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Dinniman, Sappey Honored for Support of Equine Industry

(Jul 02, 2020)

WEST CHESTER (July 1, 2020) – State Senator Andy Dinniman and state Rep. Christina Sappey were both recently honored by the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association (PHBA) for their contributions to and support of the equine industry in Pennsylvania.Dinniman and Sappey received legislative awards from the PHBA for their work in the state legislature on behalf of the horse industry and equine agriculture. This was the second time Dinniman received the PHBA honor. He also received the award in 2018.“Horses are a big part of Chester County’s heritage, identity, and economy,” Dinniman, who serves on the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, said. “Equine agriculture and sport brings investment, jobs, visitors and tourists, and supports our efforts to preserve open space. I want to thank PHBA for this award and pledge to continue to work together to keep horse breeding and equine agriculture strong in Pennsylvania.”“I am honored to be selected by PHBA for this award,” added Sappey, a member of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee. “The equine industry is incredibly vital to our region, especially in supporting downstream small businesses such as farms that lease space, composters and haulers, small and large animal veterinarians, feed and supply stores, shipping and transport, and so many more, all while maintaining the open space and beautiful landscapes Chester County is known for.”In 2017, Dinniman supported the efforts of Delaware Valley University and... Read more


Sappey announces over $22K for local environmental education grants

(Jul 02, 2020)

CHESTER, July 1 –State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, today announced that two environmental education grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection have been approved for Stroud Water Research Center totaling $22,748. The funding will be distributed as follows: Stroud Water Research Center: Capacity building for Girls-in-STEM Watershed Education ($19,748). Stroud Water Research Center: Brandywine Watershed Discovery Day Camp 2020 for Underserved Youth ($3,000). “I’m very excited about this funding for Stroud Water Research,” Sappey said. “These programs focus on watershed environmental science, technology, engineering, and math, providing enrichment for students entering grades four through six. They will also encourage aspiring future female environmental leaders.” Sappey said that the grants will engage youth in environmental justice, climate change, and/or water quality improvement, expand their understanding of these issues in Pennsylvania and provide people with skills to take responsible action to protect Pennsylvania’s environment. For more information, contact Sappey’s office at 484-200-8264. ### Read more


Sappey sponsors telemedicine bill

(Jul 01, 2020)

CHESTER, July 1 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, today announced the introduction of H.B. 2454 , which would provide for regulation and insurance coverage of telemedicine. “We’ve seen firsthand during this pandemic how telemedicine plays a critical role in providing Pennsylvanians access to health care,” Sappey said. “This legislation includes coverage for services provided by the Children Health Insurance Program and insurance coverage parity with services provided during office visits.” Sappey added that in addition to standard medical practices, mental health providers are sharing successes they have had with patients using telemedicine during the pandemic. It is critical for patients to be able to continue to utilize these tools remotely, she said. Telemedicine is the remote delivery of healthcare services and medical information using telecommunications technology. It’s a significant and rapidly growing component of health care today, Sappey said. By using telemedicine, specialists and other healthcare providers can expand their reach. This will help rural patients, in particular, who frequently choose not to seek care or are forced to travel long distances to see a provider. More information about the legislation is available by contacting Sappey’s office at 484-200-8264. ### CONTACT: Daniel Bixler House Read more


Small Business Assistance grants available

(Jun 29, 2020)

Applications are expected to be available June 30 for a new program aimed at providing critical funding to local businesses hurt by the coronavirus. The first round of the $225 million COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance grant program is expected to open for applications on Tuesday, June 30 and will remain open for 10 business days. Additionally, applications will continue to be accepted after 10 business days to be considered for future rounds of funding. Those rounds will be announced soon. This program will award grants ranging from $5,000 - $50,000 to small businesses economically impacted by the coronavirus, and money is specifically set aside for businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged people. For an application preparation checklist, criteria for eligibility and consideration, and a full list of participating Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), please click below to go to the COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance website. https://pabusinessgrants.com/ Read more


Sappey holding virtual discussion Monday addressing institutionalized racism

(Jun 05, 2020)

KENNETT SQUARE, June 5 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, invites residents of the 158th Legislative District to her virtual panel discussion “Examining Race and Institutionalized Disadvantage in Our Community” at 6 p.m. Monday, June 8. Panelists will include state Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta and Morgan Cephas, both D-Philadelphia, along with Joan Duvall-Flynn of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Trauma Informed Education Coalition. The meeting will be available via live stream, and those who wish to attend must RSVP by emailing Rep. Sappey’s office at RepSappey@pahouse.net .or signing up online here . “The recent death of George Floyd has served as a hurtful reminder to the injustices and greater disadvantages that exist throughout our society,” Sappey said. “I’m asking that the public join me in this discussion with open hearts and minds as we examine the changes we need to make to begin addressing these inequalities.” Questions may be directed to Sappey’s office by calling (484) 200-8264. Read more


Sappey calls for hair salons and barbershops to be included in Yellow Phase guidelines

(May 29, 2020)

KENNETT SQUARE, May 29 – State Rep. Christina Sappey announced that she signed onto a letter addressed to Gov. Tom Wolf calling on him to add hair salons and barbershops to the list of businesses permitted to reopen during the Yellow Phase. The letter details safety precautions that could easily be taken to ensure the safety of customers, such as operating at 50% capacity. “I’ve been in contact with hair stylists and barbers throughout the district who are ready to get back to work and willing to take the precautions necessary to protect public health” Sappey said. “Allowing restaurants to serve customers outside was a huge victory for small businesses, and I believe we can help other business owners move into the Yellow Phase as well. With industry-specific guidelines in place, we can get so many more Pennsylvanians back to work and our economy back on track safely.” Other legislators who signed onto the letter are: state Reps. Joseph Ciresi, Steve Malagari, Melissa Shusterman, Tina Davis, Dave Delloso, Jennifer O’Mara, Dan Williams, Danilo Burgos, Tim Briggs and Austin Davis. Wolf has announced that all Pennsylvania counties, including Montgomery and Chester counties, will move at least into the Yellow Phase by June 5, with 17 counties moving to the Green Phase on today. For more information, contact Shusterman’s office at (484) 200-8264 or RepSappey@pahouse.net. Read more


Sappey postpones April events

(Mar 23, 2020)

KENNETT SQUARE, March 23 – State Rep. Christina Sappey announced that she will postpone her two April events, a sustainable living forum and a litter cleanup, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The sustainable living forum was originally scheduled for April 2 and the litter cleanup for April 18. Sappey said they will be rescheduled for a later date. “Even though I will not be hosting any events and my district office will be closed until further notice, please know that my office staff is still available by phone and email to assist constituents with any of their state-related needs,” Sappey said. “I look forward to connecting with the community again, in person, as soon as possible.” Sappey’s office can be reached by phone at (484) 200-8264 or by email at RepSappey@pahouse.net . Read more


Sappey postpones upcoming events and in-person constituent services amidst COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak

(Mar 13, 2020)

KENNETT SQUARE, March 13 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, today announced that, under the advisement of public health officials, she is postponing her upcoming veterans’ luncheon scheduled for March 20, and sustainable living forum scheduled for April 2 to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. “Two of our neighboring counties, Delaware and Montgomery, have presumptive positive cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, so it’s important to ensure the health and safety of Chester County residents,” Sappey said. “These events will be rescheduled to a later date.” Additionally, Sappey’s district office will be closed to the public for the time being. The office will remain operational with staff available by phone and email, but no in-person services or appointments are being held until further notice. While there are currently no presumptive positive cases of the virus in Chester County, Sappey said that these are precautionary measures to help keep constituents and staff safe. Sappey added that while her office will temporarily not welcome visitors, she encourages constituents to contact her by phone at 484-200-8264 or email at RepSappey@pahouse.net for assistance with state-related matters. The public can receive current information regarding COVID-19 coronavirus by contacting the Pennsylvania Department of Health at 1-877-PA-HEALTH. Read more


Raiding the race horsing fund bad for Pennsylvania

(Feb 25, 2020)

Last fall in Harrisburg, I participated in a discussion about southeastern regional priorities. Several topics arose, but the issue of debilitating student loan debt came up repeatedly as subtext to the questions of how we grow our economy; how we ensure a trained workforce; and how we encourage young people to stay in Pennsylvania after graduation. Pennsylvania ranks among the top states in student loan debt, with graduates averaging debt of $35K. Carrying that much debt means many graduates are unable to afford to move into adulthood independently. A large number must work several jobs to meet expenses, and more than a few of our graduates will, unfortunately, default on their student loans, leaving them unable to build a sound foundation for the future. In his 2020 state budget, Governor Tom Wolf has proposed student debt forgiveness for our PA state system graduates when they agree to stay in PA for 6 years after graduation. This is a bold initiative and worthy of exploration. The second oldest state in the US needs these skilled, eager young people to stay, work, and make a life in PA. On the surface there is not much to object to; however, the Governor’s proposal would be paid for with $200 million from the PA State Horse Racing Development Fund. This fund was created by Act 71 of 2004 and uses proceeds from slots to support breeding of top-level race horses, to further strengthen our agricultural economy. In this budget scenario, the issue of addressing PA Read more


2020 Winter Newsletter

(Feb 10, 2020)

As I head into my second year serving as your State Representative, I am humbled by the confidence you have placed in me. It is an honor to represent those I have always considered my neighbors and to fight for our many shared priorities in Harrisburg. Read more


Sappey hosting mental health panel discussion next week

(Jan 30, 2020)

KENNETT SQUARE, Jan. 30 – State Rep. Christina Sappey invites residents of the 158 th Legislative District to attend a panel discussion on mental health. The discussion will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6 at the West Bradford Township building, 1385 Campus Drive in Downingtown. State and county directors, as well as private and nonprofit providers, will cover the importance of removing mental health stigma, what services are available here in Chester County, how to access them and how mental health impacts people at different phases of life, from childhood through senior years. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sappey’s office at 484-200-8264. Read more


Sappey hosting REAL ID information session on Feb. 20

(Jan 30, 2020)

KENNETT SQUARE, Jan. 30 – State Rep. Christina Sappey will host a REAL ID information session from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 at the West Goshen Township Building. Sappey, accompanied by PennDOT officials, will review what REAL ID is, answer any questions on applying for a REAL ID and help residents determine if REAL ID is right for them. “By October of this year, a REAL ID could be very useful for some Pennsylvanians, so I encourage residents to learn about it as early as possible before lines at the DMV grow longer as we approach the deadline,” Sappey said. Starting Oct. 1, 2020, Pennsylvanians will need a REAL ID, or another federally accepted form of ID, to board a domestic flight and enter federal buildings and military bases. REAL ID applicants will be required to pay a one-time fee and provide documentation such as proof of identity and address. For more information about this event, residents can contact Sappey’s office at 484-200-8264. Read more


Mental Health Panel Discussion

(Jan 28, 2020)

Rep. Sappey is hosting a mental health panel discussion Thursday, Feb. 6. Read more


Sappey announces $50K grant awarded to local sheep farm

(Jan 22, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 22 – State Rep. Christina Sappey today announced that a $50,000 grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program has been awarded to True North Farmstead LLC. True North Farmstead is a sheep farm in East Bradford Township consisting of a small flock of East Friesian ewes. The grant will go toward the renovation of the existing barn’s tack room, which includes concrete flooring, drainage, HVAC and electrical and plumbing upgrades. The grant will also help fund the purchase of a complete pasteurization and processing system, including a 15-gallon vat pasteurizer, digital thermometers, chart recorder, sanitation devices, chiller and a packaging system. These facility upgrades and modern equipment will help the farm produce and sell artisan cheeses. “I am so grateful to see these funds awarded to a farm right here in Chester County,” Sappey said. “Supporting local agriculture benefits our local job market, economy and our environment. These funds will help residents shop local, which keeps emissions down and cuts our carbon footprint by eliminating the harmful effects of transporting products.” The Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program was established, with Rep. Sappey’s support, under Act 38 of 2019 for research and development, organic transition, value-added processing and marketing grants in support of Pennsylvania’s Dairy Read more


Sappey announces grant awarded to Avon Grove School District to enhance STEM education

(Jan 17, 2020)

KENNETT SQUARE, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Christina Sappey today announced that Avon Grove School District was awarded a $35,000 PAsmart targeted grant to expand the district’s computer science classes and teacher training. The targeted grants represent one component of the PAsmart initiative , which will provide $20 million to bring high-quality computer science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education in elementary, middle, and high schools, and professional development for teachers. Avon Grove was one of 163 school districts, charter schools and intermediate units to receive a grant. The 163 awardees have prioritized expanding access to computer science for underrepresented students in STEM programs and in rural communities. “Our economy and job market deeply rely on the constantly growing and greatly successful STEM industries,” Sappey said. “It is predicted that within the next decade, 71 percent of new jobs in Pennsylvania will require employees to utilize computers and new technologies, so it’s crucial we prepare and properly educate tomorrow’s workforce to ensure the prosperity of this commonwealth.” For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs, please visit the Department of Education’s website . Read more


Newest laws of the decade

(Jan 10, 2020)

More than 100 bills were signed into law last year in Pennsylvania, including legislation of my own. Below you’ll find information on a few of the most impactful new laws for 2020. Questions regarding these or any state law may be directed to my office by calling 484-200-8264. Election Reform: Act 77 of 2019 is the most significant improvement to Pennsylvania’s elections in more than 80 years. The law creates a new option to vote by mail up to 50 days before an election, extends the deadline to register to vote by 15 days and helps pay for safer, more secure voting systems with a paper trail. This legislation takes effect for the April 2020 primary election. “Do Not Call” Law: The strengthened “Do Not Call” law went into effect in December. Under the new law, telephone numbers registered with the state database no longer need to be re-registered every five years. Business telephone numbers also may be added to the “Do Not Call” list. To register your telephone number or to get more information on the new regulation, please visit the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General’s website. PA GI Bill: This law extends tuition benefits to Pennsylvania National Guard members’ spouses and children. If the servicemember chooses to re-enlist for six years, their family may attend college at no or reduced cost. This program is the first of its kind in the nation. In addition to supporting military family members, Read more


Sappey encourages local farmers to apply for ag grant program

(Jan 09, 2020)

KENNETT SQUARE, Jan. 9 – State Rep. Christina Sappey urges local farmers, prospective farmers and those involved in the agriculture industry to apply for a new Farm Vitality Planning Grant Program that will preserve farms. Created by the 2019 Pennsylvania Farm Bill, which was enacted with Sappey’s support, the program helps recipients create or obtain plans for business and management strategies, transition of ownership and operation, diversification, farm expansion, and maintaining the long-term economic viability of farms. “As our population in Pennsylvania ages, it is important to proactively address succession planning to ensure farms remain farms once their owners retire,” Sappey said. “These grants will help preserve farmlands, promote local agriculture economy and prevent unwanted development.” The deadline to apply is April 3. The application can be found at https://www.esa.dced.state.pa.us/Login.aspx Read more


Sappey to host town hall meeting next week

(Jan 08, 2020)

KENNETT SQUARE, Jan. 8 – State Rep. Christina Sappey invites residents of the 158th Legislative District to attend her town hall meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 at Unionville-Chadds Ford School District office, 740 Unionville Road. Those interested in attending are asked to register in advance by contacting Sappey’s district office at 484-200-8264 or email RepSappey@pahouse.net . “We will be discussing the state-related matters that are most important to the community members in attendance,” Sappey said. “I will be able to provide an update on legislation and 2020 legislative priorities.” Readers who are unsure if they live in the 158th Legislative District can check at https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/ . Read more


Save the Date!

(Jan 07, 2020)

Save the date for these upcoming events! Read more


Williams, Sappey announce $14.4K in Ag and Youth grants for Chester County

(Jan 06, 2020)

Grants include $7,500 for the Chester County chapter of the Pennsylvania Future Farmers of America (FFA), and $6,900 for the Chester County Intermediate Unit. Read more