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McClinton co-sponsoring Thanksgiving meal on Friday

(Nov 19, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 18 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, is co-sponsoring a community Thanksgiving dinner for neighbors from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20 at the Myers Recreation Center, 5803 Kingessing Ave., Philadelphia. Friday's event is the second "Mont Brown Southwest Philly Holiday Dinner." In addition to McClinton and Brown, others co-sponsoring the meal include state Sen. Anthony Williams, state Rep. Jordan Harris and City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson. "I am honored to be co-hosting a community Thanksgiving dinner with other leaders within the Southwest Philadelphia community," McClinton said. "I look forward to serving and sharing the meal with many in our community." Last year, at Mont Brown's First Southwest Philly Holiday Dinner, 600 people were served. The meal is free to all in attendance. Donations are still being accepted and volunteers are needed. To donate or volunteer, contact McClinton's office at (215) 748-6712. Read more


McClinton: We Must Heed Cheyney’s Call

(Nov 10, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton is joined by hundreds of students to demand the Commonwealth do more to help Cheyney University – America’s oldest historically Black institution of higher education – as it struggles to survive in a time of budget crisis and faltering student enrollment. Read more


McClinton's expungement clinic aids more than 70 people

(Nov 05, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 5 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, and state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams co-hosted a criminal record expungement clinic on Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Francis Myers Recreation Center in Philadelphia. About 100 local residents attended the event, and assistance in the expungement process was provided to 73 attendees. "Most people who were charged with some type of crime but never convicted, or found not guilty, are entitled to have their records cleared," McClinton said. "Unfortunately, most people have neither the time, knowledge or experience to deal with the process. That is why these events are so valuable. "One person whom we assisted spoke of being denied any sustaining employment because of an old charge on his record, even though that case had been previously dismissed. "The expungement process erases all court records in those types of cases, which can help the person find a good job, or even to volunteer in the local community." Expungement filing assistance was provided by Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity; The Defenders Association of Philadelphia; Community Legal Services; DiMuzio Zerounian, LLC and Stampone Law. State Rep. Jordan Harris also attended the event. Read more


McClinton: House votes to ease criminal record expungement process

(Oct 27, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 27 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, expressed her enthusiasm of House passage of S.B. 166 this afternoon. Senate Bill 166 will reduce the time for automatic expungement of some criminal record information to three years. "A clean criminal record is essential for those looking to establish a solid employment history," McClinton said. "This bill would remove from a criminal record report any information on indictments or arrests which occurred more than three years previous, as long as no conviction has occurred and no legal proceedings regarding the case are still in the system. "Those convicted of a misdemeanor of the second degree would also be able to petition for an expungement 10 years after final release from prison and other supervision. "Criminal expungements are necessary to empower individuals to move forward and take positive steps in the right direction. Therefore, I have been hosting expungement clinics in both Delaware and Philadelphia counties, so all constituents can be afforded second chances." The next expungement clinic McClinton is co-hosting with state Sen. Anthony H. Williams will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at Myers Recreation Center, 5803 Kingsessing Ave., Philadelphia. In March, the state Senate unanimously passed the original bill, with an effective date of 60 days after the bill was signed into law by the governor. The House amended the start date to take effect 270 days after the governor Read more


McClinton: Mandatory Minimums Don't Work

(Oct 26, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton explains why she opposes mandatory minimum criminal sentences that tie the hands of judges across Pennsylvania, do not work to stop crime and end up costing the Commonwealth in the long run. Read more


McClinton votes to help schools and human services, provide additional property tax relief

(Oct 08, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 8 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton this week voted for legislation to raise revenue for education and human services, provide additional property tax relief and balance the state budget. “There’s no better investment we can make than our children,” said McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. “This plan would have restored $400 million in basic education funding, allowing our schools to reduce class sizes and reinstate important programs that were eliminated because of previous budget cuts.” McClinton said a portion of the additional revenue would have come from a long overdue tax on natural gas drilling. “Pennsylvania remains the only state with significant natural gas production that does have an extraction tax,” McClinton said. “The education of our children must be placed before the interests of big gas and oil companies.” McClinton said she was proud to support the legislation because it would eliminate school property taxes for more than 330,000 Pennsylvanians and significantly reduce school property taxes for an additional 240,000. However, McClinton said she told House Democratic leadership and Gov. Tom Wolf’s staff that the property tax relief should be offered quicker than the legislation provided. “It’s unfortunate this compromise revenue plan offered by the governor and House Democrats was defeated, but I am hopeful today’s debate will provide some framework for a responsible, balanced budget that makes necessary investments.” Read more


McClinton helps start Diaper Awareness Week

(Sep 23, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 23 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton joined a news conference at the state Capitol Tuesday to help promote the 2nd Annual Capitol Diaper Drive. “Less fortunate families and seniors cannot afford disposable diapers and undergarments, and that could result in health problems,” said McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. “Sadly, the diaper gap is growing here in Pennsylvania and across the United States.” Statistics from the National Diaper Bank Network, a national nonprofit organization, demonstrate the scope of the problem. It found that: • One in every three mothers finds it difficult to provide diapers for her children; • Nearly 5.3 million children younger than three suffer from diaper need; • Incontinent seniors on fixed incomes can spend as much as $1,000 a year on disposable undergarments. McClinton noted that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the Women, Infants and Children program do not allow families to buy diapers with money they provide. McClinton praised state Rep. Rosita Youngblood, D-Phila., for addressing the issue by organizing the diaper drive and introducing legislation to try to help people who cannot afford diapers. Unopened diapers, wipes and other products, including incontinent products and disposable adult undergarments, are being collected in the East Wing Rotunda until Oct. 2. Labeled donation bins will also be placed in locations around the Capitol. Youngblood has introduced two bills to help address this problem. House B Read more


McClinton: Diaper Need on the Rise in Pa.

(Sep 22, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton kicks off Diaper Need Awareness Week at the state Capitol. McClinton says access to clean and dry diapers is a growing problem in Pennsylvania, with many families and seniors on fixed incomes finding it difficult to afford expensive diapers and other undergarments. She adds it’s important to support local diaper banks and help friends and neighbors in need. McClinton is also sponsoring legislation to provide grants to help offset the costs associated with operating a diaper bank, in addition to hosting a diaper drive around the Capitol in the coming weeks. Read more


McClinton: Reform statute of limitations limits to help victims of child sexual abuse

(Sep 21, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 21 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton joined a news conference at the state Capitol today to show her support of legislation that would bring needed reforms to Pennsylvania laws that affect victims of child sexual abuse. “Victims of these horrific crimes carry pain and mental scars for a long time,” said McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. “It can take many years – sometimes decades – for victims to summon the courage to talk about what happened to them. That’s why we need to change our laws to give these victims more time to seek justice.” Currently, there are four bills that would allow more victims of child sexual abuse to seek justice. House Bill 661 and an identical Senate bill, Senate Bill 582, would raise the age from 30 to 50 for a victim of child sexual abuse who is now an adult to file a lawsuit. The bills also would permit previously time-barred victims to bring suit. House Bill 655 would eliminate the statute of limitations in child sexual abuse cases, allowing victims to file criminal charges and lawsuits, regardless of the amount of time that has passed since the abuse occurred. In addition, House Bill 951 would create a two-year window for past victims of child sex abuse to file civil suit. Also showing their support for the legislation at today’s news conference were several state representatives and senators, as well as numerous activists. The activists included Lynne Abraham, former Philadelphia district attorney; Jennifer Storm, victim advocat Read more


McClinton: Ready To Serve

(Aug 25, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton was sworn in as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and outline her priorities in her new role in state government. Read more


McClinton sworn in to represent the 191st Legislative District

(Aug 25, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 25 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton was sworn into office today to represent southwest Philadelphia’s 191st Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. "I’m humbled and honored to represent residents from the neighborhoods in which I was raised and I now proudly call my home," McClinton said. "I look forward to advocating for my constituents’ interests and working to make Pennsylvania a better place for all." McClinton’s legislative interests include improving educational opportunities; creating good jobs, particularly for economically disadvantaged areas such as the 191st District; fighting for Pennsylvania to pay for indigent expenses like all other states do, which would save Philadelphia $50 million per year; and requiring the criminal justice system to automatically expunge the records of those found innocent in court. Prior to winning a special election on Aug. 11, McClinton served as chief counsel to state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams for two years. She also served as an assistant public defender in Philadelphia for seven years. McClinton is inviting residents to sign up for e-mail updates on state and local issues by visiting her website, www.pahouse.com/McClinton. Residents can also visit her constituent service office, located at 6027A Ludlow St., Philadelphia, or call the office at 215-748-6712. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and McClinton’s staff can assist residents with a wide variety of state programs and is Read more


McClinton: GOP’s attempted override was politics as usual

(Aug 25, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 25 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton today voted against House Republicans’ attempts to override portions of the budget vetoed in its entirety because the action was unconstitutional and would not have restored Republican cuts to human services made during Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration. "Today’s actions were politics as usual, and did nothing to bring us closer to a responsible budget that helps our citizens," said McClinton, D-Philadelphia/Delaware. "Pennsylvanians do not want stunts such as this one. They want a budget that will properly fund our schools and human service providers." McClinton said the GOP’s actions were likely unconstitutional because Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed the budget entirely, and the General Assembly must reconsider it in whole. McClinton said a professor who is an expert on the state Constitution, as well as the General Assembly’s non-partisan Legislative Reference Bureau, said overriding a general veto of the budget bill on a line-by-line basis is unconstitutional. "The budget now is nearly two months late, and the clock is ticking," McClinton said. "Republican legislative leaders would have been better off spending the afternoon negotiating with the governor instead of trying to score political points." Read more