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14 hearings were pretense for voter suppression laws

(1 day ago)

State Government Committee Republican members continue false claims, show contempt for Pa.’s local election officials. Read more

Ciresi: Time is now to commit to Reading-to-Philadelphia rail service restoration

(Apr 14, 2021)

The “excuse” train has terminated its run. Let’s get this done and enhance the vitality of our region. Read more

BioTech Innovation Organization, Pfizer share vaccine efficacy, role in COVID-19 recovery

(Apr 12, 2021)

HARRISBURG, April 12 – As Pennsylvania expands vaccine eligibility, the House Democratic Policy Committee heard from the manufacturers tirelessly working to develop safe and effective vaccines for global use. At a Policy Committee hearing today, testifiers included representatives from Biotechnology Innovation Organization and Pfizer, who provided details on the technology behind the development of the COVID-19 vaccines and how the United States can reach herd immunity. Chairman Ryan Bizzarro and state Reps. Patty Kim and Darisha Parker facilitated the hearing, where Amy Walker, director of Infectious Diseases Policy for Biotechnology Innovation Organization and Lisa Coen, senior director, Vaccine Public Affairs with Pfizer, shared insight into the science behind the creation of COVID-19 vaccines, ongoing research, development and trials. Walker shared that five presidents, both Democratic and Republican, have been vaccinated, highlighting that the vaccines have received bipartisan support. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to have conversations based on science and fact. These vaccines will save lives and I encourage everyone eligible and interested to take the advice of scientists and medical professionals and help put this pandemic behind us,” Bizzarro implored. “It is important for us to hear this testimony today, especially for my constituents,” Parker said. “Communities of color have battled COVID extra Read more

Kim, Parker to lead Monday’s Policy Committee hearing on crushing COVID-19

(Apr 09, 2021)

HARRISBURG, April 9 – The committee will hear from the biotech industry and COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers at a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing hosted by state Reps. Patty Kim and Darisha Parker. The hearing will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 12 . The media and public are invited to watch online at www.pahouse.com/policy or on the committee’s Facebook page--@PADemPolicy. Media inquiries may be submitted via email to policy@pahouse.net . Chairman Ryan Bizzarro, Vice Chair Mary Isaacson and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee will join Kim and Parker to discuss how supply is catching up with demand and how vaccine distribution is meeting the needs of Pennsylvanians seeking vaccination. Additional hearing information will be available by clicking here or visiting www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more

Ciresi Calls for Transparency and Disclosure

(Apr 08, 2021)

Pa. state Rep. Joe Ciresi said when public dollars are spent on outside legal counsel in Harrisburg, taxpayers have the right to easily access this information. It's why he support s this basic principle of good government and transparency. Read more

Republicans ramp up attacks on ballot access as hearings wind down

(Apr 08, 2021)

Republicans continue to focus on alleged fraud in the 2020 election to set the stage for introducing voter suppression legislation in time for the 2022 midterm elections. Read more

Sanchez, Schlossberg aim to close LGBTQ+ Panic Defense loophole

(Apr 08, 2021)

While similar bills have been introduced in previous legislative sessions, the Sanchez/Schlossberg legislation would extend beyond the “gay” and “trans” terminology to include all members of this marginalized community by prohibiting the court system from allowing a defense of this nature in consideration of serious provocation or insanity. Read more

Ciresi grateful for announcement of Pottstown vaccination clinic

(Apr 07, 2021)

The new clinic in Pottstown opens at 9 a.m. Friday at Bethel Community Church of Pottstown, 575 N. Keim St., and will be open six days a week. Read more

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Rep. Joe Ciresi: Pa. charter school law is old and broken — and it’s time we fix it

(Apr 05, 2021)

We can save taxpayers a quarter-billion dollars each year and make our current system better, and there’s a plan to do that — the Charter School Reform Act of 2021, H.B. 272. Read more

Defending democracy means enabling participation for all voters

(Apr 01, 2021)

When states started to remove race and class-based barriers to voting, people voted. We saw record turnout across the country in 2020 with mail-in voting, early voting, same-day registration and ballot drop boxes, which is a very good thing. Read more