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LIHEAP: Expanded Home-Heating Assistance is Available to PA Renters, Homeowners

(Oct 21, 2021)

LIHEAP is a federally funded program administered by the Department of Human Services that provides assistance for home heating bills so Pennsylvanians can stay warm and safe during the winter months. Read more

 

Harkins applauds governor’s executive order urging passage of worker safety bill

(Oct 21, 2021)

“It’s my hope that with renewed attention focused on this critically needed piece of legislation, the families of PA’s public workers won’t have to keep wondering if each day will be their last because they lacked the basic protections they needed to stay safe." Read more

 

Pisciottano introduces legislation to provide tax relief for volunteer firefighters

(Oct 21, 2021)

Pisciottano said the legislation would create a program that would offer tax credits to businesses that donate to designated nonprofit firefighting organizations. Those organizations would then use the funds to make direct property tax payments to school districts, counties, or municipalities on behalf of volunteer firefighters. Read more

 

Guzman demands answers about ‘mistake’ potentially taking away the vote of 17,000 Spanish-speaking Berks County residents

(Oct 21, 2021)

“People make mistakes, but when a mistake potentially silences the voices of tens of thousands of people, there must be more accountability than essentially shrugging one’s shoulders and saying, ‘My bad.’" Read more

 

Two-day hearing discusses how colleges fill in-demand careers

(Oct 20, 2021)

Testifiers highlighted the importance of career and technical education and the unique partnerships Lackawanna College and the Northern Tier Industry and Education Consortium have made with small businesses and industry in the region. Read more

 

Ciresi introduces legislation to fund PPE in schools, ensure safe in-person instruction

(Oct 19, 2021)

Ciresi’s legislation is similar to Act 30 of 2020, which created grants for schools to purchase PPE and cleaning supplies in the previous school year but has since expired. Funding would be available to help both public and nonpublic schools. Read more

 

Now open for applications: Recycling, RACP, and disaster relief funding opportunities

(Oct 18, 2021)

Read about state grant programs open for applications. Read more

 

Hearing addresses corporate consolidation of health care facilities in Northeastern PA

(Oct 18, 2021)

The Northeast Delegation Chairwoman, Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing in Stroudsburg Monday afternoon discussing corporate consolidation of health care facilities so that elected officials can learn more about the issue. Read more

 

Galloway introduces legislation to include digital wallets in Breach of Personal Information Notification Act

(Oct 18, 2021)

“My legislation would protect Pennsylvanians by making sure that they are notified as soon as their wallets have been hacked so they can begin to take steps to protect any other electronic data that may have been exposed as well as immediately start the process of repairing the damage caused by the hack.” Read more

 

McNeill: We have much work to do addressing domestic violence, and the time is now

(Oct 15, 2021)

This month let’s truly do something of value on behalf of domestic violence victims, survivors, and those who work tirelessly advocating and supporting efforts to end the abuse cycle. I encourage my colleagues on the Health Committee to vote on H.B. 686 so that it may move to the full House of Representatives, where it should pass unanimously. Read more

 

Lawmakers introduce legislation to ensure paid time off for workers experiencing pregnancy loss

(Oct 15, 2021)

State Sen. Amanda Cappelletti joined state Reps. Liz Hanbidge and Melissa Shusterman at a news conference to introduce the Pennsylvania Support Through Loss Act, H.B. 1977. Read more

 

Women’s Health Caucus applauds efforts to improve outcomes for women returning to their lives following incarceration

(Oct 14, 2021)

The virtual discussion among formerly incarcerated women, corrections professionals, reentry experts and advocates focused on the challenges that women face while incarcerated and during reentry, how the needs of these women are currently being met, and how the criminal justice system can improve to better serve them. Read more

 

Main Street pandemic recovery focus of hearing

(Oct 14, 2021)

House members participated in a hearing on the business impact of Covid prior to a tour of Phoenixville. During the formal hearing municipal leaders and small business owners spoke of operating through the pandemic, despite hardships. Read more

 

Now open for applications: Sexual assault, business education, and COVID relief payment funding opportunities

(Oct 13, 2021)

Read about state and other grant opportunities now open for applications. Read more

 

Lawmakers hear from healthcare workers, first responders, administrators and advocates impacted by hospital consolidation

(Oct 12, 2021)

“The pandemic has exposed how badly people need close and affordable healthcare,” said Rep. Dan Williams, D-Sadsbury Township. “Discussion today emphasized that we need to keep healthcare facilities open and improve care. Hospital consolidation can be a good thing if healthcare workers are respected and services to patients are upgraded.” Read more

 

Burgos appointed to Legislative Budget and Finance Committee

(Oct 12, 2021)

The LBFC is a bipartisan, bicameral committee consisting of 12 members of the General Assembly. The committee conducts studies and makes recommendations aimed at eliminating unnecessary expenditures; promoting economy in the government of the commonwealth; and assuring that state funds are being expended in accordance with legislative intent and law. Read more

 

Legislators continue fight for menstrual equity in recognition of Period Action Day

(Oct 08, 2021)

Otten’s H.B. 1954 would require public schools throughout the commonwealth to make period products freely available to students in grades six through 12. Similarly, Innamorato’s legislation aims to provide complimentary pads and tampons in all of Pennsylvania’s public college and university bathrooms. Read more

 

Sainato bill would extend disabled veteran tax exemption to surviving spouses

(Oct 07, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 7 – A bill recently introduced by state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, would expand the property tax exemption currently available to Pennsylvania’s disabled combat veterans so that it also benefits the surviving spouses of service members who were killed in action or passed away after receiving a disability rating. Sainato, Democratic chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, said he introduced H.B. 1953 – which would amend the state constitution – because he believes Pennsylvania needs to do more to recognize the sacrifices made by military spouses. “Military service resulting in disabling injury or death has a profound, life-altering impact on a service member’s spouse,” Sainato said. “Unfortunately, our laws do not do enough to recognize that sacrifice. Currently, Pennsylvania provides a property tax exemption for veterans who suffered disabling injuries in combat, but our state constitution limits that exemption to the veteran service members themselves. “That limitation creates an unfair result: it deprives the spouse of a military member who died from their injuries an important benefit they would have been guaranteed had their service member spouse survived, but with disabling injuries. My bill would correct that inequity and amend the state constitution to make the property tax exemption available to Read more

 

Reps. Kenyatta, Cephas introduce legislation to ban Pennsylvania from imposing undue regulations on women’s reproductive health

(Oct 07, 2021)

This legislation would protect the health care women get and their access to safe abortions. It also would prevent women from being denied the right to an abortion. Read more

 

Rabb introduces legislation to remove Columbus Day holiday, replace it with Election Day holiday

(Oct 07, 2021)

Rabb’s legislation would remove Columbus Day, which is observed on the second Monday in October (Oct. 11 this year), as a state holiday in exchange for adding a state holiday on Election Day, the first Tuesday in November (Nov. 2 this year). Read more

 

LIHEAP: Expanded Home-Heating Assistance is Available to PA Renters, Homeowners
Oct 21, 2021

Harkins applauds governor’s executive order urging passage of worker safety bill
Oct 21, 2021

Pisciottano introduces legislation to provide tax relief for volunteer firefighters
Oct 21, 2021

Guzman demands answers about ‘mistake’ potentially taking away the vote of 17,000 Spanish-speaking Berks County residents
Oct 21, 2021

Two-day hearing discusses how colleges fill in-demand careers
Oct 20, 2021

Ciresi introduces legislation to fund PPE in schools, ensure safe in-person instruction
Oct 19, 2021

Now open for applications: Recycling, RACP, and disaster relief funding opportunities
Oct 18, 2021

Hearing addresses corporate consolidation of health care facilities in Northeastern PA
Oct 18, 2021

Galloway introduces legislation to include digital wallets in Breach of Personal Information Notification Act
Oct 18, 2021

McNeill: We have much work to do addressing domestic violence, and the time is now
Oct 15, 2021

Lawmakers introduce legislation to ensure paid time off for workers experiencing pregnancy loss
Oct 15, 2021

Women’s Health Caucus applauds efforts to improve outcomes for women returning to their lives following incarceration
Oct 14, 2021

Main Street pandemic recovery focus of hearing
Oct 14, 2021

Now open for applications: Sexual assault, business education, and COVID relief payment funding opportunities
Oct 13, 2021

Lawmakers hear from healthcare workers, first responders, administrators and advocates impacted by hospital consolidation
Oct 12, 2021

Burgos appointed to Legislative Budget and Finance Committee
Oct 12, 2021

Legislators continue fight for menstrual equity in recognition of Period Action Day
Oct 08, 2021

Sainato bill would extend disabled veteran tax exemption to surviving spouses
Oct 07, 2021

Reps. Kenyatta, Cephas introduce legislation to ban Pennsylvania from imposing undue regulations on women’s reproductive health
Oct 07, 2021

Rabb introduces legislation to remove Columbus Day holiday, replace it with Election Day holiday
Oct 07, 2021