folks who -- until convicted by a jury of their peers -- are presumed innocent! We have to proceed with caution to ensure we're not replacing one harm with another. Today’s discussion clearly showed the benefits to eliminating cash bail and making the system more fair and equitable.” “Cash bail punishes Read more

 

Krajewski and Lee to discuss incarcerated parents’ rights at Friday’s Policy subcommittee hearing

(Mar 17, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 17 – State Reps. Rick Krajewski and Summer Lee will host a virtual hearing of the House Democratic Policy Committee’s Subcommittee on Progressive Policies for Working People where the rights of incarcerated parents will be the focus. Read more

 

Lee, House Democratic Policy Committee to talk cash bail reforms during Thursday virtual hearing

(Mar 16, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 16 – State Rep. Summer Lee, D-Allegheny, will host a virtual House Democratic Policy Committee hearing this week where the impacts of cash bail will be discussed with experts including those personally impacted by the practice. The hearing will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 18. To view, the media and public can tune in to www.pahouse.com/policycommittee or the committee’s Facebook page -- @PADemPolicy. Media inquiries may be submitted via email to policy@pahouse.net . Lee will be joined by committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro and Democratic Policy Committee members to discuss why cash bail reforms are necessary, how they have been harmful to communities and to learn consider more effective alternatives. Read more

 

Allegheny County rental relief program now accepting applications

(Mar 15, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 15 – Financial assistance is now available to help Allegheny County residents struggling to pay rent or utilities during the COVID-19 pandemic as part of a program that is partially funded by legislation members of the Allegheny County Democratic Delegation helped to pass. The Allegheny County Emergency Rental Assistance program has a total of $79.9 million to distribute to eligible county residents. Of that funding, $43 million came from Act 1 of 2021, which Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law last month. Eligibility requirements for the program include: having at least one person who qualifies for unemployment, has lost income or suffered financially due to COVID-19. being at risk of experiencing homelessness. having a total income below 80% of the Area Median Income for Allegheny County. ACDD Chairman state Rep. Austin Davis, as well as state Reps. Jessica Benham, Dan Deasy, Tony DeLuca, Dan Frankel, Ed Gainey, Sara Innamorato, Emily Kinkead, Anita Kulik, Summer Lee, Brandon Markosek, Robert Matzie, Dan Miller, Nick Pisciottano and Jake Wheatley, issued the following statement: “People living in Allegheny County have been struggling for over a year during this pandemic. This program has been a long time coming and helps provide direct relief to those who’ve been scrambling to pay their rent and bills during this Read more

 

Lee: $3.5M in grants to help library, school, recovery support services

(Dec 23, 2020)

Major state grants announced just in time for holidays Read more

 

Lawmakers move to reintroduce eviction moratorium for PA

(Dec 22, 2020)

Bill would expand federal legislation, protect PA families Read more

 

Lee: State to invest $455,450 in local projects, nonprofits

(Dec 08, 2020)

Tax credits provide boost when funding sorely needed due to COVID Read more

 

Lee: Braddock library to receive $750,000 state grant

(Nov 12, 2020)

Funding to help with major renovation project at library Read more

 

Rep. Lee to introduce legislation to decriminalize sex work in Pennsylvania

(Oct 16, 2020)

Proposed bill believed to be first of its kind in legislature’s history Read more

 

ICYMI: Watch my October virtual townhall here!

(Oct 05, 2020)

Chat about legislative priorities, our office’s operations, and resources during COVID-19 for families, businesses, nonprofits and communities. Read more

 

McClinton, Lee, Hughes renew effort to pass CROWN Act outlawing discrimination based on hairstyles in Pennsylvania

(Sep 24, 2020)

On the heels of the U.S. House passing the CROWN Act, state Reps. Joanna McClinton and Summer Lee along with state Sen. Vincent Hughes are renewing their fight to enact similar legislation to outlaw discrimination based on hairstyles in Pennsylvania. During a virtual news conference today, McClinton, Lee and Hughes joined ABA Consulting Founder and CEO Adjoa B. Asamoah to highlight bills they've introduced ( H.B. 2725 and S.B. 964 ) to amend the Pa. Human Relations Act and clarify the term "race" to include traits such as hair texture and protective hairstyles. "This is just another way Black and Brown people are being victimized for embracing their ethnic roots and going against what society has deemed normal," said House Democratic Caucus Chair McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. "Braids and afros should never rob someone of well-deserving opportunities. However, we've seen it happen to too many of our brothers and sisters in the workplace, sports and school, including at a Texas high school, where a senior was required to cut his dreadlocks to walk at graduation. I refuse to sit back and let this form of racism stand in Pennsylvania." “For far too long, Black women have been penalized for simply existing as themselves. True social justice isn’t just about badly needed police reforms, it’s about confronting systemic racism across our Read more

 

House Democrats fight to keep renters, homeowners Safe at Home

(Aug 31, 2020)

The House Democratic Housing Working Group announced a package of bills to protect people across Pennsylvania as the state’s moratorium on evictions and foreclosures expires Read more

 

Police Reform Working Group issues statement on House Republican Policy hearing on law enforcement; calls for further legislative action

(Aug 27, 2020)

The Police Reform Working Group, a collection of local and state elected officials and advocates, issued the following statement in response to a Pennsylvania House Republican Policy Committee hearing on law enforcement interactions with the community:“We appreciate the House Republican Policy Committee shining a light on how law enforcement interacts with communities around the state. This is a necessary discussion that is long overdue and it’s encouraging to hear presenters today acknowledge that police reform is necessary. Read more

 

Representatives Fiedler, Lee and Innamorato to introduce legislation ensuring housing rights for PA renters and homeowners

(Aug 26, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 26 – Today, state Reps. Elizabeth Fiedler, Summer Lee and Sara Innamorato announced plans to introduce legislation to help keep people in their homes during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Citing concerns over Monday’s expiration of the foreclosure and eviction moratorium, the lawmakers emphasized urgent action to prevent mass evictions and foreclosures across the state. The legislation would provide Pennsylvania’s governor express powers to place a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures in the commonwealth or specific counties during a disaster emergency. “Everyone deserves a place to call home. This legislation will help keep our communities intact, and make sure our neighbors have more time to apply for financial relief programs, plan for the short- and long-term, and save money. The impact of being pushed out of your home can be traumatic, especially for children, and we need to do everything possible to prevent it from happening, especially during a pandemic.” said Fiedler, D-Phila. “The legislature must act now to prevent the man-made disaster that will unfold if the moratorium on evictions and foreclosures is lifted,” Lee, D-Allegheny, said. “Failure to do so will create a humanitarian crisis among the very people who have already been victimized by this crisis, who are asked daily to put their and their families’ health on the line for the rest of Read more

 

2020 Summer Newsletter

(Aug 18, 2020)

Read Rep. Summer Lee's 2020 Summer Newsletter Read more

 

Sen. Costa, Reps Lee, Gainey announce $1M for local water, sewer projects

(Aug 17, 2020)

Grants to help local communities fund projects Read more

 

House Democrats in Pittsburgh announce $409K in education funding for Pittsburgh School District

(Aug 07, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 7 – House Democrats representing the city of Pittsburgh announced Friday the disbursement of $409,000 in education funding to the Pittsburgh School District. Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation members who represent the city of Pittsburgh include state Reps. Dan Deasy, Dan Frankel, Ed Gainey, Sara Innamorato, Summer Lee, Dan Miller, Adam Ravenstahl, Harry Readshaw and Jake Wheatley. “This is substantial funding for the Pittsburgh School District,” said state Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the delegation. “The allotted funding will go toward well-needed resources, and it will ensure students in the district have a better chance of achieving academic success.” The grants may be used to purchase computer equipment, such as laptops, tablets and internet hot spots, or used toward providing instructional materials, such as paper lessons and coursework. Schools with the highest percentages of students lacking access to resources were given priority in receiving these grants. The Continuity in Education and Equity Grants are designed to help provide access and inclusion for all learners by bridging the gap for students who are currently limited in their ability to participate in continuity of education. Read more

 

Braddock Borough awarded state funding for boat launch project
1 day ago

As Biden heads to Pittsburgh to talk infrastructure, Mon Valley legislators urge federal investment in two long-awaited projects
Mar 29, 2021

Krajewski: Dignity and forward thinking needed with approaches for incarcerated parents
Mar 19, 2021

Lee: Cash bail reforms needed to address racial inequities, public health and safety
Mar 18, 2021

Krajewski and Lee to discuss incarcerated parents’ rights at Friday’s Policy subcommittee hearing
Mar 17, 2021

Lee, House Democratic Policy Committee to talk cash bail reforms during Thursday virtual hearing
Mar 16, 2021

Allegheny County rental relief program now accepting applications
Mar 15, 2021

Lee: $3.5M in grants to help library, school, recovery support services
Dec 23, 2020

Lawmakers move to reintroduce eviction moratorium for PA
Dec 22, 2020

Lee: State to invest $455,450 in local projects, nonprofits
Dec 08, 2020

Lee: Braddock library to receive $750,000 state grant
Nov 12, 2020

Rep. Lee to introduce legislation to decriminalize sex work in Pennsylvania
Oct 16, 2020

ICYMI: Watch my October virtual townhall here!
Oct 05, 2020

McClinton, Lee, Hughes renew effort to pass CROWN Act outlawing discrimination based on hairstyles in Pennsylvania
Sep 24, 2020

House Democrats fight to keep renters, homeowners Safe at Home
Aug 31, 2020

Police Reform Working Group issues statement on House Republican Policy hearing on law enforcement; calls for further legislative action
Aug 27, 2020

Representatives Fiedler, Lee and Innamorato to introduce legislation ensuring housing rights for PA renters and homeowners
Aug 26, 2020

2020 Summer Newsletter
Aug 18, 2020

Sen. Costa, Reps Lee, Gainey announce $1M for local water, sewer projects
Aug 17, 2020

House Democrats in Pittsburgh announce $409K in education funding for Pittsburgh School District
Aug 07, 2020