Bullock: Want a Better Pennsylvania? Listen to Black Pennsylvanians

(Sep 14, 2022)

Here is what I know: listening to and investing in Black Pennsylvanians will pay major dividends – boosting both the commonwealth’s economy and social justice efforts. Read more

 

Conklin, legislators call out attempts to undermine elections

(Sep 14, 2022)

Conklin has introduced standalone legislation (H.B. 2625) that would allow counties to pre-canvass mail-in and absentee ballots earlier. Read more

 

Democratic lawmakers introduce bill to stop wage theft in PA

(Sep 13, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 13 – State Reps. John Galloway, D-Bucks, Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, and Pat Harkins, D-Erie, today announced their introduction of H.B. 2810 to stop wage theft in Pennsylvania. The bill is based on recommendations from a 2022 report from the Joint Task Force on Misclassification of Employees, which was created under a bill authored in 2020. Misclassification of employees occurs when a business wrongfully classifies a worker as an independent contractor even though the nature, type and oversight of their work determines they should be considered an employee under the law. The report found that by misclassifying employees as “contractors” the workers are deprived of wages, workplace health and safety, and unemployment protections. It amounts to tax fraud and costs the commonwealth millions of dollars in lost revenue annually. Misclassification can impact industries from home health care to construction to online businesses, like Uber and Lyft drivers. “For years, I’ve been fighting to end corporate price gouging on workers in the commonwealth,” Galloway said. “Too many companies are cooking the books and using dirty tricks to take money out of the hands of workers and put it into stock buybacks, shareholder dividends, and corporate executive perks instead of putting the money back into the communities. When HB 2810 is passed, Pennsylvania’s workers will have the Read more

 

Violence Intervention and Prevention, Transportation, and Local Law Enforcement Funding Opportunities

(Sep 13, 2022)

Learn about the latest grant opportunities that are open for applications. Read more

 

Bizzarro, House Dems urge action on clean pre-canvassing legislation

(Sep 13, 2022)

“It’s time we provide counties with what they need and pass a clean pre-canvassing bill. We can take action to avoid being the subject of the national news because of the unwillingness of Republican leadership in the General Assembly.” Read more

 

House Democrats rally support for legislation to aid PA’s workers

(Sep 13, 2022)

With limited days remaining in the legislative session, Democrats highlighted the need to act on legislation that would boost workers’ earnings, offer workplace protections, allow for paid sick leave, and help workers save for retirement. Read more

 

Pashinski: Grandparents continuing to make a difference in children’s lives

(Sep 10, 2022)

As anyone can imagine, raising a second family is no easy feat, especially when it comes to navigating the challenges of technology, the courts and state agencies. Read more

 

Ciresi introduces legislation to make hybrid & electric vehicles more affordable for Pennsylvanians

(Sep 09, 2022)

Ciresi said the plan would help people save money in times of high gas prices and reduce overall gasoline demand. Read more

 

Student loan forgiveness moves the needle for all to advance

(Sep 01, 2022)

For Black women in particular, the alleviation of a small bit of student loan debt can be the difference between investing in a home, paying for child care, starting a business, saving for retirement -- or not. Read more

 

Harris: Expanding Clean Slate would give thousands more Pennsylvanians their second chance

(Aug 31, 2022)

“What we’ve seen since Clean Slate was first enacted is countless Pennsylvanians having doors opened for them to better education, housing and employment that were previously not available due to a minor crime they committed in their past,” Harris said. Read more

 

GRANT MEMO: Youth Agriculture, Urban Agriculture, and Watershed Cooperative Funding Opportunities

(Aug 30, 2022)

Check out the latest state programs now open for applications. Read more

 

Kinkead named as PA Prison Society board member

(Aug 29, 2022)

An experienced attorney, Kinkead has been a strong voice for criminal justice overhaul since her election to the PA House in 2020. Read more

 

Ciresi, Webster introduce legislation to designate a part of Trappe’s Main Street in honor of State Trooper Branden T. Sisca

(Aug 24, 2022)

Sisca, 29, and another trooper, Martin F. Mack III, were on duty when they were struck and killed by a drunk driver along a section of Interstate 95 in Philadelphia. Read more

 

Cephas to introduce a bill that would protect homeowners and address racial bias in real estate appraisals

(Aug 23, 2022)

“Current laws do not prevent home appraisers from discriminating against people of color, or other marginalized communities for that matter. With little regulation or oversight, appraisals can make or break the value of a home,” Cephas said. Read more

 

Harkins: Time to start treating our caregivers fairly

(Aug 23, 2022)

Caregivers have been sounding the alarm for decades. It’s time for nursing home administrators to stop stonewalling and start listening. Our most vulnerable are depending on it. Read more

 

O’Mara, Stephens invited to a White House meeting to discuss Extreme Risk Protection Order legislation

(Aug 23, 2022)

During the meeting, state lawmakers shared how they successfully passed ERPO laws, while O’Mara and Stephens discussed plans to advance their H.B. 1903 in the Pennsylvania legislature. Read more

 

Policy hearing focuses on youth violence intervention and prevention

(Aug 23, 2022)

The committee heard testimony from nonprofit leaders, community organizers and advocates working to end gun violence. They highlighted success stories in programs designed to prevent youth violence and intervene when young people are involved in crimes and violence. Read more

 

Policy Committee tours local businesses, development projects in Erie

(Aug 22, 2022)

“Today was a great opportunity to show members of the House the area I represent and let them see first-hand the vision and positive momentum of our city,” said Bizzarro. “The work we do in Harrisburg impacts all corners of the state, and it’s important for my colleagues to witness the influence they have with each vote.” Read more

 

Guzman hosts Policy Committee for tour of Reading businesses

(Aug 17, 2022)

“I want to thank today’s hosts for teaching me and my colleagues a little about their operations and projects, and how they will benefit the community,” said Guzman. “We’re looking forward to doing everything we can in Harrisburg to continue supporting these and other businesses so they can thrive and drive our community.” Read more

 

Benham applauds executive order to deter conversion ‘therapy’

(Aug 16, 2022)

"Misnomered as ‘therapy,’ this abusive tactic reinforces the idea that LGBTQ+ individuals are inferior because of their sexual preference. Furthermore, it has devastating effects on the mental health of those who are subjected to it, especially young people." Read more

 

Bullock: Want a Better Pennsylvania? Listen to Black Pennsylvanians
Sep 14, 2022

Conklin, legislators call out attempts to undermine elections
Sep 14, 2022

Democratic lawmakers introduce bill to stop wage theft in PA
Sep 13, 2022

Violence Intervention and Prevention, Transportation, and Local Law Enforcement Funding Opportunities
Sep 13, 2022

Bizzarro, House Dems urge action on clean pre-canvassing legislation
Sep 13, 2022

House Democrats rally support for legislation to aid PA’s workers
Sep 13, 2022

Pashinski: Grandparents continuing to make a difference in children’s lives
Sep 10, 2022

Ciresi introduces legislation to make hybrid & electric vehicles more affordable for Pennsylvanians
Sep 09, 2022

Student loan forgiveness moves the needle for all to advance
Sep 01, 2022

Harris: Expanding Clean Slate would give thousands more Pennsylvanians their second chance
Aug 31, 2022

GRANT MEMO: Youth Agriculture, Urban Agriculture, and Watershed Cooperative Funding Opportunities
Aug 30, 2022

Kinkead named as PA Prison Society board member
Aug 29, 2022

Ciresi, Webster introduce legislation to designate a part of Trappe’s Main Street in honor of State Trooper Branden T. Sisca
Aug 24, 2022

Cephas to introduce a bill that would protect homeowners and address racial bias in real estate appraisals
Aug 23, 2022

Harkins: Time to start treating our caregivers fairly
Aug 23, 2022

O’Mara, Stephens invited to a White House meeting to discuss Extreme Risk Protection Order legislation
Aug 23, 2022

Policy hearing focuses on youth violence intervention and prevention
Aug 23, 2022

Policy Committee tours local businesses, development projects in Erie
Aug 22, 2022

Guzman hosts Policy Committee for tour of Reading businesses
Aug 17, 2022

Benham applauds executive order to deter conversion ‘therapy’
Aug 16, 2022