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Sappey supports health care reforms

(Jul 25, 2019)

I have introduced or co-sponsored the following pieces of legislation regarding health care reform, which I hope to see considered for a vote. Read more

 

Sappey supports government reform bills

(Jul 17, 2019)

Government reforms such as legislative agenda equity, a fair redistricting process and commonsense gift bans are long overdue in Pennsylvania. Fair Vote, a nonprofit focused on effective representative democracy, recently gave Pennsylvania a 0% grade on legislative fairness and the legislature’s ability to pass legislation overwhelmingly supported by Pennsylvanians. The following are government reform bills I have signed on in support of. House Bill 23 Redistricting Reform: Redistricting Commission for Congressional Districts – sponsored by Rep. Thomas Murt and Rep. Steve Samuelson This legislation would establish an 11-member Independent Redistricting Commission to create congressional districts. It would also impose restrictions that prevent the commission from basing districts on political affiliation, race, or socioeconomic status. House Bill 22 Redistricting Reform Constitutional Amendment – sponsored by Rep. Thomas Murt and Rep. Steve Samuelson This bill serves as a companion to HB23. It establishes a constitutional amendment to permanently reform Pennsylvania’s redistricting process and would expand the Commission to the state legislature’s districts. House Bill 385 No Budget? No Pay – sponsored by Rep. Melissa Shusterman To incentivize a timely budget, this legislation would withhold pay from the General Assembly, the governor, the lieutenant Read more

 

Chester County receives $3.08 million in PHARE funding to support affordable housing

(Jul 12, 2019)

HARRISBURG, July 12 – Chester County’s Democratic state Reps. Carolyn Comitta, Kristine Howard, Melissa Shusterman, Dan Williams, Christina Sappey and Danielle Friel Otten announced that housing programs in Chester County will receive $3.08 million through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement fund. The PHARE fund is managed by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, and funds are sourced from Marcellus shale fees, realty transfer taxes and the national housing trust fund. Awardees within Comitta’s legislative district will receive the following: Housing Authority of the County of Chester’s Locust Court Windows: $100,000 Charles A Melton Arts & Education Center; Melton Center Expanded Services Program: $200,000 Melton Center Apartments (LIHTC); The NRP Group LLC: $875,000 Safe Harbor of Chester County, Inc.: $150,000 Housing Locator Program through the Housing Authority of the County of Chester: $100,000 Friends Association for Care & Protection of Children’s Homeless Prevention Program $75,000 Gaudenzia Concord Place: $50,000 Chester County Department of Community Development’s Decade to Doorways System Prioritization and Realignment: $350,000 “I am absolutely thrilled to see state funds directed to such incredible programs in our community. These funds will allow our local organizations to continue providing their critical services, as well as expand in order to Read more

 

Sappey to host Lyme disease panel discussion

(Jul 05, 2019)

KENNETT SQUARE, July 5 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, will host an informational panel discussion on Lyme disease from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11 at the West Bradford Township Building. “Chester County has the highest number of confirmed and probable Lyme cases in the state and is routinely in the top five counties nationally,” Sappey said. “I’m happy to help my constituents and educate them about this disease in any way I can.” Sappey will provide an update on current legislation to help those battling a Lyme disease diagnosis. Her co-panelists, including a local doctor, Lyme disease patient and representatives from the Lyme Disease Association of Southeast Pennsylvania, Department of Environmental Protection and the Chester County Health Department, will discuss Lyme disease, treatment, prevention, and resources available to help those who receive a diagnosis. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions or address concerns pertaining to Lyme disease. ### Read more

 

Trauma-informed education legislation becomes law

(Jul 02, 2019)

KENNETT SQUARE, July 2 – Legislation to implement trauma-informed education in Pennsylvania schools has been signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf, largely thanks to a bill authored by state Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester. Earlier this year H.B. 1415 and S.B. 200 , which would implement approaches to student learning that recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma and integrates that knowledge into education-based policies, learning, procedures and practices, was introduced by state Reps. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, and prime co-sponsor Ryan Mackenzie, R-Lehigh/Berks, with state Sens. Vincent Hughes, D-Phila./Montgomery, and Patrick Browne, R-Lehigh. During the budget process, H.B. 1415 and S.B. 200 were incorporated into S.B. 144 and ultimately passed the legislature. “This is all a part of the legislative process in Harrisburg. The important thing is that the policy is being implemented,” Sappey said. “This bill will better equip teachers and other school employees to help children who have experienced trauma, or Adverse Childhood Experiences, succeed by implementing mandatory training. The training will cover how to identify the signs of trauma among students, how to utilize multi-tiered support systems, and recognizing schoolwide policies related to positive behavior supports, restorative justice and resiliency.” Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, include all forms of abuse, neglect and other potentially traumatic Read more

 

Sappey bill to fight red tape for municipalities unanimously passes House

(Jun 18, 2019)

HARRISBURG , June 18 – H.B. 1035 , which seeks to streamline the bidding process for public projects, authored by state Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, unanimously passed the House today. Currently, local municipalities and counties must continually request project proposals until they receive one for their projects. Sappey said that this creates an expensive and time-consuming process that costs taxpayers money, and when proposals are not received it can significantly delay public projects. “Red tape frequently delays critical infrastructure needs,” Sappey said. “Any time wasted in the administrative process translates to wasted funds that could result in a number of failures to a public project, and that is why I proposed this piece of legislation.” Sappey’s bill also would allow municipalities to assign a contract if they are not provided with a bid after circulating two consecutive requests for proposals. “As a member of the House Local Government Committee and Pennsylvania Local Government Commission, I am committed to making our local government more effective and more efficient.” H.B. 1035 now awaits consideration in the state Senate. Read more

 

Chester County receives $1.25 million in grants to increase security measures, help crime victims

(Jun 14, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 14 – Chester County’s Democratic state Reps. Carolyn Comitta, Melissa Shusterman, Kristine Howard, Danielle Friel Otten, Dan Williams and Christina Sappey announced that $1.2 million worth of grant funds from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency will be distributed across the county to increase safety and help crime victims. Within Comitta’s legislative district, Domestic Violence Center of Chester County will receive $531,835 to provide direct services for domestic abuse survivors. Additionally, the Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc. will receive $624,328 to meet the needs of crime victims. “I am grateful for the grants awarded to the Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County and the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County. These local organizations have a tremendous impact across our county, and they deserve our full support to continue to provide critical services to residents,” Comitta said. Represented by Shusterman, Phoenixville Borough will receive $7,685 to install security cameras at their police department’s impound lot. “I’m proud to work with my colleagues to bring state money back to Chester County,” Shusterman said. “I’m confident that this initiative will make our communities safer by curtailing crime in and around the impound lot.” Howard’s district, including West Pikeland and Easttown townships, will receive grants Read more

 

Sappey trauma informed education bill moves forward

(Jun 14, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 14 – Legislation ( H.B. 1415 and S.B. 200 ) that state Reps. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, and prime co-sponsor Ryan Mackenzie, R-Lehigh/Berks, introduced with state Sens. Vincent Hughes, D-Philadelphia/Montgomery, and Patrick Browne, R-Lehigh, would implement trauma-informed approaches to education. These initiatives have received overwhelming support from both parties, as well as state and national organizations. Both bills would instill trauma-informed focused policies, procedures and practices inside the classroom, such as requiring teachers and staff in schools to receive training on recognizing the signs of childhood trauma and methods on helping these students overcome obstacles they face in school. S.B. 200 unanimously passed the Senate Education and Appropriations committees on June 12 and is positioned to move to the full Senate next week, followed by the House Education Committee before the legislature adjourns for the summer. “I’m glad to see there’s bipartisan support for this important legislation from both chambers. We have a real opportunity to change lives, and it’s entirely possible to begin immediately,” Sappey said. “We need empathetic, trauma-informed approaches in our schools to ensure every student has a chance to succeed, regardless of adverse childhood experiences.” Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, include all forms of abuse, neglect and other potentially traumatic Read more

 

Sappey announces $550,000 grant awarded to Chester County Intermediate Unit

(Jun 06, 2019)

KENNETT, June 6 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, today announced that Chester County Intermediate Unit received $550,000 in state funds from the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant program for use at Kennett Consolidated School District. According to Sappey, $400,000 will be awarded to Kennett Middle School and High School, and $150,00 will go toward Mary D. Lang, Banroft, Greenwood and New Garden elementary schools. “These funds will help students reach their full potential by providing homework assistance for all grade levels and will also help students in seventh grade and up prepare for their futures by offering career readiness and college prep initiatives,” Sappey said. Additionally, Sappey said the 21st CCLC program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low performing Title I schools. “Twenty-first Century Learning Center grants provide critical investments for communities to expand educational opportunities for students and families,” Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera said. “This year’s recipients were selected with an emphasis on improving educational equity and expanding the geographic reach of Pennsylvania’s programs. As a result, more students across the state will have access to wellness, literacy, and career and technical education Read more

 

Rep. Sappey supports PA Farm Bill package

(Jun 06, 2019)

The PA Farm Bill package, which I voted in favor of both in the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee and on the House floor, is designed to support Pennsylvania farmers. This package includes new initiatives, re-booted initiatives, funding opportunities and resources to support and expand the agriculture industry. Read below for details on each bill included. The following bills will now be sent to the Senate for consideration. House Bill 1516 PA Rapid Response Disaster Readiness Account – sponsored by Rep. Martin Causer This bill will create the Pennsylvania Rapid Response Disaster Readiness Account and specific authority for the Department of Agriculture allocate funding to facilitate a quick response to agricultural disasters, including utilizing animal or plant health officials to contain an outbreak or threat, such as Spotted Lanternfly or Avian Influenza; or providing an immediate response to a foodborne illness. House Bill 1521 PA Preferred—Homegrown by Heroes – sponsored by Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski This bill will amend the existing PA Preferred agricultural commodities marketing program to bolster enrollment in the veteran farmer Homegrown by Heroes Program. House Bill 1523 PA Agricultural Business Development Center – sponsored by Rep. Russ Diamond To assist with agricultural business development and succession planning, this legislation will establish the Pennsylvania Agricultural Business Development Center within the Department... Read more

 

Telephone Town Hall Synopsis

(May 31, 2019)

Thank you to everyone who attended my telephone town hall on Wednesday, May 29. We had a great discussion and I enjoyed learning more about the residents of the 158th legislative district. For those of you who couldn’t join us, I’d like to share the results from the polling questions that were asked during the event. Responses to these questions showed me where our community members stand on some important issues. For example, 35% of constituents said that property taxes and school funding is the biggest issue facing our area, and our environment and open space took second place at 28%. Seventy-four percent of participants also expressed that it’s time for Pennsylvania to start gradually raising its minimum wage for the first time in more than a decade. The last polling question revealed that 88% of participants agree that Pennsylvania should make out-of-state gas drillers pay a severance tax, like they do in every other state. Read more

 

Sappey to Host Telephone Town Hall on May 29

(May 23, 2019)

KENNETT SQUARE, May 23 – State Rep. Christina Sappey will host a telephone town hall at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 29 to discuss state-related issues of importance to residents of the 158th legislative district. Residents with a landline telephone will receive a call inviting them to participate in the discussion and should remain on the line if they wish to participate. Residents wishing to participate via cellphone can sign up by completing this form. People may listen in and ask questions or leave feedback at the conclusion of the call. Questions can be submitted in advance by emailing townhall@pahouse.net . “This is a convenient opportunity for residents to share views, ask questions and stay informed on legislation being considered in Harrisburg that could impact them,” Sappey said. “I look forward to hearing from the community.” For more information or questions, residents are asked to call Sappey’s office at 484-200-8264. Read more

 

Sappey to introduce trauma informed education legislation

(May 13, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 13 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, and Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-Lehigh/Berks, will be introducing legislation aimed at creating trauma-informed school environments in Pennsylvania. “House Bill 1415 seeks to ensure that adverse childhood experiences are recognized in the school setting, where children arguably spend the most time, so they get the support they need to reach their full potential,” Sappey said. Adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs include all forms of abuse, neglect and other potentially traumatic experiences that occur under the age of 18. The more ACEs one child has, the greater the probability for high-risk health behaviors, chronic health conditions, emotional and behavioral dysfunction and early death, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. “This legislation would help teachers and staff in schools to get the training they need to recognize the signs of childhood trauma and assist in overcoming the hurdles students face in school due to the severe impacts on their brain development and functionality, as revealed by decades of research,” Sappey said. This bill would instill trauma-informed and focused policies, procedures and practices inside the classroom, such as requiring newly elected school board members, educators and other school staff members who have direct contact with children to complete training on trauma-informed approaches to education. Some Read more

 

Comitta, Sappey welcome state ice hockey champions from Bayard Rustin High School

(May 10, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 10 — State Reps. Carolyn Comitta and Christina Sappey welcomed Bayard Rustin High School’s Golden Knights ice hockey team to the House chamber on Wednesday, commemorating their Pennsylvania Cup State Championship victory. This is the Golden Knights’ seventh Class A Pennsylvania Cup State Championship win, and it also marked their sixth consecutive championship win, which broke the state’s record. In the 11-to-3 victory against Montour High School’s Spartans, team captain Matt Owens had a hat trick and an assist, teammate Nicholas Ferraro contributed a goal and four assists and goalie Joel Keller stopped 29 out of the 32 shots he faced. “I’m happy to recognize the Golden Knights in the House chamber. Their demonstrated dedication and commitment continually leads them to victory, and our community is very proud of their record-breaking accomplishments,” Comitta said. The Golden Knights have also earned nine Flyer Cups, breaking the regional record by winning six of them in a row, and also won first place in nationals in 2017 and placed third this year. “I’m extremely proud of these young athletes,” Sappey said, “They constantly strive for perfection, and when they work together as a team under incredible coaches, they achieve exactly that. It’s admirable how they embody persistence, dedication and determination year after year on the ice.” Read more

 

Sappey announces $60,000 grant towards public greenspace conservation in New Garden Township

(May 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 30 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, today announced $60,000 in state grant funding is headed to New Garden Township to assist in planning a public park at the St. Anthony in the Hills property. Sappey was instrumental in securing the state grant, which comes from Pennsylvania Department of Economic Development funding for community development initiatives. “The St. Anthony in the Hills property should remain open greenspace, free from overdevelopment, for all to enjoy,” Sappey said. “The township has been working towards preserving this space for over a decade and I am happy to help them in their efforts.” New Garden Township acquired the 137.5-acre property in March last year. Sappey said the plan to keep it as public greenspace also will help to protect water quality in Chester County and beyond because the property contains several streams that flow to Broad Run Creek and into the White Clay Creek Preserve. “The more we preserve the spaces that have an impact on water quality and avoid overdevelopment, the more we can sustain safe and healthy communities,” Sappey said. “I am committed to supporting sustainable development in the communities I serve and across the commonwealth.” Read more

 

Sappey announces $448k grant to support school safety and security

(May 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 1 – State Reps. Carolyn Comitta and Christina Sappey, both D-Chester, are pleased to announce that two school districts in their legislative districts have been awarded Pennsylvania school safety and security grants totaling $448,450. The funds are being provided through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security Committee. This committee is the result of Act 44 of 2018 , and is responsible for establishing the standards schools must meet when performing school safety and security assessments. Grant recipients in Comitta and Sappey’s legislative districts are: Unionville-Chadds Ford School District, receiving $48,400. West Chester Area School District, receiving $400,050. “These grants serve as an investment benefitting our children’s education and well-being,” Comitta said. “I’m proud to support our schools and students in every way that I can to foster the safest learning environment possible.” Sappey congratulated the schools for their successful application. “These are competitive grants, so I applaud our schools for doing everything it takes to help students feel safe and secure in their learning environment,” Sappey said. “Kids can’t learn if they don’t feel safe, and these grants go a long way in providing that freedom from worry.” The lawmakers said it will be the choice of the school districts to Read more

 

Sappey: Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan is good start

(Apr 30, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 30 – State Rep. Christina Sappey made the following statement following Monday’s Capitol news conference on climate change. “This is a good starting point for the Commonwealth and for individual residents,” said Sappey. D-Chester. “While I would like to see a 100 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions immediately, ‘perfect’ cannot be the enemy of the good. Putting these measures in place now begins the work toward a cleaner Pennsylvania, and that can’t happen soon enough.” Gov. Tom Wolf was joined by officials and members of the House Climate Caucus to announce Pennsylvania’s membership in the U.S. Climate Alliance and to release the state’s new climate action plan. The Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan is the new state climate plan developed by DEP and state agency partners with recommendations for government leaders, businesses and citizens to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate. The plan describes more than 100 actions, 15 of which the Department of Environmental Protection and partners analyzed quantitatively for potential greenhouse gas emissions reduction. The analysis showed that just those 15 actions, such as increasing renewable energy, incentivizing energy efficient buildings and increasing the use of electric vehicles, would reduce emissions 21 percent by 2025. Any combination of the 85 additional actions would likely achieve Read more

 

Sappey votes to require insurers to cover treatment for Lyme disease

(Apr 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 11 – H.B. 629 , which would require insurers in Pennsylvania to cover treatment for Lyme disease, overwhelmingly passed the House on Tuesday and will be considered in the Senate this month, according to state Rep. Chris Sappey, who voted for the bill. Under H.B. 629, insurers would be obligated to cover treatment for Lyme disease including short-term and long-term antibiotics. Treatment for other tick-borne illnesses and infections are also covered under this legislation. Pennsylvania ranks No. 1 in the country for Lyme disease diagnoses. In 2016, there were 12,200 confirmed cases, which translated to roughly 40 percent of all Lyme disease diagnoses nationwide. According to the CDC , the majority of these diagnoses come from Chester County. In 2016, Chester County had the most confirmed cases out of all Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, with 371 diagnoses and a total of 10,682 confirmed cases since 2000. “Since this disease runs rampantly throughout Pennsylvania, it makes sense to rely heavily on health insurance to help you pay for treatment because it can get costly,” said Sappey, D-Chester. “Everyone should be eligible for medical treatment when they’re sick, especially for Lyme disease because of its severity in our district.” Lyme disease is transmitted through the bite of an infected deer tick, which can cause a bacterial infection in humans and pets. Chester County is particularly vulnerable to Lyme Read more

 

Sappey applauds new road restoration project in Chester County

(Apr 09, 2019)

State Rep. Christina Sappey responds to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s announcement of work to stabilize, restore and improve flood-damaged sections of the highway in Newlin Township, Chester County. Read more

 

Sappey to highlight environmental importance of bee population with Earth Day event: April 22

(Apr 09, 2019)

State Rep. Christina Sappey will host an Earth Day Event highlighting the environmental important of the bee population on Monday, April 22. Read more

 

Sappey supports health care reforms
Jul 25, 2019

Sappey supports government reform bills
Jul 17, 2019

Chester County receives $3.08 million in PHARE funding to support affordable housing
Jul 12, 2019

Sappey to host Lyme disease panel discussion
Jul 05, 2019

Trauma-informed education legislation becomes law
Jul 02, 2019

Sappey bill to fight red tape for municipalities unanimously passes House
Jun 18, 2019

Chester County receives $1.25 million in grants to increase security measures, help crime victims
Jun 14, 2019

Sappey trauma informed education bill moves forward
Jun 14, 2019

Sappey announces $550,000 grant awarded to Chester County Intermediate Unit
Jun 06, 2019

Rep. Sappey supports PA Farm Bill package
Jun 06, 2019

Telephone Town Hall Synopsis
May 31, 2019

Sappey to Host Telephone Town Hall on May 29
May 23, 2019

Sappey to introduce trauma informed education legislation
May 13, 2019

Comitta, Sappey welcome state ice hockey champions from Bayard Rustin High School
May 10, 2019

Sappey announces $60,000 grant towards public greenspace conservation in New Garden Township
May 01, 2019

Sappey announces $448k grant to support school safety and security
May 01, 2019

Sappey: Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan is good start
Apr 30, 2019

Sappey votes to require insurers to cover treatment for Lyme disease
Apr 11, 2019

Sappey applauds new road restoration project in Chester County
Apr 09, 2019

Sappey to highlight environmental importance of bee population with Earth Day event: April 22
Apr 09, 2019