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Sims: Know Your HIV/AIDS Status

(Feb 08, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Brian Sims marks National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day at the state Capitol by urging Pennsylvanians across the state to learn about preventing HIV/AIDS and getting tested. Wheatley notes African-Americans are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS, and need to work together to help reduce stigma associated with HIV/AIDS. Read more

 

Legislators, advocates: 7th anniversary of Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act spotlights need to update, strengthen Pa. equal pay law

(Jan 29, 2016)

On the seventh anniversary of the federal Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act becoming law, some legislators and advocates say Pennsylvania women need a stronger equal pay law. Legislation to update and strengthen Pennsylvania's 55-year-old equal pay law has been introduced in the House by Reps. Brian Sims, D-Phila., and Tina Davis, D-Bucks; and in the Senate by Sens. Rob Teplitz, D-Dauphin/Perry, and Anthony Hardy Williams, D-Phila./Delaware. Read more

 

CHIP offers kids protection and parents peace of mind

(Jan 29, 2016)

Pennsylvania has a Children's Health Insurance Program that provides free and low-cost health insurance to children. CHIP is not welfare – it covers children of working parents whose employers don't offer coverage and who can't afford private insurance. If you can't afford health insurance for your children, chances are they are eligible for CHIP. Read more

 

Sims: Committee Vote a Stunt

(Jan 27, 2016)

With no notice, Chairman PA State Representative Daryl Metcalfe called a State Government Committee Meeting to vote on a controversial union-busting bill to the House floor. It's a blatant assault on workers' rights and further hurts middle-class families across the Commonwealth. This legislation is straight from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) playbook and this vote was nothing but a political stunt. Read more

 

Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property

(Jan 01, 2016)

Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Read more

 

PA Power Switch: Ask the right questions

(Dec 30, 2015)

In Pennsylvania, you can choose the company that generates your electricity – also known as your electric supplier. This means that you have the power to switch to a competing supplier who can offer the lowest price, or provide a specific service you want, such as “green” or renewable energy. Read more

 

Sims: Pass a Budget Now

(Dec 08, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Brian Sims introduced a resolution recognizing International Human Rights Day and used his allotted speaking time to advocate for those in need in Philadelphia by urging the immediate passage of the compromise state budget so schools and non-profit organizations can get vital funding. Read more

 

Sims: Bill to Protect Police Incomplete

(Nov 17, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Brian Sims speaks against a measure that would withhold police officers' names when they are involved in a shooting. Sims says that it's not clear how many people the bill would actually help, that there are no clear cases of this being a problem and that the bill is incomplete in how it would be enforced. Read more

 

Sims – Focus on a Budget NOW!

(Oct 28, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Brian Sims passionately speaks out for the need for the Legislature to get their jobs done by passing a real common sense budget instead of wasting time on other legislation. Read more

 

Sims Celebrates Court Decision on Same Sex Marriage

(Jun 26, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Brian Sims reads the final summation of Supreme Court Justice Kennedy in the majority opinion making Same Sex Marriage legal in all fifty states, striking down any state’s attempt to ban it. Read more

 

Sims Against "Conversion Therapy"

(Jun 25, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Brian Sims speaks out against so-called "conversion therapy" intended to change a person's sexual orientation, which is still legal in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Sims, Davis to reintroduce equal-pay bill as part of Pa. Agenda for Women's Health

(May 11, 2015)

HARRISBURG, May 11 – State Reps. Brian Sims, D-Phila., and Tina Davis, D-Bucks, will reintroduce equal-pay legislation as part of the bipartisan "Pennsylvania Agenda for Women's Health" unveiled today by the legislature's Women’s Health Caucus. Sims said, "Moms deserve more than Mother's Day flowers or cards. One thing mothers and all Pennsylvania women desperately need is for the legislature to close the holes in the equal pay law so it actually gets the job done for working women and their families. Wage inequality is not only a detriment to working women, but to families as well. When employers underpay equally qualified female employees, they shortchange our wives, our mothers and our daughters, to the detriment of all.” Sims and Davis will introduce the bill as H.B. 1160. A companion bill in the Senate has been introduced as S.B. 303 . The bills would narrow the definition of determining factors for pay to education, training or experience, while also lifting the veil of pay secrecy and creating protections that permit employees to inquire about salaries without fear of termination. Current law allows for "any factor other than sex" to be a legitimate justification for disparities in pay. Davis said, "Pennsylvania has had an equal-pay law for more than 50 years, but women are still paid on average 54 to 83 cents for every dollar a man makes, depending on which county they live in. Clearly we Read more

 

Sims, Conklin: Make Pa. voting easier by making registration automatic

(Apr 07, 2015)

HARRISBURG, April 7 – State Reps. Brian Sims, D-Phila., and Scott Conklin, D-Centre, plan to introduce legislation reforming Pennsylvania's voter registration system by instituting automatic registration of all eligible voters, with provisions for opting out. "Voting is a fundamental right of all Americans, but one which many forgo due to the burdens associated with voter registration, and the time and financial costs resulting from going to the polls. As technology continues its rapid advance, legislators must find efficient and less taxing methods for helping the citizens of Pennsylvania to exercise this fundamental right," Sims said. Conklin said, "Under our proposal, the responsibility of voter registration would be passed from eligible voters onto the Pennsylvania Department of State and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Beginning July 1, 2015, the secretary of the commonwealth would initiate a program to automatically register eligible voters whose information is provided to PennDOT for obtaining a driver’s license or non-driver identification card. The Department of State would use the PennDOT data, which includes information on whether a person is a citizen, to register voters. These newly registered voters would then be sent a postcard with information on how to opt out of registration altogether and how to choose a party affiliation. Under our proposal, a newly registered voter would have 21 days to opt out of Read more

 

Sims to hold March 25 town hall meeting

(Mar 16, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, March 16 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., will soon hold his second town hall meeting of 2015 for residents of the 182nd Legislative District. The meeting will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 25 at the Trinity Center for Urban Life, 22nd and Spruce streets, in partnership with the Center City Residents' Association. Sims will give a legislative update, talk about this session’s priorities, and take questions from the audience. "This is another opportunity to ask me about issues that matter to you so I can better represent you in Harrisburg," Sims said. Residents who plan to attend the town hall meeting can RSVP to Sims' office at 215-246-1501, on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/1E12aAe or by email to RepSims@pahouse.net . The 182nd District includes Rittenhouse, Fitler and Logan squares, the Gayborhood and parts of Washington Square West, Bella Vista, Hawthorne, Graduate Hospital and Queen Village. Sims said, "New Governor Tom Wolf has proposed a bold plan to tackle the challenges former Governor Corbett left, including the need to restore vital school funding that was cut, a deficit of about $2 billion, and a drastic decline in Pennsylvania's job-creation record. The Wolf plan will and should be subject to public debate, and deserves full and fair consideration in Harrisburg. In addition, I will continue working with allies from both parties to reintroduce and co-sponsor legislation on Read more

 

Sims welcomes Wolf fresh-start plan for Pa. schools, jobs

(Mar 03, 2015)

HARRISBURG, March 3 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., welcomed today's budget proposal by Gov. Tom Wolf as a fresh start for Pennsylvania schools and jobs after four years of backwards policies under ex-Gov. Tom Corbett. "Governor Wolf has put forth a bold budget plan to undo the Corbett cuts to education, provide a wage tax break in Philadelphia and pull Pennsylvania up from the rank of 50th in job creation. Members of both parties in the legislature need to keep an open mind and give this plan a fair and full hearing. Governor Wolf was right to say today that Pennsylvania can't afford to continue on the course of the last four years. I also welcome his recognition of the need for non-discrimination protections for LGBT people," Sims said. Sims represents the 182nd Legislative District, which includes Rittenhouse, Fitler and Logan Squares, the Gayborhood and parts of Washington Square West, Bella Vista, Hawthorne, Graduate Hospital and Queen Village. ### Read more

 

Sims to hold town hall meeting Feb. 12

(Jan 28, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 28 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., will soon hold his first town hall meeting of 2015 for residents of the 182nd Legislative District. The meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Bonnell Large Auditorium, Community College of Philadelphia, 1700 Spring Garden St. The auditorium is located on 16th Street between Callowhill and Spring Garden streets. "This is an opportunity to ask me about issues that matter to you so I can better represent you in Harrisburg," Sims said. The 182nd District includes Rittenhouse, Fitler and Logan Squares, the Gayborhood and parts of Washington Square West, Bella Vista, Hawthorne, Graduate Hospital and Queen Village. Sims said, "In addition to seeking to restore vital school funding, addressing the $2 billion deficit Governor Corbett left, and reversing the drastic decline in Pennsylvania's job-creation record, I will continue working with allies from both parties to reintroduce and co-sponsor legislation on other important issues," such as: LGBT equality, including equal protections in the workplace and a ban on harmful "conversion therapy" for minors; sustainable development and manufacturing; merit selection of judges; fair compensation for people harmed by a local government's action or inaction – like Philadelphians who only got 19 cents on the dollar for electrical and water damage done to their homes by a Read more

 

Sims sets priorities for second term in Pa. House

(Jan 14, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 14 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., is continuing his push for commonsense priorities as he begins his second term representing Philadelphia's 182nd Legislative District. Sims said, "In addition to seeking to restore vital school funding, addressing the $2 billion deficit Governor Corbett is leaving and reversing the drastic decline in Pennsylvania's job-creation record, I will continue working with allies from both parties to reintroduce legislation on other important issues," such as:LGBT equality, including equal protections in the workplace and a ban on harmful "conversion therapy" for minors;sustainable development and manufacturing;merit selection of judges;fair compensation for people harmed by a local government's action or inaction – like Philadelphians who only got 19 cents on the dollar for electrical and water damage done to their homes by a 4-foot-wide water main break in 2012; andproactive women's health initiatives. Constituents who want to learn more about the legislation Sims has worked on and plans to reintroduce will have the opportunity to ask him during his first town hall meeting of 2015, which will be held Feb. 12 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Bonnell Large Auditorium, Community College of Philadelphia, 1700 Spring Garden St. The auditorium is located on 16th Street between Callowhill and Spring Garden streets. The legislature's term began in December, and the state Read more

 

Hope for Hannah legislation becomes law

(Dec 28, 2014)

Pennsylvania's children have a new protection thanks to Hannah's Law, named after Hannah Ginion of Bristol Township, who suffered from the rare genetic disorder called Krabbe disease. Hannah passed away on Dec. 28, 2014. Read more

 

Employment Center

(Dec 20, 2014)

Welcome to my Employment Center. You will find everything you need for a successful job search from start to finish. I am committed to helping constituents in the 182nd District find new opportunities to improve their lives and I hope you find this information useful. I also welcome your feedback on how this page has helped you in your own search. Read more

 

Beware IRS phone scams

(Nov 29, 2014)

Recently, my office received information about phone calls received statewide in which an individual claimed to be from the IRS and demanded payment on taxes owed. Please be aware – this phone call is a scam, and the IRS will NOT initiate first contact with you on the phone about taxes owed. Always be wary of unsolicited phone calls in which an individual claims to represent a business or government entity and aggressively demands payment. The IRS does not operate this way and will always send official correspondence through the mail to make its first contact with you. Read more