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House Democrats touring the state to talk with the people about the Pennsylvania Rescue Plan

Rep. Joe Ciresi: Pa. charter school law is old and broken — and it’s time we fix it

(Apr 05, 2021)

We can save taxpayers a quarter-billion dollars each year and make our current system better, and there’s a plan to do that — the Charter School Reform Act of 2021, H.B. 272. Read more

 

County Recycling Coordinator and Host Municipality Inspector grant programs now open for applications

(Apr 05, 2021)

Find information about state grant programs that are now open. Read more

 

Lawmakers: Legislation is hateful attempt to ignite culture war in Pa

(Apr 05, 2021)

“The real unfairness in women’s and girls’ sports is rooted in systemic underfunding, fewer resources, unequal pay, unbalanced media coverage and sexual harassment. ‘Funny’ how those initiatives are not included in any capacity in their sham bill.” Read more

 

Defending democracy means enabling participation for all voters

(Apr 01, 2021)

When states started to remove race and class-based barriers to voting, people voted. We saw record turnout across the country in 2020 with mail-in voting, early voting, same-day registration and ballot drop boxes, which is a very good thing. Read more

 

Mullery introduces bill to require road repairs following underground work

(Apr 01, 2021)

Mullery said currently there are no established criteria regarding repaving or repairing road surfaces and once underground work is completed, roads often remain unpaved or in disrepair for extended periods of time. Read more

 

DeLissio reviews the recent work of the Children and Youth Committee

(Apr 01, 2021)

State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, minority chair of the House Children and Youth Committee, supported two bills during the committee’s first voting meeting March 24. Read more

 

Merski bill would bring pandemic relief to state’s alcohol producers

(Apr 01, 2021)

Merski, D-Erie, said his H.B. 1069 would provide a helping hand to local alcohol producers that fail to qualify for relief under the existing COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program because they are not classified as businesses that provide accommodations or serve food or drink on the premises. Read more

 

Expanding digital connection key for PA development, advancement

(Apr 01, 2021)

“Quick, reliable Internet access isn’t a luxury in today’s world – it’s a necessity,” said Matzie. “Those without it face major disadvantages when it comes to competing for jobs, accessing health and education services and connecting to state programs." Read more

 

Rep. Bizzarro partnering with new app to connect with constituents

(Apr 01, 2021)

Be the Change launched as a pilot in 2020 and connects community members with their local policy makers. The app is a free and nonpartisan platform aimed to improve advocacy efforts. Read more

 

Wheatley reminds health care professionals of upcoming deadline to renew license with Pa. Department of State

(Mar 31, 2021)

Wheatley, D-Allegheny, who serves as Democratic chairman of the House Professional Licensure Committee, said despite a recent 90-day extension that allowed licensees additional time to renew, there are many who have not applied. Read more

 

Schlossberg seeks to help child victims of domestic abuse

(Mar 31, 2021)

“Domestic violence touches many families in our communities. Victims include abused spouses and kids,” said Schlossberg, D-Lehigh. “Domestic violence not only includes physical abuse, but it also includes emotional trauma that compounds mental and behavioral health." Read more

 

Pa. Legislative Black Caucus holds budget information session with state Budget Secretary Jen Swails

(Mar 31, 2021)

The discussion centered on state budget priorities for Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color communities across the commonwealth and concerns as well as suggestions for how the state budget could be fair and equitable. Read more

 

Webster: Today is Transgender Day of Visibility!

(Mar 31, 2021)

Transgender and gender nonconforming individuals experience daily discrimination and even violence for living their lives. Always be accepting, including, and understanding when advocating to protect all members of the LGBTQ+ community. Read more

 

Beware COVID-19 vaccine scams

(Mar 31, 2021)

My column includes tips to help you recognize and avoid various scams. Read more

 

Reps. Rozzi, Gregory encourage survivors to show support for PA legislative action

(Mar 31, 2021)

For years, Reps. Jim Gregory and Mark Rozzi have worked together on a bipartisan compromise after previous efforts to pass similar legislation for a retroactive window for victims failed repeatedly. Read more

 

Conklin: It’s time to let independent voters participate in primary elections

(Mar 30, 2021)

Conklin, D-Centre, said while there have been several proposals over the years to allow these voters to participate in primary elections, most have only raised legal questions and haven’t led to any substantive changes. Read more

 

Lack of internet access widens Pa. digital divide; House Democratic Policy Committee focuses on needs and solutions

(Mar 30, 2021)

“Ultimately, a public-private partnership and investment will be needed to overcome the digital divide. Quality internet access and devices are an essential part of a quality 21st century education and Pennsylvania students and educators should be set up for success,” Policy Chairman Ryan Bizzarro said. Read more

 

Kinkead introduces measure to help protect residents from landslides

(Mar 30, 2021)

Kinkead, D-Allegheny, said H.B. 1054 would establish the Landslide Insurance and Assistance Program with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. The program would establish a special insurance and assistance funds to ensure Pennsylvanians are properly protected from the destructive and devastating force of landslides. Read more

 

Ciresi resolution urges HHS to send more vaccine to PA

(Mar 29, 2021)

“Because of vaccinations, many are envisioning a return to a sense of normalcy. But to truly get there, we need the federal government to supply sufficient doses of the available vaccines.” Read more

 

PA House Democrats Launch Effort to Defend Democracy

(Mar 29, 2021)

A website was launched that summarizes policy proposals to defend democracy as well as links to more information and the ability for people to quickly email their elected officials, noting their support of the bills. Read more

 

Rep. Joe Ciresi: Pa. charter school law is old and broken — and it’s time we fix it
Apr 05, 2021

County Recycling Coordinator and Host Municipality Inspector grant programs now open for applications
Apr 05, 2021

Lawmakers: Legislation is hateful attempt to ignite culture war in Pa
Apr 05, 2021

Defending democracy means enabling participation for all voters
Apr 01, 2021

Mullery introduces bill to require road repairs following underground work
Apr 01, 2021

DeLissio reviews the recent work of the Children and Youth Committee
Apr 01, 2021

Merski bill would bring pandemic relief to state’s alcohol producers
Apr 01, 2021

Expanding digital connection key for PA development, advancement
Apr 01, 2021

Rep. Bizzarro partnering with new app to connect with constituents
Apr 01, 2021

Wheatley reminds health care professionals of upcoming deadline to renew license with Pa. Department of State
Mar 31, 2021

Schlossberg seeks to help child victims of domestic abuse
Mar 31, 2021

Pa. Legislative Black Caucus holds budget information session with state Budget Secretary Jen Swails
Mar 31, 2021

Webster: Today is Transgender Day of Visibility!
Mar 31, 2021

Beware COVID-19 vaccine scams
Mar 31, 2021

Reps. Rozzi, Gregory encourage survivors to show support for PA legislative action
Mar 31, 2021

Conklin: It’s time to let independent voters participate in primary elections
Mar 30, 2021

Lack of internet access widens Pa. digital divide; House Democratic Policy Committee focuses on needs and solutions
Mar 30, 2021

Kinkead introduces measure to help protect residents from landslides
Mar 30, 2021

Ciresi resolution urges HHS to send more vaccine to PA
Mar 29, 2021

PA House Democrats Launch Effort to Defend Democracy
Mar 29, 2021