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Mutual respect, honesty and decency must guide our public words and deeds

(9 hours ago)

I wonder, to whom are these men directing their rage and their hateful, hurtful so-called jokes? How and why has it gotten to this point where these types of words – this vengeful and incendiary type of messaging – is becoming more common? Read more

Virtual Town Hall: Pennsylvania’s Election Infrastructure and Law

(17 hours ago)

Watch the replay of an online forum on Pennsylvania's election infrastructure and law, ft. Sec. Kathy Boockvar. Read more

Warren bill targeting rising flood insurance premiums approved by committee

(19 hours ago)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 26 – State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, announced that his bill, which would establish a Flood Insurance Premium Assistance Task Force to help reduce the cost of flood insurance premiums, was approved unanimously today by the House Insurance Committee. Warren’s H.B. 70 would address this financial issue which resulted from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s redrawing of its flood maps. When FEMA in recent years revised its flood maps to require many more properties in Pennsylvania to hold flood insurance, its goal was to mitigate the financial harm and help lessen the emotional devastation caused by floods. However, the remapping has had a negative financial impact on homeowners and communities in floodplains as many more Pennsylvanians now are struggling to pay rising flood insurance premiums, and many more communities along Pennsylvania's rivers and creeks are at risk of reduced property sales and values due to those premiums. “The increasing number of homes required to have flood insurance has had a deleterious effect on homeowners’ finances, local property values and our communities’ economies,” Warren said. “My legislation would address the problem of rising premiums through the establishment of a Flood Insurance Premium Assistance Task Force, which would help to reduce flood insurance costs by recommending potential programs that provide premium discounts and by supporting programs Read more

Guenst, Sanchez to host socially distanced outdoor peace vigil for Holocaust Remembrance Day

(21 hours ago)

This event will be held outside. Face masks and adherence to social-distance practices are required. Candles and hot cocoa will be available, and attendees are encouraged to bring handmade posters. Read more

Daley advocates for affordable, reliable child care

(1 day ago)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Jo Daley, co-chair of the Women's Health Caucus, encourages Governor Wolf to allocate the $302 million allocated for PA for child care in December's federal relief package during a recent forum with Public Citizens for Children & Youth. Read more

Nelson presenting environmentally focused virtual conference Feb. 5

(1 day ago)

“What we’re trying to do here is increase the environmental awareness among many residents of our community and engage the activism of so many more who have given time, talent and treasure to shape a green and more prosperous commonwealth.” Read more

O’Mara appointed to Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency board

(Jan 21, 2021)

As a founder of the bipartisan Student Debt Caucus, O’Mara said that finding solutions to Pennsylvanians’ rising student debt balance is among her top priorities as a legislator. She added that mounting student debt could impact not only the borrowers’ finances, but also the finances of their families, partners and grandparents. Read more

REPLAY: Virtual Town Hall on Vaccination Operations

(Jan 19, 2021)

State Rep. Napoleon Nelson hosts Montgomery County Commissioner Dr. Val Arkoosh and Rev. Marshall Mitchell online to answer questions about Pennsylvania's vaccination operations. Read more

Ciresi appointed to Education Committee, highlights goals for term

(Jan 14, 2021)

“I am grateful to be given the opportunity to serve on the Education Committee and look forward to working on many important priorities, including achieving real fair funding for education, charter school reform, comprehensive education reform, cost savings and shared services, and more.” Read more

Davidson leads charge to oppose dangerous legislation during inaugural meeting of Pa. House State Government Committee

(Jan 13, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 13 – The House State Government Committee today reorganized for the 2021-22 legislative session with Chairwoman Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, at the helm on behalf of the Democratic Caucus. Chairwoman Davidson is the only Black woman serving as chair of a legislative committee this term. This was Davidson’s first time chairing a House standing committee on behalf of Democrats and today’s committee members were the first in Pennsylvania history to participate in committee debate remotely via video. According to Davidson, minutes after the committee reorganized, the Republican majority called up two bills that could negatively change Pennsylvania’s constitution in ways that would endanger the commonwealth by severely restricting the process by which Pennsylvania funds public emergency response across the state. One bill would restrict a governor’s ability to handle a declared disaster, such as the COVID-19 pandemic (H.B. 55) or any other future disaster, while also immediately ending the current shutdown and making Pennsylvania ineligible for Federal funds or disaster relief support. The other bill (H.B. 71) would set arbitrary, inflexible spending limits just ahead of the state budget negotiations. “I am excited to welcome both new and returning members to the House State Government Committee. This year promises to include a busy agenda for the committee, with two dozen hearings on the election code already Read more