House Democrats seek to prevent prison gerrymandering

(May 26, 2021)

“It’s better for the purposes of drawing our legislative districts, which are population-based, to count these individuals in the communities they call home. It will result in better, more even representation for all Pennsylvanians.” Read more

 

Now open for applications: Library, gun violence, conservation and recycling funding opportunities

(May 26, 2021)

Learn about state and federal grant programs that are now open. Read more

 

PA Legislative Black Caucus statement on anniversary of George Floyd's death

(May 25, 2021)

“On this anniversary, let’s not say his name in vain,” said PLBC Chair state Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila. “Let not our calls for accountability and justice be used to inflate budgets but rather, let our calls for substantive police reform be heard and included in discussions, not diluted, ignored and waived off. We marched, we prayed, we demanded, and we saw some change. Yet, we still have work to do.” Read more

 

House L&I Committee Dem. Chairman Mullery urges making critical changes to unemployment system

(May 25, 2021)

“Times are certainly challenging, but we are all in this together. We’re past the time to play partisan politics. It’s time to take action to fix the system and H.B. 549 is a giant step in that direction,” Mullery said. Read more

 

Burns launches effort to broaden LCB board, pare members’ salaries

(May 25, 2021)

Burns, D-Cambria, wants to expand board membership from three to five, giving each of the four legislative caucuses – House Democrats and Republicans, and Senate Democrats and Republicans – one appointment. Read more

 

We’ve lived the pain of separation from incarcerated loved ones. Pa. can do better for families.

(May 25, 2021)

Reps. Donna Bullock and Rick Krajewski discuss the topic of visitation and communication with incarcerated parents, including their personal perspectives as people who grew up with an incarcerated parent. Read more

 

Malagari: Support Pennsylvania crematoriums by cooling the °Fs down

(May 24, 2021)

“Operating at the highest temperature causes unnecessary burden on equipment, leads to higher fuel consumption, and increases environmental gas emissions,” said Malagari. “By dialing down the temperature a few hundred degrees, we would help mitigate the high costs for the state’s crematoriums.” Read more

 

Burns’ in-state tuition for military families bill passes key vote

(May 24, 2021)

Burns said H.B. 941 would ensure military families are guaranteed the in-state tuition rate as soon as a student enrolls or registers at a community college or submits an enrollment deposit to a four-year public college or university, even if their military parent is later reassigned to another state. Read more

 

Roll credits: Ciresi, Tomlinson seek to attract more film, TV production to PA

(May 21, 2021)

“Film production has economic effects that go beyond the industry,” said Ciresi, who serves on the House Tourism & Recreational Development Committee. “Local retailers, restaurants, hotels and other businesses that provide products and services during production benefit, while there are also potential long-term tourism benefits as sites can turn into cultural landmarks.” Read more

 

Pennsylvania Rescue Plan makes crucial long-term investment in child care

(May 21, 2021)

As Pennsylvania begins a path to recovery, we must ensure that early childhood programs are structured and funded in a way that acknowledges and attempts to correct ingrained inequalities that have persisted for too long and that we are investing in the future of our children and our economy. Read more

 

Solomon's Schools-to-Work bill on way to creating local career pathways all across PA

(May 21, 2021)

Solomon and Republican Rep. Kate Klunk worked together on a comprehensive career and technical education bill modeled after Hanover High School's successful efforts in linking local high school students with local businesses. Read more

 

Frankel introduces legislation to ensure doctor-patient trust

(May 20, 2021)

“This year, we have seen dozens of cruel bills introduced throughout the country targeting these young people, threatening medical professionals with fines, loss of their medical licenses and even jail time for following established standards of care and prescribing puberty blockers,” Frankel said. “Politicians should not be directing anyone’s medical treatment." Read more

 

PASSHE consolidation, potential impacts focus of virtual House Democratic Policy Committee hearing

(May 20, 2021)

If we want to attract and retain Pennsylvania students and prepare them for a successful future, we must address the system’s shortcomings and invest in students so we can build a stronger higher education system that positions Pennsylvania with a vibrant workforce,” explained Bizzarro. Read more

 

DeLuca bill to support taxpayers by limiting “pension hopping” for public officials

(May 19, 2021)

“At a time when many Pennsylvanians are struggling to save for retirement, I do not think it is right that a public official can become vested in one government pension system and then move on and become vested in another government pension system,” DeLuca said. Read more

 

Grant opportunities: Historical & Archival Records Care program open for applications

(May 19, 2021)

Check out state programs now open for applications, plus upcoming application deadlines. Read more

 

Ciresi bill would outlaw early termination fees for deceased individuals

(May 17, 2021)

Ciresi’s bill, H.B. 1418, would prohibit cable, phone, telecommunication, utility, and other companies from imposing early termination fees on a recently deceased person’s family for services that would no longer be used. Read more

 

Schweyer: Professional license waivers to end when COVID-19 disaster declaration ends

(May 17, 2021)

According to the Pennsylvania Department of State, nearly 100 waivers regarding professional licensing have been approved to quickly and safely free up every available healthcare professional who wanted to assist in any way, including retirees, military and out-of-state practitioners. Read more

 

Burns shares results of LCB public information battle

(May 17, 2021)

The one-page information sheet shows that as of Jan. 1, the LCB was holding 949 liquor licenses available for auction, ranging from a high of 167 in Philadelphia County to a low of zero in 22 others. Read more

 

Sanchez & Zabel: 72 hours could save your life

(May 14, 2021)

If you agree with us that implementing a 72-hour waiting period for firearm transfers would help save lives, contact your state representatives and state senators, as well as Judiciary Committee Chairman Rob Kauffman, and demand H.B. 1306 receive real consideration. Read more

 

Schlossberg, Schweyer: Tour further highlights needs of service providers, nonprofits

(May 13, 2021)

The PA Rescue Plan includes investments in direct-care workers’ training and wages, a paid sick and family leave program, and hazard pay for frontline essential workers. Read more

 

House Democrats seek to prevent prison gerrymandering
May 26, 2021

Now open for applications: Library, gun violence, conservation and recycling funding opportunities
May 26, 2021

PA Legislative Black Caucus statement on anniversary of George Floyd's death
May 25, 2021

House L&I Committee Dem. Chairman Mullery urges making critical changes to unemployment system
May 25, 2021

Burns launches effort to broaden LCB board, pare members’ salaries
May 25, 2021

We’ve lived the pain of separation from incarcerated loved ones. Pa. can do better for families.
May 25, 2021

Malagari: Support Pennsylvania crematoriums by cooling the °Fs down
May 24, 2021

Burns’ in-state tuition for military families bill passes key vote
May 24, 2021

Roll credits: Ciresi, Tomlinson seek to attract more film, TV production to PA
May 21, 2021

Pennsylvania Rescue Plan makes crucial long-term investment in child care
May 21, 2021

Solomon's Schools-to-Work bill on way to creating local career pathways all across PA
May 21, 2021

Frankel introduces legislation to ensure doctor-patient trust
May 20, 2021

PASSHE consolidation, potential impacts focus of virtual House Democratic Policy Committee hearing
May 20, 2021

DeLuca bill to support taxpayers by limiting “pension hopping” for public officials
May 19, 2021

Grant opportunities: Historical & Archival Records Care program open for applications
May 19, 2021

Ciresi bill would outlaw early termination fees for deceased individuals
May 17, 2021

Schweyer: Professional license waivers to end when COVID-19 disaster declaration ends
May 17, 2021

Burns shares results of LCB public information battle
May 17, 2021

Sanchez & Zabel: 72 hours could save your life
May 14, 2021

Schlossberg, Schweyer: Tour further highlights needs of service providers, nonprofits
May 13, 2021