Harkins joins labor officials at state Capitol to push for public worker protections

(Apr 11, 2022)

Harkins, D-Erie, said he hopes the study will move the state closer to passing H.B. 1976, which would bring long-overdue protections to the more than 600,000 Pennsylvanians employed by state and local government. Read more

 

PA legislators highlight name change legislative package intended to ease name change process for transgender Pennsylvanians

(Apr 11, 2022)

“The need within Pennsylvania’s transgender community to address these systemic barriers has been unmet and growing; it’s about time we ensure that one of the most vulnerable communities in Pennsylvania has the support it needs to thrive.” Read more

 

Ketanji Brown Jackson is now the only former public defender on Supreme Court. This matters.

(Apr 11, 2022)

Jackson’s appointment not only fulfills President Biden’s campaign promise and underscored his overall efforts to diversify the bench, but her background as a public defender and her love of the law are precisely what the Supreme Court needs right now to restore America’s faith in the court’s independence. Read more

 

Merski introduces legislation to help startup businesses hurt by COVID-19

(Apr 11, 2022)

Merski, D-Erie, said he drafted H.B. 2487 after becoming aware that many small businesses that started in January 2020 or later did not qualify under existing relief programs. Read more

 

Burns introduces bill to strengthen open records law for public officials

(Apr 07, 2022)

The bill would not change what information is considered public in Pennsylvania and would not affect individuals who use the law to access public documents. Read more

 

State Rep. Chris Rabb reappointed as chair of Equity Committee

(Apr 06, 2022)

Created by an amendment to the House Democratic Caucus bylaws in 2018, the Equity Committee evaluates and makes recommendations regarding social equity issues related to policy, membership, personnel, legal, procurement, communications and appropriations. Read more

 

Collective action required to protect students and communities from toxic schools

(Apr 06, 2022)

Subcommittee Chair Elizabeth Fiedler hosted the hearing that brought together students, educators, design experts and labor leaders to discuss the implications of inaction and benefits of investment in school safety. Read more

 

Now open for applications: Transportation, recovery housing, and public health funding opportunities

(Apr 05, 2022)

Read about state grant programs that are open for applications. Read more

 

Republicans are waging war against an imaginary problem, but real trans children will be hurt | Opinion

(Apr 05, 2022)

HB 972 doesn’t protect anyone, and it doesn’t fix any problem. Rather, the bill further stigmatizes an already vulnerable group of children and fails to address in any way the very real lack of support provided to girls’ sports in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

State Rep. Chris Rabb introduces bill that would modernize candidacy requirements for special elections

(Apr 05, 2022)

According to Rabb, the requirement for candidates to adhere to their political party’s process impedes prospective candidates from attempting to run in special elections. Read more

 

Let’s Help Ukrainians Transition to Security in PA

(Apr 04, 2022)

This is not some crisis affecting strangers on the nightly news. These are our neighbors’ families. This is local. This is real. This is touching our communities. Read more

 

Conklin to introduce domestic violence ethical integrity legislation

(Apr 04, 2022)

“As we work in Harrisburg to enact smart policies to reduce rising rates of domestic violence, it is incumbent that legislators do so not only with a clean conscience, but by putting families and the victims of domestic violence – and not their own interests – first,” Conklin said. Read more

 

Policy Committe Hearing: Charter schools raise property taxes

(Apr 04, 2022)

Today, the House Democratic Policy Committee held a hearing about Pennsylvania charter schools, laws regulating them, and their overall impact on property taxes. Read more

 

Rep. Rozzi joins governor and attorney general in calling for state Senate to ensure justice for survivors of childhood sexual abuse

(Apr 04, 2022)

“It’s been a full year since this bill passed in the House of Representatives, and the Senate needs to act now,” Rozzi said. “Many senators are on record as supporters and the sole obstacle that remains is the majority party leadership’s refusal to allow a vote on the legislation." Read more

 

Cephas touts April 1 opening for longer postpartum care option in PA

(Apr 01, 2022)

Cephas is an ardent fighter for health equity and improved maternal health care in Philadelphia and across the commonwealth. Read more

 

Merski resolution urges greater U.S. involvement to aid Ukrainian refugees

(Apr 01, 2022)

Merski said he anticipates strong support for H.R. 191, as Pennsylvania is home to the second-highest number of Ukrainian Americans in the nation. Read more

 

PLBC awards Crystal Bird Fauset Leadership honorees  

(Apr 01, 2022)

The award is named in honor of former state Rep. Crystal Bird Fauset, who was a Democrat elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1938 and represented Philadelphia’s 18th Legislative District. She was the first Black woman elected in any state legislature. Read more

 

Webster: Pennsylvania must do better to address storm water flooding | Opinion

(Mar 31, 2022)

To further empower Pennsylvania to combat flood waters, I will soon introduce a bill that would require counties in the state to prepare and implement a comprehensive storm water management plan based on watershed boundaries. Read more

 

State Rep. Chris Rabb introduces legislation to protect consumers against predatory rent-to-own companies

(Mar 31, 2022)

Rent-to-own companies often resort to using the taxpayer-subsidized criminal court system in lieu of a collection agency to recover money from low-income individuals who can no longer afford to make payments and who are unable to cover the costs of effective legal counsel, according to Rabb. Read more

 

Daley resolution to study conservation corridors advances

(Mar 30, 2022)

“We are lucky that Pennsylvania is home to a wonderful diversity of plants, trees and wildlife. This study will help us look at how we can preserve that, as well as enhance our thriving outdoor recreation industry and provide for safer travel for people and animals around the state,” said Daley, D-Montgomery. Read more

 

Harkins joins labor officials at state Capitol to push for public worker protections
Apr 11, 2022

PA legislators highlight name change legislative package intended to ease name change process for transgender Pennsylvanians
Apr 11, 2022

Ketanji Brown Jackson is now the only former public defender on Supreme Court. This matters.
Apr 11, 2022

Merski introduces legislation to help startup businesses hurt by COVID-19
Apr 11, 2022

Burns introduces bill to strengthen open records law for public officials
Apr 07, 2022

State Rep. Chris Rabb reappointed as chair of Equity Committee
Apr 06, 2022

Collective action required to protect students and communities from toxic schools
Apr 06, 2022

Now open for applications: Transportation, recovery housing, and public health funding opportunities
Apr 05, 2022

Republicans are waging war against an imaginary problem, but real trans children will be hurt | Opinion
Apr 05, 2022

State Rep. Chris Rabb introduces bill that would modernize candidacy requirements for special elections
Apr 05, 2022

Let’s Help Ukrainians Transition to Security in PA
Apr 04, 2022

Conklin to introduce domestic violence ethical integrity legislation
Apr 04, 2022

Policy Committe Hearing: Charter schools raise property taxes
Apr 04, 2022

Rep. Rozzi joins governor and attorney general in calling for state Senate to ensure justice for survivors of childhood sexual abuse
Apr 04, 2022

Cephas touts April 1 opening for longer postpartum care option in PA
Apr 01, 2022

Merski resolution urges greater U.S. involvement to aid Ukrainian refugees
Apr 01, 2022

PLBC awards Crystal Bird Fauset Leadership honorees  
Apr 01, 2022

Webster: Pennsylvania must do better to address storm water flooding | Opinion
Mar 31, 2022

State Rep. Chris Rabb introduces legislation to protect consumers against predatory rent-to-own companies
Mar 31, 2022

Daley resolution to study conservation corridors advances
Mar 30, 2022