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House Democrats demand accountability for Republican election lies

Benham introduces legislation aimed at ensuring all Pennsylvanians safeguarded from pandemic debt

(Feb 17, 2021)

“Safeguarding every Pennsylvanian, especially those medically impacted by the pandemic, on top of other economic costs associated with COVID-19 needs to be a top priority,” said Benham. “The people of this commonwealth deserve access to treatment and prevention options that don’t add to, or create any additional financial burden.” Read more

 

Mullery, Hanbidge introduce bill to improve overburdened unemployment compensation system

(Feb 17, 2021)

“There is no question that the COVID-19 pandemic has overburdened our UC system; however, that is unacceptable for the thousands of Pennsylvanians trying to make ends meet and put food on their tables,” Mullery said. “Our proposal would simplify some of the most common roadblocks folks applying for benefits say they are running into.” Read more

 

McNeill introduces legislation to address children’s educational disruption during district residency disputes

(Feb 17, 2021)

House Bill 458 seeks to provide protection for children in the event of a residency dispute. Under McNeill’s legislation, a school district would not be permitted to remove a child from school until the dispute has been fully resolved and it has been determined which school district should correctly enroll the child. Read more

 

Brown, Malagari continue to advocate for hands-free driving law

(Feb 17, 2021)

“Almost every one of Pennsylvania’s neighboring states enacted driver responsibility laws to not allow mobile device use while driving. It’s time that Pennsylvania catches up to make our roadways safer,” said Malagari. Read more

 

Improving rail, roads, waterways, technology could fuel jobs and public safety efforts

(Feb 17, 2021)

The committee heard testimony and held a roundtable discussion on how implementation of the National Infrastructure Bank would help the state improve broadband access, address transportation needs and invigorate the economy. Read more

 

Shusterman authors legislation to bolster small businesses, reform state lobbying practices

(Feb 17, 2021)

Shusterman’s H.B. 267 would ensure that early and mid-stage businesses using the Second Stage Loan program create more job opportunities in Pennsylvania, and businesses that receive loan guarantees are not only located in Pennsylvania, but stay in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Zabel, McNeill legislation would cap out-of-pocket insulin prices

(Feb 16, 2021)

House Bill 460 sets a mandatory price cap on the monthly cost of insulin for patients at $100 a month and calls on the state attorney general to investigate the choices made by pharmaceutical companies that have caused patient out-of-pocket costs to continue rising. Read more

 

Reps. Kenyatta and Snyder discuss impact of COVID-19 on Pa. businesses, unveil new bill to expand business interruption policies

(Feb 16, 2021)

The discussion, streamed live on the lawmakers’ Facebook pages, featured testimony from experts in the restaurant industry regarding the need to include the impacts of business losses because of COVID-19 in business coverage insurance claims. Read more

 

Hughes, Fiedler unveil plan to repair hazardous, toxic public schools across Pa.

(Feb 16, 2021)

Though Philadelphia has been the focal point of the issue, other public schools across Pennsylvania report similar ventilation problems, often in poor school districts without the means to address major capital improvements. Allentown, Scranton, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and many other cities and towns across Pennsylvania, have struggled with asbestos, lead and other toxins in their public school buildings. Read more

 

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications: Feb. 16 Update

(Feb 16, 2021)

Hemp and Specialty Crop Funding Opportunities for Your District. Read more

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Registry Act solution to PA vaccine registration troubles

(Feb 15, 2021)

Vaccine providers would be required to commit to accessing the registry and prioritizing registrants for scheduling appointments, to prevent people from spending hours trying to find and sign up for available appointments. Read more

 

Miller, Bullock bill would provide certificate for former inmates to re-enter the workforce

(Feb 12, 2021)

The bill would require every person to receive a reentry certificate after leaving incarceration. The certificate would serve as proof to employers of the person’s achievements in skill development, rehabilitation, education and their readiness for safe reentry. Read more

 

Let’s work for – not against – women’s health in 2021-22

(Feb 11, 2021)

In the Women’s Health Caucus, we listen to women. We know that whether Republican, Democrat, Independent or other; whether wealthy, poor or middle class; whether residing in the city, the suburbs or rural Pennsylvania; whether young or old; there are real issues affecting women’s free choice, financial well-being and life itself. Read more

 

Davidson: House hearing shows importance of pre-canvasing time and the danger of partisan attacks on elections

(Feb 11, 2021)

“My Republican colleagues on the committee continue to pose their questions in a not so clever attempt to cast doubt on the integrity of the free and fairly held 2020 election. But the answers they are getting to those questions continue to show that voters and counties need what Republican lawmakers have refused to give them to date – time and support.” Read more

 

Briggs appointed to Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency

(Feb 11, 2021)

The mission of PCCD is to enhance quality, coordination and planning within the criminal and juvenile justice systems, to facilitate the delivery of services to victims of crime, and to increase the safety of Pennsylvania communities. Read more

 

Ciresi legislation seeks tax holiday for water, energy conservation

(Feb 10, 2021)

Specifically, H.B. 461 would promote the purchase and use of WaterSense and Energy Star products by annually excluding those products from sales and use taxes from April 22 (Earth Day) through April 29. Read more

 

State lawmakers and advocates call for ‘People’s Budget’

(Feb 10, 2021)

The lawmakers agreed that the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare challenges that many Pennsylvanians faced long before the pandemic and that the next budget must chart a path to a just recovery that centers the needs of Pennsylvania’s families, people and communities. Read more

 

Miller, Benham to introduce bill to create new Pa. Department of Accessibility and Inclusion

(Feb 10, 2021)

Miller and Benham said the bill would consolidate several existing programs under the new department. It would also create a cabinet-level secretary position in the governor’s administration. Read more

 

OPINION/LETTER: During a crisis, we need leadership -- not partisanship

(Feb 09, 2021)

Pennsylvanians deserve competent, decisive leadership, especially in times of crisis. COVID-19 isn't partisan. The virus does not care how you voted. Read more

 

Frankel, Democratic Health Committee members prioritize healthcare equality and access; abortion rights headed into 2021

(Feb 09, 2021)

As the pandemic rages on, Democrats on the House Health Committee will fight for a science-based public health strategy to prevent the spread of COVID, support and protect the healthcare workforce, and ensure that everyone, regardless of income or technological proficiency, has access to the vaccines. Read more

 

Benham introduces legislation aimed at ensuring all Pennsylvanians safeguarded from pandemic debt
Feb 17, 2021

Mullery, Hanbidge introduce bill to improve overburdened unemployment compensation system
Feb 17, 2021

McNeill introduces legislation to address children’s educational disruption during district residency disputes
Feb 17, 2021

Brown, Malagari continue to advocate for hands-free driving law
Feb 17, 2021

Improving rail, roads, waterways, technology could fuel jobs and public safety efforts
Feb 17, 2021

Shusterman authors legislation to bolster small businesses, reform state lobbying practices
Feb 17, 2021

Zabel, McNeill legislation would cap out-of-pocket insulin prices
Feb 16, 2021

Reps. Kenyatta and Snyder discuss impact of COVID-19 on Pa. businesses, unveil new bill to expand business interruption policies
Feb 16, 2021

Hughes, Fiedler unveil plan to repair hazardous, toxic public schools across Pa.
Feb 16, 2021

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications: Feb. 16 Update
Feb 16, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Registry Act solution to PA vaccine registration troubles
Feb 15, 2021

Miller, Bullock bill would provide certificate for former inmates to re-enter the workforce
Feb 12, 2021

Let’s work for – not against – women’s health in 2021-22
Feb 11, 2021

Davidson: House hearing shows importance of pre-canvasing time and the danger of partisan attacks on elections
Feb 11, 2021

Briggs appointed to Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency
Feb 11, 2021

Ciresi legislation seeks tax holiday for water, energy conservation
Feb 10, 2021

State lawmakers and advocates call for ‘People’s Budget’
Feb 10, 2021

Miller, Benham to introduce bill to create new Pa. Department of Accessibility and Inclusion
Feb 10, 2021

OPINION/LETTER: During a crisis, we need leadership -- not partisanship
Feb 09, 2021

Frankel, Democratic Health Committee members prioritize healthcare equality and access; abortion rights headed into 2021
Feb 09, 2021