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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

 

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 introduces legislation to protect Pennsylvanians as they care for terminally ill family members

(Mar 26, 2019)

Inspired by the personal story of a local constituent, Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, has introduced legislation that would protect Pennsylvanians as they care for a terminally ill family member. Read more

 

Pest Alert: Spotted Lanternfly

(Mar 26, 2019)

State Rep. Christina Sappey provides information on how to protect your property and the surrounding communities from the spotted lanternfly, an invasive species from Assia. Read more

 

Sappey appointed to Subcommittee on Military and Veterans Facilities

(Mar 20, 2019)

State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, announced she was appointed to the Subcommittee on Military and Veterans Facilities. Read more

 

District Office Open House: March 22, 2019

(Mar 19, 2019)

State Rep. Christina Sappey will host her District Office Open House, Friday, March 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Read more

 

Chester, Delaware lawmakers urge Wolf to halt Mariner operations until safety protocols are in place

(Mar 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 11 – Pennsylvania lawmakers representing 11 House districts and three Senatorial districts across Chester and Delaware counties have signed a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf asking him to impose a moratorium on the transmission of natural gas liquids products through the Mariner East pipeline system until the mandated protocols are in place for local responders to properly manage a pipeline emergency. Chester County Emergency Services and local school districts along the pipeline, including Downingtown Area School District, Rose Tree Media School District and West Chester Area School District have requested Energy Transfer Partners' subsidiary SPLP to provide its Emergency Response Plan for the Mariner East project, which the responders and school districts need to complete their comprehensive All Hazards Emergency Response Plans and fulfill their statutory requirements under Title 35 of state law . The letter urges Wolf to preserve the health, welfare and safety of constituents who live, work and raise their families in the high-consequence areas of Chester and Delaware counties within the impact radius of Mariner East. “We have pipelines currently transporting highly volatile products through our communities, and our local first responders are not able to adequately plan their emergency response or mitigate our risk because the operator has failed to cooperate with repeated requests for their Emergency Response Plan,” said Read more

 

Sappey appointed to Local Government Commission

(Feb 14, 2019)

KENNETT SQUARE, Feb. 14 – State Rep. Christina Sappey today announced she was appointed to the General Assembly’s Local Government Commission. The commission, created in 1935, is a bicameral, bipartisan legislative service agency that provides the General Assembly with research and analysis on matters affecting local governments. “I’m honored to receive this appointment. I am ready to join my colleagues on the commission and eager to learn from them,” said Sappey, D-Chester. “Local governments play a huge role in our everyday lives, and I look forward to tackling some of our larger, more complex local government issues in a way that best serves local governments and the taxpayers.” Sappey’s record of working with residents, local governments and state agencies to address traffic concerns, protect natural resources and preserve open space will allow her to contribute to the commission’s vision of bridging gaps between constituents and local governments throughout the commonwealth. Sappey was recommended for the commission by House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody and appointed by House Speaker Mike Turzai. The commission is made up of five House members and five Senate members. Sappey also was appointed to the House Local Government Committee, as well as the Agriculture and Rural Affairs, and Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness committees. Learn more about the Pennsylvania Local Government Commission Read more

 

Sappey named to House Agriculture, Local Government and Veterans committees

(Jan 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – State Rep. Christina Sappey today announced she was appointed to the Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Local Government and Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness committees. “These committees handle matters that are of great importance to members of our community,” said Sappey, D-Chester. “I’m looking forward to serving on these committees and ensuring that residents of Chester County are well-represented on issues that would affect them.” The Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee reviews bills affecting the state’s agriculture industry, with oversight of the Department of Agriculture, the Farm Show Bureau and more. The Local Government Committee reviews legislation that would affect counties, cities, boroughs, and townships, and includes issues such as statewide zoning regulations and municipal pensions. The Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee reviews bills related to veterans and the military as well as disaster preparedness and emergency response. The committee has oversight of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. Read more

 

Tips for staying safe in the cold

(Jan 28, 2019)

With winter in full swing, the Health Department recently shared precautions you can take to stay safe when the temperatures drop. Read more

 

Sappey to host public forums on bridging political division

(Jan 18, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 18 – Rep. Christina Sappey announced that she will hold two public forums this month for discussion on bridging political division. The forums, titled “Let’s Talk: Working to Bridge Division,” will focus on finding compromise, communicating and working together during a time of political divide. Dr. Kirby Wycoff, associate professor and co-director of the School Psychology Program at Eastern University, will offer a presentation. “These events are a great chance to bring together the diverse voices in our community and learn how we can best work together, and I look forward to a great discussion,” said Sappey, D-Chester. The forums will be held as follows. Southern District Event 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 New Garden Township Building 299 Starr Road Landenberg, PA 19350 Northern District Event 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 East Bradford Township Building 666 Copeland School Road West Chester, PA 19380 In the event of inclement weather, event updates will be posted on Sappey’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/repsappey , and sent out by email. Those interested can sign up for her email updates on her website, www.pahouse.com/sappey . Anyone with questions should call Sappey’s office at 717-772-9973 or email RepSappey@pahouse.net. Read more

 

Sappey sworn in to serve first term in Pa. House of Representatives

(Jan 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Christina Sappey was sworn in to represent Pennsylvania’s 158th Legislative District during a Capitol ceremony today. Sappey is the first woman and first Democrat to represent the 158th District. “I hope to help accelerate Pennsylvania’s move to renewable energy, encourage a growth economy that creates family-sustaining jobs, properly fund the Department of Environmental Protection so that it can do its job, end the growing inequity in education funding, promote gun violence prevention measures and foster accountability and transparency in state government,” said Sappey, D-Chester. “I’m proud to be a part of this new class of legislators. We are committed to changing business as usual. We are a diverse group and are more representative of the people.” Constituents and those who want to learn more about Sappey can visit www.pahouse.com/Sappey . The Pennsylvania House of Representatives swearing-in ceremony corresponds with the first Tuesday in January every two years. This year marks Pennsylvania’s 203rd legislative session. Read more

 

Sappey: Competitive state funding available for violence prevention initiatives

(Dec 07, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 7 – Municipalities, institutions of higher education, counties, and community-based organizations implementing violence-prevention initiatives can apply to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency for competitive grant funding. Applicants for 2019 Community Violence Prevention Grants may submit proposals for one-time events or for one- or two-year projects, and may request up to $350,000. “The promise of wholly supported public safety in Pennsylvania represents an important change in priorities among the General Assembly, and I’m ready to make sure that initiatives from our communities get the state support they need to help keep us safe,” said state Rep.-Elect Christina Sappey, D-Chester. All applications must be submitted by Feb. 7. Awards will be approved and announced at the public meeting of the School Safety and Security Committee in April. Projects should begin May 1, 2019. Those interested in applying must visit https://www.pccdegrants.pa.gov/Egrants/Public/OpenAnnouncements.aspx . Interested applicants who are not already registered in PCCD’s E-grants system must register here before applying: https://www.pccd.pa.gov/Funding/Pages/Egrants-Home.aspx The funding for this grant became available in 2018/19 under Act 44 of 2018, which established the School Safety and Security Grant Program and specified that up to 12.5 percent, or $7.5 million, would be earmarked for community violence Read more

 

Veterans services

(Dec 01, 2018)

Below are a number of programs and services available to help veterans and their families. Please share this list with any veterans in your life. Veterans Temporary Assistance Temporary help is available for veterans and their beneficiaries who need aid for essentials such as shelter, fuel, clothing and food. If eligible, a veteran or their beneficiary can qualify for up to $1,600 in a 12-month period. The Disabled Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption Program Any honorably discharged veteran who is 100 percent disabled, a resident of Pennsylvania and has financial need can apply for this program, which provides real estate tax exemption on principal dwellings. Educational Gratuity Program Children of honorably discharged veterans with service-connected disabilities or children of veterans who died in service during a period of war or armed conflict qualify for up to $500 per semester/term to help defray educational costs. Military Family Relief Assistance Program Eligible Pennsylvania service members and their family members who have a direct and immediate financial need as a result of circumstances beyond their control can apply for up to $3,500 in grants. This program is available for active and past service members. Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant Program Grants are available for veterans’ services organizations, non-profit organizations with a mission of serving Pennsylvania veterans, individual eligible counties and the State Read more

 

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

Sappey to introduce trauma informed education legislation
May 13, 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

Sappey introduces legislation to protect Pennsylvanians as they care for terminally ill family members
Mar 26, 2019

Pest Alert: Spotted Lanternfly
Mar 26, 2019

Sappey appointed to Subcommittee on Military and Veterans Facilities
Mar 20, 2019

District Office Open House: March 22, 2019
Mar 19, 2019

Chester, Delaware lawmakers urge Wolf to halt Mariner operations until safety protocols are in place
Mar 11, 2019

Sappey appointed to Local Government Commission
Feb 14, 2019

Sappey named to House Agriculture, Local Government and Veterans committees
Jan 28, 2019

Tips for staying safe in the cold
Jan 28, 2019

Sappey to host public forums on bridging political division
Jan 18, 2019

Sappey sworn in to serve first term in Pa. House of Representatives
Jan 01, 2019

Sappey: Competitive state funding available for violence prevention initiatives
Dec 07, 2018

Veterans services
Dec 01, 2018