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House Democrats demand accountability for Republican election lies

Fiedler, Krajewski to host hearing focused on Pa.’s education budget

(Feb 26, 2021)

Policy Committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro will join Fiedler, Krajewski and House Democratic colleagues for a look at how the education budget should take a fair and equitable approach that provides quality educational opportunities regardless of zip code. Read more

 

Ciresi joins Gov. Wolf in Unveiling Bipartisan Charter School Accountability Plan to Protect All Students and Taxpayers

(Feb 26, 2021)

“We owe it to our students, families, teachers, and taxpayers to fix a broken and out-of-date 25-year-old charter school law, with issues I’ve seen over 12 years as a school board member,” said Rep. Joe Ciresi. Read more

 

Markosek bill would establish epilepsy management and training plans in Pa. schools

(Feb 26, 2021)

House Bill 622, to be known as Haley’s Law, would establish procedures for parents to give their child’s school a physician-approved seizure management and treatment plan. It would also connect teachers, faculty and staff with seizure recognition training and basic first aid skills. Read more

 

With greater numbers at risk, Merski bill takes aim at human trafficking

(Feb 26, 2021)

Merski, D-Erie, said he introduced H.B. 644 – which would require that the National Human Trafficking Hotline number be posted in stalls, on mirrors, and by all hand dryers and paper towel dispensers – to increase access to a lifesaving tool at a time when pandemic-based hardships have upped the risks for trafficking victims. Read more

 

Miller, Davis legislation would increase transparency in law enforcement videos

(Feb 26, 2021)

Act 22 of 2017 approved the use of body cameras by law enforcement. While Miller and Davis believe the law has protected both officers and the public, they also believe it has shortcomings that need to be addressed. Read more

 

PA LGBTQ Equality Caucus denounces U.S. Sen. Rand Paul for bringing his transphobia to the confirmation hearing of Dr. Rachel Levine

(Feb 25, 2021)

Levine, who if confirmed would be the highest ranking openly trans government official at the federal level, is President Joe Biden’s nominee for assistant secretary of Health and Human Services. She previously served as Pennsylvania’s physician general and secretary of Health. Read more

 

Merski bill would shed light on local board decision-making

(Feb 25, 2021)

Merski said H.B. 647 – which would require municipal authorities, boards and other local government bodies to maintain public websites listing board members’ names and other information – would bring greater transparency to the decision-making process. Read more

 

Frankel lauds plans for vaccine registry, encourages ongoing equity efforts

(Feb 24, 2021)

“The use of a registry system will bring order and transparency to the process, and allow us to clearly see and respond to the communities that need more outreach,” Frankel said. Read more

 

Snyder and Bizzarro push for changes to vaccine prioritization

(Feb 24, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 24 – Citing significant and troubling concerns regarding access to the COVID-19 vaccine for several at-risk populations, including teachers, school personnel and corrections officers, state Reps. Pam Snyder and Ryan Bizzarro have sent a letter to acting Pennsylvania Health Secretary Allison Beam, urging her to augment the Phase 1a category to include those individuals. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Westmoreland, said further changes in prioritization are needed, including limiting smokers to only those 65 or older, which would put senior citizens and high-risk workers at the top of the list, while still allowing at-risk smokers access to the vaccine. “Prioritizing others over our educators and corrections officers is baffling, especially when you consider the close congregate work they perform, and to have them currently placed in the Phase 1b category is insulting,” Snyder said. “It’s also vital that our health care systems be better informed as to the number of vaccines they’re slated to receive, as well as when those vaccines will arrive. These institutions must be kept updated, and to leave them in the dark only further exacerbates the issues we continue to have with the ongoing vaccine rollout process.” “ I am proud to partner with Representative Snyder in helping make sure our most vulnerable populations receive the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Bizzarro, D-Erie. “The Read more

 

McNeill: We Must Protect the Sanctity of Unions and Religious Freedom for Pennsylvanians

(Feb 24, 2021)

“Marriage is one of the most important steps two people can take in their lives,” said McNeill. “Sadly, under our current law, couples who have their marriages officiated by a minister ordained online face uncertainty.” Read more

 

Mullery introduces critical employee protection legislation

(Feb 24, 2021)

“Right now, there are serious loopholes in our laws that could have potentially devastating impacts on our workers,” Mullery said. “My bills would ensure every working Pennsylvanian would not have to worry about retaliation for doing the right thing or having their rights stripped away because of dishonest employers.” Read more

 

Snyder, House Democratic Policy Committee discuss Powering PA: 21st Century Energy Jobs at Wednesday hearing

(Feb 24, 2021)

“Today’s hearing was informative and gives our committee the information we need to continue to work with industry and energy officials to provide family-sustaining jobs, while also ensuring a safe and reliable energy supply for all Pennsylvanians.” Read more

 

Legislature should move forward with redistricting process

(Feb 24, 2021)

“We need to name and certify our commission members, we need to name a chair, we need to get the reapportionment website up and running and we need to start setting our public input hearings right now,” Davidson said. “This process could and should have started earlier this month. There is no reason to delay and no time to lose.” Read more

 

COVID Safety and Recovery in Public Transportation at the center of House Democratic Policy Committee hearing

(Feb 23, 2021)

“The vitality of our public transit systems is important to our commonwealth’s success. People need to get to work safely and on time. It’s also a key factor in business development decisions when companies are making decisions on where to set up shop,” Rep. Bizzarro explained. Read more

 

Gainey, Miller to introduce bill allowing college athletes to get paid

(Feb 23, 2021)

Their bill, H.B. 632, would allow college athletes in Pennsylvania to sign endorsement deals, earn compensation for their name, image and likeness, and sign licensing contracts that would allow them to earn money. It would also allow them to hire professional representation, like agents, to manage their contracts and finances. Read more

 

O’Mara reappointed to Public Higher Education Funding Commission

(Feb 23, 2021)

The purpose of the commission is to review and make recommendations related to higher education funding, affordability and effectiveness, administration, and operations. Read more

 

Krajewski introduces legislation to help struggling families stay in their homes

(Feb 22, 2021)

The legislation, which Krajewski introduced with state Reps. Jared Solomon and Morgan Cephas, both D-Phila., would allow a mortgage modification to be finalized in advance of the payment of municipal liens assessed on a property. Current state law requires lien satisfaction before a mortgage modification can be finalized. Read more

 

Isaacson leads discussion on protecting the Delaware River Basin

(Feb 22, 2021)

Isaacson, who represents the River Wards along the Delaware River from Old Richmond to Queen Village, highlighted the state’s responsibility to fully fund its commitment to the basin. Read more

 

Miller, Kim to introduce bill extending eligibility for special ed programs during pandemic

(Feb 22, 2021)

“Given the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, it would be unconscionable to allow these students to age out of this program without full access to its benefits,” said Miller. “That is why we are introducing this bill, which will allow many to have a little more time due to COVID interruption. It would also permit students who were forced out to re-engage if they so desired.” Read more

 

House, Senate Democrats call for repairs to hazardous, toxic schools across the commonwealth

(Feb 19, 2021)

The legislators said they are hopeful to gain bipartisan support for the initiative to repair schools statewide. Beyond the clear benefits in creating healthier, safer schools, they point to the potential economic impact from the jobs that would be created as a result of the infrastructure investment. Read more

 

Fiedler, Krajewski to host hearing focused on Pa.’s education budget
Feb 26, 2021

Ciresi joins Gov. Wolf in Unveiling Bipartisan Charter School Accountability Plan to Protect All Students and Taxpayers
Feb 26, 2021

Markosek bill would establish epilepsy management and training plans in Pa. schools
Feb 26, 2021

With greater numbers at risk, Merski bill takes aim at human trafficking
Feb 26, 2021

Miller, Davis legislation would increase transparency in law enforcement videos
Feb 26, 2021

PA LGBTQ Equality Caucus denounces U.S. Sen. Rand Paul for bringing his transphobia to the confirmation hearing of Dr. Rachel Levine
Feb 25, 2021

Merski bill would shed light on local board decision-making
Feb 25, 2021

Frankel lauds plans for vaccine registry, encourages ongoing equity efforts
Feb 24, 2021

Snyder and Bizzarro push for changes to vaccine prioritization
Feb 24, 2021

McNeill: We Must Protect the Sanctity of Unions and Religious Freedom for Pennsylvanians
Feb 24, 2021

Mullery introduces critical employee protection legislation
Feb 24, 2021

Snyder, House Democratic Policy Committee discuss Powering PA: 21st Century Energy Jobs at Wednesday hearing
Feb 24, 2021

Legislature should move forward with redistricting process
Feb 24, 2021

COVID Safety and Recovery in Public Transportation at the center of House Democratic Policy Committee hearing
Feb 23, 2021

Gainey, Miller to introduce bill allowing college athletes to get paid
Feb 23, 2021

O’Mara reappointed to Public Higher Education Funding Commission
Feb 23, 2021

Krajewski introduces legislation to help struggling families stay in their homes
Feb 22, 2021

Isaacson leads discussion on protecting the Delaware River Basin
Feb 22, 2021

Miller, Kim to introduce bill extending eligibility for special ed programs during pandemic
Feb 22, 2021

House, Senate Democrats call for repairs to hazardous, toxic schools across the commonwealth
Feb 19, 2021