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

Neighborhood Assistance Program and Enterprise Zone Tax Credit Program now open for applications

(Mar 29, 2021)

Find information on the Neighborhood Assistance Program and other grant programs that are taking applications. Read more

 

Pashinski introduces Delayed Payment Plan for burden-free community college

(Mar 26, 2021)

Once established, the Delayed Payment Plan program would pay up-front for the community college education of participating PA students attending one of 15 state community colleges or the Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology who pursue a degree in a high-need career path and agree to stay in Pennsylvania after graduating until their tuition is repaid. Read more

 

Wheatley reintroduces bill to create police oversight board

(Mar 26, 2021)

Wheatley, D-Allegheny, said a recent article highlighted some disturbing posts on a private Facebook group with current and retired police officers, which included transphobic posts and bullying against members of law enforcement who marched with or supported Black Lives Matter protests. Read more

 

McNeill: It’s time to address the fireworks issue

(Mar 25, 2021)

Co-sponsored by state Reps. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, Steve Samuelson and Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, and Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, the bill would address growing complaints of inappropriate fireworks usage that have been rampant across Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Let’s support these three, commonsense gun violence measures | Opinion

(Mar 25, 2021)

To be a lawful, responsible gun owner does not mean carrying allegiance to any political party. It means caring about your community. It means wanting to keep your children, family and neighbors safe. Read more

 

Madden, Kenyatta lead discussion on racism on high school and college campuses

(Mar 25, 2021)

Education and shattering social norms are key in combatting racism in high schools and colleges. Read more

 

Miller to host annual Disability & Mental Health Summit

(Mar 25, 2021)

Registration now open for event, the largest of its kind in western PA Read more

 

Pennsylvania Rescue Plan invests federal dollars to help workers, businesses and schools thrive and recover

(Mar 25, 2021)

To make sure funding from the federal American Rescue Plan is invested to do the most good to help the most people, House Democratic leaders propose the Pennsylvania Rescue Plan to direct dollars for immediate impact and long-term success. Read more

 

Freeman bill to extend participation in state’s Main Street Program advances

(Mar 24, 2021)

According to Freeman, H.B. 926 would give the state Department of Community and Economic Development the authority to grant a period of up five additional years for administrative costs associated with employing a Main Street manager if it determines that it would be beneficial to the community in reaching its revitalization goals. Read more

 

Kim holds conference in response to Georgia shootings

(Mar 24, 2021)

Several legislators joined together to show solidarity with the Asian-American Pacific Islander community and to support state Rep. Dan Frankel’s anti-hate package of legislation. Read more

 

Kinkead: It’s time to take action to combat climate change

(Mar 24, 2021)

Kinkead, D-Allegheny, said her bill, which would be known as the Energy Transition Recovery Act, would direct funds from the sale of carbon allowances sold at auction through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to methods designed to curb those emissions by 2050. Read more

 

Shusterman bill to help create jobs and revive Pennsylvania’s economy clears House Commerce Committee

(Mar 23, 2021)

Established in 2004, the Second Stage Loan program was funded with $50 million. Today, $46.6 million still remains undistributed. Shusterman's bill calls for transparency and efficiency improvements to make this program work for Pennsylvania's businesses now. Read more

 

With no increase to Pa.’s minimum wage since 2009, Boyle reintroduces legislation to allow municipalities to raise their own minimum wage

(Mar 23, 2021)

“No one should be working 40 hours or more a week and still be unable to pay their bills, feed their family or make ends meet,” Boyle said. “But our failure to act in the legislature has put too many people who have a family to support in this predicament." Read more

 

House passes Harkins bill to rid school code of offensive language

(Mar 22, 2021)

Harkins, D-Erie, said H.B. 365 would remove antiquated, harmful terms to describe students with disabilities or mental health issues – terms he said have no place in the state’s progressive education system. Read more

 

Harrisburg Republicans playing political games with childhood sexual abuse survivors

(Mar 22, 2021)

“It’s incredibly frustrating to us and downright disrespectful to survivors of childhood sexual abuse that when given the opportunity this week to correct an error and give survivors a chance to seek justice and have their voices heard, Republican leadership instead decided to play political games." Read more

 

Now open for applications: Dislocated worker, intermediate punishment, and wildfire assistance grant programs

(Mar 22, 2021)

Several state grant programs are open for applications. Read more

 

Conklin to introduce bill to better protect animals

(Mar 22, 2021)

Conklin said his measure would provide trained individuals with the authority to assess animal cruelty issues and empowered to enforce animal control provisions. These humane officers would be required to meet state requirements contained in the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statues as related to the state’s Dog Law. Read more

 

Cephas introduces legislation to combat maternal mortality, calls on state leaders to pursue provision in American Rescue Plan

(Mar 19, 2021)

Cephas, who serves as vice-chair of the PA Women’s Health Caucus and treasurer of the Women’s Caucus, has been at the forefront in the fight to combat maternal mortality across Pennsylvania, said health care is the most disparate it has ever been, with race-based and class-based implicit biases and discrimination that results in compounding the effects of iniquity felt by marginalized and underserved patients. Read more

 

Kosierowski: It’s time to allow nursing professionals a multistate option

(Mar 19, 2021)

According to Kosierowski, her bill would allow individual nursing professionals licensed in Pennsylvania to practice in other states. Additionally, H.B. 966 would create a pathway for nurses in the existing 34 member-state NLC to practice in the commonwealth. Read more

 

Schweyer, prime co-sponsors introduce bill to repeal Pa. fireworks law

(Mar 19, 2021)

House Bill 988 would repeal the most recent changes made to the fireworks law and reinstate the provisions as they existed before Act 43 and would not prohibit Pennsylvanians from using novelty fireworks or enjoying fireworks shows in their community to celebrate the Fourth of July or other holidays and special events. Read more

 

Neighborhood Assistance Program and Enterprise Zone Tax Credit Program now open for applications
Mar 29, 2021

Pashinski introduces Delayed Payment Plan for burden-free community college
Mar 26, 2021

Wheatley reintroduces bill to create police oversight board
Mar 26, 2021

McNeill: It’s time to address the fireworks issue
Mar 25, 2021

Let’s support these three, commonsense gun violence measures | Opinion
Mar 25, 2021

Madden, Kenyatta lead discussion on racism on high school and college campuses
Mar 25, 2021

Miller to host annual Disability & Mental Health Summit
Mar 25, 2021

Pennsylvania Rescue Plan invests federal dollars to help workers, businesses and schools thrive and recover
Mar 25, 2021

Freeman bill to extend participation in state’s Main Street Program advances
Mar 24, 2021

Kim holds conference in response to Georgia shootings
Mar 24, 2021

Kinkead: It’s time to take action to combat climate change
Mar 24, 2021

Shusterman bill to help create jobs and revive Pennsylvania’s economy clears House Commerce Committee
Mar 23, 2021

With no increase to Pa.’s minimum wage since 2009, Boyle reintroduces legislation to allow municipalities to raise their own minimum wage
Mar 23, 2021

House passes Harkins bill to rid school code of offensive language
Mar 22, 2021

Harrisburg Republicans playing political games with childhood sexual abuse survivors
Mar 22, 2021

Now open for applications: Dislocated worker, intermediate punishment, and wildfire assistance grant programs
Mar 22, 2021

Conklin to introduce bill to better protect animals
Mar 22, 2021

Cephas introduces legislation to combat maternal mortality, calls on state leaders to pursue provision in American Rescue Plan
Mar 19, 2021

Kosierowski: It’s time to allow nursing professionals a multistate option
Mar 19, 2021

Schweyer, prime co-sponsors introduce bill to repeal Pa. fireworks law
Mar 19, 2021