Prescription drug pricing reforms essential for public health, and economy

(Jul 12, 2021)

State Representatives Emily Kinkead and Eddie Day Pashinski today hosted a public hearing to discuss the need for drastic reforms to drive down the costs of prescription drugs for the well-being of Pennsylvanians who rely on medications for an improved quality of life. Read more

 

Frankel hails impending Biden order targeting noncompete clauses

(Jul 08, 2021)

As Democratic chairman of the Health Committee, Frankel has seen these unfair contracts become the industry standard within healthcare. Read more

 

Ciresi bill would fund pandemic recovery trauma-informed training for teachers

(Jul 01, 2021)

“Now more than ever, we need schools and teachers to be educated on how the pandemic may have further impacted ACEs in their students and how they can better assist students in handling this unforeseen and widespread traumatic experience.” Read more

 

Kinsey, Guzman to introduce bill that would mandate encoding ammunition for retail sale with serial numbers in Pa.

(Jul 01, 2021)

The bill would also require manufacturers to provide the serial numbers to the Pennsylvania State Police, who would be responsible for keeping a database on all encoded ammunition sold in Pennsylvania and allow law enforcement to easily trace the ownership of any ammunition involved in a crime. Read more

 

NCAA athletes in Pa. granted control over name, image, likeness

(Jul 01, 2021)

With Gov. Tom Wolf’s signing of Act 26 of 2021, college athletes in Pennsylvania were given control over their name, image, and likeness. Much of the language for this provision of the bill was based off the PA Fair Pay for Play Act proposal, introduced earlier this year by Reps. Ed Gainey and Dan Miller, both D-Allegheny. Read more

 

Resolution calling for National Infrastructure Bank introduced in Pa. House

(Jun 30, 2021)

H.R. 113 says that previous national infrastructure banks established by Congress were instrumental in financing roads, bridges, canals, roadways, schools, hospitals and power systems. It goes on to say that a NIB that partners with state and local governments can supply the needed financing to bring infrastructure to a state of good repair. Read more

 

A list of grant opportunities available right now

(Jun 29, 2021)

From support for local businesses to job training, there are a number of grant funding opportunities in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Kenyatta seeks to commemorate Jan. 6 as Democracy Observance Day in Pa.

(Jun 29, 2021)

Kenyatta said that this dark day is a day to never be forgotten in America and should serve as a reminder to all Pennsylvanians of how democracy was threatened, the blood spilled in pursuit of protecting it and what is required of citizens to preserve it. Read more

 

House passes Solomon bill to expand affordable housing 

(Jun 28, 2021)

“For every 100 people who need affordable housing in Pennsylvania, only 42 people will get it,” Solomon said. “In extreme cases, in counties like York and Monroe, only 28 people out of 100 will get the affordable housing they need; in Lancaster, only 19 people. This is unacceptable." Read more

 

Freeman bill would compensate communities with high percentage of tax-exempt properties

(Jun 28, 2021)

Freeman explained that H.B. 1702 would establish the Tax-Exempt Property Municipal Assistance Fund to help municipalities with 15 percent or more of their total assessed property value as tax-exempt property within their borders. It would be funded by the state's existing 18% Liquor Tax, known as the Johnstown Flood Tax. Read more

 

Rep. Bizzarro support for municipal governments included in 2021-22 fiscal code

(Jun 28, 2021)

House Bill 1348 — awaiting the Governor’s signature — permits the funding to qualify as a local match for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 fiscal years. Read more

 

Legislators urge organizations to apply for gun violence grants

(Jun 26, 2021)

“Every day, communities around Pennsylvania feel the impacts of gun violence, and we simply have to do more to keep people safe,” said Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware and co-chair of the PA SAFE Caucus. Read more

 

Longietti/Nelson bill to help rehab patients heads to governor’s desk

(Jun 26, 2021)

House Bill 944, which Longietti introduced with state Rep. Eric Nelson, R-Westmoreland, would require inpatient rehabilitation facilities to notify a patient’s designated emergency contact – a measure considered best practice but not currently mandated under state law – when the patient leaves addiction treatment against the provider’s advice. Read more

 

Schlossberg’s Level Up proposal for education funding included in 2021-22 state budget

(Jun 25, 2021)

“This is a monumental breakthrough in the ongoing fight for fair education funding for the school districts that need it the most,” said Schlossberg, D-Lehigh. “This funding will benefit some of Pennsylvania’s hardest hit districts in Allentown, Philadelphia, Scranton, Reading, Harrisburg, York and Erie which have been grossly underfunded for too long and help give every student the chance to succeed.” Read more

 

Opinion-Editorial: Republican voting legislation leads to a path of taking voters’ rights away

(Jun 25, 2021)

I support free and fair elections – and I’ve introduced two pieces of commonsense legislation this session and multiple sessions previously to make it easier for voters to exercise their right to participate in democracy. Read more

 

PLBC touts $30 million for community violence prevention

(Jun 25, 2021)

"This investment will finally help us move forward to begin investing in programs that we know will work and are led by people in our communities with boots on the ground.” Read more

 

House Democrats: state budget full of missed opportunities

(Jun 25, 2021)

“It’s always good to prevent tax hikes on working families, and we did manage to get more money to schools, seniors, violence prevention, and roads and bridges, but that’s just not enough,” House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware said. Read more

 

Shusterman backs legislation ensuring success of special education students

(Jun 24, 2021)

Shusterman’s bill (H.B. 909) was incorporated into S.B. 664. If enacted, S.B. 664 would give all students in the commonwealth the choice to repeat a grade level during the 2021-22 school year due to potentially lost educational opportunities in the last year due to COVID-19. Read more

 

Commentary - Have a miscarriage in a hospital? PA Republicans are ready to charge you for it.

(Jun 24, 2021)

Women in Pennsylvania are simply unwilling to go back in time. H.B. 118 creates difficult and confusing regulations for clinics and hospitals to adhere to, all of which create barriers to reproductive health care. Read more

 

Prescription drug pricing reforms essential for public health, and economy
Jul 12, 2021

Frankel hails impending Biden order targeting noncompete clauses
Jul 08, 2021

Now open for applications: Keystone Communities, public transportation vehicles, substance misuse, and agriculture funding opportunities
Jul 07, 2021

Ciresi bill would fund pandemic recovery trauma-informed training for teachers
Jul 01, 2021

Kinsey, Guzman to introduce bill that would mandate encoding ammunition for retail sale with serial numbers in Pa.
Jul 01, 2021

NCAA athletes in Pa. granted control over name, image, likeness
Jul 01, 2021

Resolution calling for National Infrastructure Bank introduced in Pa. House
Jun 30, 2021

A list of grant opportunities available right now
Jun 29, 2021

Kenyatta seeks to commemorate Jan. 6 as Democracy Observance Day in Pa.
Jun 29, 2021

House passes Solomon bill to expand affordable housing 
Jun 28, 2021

Freeman bill would compensate communities with high percentage of tax-exempt properties
Jun 28, 2021

Rep. Bizzarro support for municipal governments included in 2021-22 fiscal code
Jun 28, 2021

Legislators urge organizations to apply for gun violence grants
Jun 26, 2021

Longietti/Nelson bill to help rehab patients heads to governor’s desk
Jun 26, 2021

Schlossberg’s Level Up proposal for education funding included in 2021-22 state budget
Jun 25, 2021

Opinion-Editorial: Republican voting legislation leads to a path of taking voters’ rights away
Jun 25, 2021

PLBC touts $30 million for community violence prevention
Jun 25, 2021

House Democrats: state budget full of missed opportunities
Jun 25, 2021

Shusterman backs legislation ensuring success of special education students
Jun 24, 2021

Commentary - Have a miscarriage in a hospital? PA Republicans are ready to charge you for it.
Jun 24, 2021