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Phila House Delegation Chair responds to Republican attack on democracy, attempts at voter suppression

(Apr 16, 2021)

“We have watched the Republican leadership in the state House run 14 State Government Committee hearings on voting. The impetus of these hearings was clear at the outset and crystal clear at the end. The Republican majority in Harrisburg intends to push legislation that will suppress voters’ rights by making it harder to vote and intends to continue to force the big lie that the 2020 election was fraudulent while it was not." Read more

 

14 hearings were pretense for voter suppression laws

(Apr 15, 2021)

State Government Committee Republican members continue false claims, show contempt for Pa.’s local election officials. Read more

 

Gainey, Cephas legislation aims to combat false reports to law enforcement

(Apr 15, 2021)

In response to increased calls to law enforcement over crimeless activities, state Reps. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, and Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., plan to introduce two bills that seek to put an end to false reports of crime to law enforcement. Read more

 

Ciresi: Time is now to commit to Reading-to-Philadelphia rail service restoration

(Apr 14, 2021)

The “excuse” train has terminated its run. Let’s get this done and enhance the vitality of our state. Read more

 

Sims, one of 60 state leaders chosen for Council of State Governments national task force, will shape policy solutions

(Apr 13, 2021)

The national task force will develop public policy resources and solutions to address state policy challenges in the areas of fiscal health, human health, economic and workforce health, and civic health. Read more

 

Expansion of passenger rail has potential to boost Pa. economy, improve statewide commutes

(Apr 13, 2021)

The hearing featured three panels of testifiers highlighting President Joe Biden’s recent infrastructure plan and how rail connection across the state could help rural and suburban areas benefit from economic growth. Read more

 

Cephas applauds Biden administration for highlighting national Black Maternal Health Week, reintroduces maternal health package

(Apr 13, 2021)

In an effort to raise awareness of the maternal health disparities in communities of color, President Joe Biden signed a proclamation to officially recognize this week as Black Maternal Health Week, an action applauded by Rep. Morgan Cephas, D- Phila. Read more

 

Conklin: We must protect our natural gas wells to keep our communities safe

(Apr 13, 2021)

Conklin, D-Centre, said while the Marcellus Shale formation has brought well drilling operations and employment opportunities to many parts of the state, it’s also led to an increased risk of drilling-related accidents that can affect the health, safety, and property of residents. Read more

 

April 12 update: Grant programs now open for applications

(Apr 12, 2021)

Find information on state grant programs accepting applications, as well as a federally funded American Rescue Plan grant opportunity. Read more

 

Rabb, Hanbidge urge measures to better understand impact of electric vehicles in Pa. before enacting legislation to charge fees

(Apr 12, 2021)

"When it comes to the fees that electric vehicle owners will be charged – specifically regarding the motor vehicle tax – Representative Hanbidge and I believe additional information is needed, and that’s why we’re urging a study." Read more

 

BioTech Innovation Organization, Pfizer share vaccine efficacy, role in COVID-19 recovery

(Apr 12, 2021)

Testifiers included representatives from Biotechnology Innovation Organization and Pfizer, who provided details on the technology behind the development of the COVID-19 vaccines and how the United States can reach herd immunity. Read more

 

Republicans ramp up attacks on ballot access as hearings wind down

(Apr 08, 2021)

Republicans continue to focus on alleged fraud in the 2020 election to set the stage for introducing voter suppression legislation in time for the 2022 midterm elections. Read more

 

Pa. environmental protection must be strengthened

(Apr 08, 2021)

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has been under-resourced for years. This is due primarily to a Republican-controlled legislature which has starved it of funding. The DEP must be provided with adequate money and staffing in the upcoming Commonwealth budget. Read more

 

Women’s Health Caucus: Facts matter in discussion about abortion

(Apr 08, 2021)

Highlighting the personal health care rights of pregnant individuals, the Democratic members of the Pennsylvania Women’s Health Caucus were appreciative of the opportunity to hear from some expert testifiers but were also concerned with unproven and discredited science shared by some members and testifiers at Thursday’s House Health Committee hearing on abortion. Read more

 

Investment in health, safety and jobs focus of Policy Committee hearing on Pa. toxic schools

(Apr 08, 2021)

The public virtual hearing, hosted by Subcommittee Chair Elizabeth Fiedler and state Sen. Vincent Hughes, brought together educators from across the state, healthcare and legal professionals, and labor experts to discuss the implications of inaction and benefits of investment in school safety. Read more

 

Krajewski, Daley introduce bill to protect insured dependents’ privacy

(Apr 08, 2021)

“Imagine forgoing pursuit of potentially life-saving health care simply because you're worried that information you want kept private might get shared," said Daley, D-Montgomery. "That's a sad reality in Pennsylvania right now, and it's why Representative Krajewski and I are hopeful this bill to protect the medical information of insured dependents across the commonwealth receives the attention it deserves." Read more

 

Sanchez, Schlossberg aim to close LGBTQ+ Panic Defense loophole

(Apr 08, 2021)

While similar bills have been introduced in previous legislative sessions, the Sanchez/Schlossberg legislation would extend beyond the “gay” and “trans” terminology to include all members of this marginalized community by prohibiting the court system from allowing a defense of this nature in consideration of serious provocation or insanity. Read more

 

Committee approves Longietti bill to protect drug rehab patients from relapse

(Apr 06, 2021)

Longietti, D-Mercer, said H.B. 944, which he introduced with state Rep. Eric Nelson, R-Westmoreland, would require inpatient rehabilitation facilities to notify a patient’s designated emergency contact when the patient leaves the facility against medical advice. Read more

 

Rabb reintroduces legislation that would repeal the death penalty in Pa.

(Apr 06, 2021)

Noting that capital punishment is not only an ineffective way to deter crime, but is also very costly to taxpayers and deeply flawed because people sentenced to death have later been exonerated, state Rep. Chris Rabb has reintroduced legislation that would repeal the death penalty in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Parker introduces bill to combat human trafficking

(Apr 05, 2021)

Parker said the legislation also creates an admission fee for all live adult-entertainment establishments. These fees would go directly to grant funding for organizations that fight human trafficking and child exploitation. Read more

 

Phila House Delegation Chair responds to Republican attack on democracy, attempts at voter suppression
Apr 16, 2021

14 hearings were pretense for voter suppression laws
Apr 15, 2021

Gainey, Cephas legislation aims to combat false reports to law enforcement
Apr 15, 2021

Ciresi: Time is now to commit to Reading-to-Philadelphia rail service restoration
Apr 14, 2021

Sims, one of 60 state leaders chosen for Council of State Governments national task force, will shape policy solutions
Apr 13, 2021

Expansion of passenger rail has potential to boost Pa. economy, improve statewide commutes
Apr 13, 2021

Cephas applauds Biden administration for highlighting national Black Maternal Health Week, reintroduces maternal health package
Apr 13, 2021

Conklin: We must protect our natural gas wells to keep our communities safe
Apr 13, 2021

April 12 update: Grant programs now open for applications
Apr 12, 2021

Rabb, Hanbidge urge measures to better understand impact of electric vehicles in Pa. before enacting legislation to charge fees
Apr 12, 2021

BioTech Innovation Organization, Pfizer share vaccine efficacy, role in COVID-19 recovery
Apr 12, 2021

Republicans ramp up attacks on ballot access as hearings wind down
Apr 08, 2021

Pa. environmental protection must be strengthened
Apr 08, 2021

Women’s Health Caucus: Facts matter in discussion about abortion
Apr 08, 2021

Investment in health, safety and jobs focus of Policy Committee hearing on Pa. toxic schools
Apr 08, 2021

Krajewski, Daley introduce bill to protect insured dependents’ privacy
Apr 08, 2021

Sanchez, Schlossberg aim to close LGBTQ+ Panic Defense loophole
Apr 08, 2021

Committee approves Longietti bill to protect drug rehab patients from relapse
Apr 06, 2021

Rabb reintroduces legislation that would repeal the death penalty in Pa.
Apr 06, 2021

Parker introduces bill to combat human trafficking
Apr 05, 2021