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

Rep. Kirkland to participate in forum on reducing gun violence

(1 day ago)

In December, Kirkland was appointed to Gov. Tom Wolf’s Special Council on Gun Violence. And this month, Kirkland was appointed co-chair of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus’ anti-gun violence subcommittee. Read more

 

Dermody statement on Speaker Turzai’s decision

(Jan 23, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 23 – Democratic Leader Frank Dermody issued this statement in reaction to House Speaker Mike Turzai’s decision not to seek another term in office: “Mike and I have been friends for a long time, going back to the 1980s before either of us was in the House. We’ve had and will always have many disagreements about the best ways for Pennsylvania government to carry out its responsibilities in education, health care, protecting the environment and supporting good job development. “While the political battles go on, I understand and respect his choice to go down another path in the future. House Democrats will continue working to achieve our Plan for Pennsylvania and expect the speaker to preside over the House fairly. “Speaker Turzai’s decision not to return in 2021 will mean a change in leadership for the Pennsylvania House. This year’s election will inspire more change and House Democrats are planning and working to be in position to elect a new speaker after the November election.” Read more

 

Freeman bill to help communities with high percentage of tax-exempt properties moved out of committee

(Jan 22, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 22 – A bill introduced by Rep. Robert Freeman to financially help municipalities with high levels of tax-exempt property cleared its first hurdle today when the House Local Government Committee reported out the bill by a 22-1 vote. Tax-exempt property that may impact municipalities include colleges and universities, nonprofit medical facilities, county and other government offices or state forests and game lands. "Because of the effect tax-exempt properties have on the real estate tax base of several communities in the Lehigh Valley and across Pennsylvania, affected municipalities often have difficulty providing the essential services expected from local government," said Freeman, D-Northampton. "By providing annual funding to these municipalities, we can enable them to fix and maintain infrastructure and to provide the essential services that ensure the health and safety of their residents." House Bill 1677 would establish the Tax-Exempt Property Municipal Assistance Fund to help municipalities with 15% or more of their total assessed property value as tax-exempt property within their borders. It would be funded by the state's existing 18% Liquor Tax, known as the Johnstown Flood Tax. "The Johnstown Flood Tax was created to help Johnstown rebuild after it was devastated by a flood in 1936," Freeman said. "That was a long time ago, and that money can be used to help other communities facing Read more

 

Rep. Freeman helps secure $67,500 in state funding for local projects

(Jan 22, 2020)

State Rep. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, today announced that his area will benefit from a share of state funding awarded to the 136th Legislative District. Read more

 

House clears Neilson measure to recognize International Holocaust Remembrance Day in PA on Jan. 27

(Jan 22, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 22 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today adopted a resolution introduced by Rep. Ed Neilson to recognize Jan. 27, 2020 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Pennsylvania. “ Between 1933 and 1945, nearly 17 million people were tragically murdered in the horrifying, state-sponsored genocide known as the Holocaust,” Neilson said. “It is critical to our humanity and to the memory of the millions of people who were murdered during the Holocaust that we commemorate Jan. 27 – 75 years to the day of the liberation of the largest and deadliest concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau – as International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Pennsylvania.” The Holocaust was a human rights crisis of epic proportions. While Jews were the priority target of Nazi racism, other groups within Germany were persecuted for racial reasons. Studies have shown that a growing number of Americans lack a basic knowledge of the Holocaust and the events that led up to it. Commemorating the day is one way to try to educate the public, Neilson said. It is also about more than just remembering history and honoring the victims, Neilson added. “ This is a day to remember and mourn, and a day to stand up against hate and violence,” Neilson said. “We have seen recent violent acts inspired by hate perpetrated against people throughout our country, including the Read more

 

Cephas, Hohenstein introduce legislation to expand notification time for hospital closures

(Jan 21, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 21 – Following the closure of Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia in September, state Reps. Morgan Cephas and Joe Hohenstein have introduced legislation that would help support the communities and staff impacted by sudden closures. “The closure of Hahnemann created a devasting ripple effect throughout Philadelphia and surrounding areas. For more than 170 years, the hospital served a low-income patient population and was a teaching hospital, training doctors and nurses,” Cephas said. “Since the announcement in June 2019 that Hahnemann would close its doors for good, the process that followed was swift, offering patients and employees little to no options in the aftermath.” The representatives said their bill (H.B. 2242) would help change that. It would require hospitals to provide written notice of intent to close within 180 days. Current law only requires 90 days. “I stood on the front lines in solidarity with labor unions representing the many hospital staffers who were left unemployed. I heard their grievances and I saw surrounding economically disadvantaged communities being deprived quality health care,” Hohenstein said. “Very few at the top benefit while countless people and families are left to suffer. We can no longer allow these closures to be carried out similarly to regular business dealings because there’s too much at stake. “ Read more

 

Malagari announces state grants for local volunteer fire, EMS organizations

(Jan 17, 2020)

State Rep. Steve Malagari announced state grants have been approved to support local volunteer fire and emergency service companies. Read more

 

Burns works to support local firefighters, EMS with $303,300 in funding

(Jan 17, 2020)

Grants can be used for equipment, training or other needs Read more

 

$70,000 awarded to Northgate, Pittsburgh for school technology

(Jan 17, 2020)

Grants will be used to expand computer science programs Read more

 

Bizzarro announces more than $166k to district in Fire Company, Emergency Medical Service Grant Program awards

(Jan 17, 2020)

Volunteer fire companies and emergency service providers were awarded state funding from the Office of the State Fire Commissioner’s Fire Company, Emergency Medical Service Grant Program, announced Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie. Read more

 

Galloway, Warren announce grants for STEM education in Bucks County

(Jan 17, 2020)

State Reps. John Galloway and Perry Warren announced PAsmart targeted grants have been approved for Pennsbury and Bristol Borough school districts Friday to expand computer science classes and teacher training in Bucks County. The grants are one component of the PAsmart initiative to improve computer science and STEM – or science, technology, engineering and mathematics – education. Read more

 

Zabel named co-chair of newly launched Juvenile Justice Task Force

(Jan 17, 2020)

“I’m excited and honored for this opportunity to serve on this interbranch, bipartisan task force. I am confident we will do whatever we can do to strengthen the system and improve how the state handles juvenile justice.” Read more

 

Ciresi, Webster announce $35K grant for Perkiomen Valley School District

(Jan 17, 2020)

State Reps. Joe Ciresi and Joe Webster announced a $35,000 PAsmart Targeted grant has been approved for Perkiomen Valley School District Friday to expand computer science classes and teacher training. The grants are one component of the PAsmart initiative to improve computer science and STEM – or science, technology, engineering and mathematics – education. Read more

 

Woodland Hills, Pittsburgh to receive $70,000 for tech in schools

(Jan 17, 2020)

Grants will help expand computer science programs, teacher training Read more

 

Burns lands another $105,000 for technology in local schools

(Jan 17, 2020)

Grants build on 2019 investments, total $175,000 for school tech, training Read more

 

Burns: St. Francis gets $28,500 grant to combat sexual assault

(Jan 17, 2020)

$2.44 million in state aid awarded to university since 2017 Read more

 

It’s On Us PA’ Awards $1 Million to 36 Colleges, Universities to Combat Sexual Assault

(Jan 16, 2020)

Today nearly $1 million in state grants were awarded to combat campus sexual assault at 36 colleges and universities. Read more

 

Zabel introduces bill to support victims of domestic violence attempting to obtain PFA orders

(Jan 16, 2020)

The bill, H.B. 2228, would require employers to provide unpaid leave for employees who attend a PFA hearing if the employee is a victim or is providing testimony on behalf of a victim. Read more

 

Burns: $77k state grant will prepare students for local STEM jobs

(Jan 16, 2020)

Investment is in workforce development program to grow regional economy Read more

 

Briggs: Amended cell phone bill would weaken current law on texting while driving

(Jan 15, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 15 – A House bill aimed at increasing safety on the roads was amended in a way that would actually weaken current state law and send Pennsylvania backward in efforts to stop texting while driving, state Rep. Tim Briggs said today. House Bill 37, passed by the House today, would prohibit the use of handheld communications devices while driving. But an amendment added to the bill Tuesday made it a secondary offense for adult drivers to text or use a hand-held device, meaning police officers would have to have another reason to pull a driver over in the first place. Texting while driving is currently a primary offense in Pennsylvania. “I support a ban on using phones and other devices while driving, but I voted against this bill. Years ago, we fought hard to make texting while driving a primary offense, and reducing it to a secondary offense through this bill is a step backward,” said Briggs, D-Montgomery. “Proponents of the changes say this will mirror seat belt law, which is a secondary offense for adults. But if we’re really concerned about safety, failing to buckle up should be a primary offense as well.” Currently, 48 states and Washington D.C. ban text messaging while driving, and it is a primary offense in all but three of those states. The overall goal is safety, Briggs said, and H.B. 37 as amended would make it more difficult for police to enforce a ban. “We’ve worked on this Read more

 

Rep. Kirkland to participate in forum on reducing gun violence
1 day ago

Dermody statement on Speaker Turzai’s decision
Jan 23, 2020

Freeman bill to help communities with high percentage of tax-exempt properties moved out of committee
Jan 22, 2020

Rep. Freeman helps secure $67,500 in state funding for local projects
Jan 22, 2020

House clears Neilson measure to recognize International Holocaust Remembrance Day in PA on Jan. 27
Jan 22, 2020

Cephas, Hohenstein introduce legislation to expand notification time for hospital closures
Jan 21, 2020

Malagari announces state grants for local volunteer fire, EMS organizations
Jan 17, 2020

Burns works to support local firefighters, EMS with $303,300 in funding
Jan 17, 2020

$70,000 awarded to Northgate, Pittsburgh for school technology
Jan 17, 2020

Bizzarro announces more than $166k to district in Fire Company, Emergency Medical Service Grant Program awards
Jan 17, 2020

Galloway, Warren announce grants for STEM education in Bucks County
Jan 17, 2020

Zabel named co-chair of newly launched Juvenile Justice Task Force
Jan 17, 2020

Ciresi, Webster announce $35K grant for Perkiomen Valley School District
Jan 17, 2020

Woodland Hills, Pittsburgh to receive $70,000 for tech in schools
Jan 17, 2020

Burns lands another $105,000 for technology in local schools
Jan 17, 2020

Burns: St. Francis gets $28,500 grant to combat sexual assault
Jan 17, 2020

It’s On Us PA’ Awards $1 Million to 36 Colleges, Universities to Combat Sexual Assault
Jan 16, 2020

Zabel introduces bill to support victims of domestic violence attempting to obtain PFA orders
Jan 16, 2020

Burns: $77k state grant will prepare students for local STEM jobs
Jan 16, 2020

Briggs: Amended cell phone bill would weaken current law on texting while driving
Jan 15, 2020