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Philadelphia House Delegation Members thank Commissioner Ross after 30 years of service

(Aug 21, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 21 – Following Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr.’s abrupt resignation on Tuesday, state Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., chairman of the Philadelphia Delegation in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and its members thanked Ross for his nearly 30 years of service to the city in law enforcement. “It has been an esteemed honor to stand beside Commissioner Ross in our efforts to improve the lives of all Philadelphians, especially to combat the increasing gun violence in the city,” Dawkins said. “Members of the delegation thank him for his nearly three decades of dedicated service to the city of Philadelphia. “However, we are disheartened to hear of the new accusations against the police force. As members of the House of Representatives, we take any charge of sexual harassment, gender or racial discrimination very seriously. “We trust that new leadership within the Philadelphia Police Department, presently under acting Commissioner Christine M. Coulter, will continue to work to overcome any issues of discrimination or harassment existing within the department.” Read more

 

Donatucci disappointed by refinery closure and layoffs

(Aug 21, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 21 – In response to the shutdown of the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery yesterday and the resulting layoffs, state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila., issued the following statement: “The Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery has been vital to our economy for over 150 years. Closing this site, which is the largest of its kind on the East Coast, is a nearsighted solution that doesn’t fully consider the impact of the loss of 1,000 good, family-sustaining jobs at the refinery, as well as thousands of jobs at other companies that are affected by the refinery’s operations. Also, thousands of people across the region will see increasing prices at the gas pump and for in-home oil heating. “The refinery has filed for bankruptcy before and I worked with many parties to prevent its shutdown and save jobs then. I’m disappointed that a solution couldn’t be reached at this time to help PES stay open for the employees and contractors who worked there. Although a handful of staff will be kept on board to keep the refinery stable until its fate can be determined, our community will feel the impact of this loss immediately. I always try to find the balance between the environment and economics and I’m continuing to look for a viable solution. “I am hopeful that more answers will emerge about the cause of the fire and the future of the refinery site as the investigation wraps up and the PES Refinery Read more

 

Burgos to host End of Summer Blast on Aug. 31

(Aug 21, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 21 – State Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., will host his End of Summer Blast, a communitywide festival, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 at Rivera Recreation Center, located at 3201 N. Fifth St., 19140. “The End of Summer Blast is a great way to celebrate the end of the summer and to kick-off the upcoming school year,” Burgos said. “I’m proud to host this event to celebrate the 197 th Legislative District community.” The event will include: Food. Face painting. Live performances. Amateur boxing tournament. Burgos and his district office staff will be available to answer questions about state issues and programs. Read more

 

Bullock first ever Pa. legislator to attend energy academy in Colorado

(Aug 21, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 21 – State Rep. Donna Bullock today said she is the first and only legislator to represent Pennsylvania during this week’s Clean Energy Legislative Academy in Breckenridge, Colo. The four-day conference brings together a bipartisan group of state legislators and their staff from across the country to learn about emerging energy issues and resources they will need to develop effective clean energy policy in their states. “I’m honored to represent Pennsylvania at this important and informative conference. I plan on learning as much as I can from the seminars and panels and legislators from other states,” Bullock said. “Pennsylvania needs laws that will help fight climate change and convert to renewable energy. I want to bring my experiences from this conference back home to not only share with my colleagues, but to craft legislation that would provide better, efficient energy policies for now and our future.” The Clean Energy Legislative Academy will hit on such topics as climate and air quality, securing our energy future, financial markets response to climate risk, and getting to 100% innovation in clean energy technology. Read more

 

Cruz to host new voting machine demonstrations Sept. 6

(Aug 21, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 21 – With voters soon going to the polls and casting their ballots on new voting machine technology, state Rep. Angel Cruz will host an event where people can become familiar and comfortable with these new machines. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6 at Cruz’s district office at 3503 North B St., Unit 7, 19134. Representatives from the Philadelphia City Commissioner’s Office will be in attendance to provide demonstrations on how the new machines operate. For more information, constituents can call Cruz’s office at 215-291-5643. Read more

 

Ciresi to join Humane Society and Finding Shelter Animal Rescue to host rally in King of Prussia Aug. 25

(Aug 21, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 21 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, today announced a rally in support of S.B. 44, to be known as Victoria’s Law , that will feature several state senators and representatives, as well as local shelter and rescue representatives. The rally will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25 at The Upper Merion Township Building Park, 175 W. Valley Forge Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406. In addition to Ciresi, D-Montgomery, the list of participants includes: Sen. Tom Killion , R-Delaware, co-sponsor of S.B. 44. Sen. Andy Dinniman , D-Chester, co-sponsor of S.B. 44. Rep. Frank Farry, R-Bucks. Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery. Kristen Tullo , Humane Society of the United States, Pennsylvania state director. Grace Kelly Herbert , Finding Shelter Animal Rescue, president and co-founder. Many other humane legislators and shelter/rescue representatives. Several shelters and rescues will be in attendance with rescue puppies and puppy mill survivors. Supporters are encouraged to wear purple and bring their rescued furry friend. Victoria’s Law is a consumer protection bill that would drive the pet market towards more humane sources by prohibiting the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores. The bill is named after Victoria, a German shepherd who bred over 150 puppies during her life in a puppy mill. Victoria passed down an incurable disease to her puppies and unknowing consumers who purchased her puppies were faced with high vet bills and Read more

 

Frankel, Kosierowski introduce vaccination legislation at Pittsburgh event

(Aug 20, 2019)

State Reps. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, and Bridget Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna, announced legislation to promote childhood immunizations and protect Pennsylvania residents from preventable diseases. Read more

 

Public hearing on Comitta’s Pipeline Safety and Communication Board legislation to be held Wednesday

(Aug 20, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 20 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, will hold a Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee hearing on H.B. 1568 , which would establish the Pipeline Safety and Communication Board. The hearing will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 in Harrisburg in the Irvis Office Building, room G-50. The media and public are invited to attend. Comitta requested the hearing to address how the state legislature can help Pennsylvanians affected by the Mariner East pipeline in Chester County and other pipelines that will impact communities throughout Pennsylvania in the future. “I appreciate Chairmen Barrar and Sainato for holding a hearing on this important bill. Public safety is paramount along the pipeline as it is with any infrastructure project,” Comitta said. “Timely, accurate, and actionable information is key to ensuring public safety. House Bill 1568 asks to establish regular dialogue among state agencies, the industry, legislators, county and local EMS and the public. Such dialogue should result in well-coordinated safety planning and emergency response. It will also identify gaps in legislation, all with the goal to make sure people are and feel safe.” The hearing can also be viewed via livestream at www.pahouse.com. Read more

 

Briggs: Studies should shed light on ideal time to start secondary schools

(Aug 20, 2019)

The question of the appropriate school start time has intrigued me for years, and I’m excited to learn about the recommendations to best address this issue. Read more

 

Veterans outreach Aug. 29 at Flynn’s office

(Aug 20, 2019)

SCRANTON, Aug. 20 – Area veterans are invited to take part in the monthly support program next week at the office of state Rep. Marty Flynn. A representative from the American Legion Service Office Outreach program will be in Flynn's office – Jay's Commons, 409 N. Main Ave. – from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 29 to provide information on services available to veterans and their families. The American Legion representatives are available to discuss education, health care and death benefits. Flynn’s office has added Aug. 29 as a second day for local veterans after all available appointments had been booked on Aug. 28. Legion membership is not required to take advantage of the help, but anyone interested in speaking to the advisers should call and schedule an appointment through Flynn’s office at 570-342-4348. Read more

 

Merski, Policy Committee investigate ways to grow technology workforce

(Aug 19, 2019)

ERIE, Aug. 19 – State Rep. Bob Merski, D-Erie, held a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing today at Mercyhurst University to discuss ways Pennsylvania can bolster its technology workforce. “It’s clear that the tech industry is only continuing to grow, fueled by businesses’ demand for state-of-the-art information technology and cybersecurity services,” Merski said. “Cities like Erie are quickly becoming home to startup tech companies that bring jobs and help stimulate the economy.” Joining Merski were legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Sturla added: “Companies need highly skilled workers to compete, and bridging the skills gap is especially challenging in the tech field, which is constantly evolving.Today’s hearing on how we can bolster our tech workforce to keep pace with demand was a great first step.” Testifiers included Dr. Leanne Roberts, provost and vice president for academic affairs, Mercyhurst University; Steven Mauro, vice president of academic administration, Gannon University; and Karl Sanchak, president and CEO, Erie Innovation District. The hearing was one in a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first by growing good jobs, providing health care access, creating quality schools and providing training for jobs in a fair economy. More information about the plan is Read more

 

Bizzarro’s Senior Fair attracts large turnout, enthusiastic crowd

(Aug 19, 2019)

ERIE, Aug. 19 – A robust and enthusiastic crowd attended the 7 th Annual Senior Fair & Older Living Expo today hosted by State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie. Visitors who packed the first floor of McDowell Intermediate High School this morning browsed dozens of exhibits and filled their bags with program brochures, state applications and free samples. Many participated in free health screenings. Bizzarro said he particularly enjoyed getting to talk one-on-one with seniors around the community. “Today’s event was one of our best yet, and that’s a testament to the energy and enthusiasm of the nearly 1,700 seniors who stopped by,” Bizzarro said. “I had the chance to talk one-on-one with so many seniors in our community, and once again this year, they wowed me with their enthusiasm and their insights. “There are few things more satisfying than seeing the folks I serve coming out to engage with the community and knowing that they’re leaving with a feeling that they’ve learned some new ways to enrich their lives.” Bizzarro will join state Sen. Michele Brooks to co-host a similar free event – the Edinboro Senior Fair – from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Sept. 27, at the Edinboro Volunteer Fire Department, 125 Meadville St. in Edinboro. Read more

 

O’Mara appointed to Public Higher Education Commission

(Aug 19, 2019)

SPRINGFIELD, Aug. 19 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, today announced her appointment to the state legislature’s Public Higher Education Commission. The purpose of the commission is to review and make recommendations related to higher education funding, affordability and effectiveness, administration and operations. O’Mara, who also organized the House Student Debt Caucus, will help develop a higher education funding formula for the 14 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities and four state-related universities, which are Penn State, Pitt, Temple and Lincoln universities. Funding for the 18 higher education institutions will be determined on a case-by-case basis considering factors such as goals for higher education, the commonwealth’s higher education needs, graduation, retention and enrollment rates, student debt and financial aid, and any other factors related to higher education and the distribution of funding. The General Assembly would then need to authorize the proposed funding formula. O’Mara said the commission will also review and make findings and recommendations to the commonwealth, consult with and utilize expert advice, hold public hearings, review other states’ higher education funding formulas and develop proposed legislation based on the commission’s findings. “I’m honored and excited to be in a role where I can actively work toward fighting the student debt crisis Read more

 

Rep. Kirkland issues statement on potential sale of Chester Water Authority, suggests town hall for residents

(Aug 19, 2019)

“Let me be clear: I support our rate payers and our workers, and I know that Chester Water is the best water available. Let the conversation begin, and let’s stop the politics.” Read more

 

Caltagirone to hold free paper shredding event in Reading

(Aug 19, 2019)

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 7 in the parking lot of Tom Masano Auto Retailers USA at 841 W. Wyomissing Blvd. in Reading. Read more

 

Rep. Madden to hold town hall meeting Sept. 8 in Stroudsburg

(Aug 19, 2019)

STROUDSBURG, Aug. 19 – As part of her commitment to address community issues, Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, is holding a town hall meeting. The meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8 at the Eastern Monroe Public Library, 1002 North Ninth St., Stroudsburg. Citizens can voice their thoughts and concerns regarding Property Tax/Rent Rebate, Real ID and other topics of interest. “Hearing constituents’ concerns is a critical part of improving the neighborhood,” Madden said. “It is an opportunity to speak with them and to not only listen to their concerns, but offer real solutions face to face.” Media is invited to attend. Attention News Editors : Please include the following in your community calendar listings if possible: State Rep. Maureen Madden invites you to her town hall meeting from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8 at the Eastern Monroe Public Library, 1002 North Ninth St., Stroudsburg. For more information, please call Madden’s office at (570) 420-2850. Read more

 

Burns on the forefront of strong anti-bullying efforts

(Aug 19, 2019)

CRESSON, Aug. 19 – Building on his ground-breaking anti-bullying efforts from last year, state Rep. Frank Burns announced a two-pronged approach to curb bullying in schools during a news conference today at Penn Cambria High School. Burns, D-Cambria, laid out an aggressive package of legislation coupled with a pilot program that puts part of his anti-bullying plan into action in the real world. “With thousands of students in Cambria County heading back to school, I knew this was the time to redouble my efforts to address bullying,” Burns said. “Being taunted, tortured and terrorized by other students is far more prevalent than most people think. We cannot let another school year go by without addressing this epidemic.” Burns said he is reintroducing a bold proposal first put forth last year that would penalize the parents of habitual bullies with a fine of up to $750 and/or community service if the parents fail to do their part to stop their child’s destructive behavior. The measure garnered worldwide attention for its unusual approach: holding parents accountable for repeated acts of bullying. Additionally, Burns plans to introduce the Pennsylvania Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights, modeled after a similar law in New Jersey. Burns’ bill lays out the rights of students, parents and schools as they relate to bullying and builds on the Safe2Say anonymous violence and bullying reporting program that was implemented in schools Read more

 

Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus applauds bravery of police after six officers shot & thanks Gov. Wolf for signing executive order on gun reform

(Aug 16, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 16 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, along with its Philadelphia members, applauded the brave efforts of the Philadelphia Police Department and thanked Gov. Tom Wolf for signing an executive order to implement comprehensive gun reforms, in the wake of the two mass shootings in Philadelphia this week. “Members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus as well as myself, commend the restraint and dedication of the Philadelphia Police Department in securing the scene that resulted in this heavily armed suspect being apprehended alive and no injuries to innocent bystanders ,” Kinsey said. “This career is rife with dangers, making returning home safely at the end of a shift a lingering uncertainty, but these men and women put those fears aside to fervently protect us.” A gunman began firing shots around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday when police were at a house in the Tioga section of North Philadelphia to serve an arrest warrant, according to news reports . Six officers were shot, all of them were eventually treated at the hospital and released, and the gunman was taken into custody after the standoff. State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta said he, too, was grateful the violence Wednesday ended without the loss of life or any additional injury to the suspect, officers or the public. “I was at the hospital Wednesday for hours and saw the bravery of Read more

 

Donatucci commends Gov. Wolf's executive order on gun violence prevention

(Aug 16, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 16 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila., released the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s executive order today on gun violence prevention: “After the shooting in Las Vegas, a ban on bump stocks was enacted because legislators realized that guns with a high rate of fire make it much easier to kill lots of people in a short amount of time. Unfortunately, we haven’t extended that same sense of urgency to banning all assault weapons. When we look at Dayton, where a gunman killed nine people in under a minute, it becomes even clearer that we must act now. “People are living in fear wondering if they will be the next victim of violence as more churches, schools and malls are targeted by shooters. Governor Wolf is taking an important step in protecting Pennsylvania citizens without infringing on our Second Amendment rights. “I strongly support the governor’s actions to reduce gun-related incidents in Pennsylvania and I believe that an executive order on gun violence is not enough. My colleagues and I must take up common sense gun legislation to prevent those who are deemed a danger to themselves or others from having access to guns. That is why I introduced House Bill 164 to create a voluntary no-buy list for weapons sales. This could help keep guns out of the hands of individuals with mental health issues who fear that they may harm someone at a future time. “The safety of all Pennsylvanians is Read more

 

Ullman to host telephone town hall on Aug. 21

(Aug 16, 2019)

DOYLESTOWN, Aug. 12 – State Rep. Wendy Ullman, D-Bucks, will host a telephone town hall at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 to discuss the upcoming session in Harrisburg and issues such as gun safety, education, the environment, taxes and transportation. Residents of the district will receive a call to their home phones at 7 p.m. that evening. To “attend” the meeting, they can simply stay on the phone. Anyone who wants to make sure they will receive the phone call, or who wants to register a cell phone, can sign up at https://tthm.wufoo.com/forms/m1l3w72j15agofi/ People may listen in and ask questions, or leave feedback when the meeting has ended. Questions can be submitted in advance by emailing townhall@pahouse.net . “This is a great opportunity for residents to learn more about the issues we’ll be discussing in Harrisburg in the fall and to ask questions about the issues that matter most to them – all from the comfort of their homes,” said Ullman. “I look forward to a great discussion with community members.” Anyone with questions should call Ullman’s office at 267-768-3671. Read more

 

Philadelphia House Delegation Members thank Commissioner Ross after 30 years of service
Aug 21, 2019

Donatucci disappointed by refinery closure and layoffs
Aug 21, 2019

Burgos to host End of Summer Blast on Aug. 31
Aug 21, 2019

Bullock first ever Pa. legislator to attend energy academy in Colorado
Aug 21, 2019

Cruz to host new voting machine demonstrations Sept. 6
Aug 21, 2019

Ciresi to join Humane Society and Finding Shelter Animal Rescue to host rally in King of Prussia Aug. 25
Aug 21, 2019

Frankel, Kosierowski introduce vaccination legislation at Pittsburgh event
Aug 20, 2019

Public hearing on Comitta’s Pipeline Safety and Communication Board legislation to be held Wednesday
Aug 20, 2019

Briggs: Studies should shed light on ideal time to start secondary schools
Aug 20, 2019

Veterans outreach Aug. 29 at Flynn’s office
Aug 20, 2019

Merski, Policy Committee investigate ways to grow technology workforce
Aug 19, 2019

Bizzarro’s Senior Fair attracts large turnout, enthusiastic crowd
Aug 19, 2019

O’Mara appointed to Public Higher Education Commission
Aug 19, 2019

Rep. Kirkland issues statement on potential sale of Chester Water Authority, suggests town hall for residents
Aug 19, 2019

Caltagirone to hold free paper shredding event in Reading
Aug 19, 2019

Rep. Madden to hold town hall meeting Sept. 8 in Stroudsburg
Aug 19, 2019

Burns on the forefront of strong anti-bullying efforts
Aug 19, 2019

Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus applauds bravery of police after six officers shot & thanks Gov. Wolf for signing executive order on gun reform
Aug 16, 2019

Donatucci commends Gov. Wolf's executive order on gun violence prevention
Aug 16, 2019

Ullman to host telephone town hall on Aug. 21
Aug 16, 2019