Krueger to host virtual session on Medicare cost sharing

(7 hours ago)

FOLSOM, March 8 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger, D-Delaware, will host a virtual session on Medicare cost sharing at 1 p.m. March 19. The workshop is being presented with Delaware County Senior Community Services’ APPRISE program and Friendship Circle Senior Center. The presentations will be made through Zoom and Facebook Live. An APPRISE counselor will share information on programs to help pay for Medicare premiums. “Medicare can seem overwhelming, but APPRISE counselors are trained to answer questions and help make the process easier. I’m happy to help bring this program to community members,” Krueger said. Registration is required. Those interested can sign up online at this link or call Krueger’s office at 610-534-6880 for more information. An additional session, Medicare 101, will be held in May. Read more

 

DeLissio focuses on Pennsylvania's child welfare system during first Children and Youth Committee meeting of 2021

(Mar 05, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 5 – As new minority chair of the House Children and Youth Committee, state Rep. Pam DeLissio participated in the first Children and Youth Committee meeting of the 2021-22 legislative session. There are many members new to the committee and it was helpful to have the initial meeting focus on an overview of the child welfare system, commented DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. For example, Pennsylvania is one of only 11 ­states that operates in a decentralized manner as each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties operates its own child and youth agency with oversight from the state. Presenters included staff from the Department of Human Services and stakeholders representing associations that promote child welfare and related policy ensuring the health and well-being of children, youth, and their families. Information was presented on the importance of the ChildLine hotline (800-932-0313) in providing citizens a 24/7 resource to report suspected child abuse or neglect. The need for additional support for child caseworkers, integral to making the system work, was discussed. “These caseworkers experience much stress in carrying out their duties and we need to ensure that the paperwork aspect of their jobs is not redundant or duplicative, but necessary to assess the needs of the children and their families when they need it the most,” DeLissio said. The courts play a critical role in the child welfare system and the Court Improvement Read more

 

Davidson: House hearing shows clear safeguards in Pa. voter registration

(Mar 04, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 4 – The House State Government Committee today heard about the vast protections put in place to ensure fraud-free elections in Pennsylvania and other states, according to the committee’s Democratic Chair Margo Davidson, D-Delaware. In its fourth of 14 planned hearings on the settled 2020 election, the committee took testimony from Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose and representatives from the Electronic Registration Information Center, Lycoming County’s election board and the Department of State on voter registration. Davidson said the testimony revealed the great protections in Pennsylvania’s registration system and the detailed processes for keeping voter registration lists current. “Ballot access is the single most American ideal Pennsylvania can provide to its citizens, yet the Republican majority has spent decades trying to prevent it from happening,” Davidson said. “New registration tools were put in place in 2019 and for the first time in a long time, people had more options and breathing room to exercise their constitutional right. But it worked so well that the GOP now wants to take it back.” She said questions from her Republican colleagues focused less on registration and more on obscure circumstances, like birth dates that don’t match up because of court orders protecting a voter’s identity, such as with protection from abuse orders. She said that if Republicans did Read more

 

Webster Discusses the Need to Raise the Minimum Wage

(Mar 04, 2021)

Pa. state Rep. Joe Webster addressed the rising cost of living and the stagnant minimum wage by pointing out, "Instead of talking about workers, we talk about jobs. Instead of protecting wages, we protect tax rates on major corporations." Read more

 

McClinton appoints Vera Jr. to SEPTA board

(Mar 04, 2021)

In her new capacity as leader of Pennsylvania’s House Democratic Caucus, McClinton has named Philadelphia labor leader Esteban Vera Jr. to SEPTA’s governing board. He is the first Latino to serve on the board. Read more

 

Ciresi offers bill to boost library revenue

(Mar 04, 2021)

Current state law allows libraries to use isolated sales – fewer than seven days each year – of used books without paying sales tax as a means of generating additional revenue. Ciresi’s legislation would expand that to allow libraries to sell used books for supplemental income without paying sales tax throughout the year. Read more

 

Zabel hosts housing forum

(Mar 04, 2021)

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PA’s unfair special education funding for charter schools: Ciresi op/ed

(Mar 03, 2021)

The system in which Pennsylvania pays charter schools for special education is broken. For every special education student who leaves a traditional public school to attend a charter school, their home district is required to reimburse that charter school based on an illogical average cost to educate special education students. Read more

 

Webster Participates In Read Across America

(Mar 02, 2021)

Pa. state Rep. Joe Webster is joining teachers, parents, athletes, and many others to celebrate Read Across America day with a book called "Snake Alley Band." Read more

 

Ciresi praises COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program

(Mar 02, 2021)

“The financial commitment outlined at today’s news conference falls in line with legislation I’ve been pushing since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, legislation that would provide, has provided and will continue to provide desperately needed help to restaurants and local businesses struggling for the better part of a year,” Ciresi said. Read more

 

Ciresi: Mark Veterans Day as a school holiday

(Mar 01, 2021)

As the law stands now, federal, bank and state workers are allowed off work to observe Veterans Day, though schools are not required to close. Read more

 

DeLissio to host 104th Town Hall meeting virtually March 19

(Feb 26, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 26 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio will host her 104 th Town Hall meeting virtually at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 19. Topics will include information on the state constitutional amendment process including the one and possibly two amendments that will be on the ballot for the May 18 primary election and an update on the COVID-19 vaccine. The mail-in ballot process will also be reviewed. “My virtual town hall meetings have continued to draw new attendees, and I’m pleased to be able to share important information and updates for our community,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “Ongoing dialogue with residents of my district is a priority for me, and these virtual events have proven a successful way to keep in touch.” The meeting will be held over Zoom and will also be livestreamed on DeLissio’s Facebook page . Anyone who wishes to participate through Zoom must register by 5 p.m. Thursday, March 18, using this link or by emailing RepDeLissio@pahouse.net . Zoom login information will then be sent. Comments or questions can be posted live or emailed in advance to RepDeLissio@pahouse.net or by leaving a message at 215-482-8726. This is DeLissio’s 1 2 th town hall held virtually since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak and mitigation efforts necessitated different means to communicate and provide information. Previous town hall meetings can be viewed on Read more

 

Ciresi joins Gov. Wolf in Unveiling Bipartisan Charter School Accountability Plan to Protect All Students and Taxpayers

(Feb 26, 2021)

“We owe it to our students, families, teachers, and taxpayers to fix a broken and out-of-date 25-year-old charter school law, with issues I’ve seen over 12 years as a school board member,” said Rep. Joe Ciresi. Read more

 

O’Mara reappointed to Public Higher Education Funding Commission

(Feb 23, 2021)

SPRINGFIELD, Feb. 23 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, today announced her reappointment to the state legislature’s Public Higher Education Funding Commission. The purpose of the commission is to review and make recommendations related to higher education funding, affordability and effectiveness, administration, and operations. O’Mara, who also organized the House Student Debt Caucus, will help develop a higher education funding formula for the 14 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities and four state-related universities, which are Penn State, Pitt, Temple and Lincoln universities. Funding for the 18 higher education institutions will be determined on a case-by-case basis considering factors such as goals for higher education, virtual learning needs, graduation, retention and enrollment rates, student debt and financial aid, and any other factors related to higher education and the distribution of funding. The General Assembly would then need to authorize the proposed funding formula. “I’m honored to be reappointed to this commission and re-evaluate what higher education institutions need most right now as we continue recovering from COVID-19,” O’Mara said. “We faced unchartered territory in the last year that created countless hurdles in our higher education system. As we begin crafting our annual budget in Harrisburg, I’ll be able to bring these issues to the forefront of the Read more

 

Howard, Chancellor Greenstein to discuss PASSHE integration March 10

(Feb 23, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 23 – State Rep. Kristine Howard will hold a virtual event on the proposed integration of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education with Chancellor Daniel Greenstein from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 10 at www.RepKHoward.com . “The PASSHE system has offered high quality, higher education to Pennsylvanians for decades, but the rising cost of education has either closed the doors to higher education for many potential students or required others to incur high levels of debt,” Howard said. “The proposed merger of some universities in the PASSHE system promises to strengthen the organization, enabling it to continue to provide affordable, quality higher education to Pennsylvanians and their families for years to come .” PASSHE is exploring two possible mergers – the integration of the California-Clarion-Edinboro and the Bloomsburg-Lock Haven-Mansfield schools. Each combination would operate as a single accredited entity with a single leadership, faculty, enrollment management strategy, and budget while honoring local identity.? This month, Greenstein gave the integration progress report to the PASSHE Board of Governors at its meeting, and the b oard will give its response to the plans at its April meeting. If the plans are approved, they will be the focus of two public hearings and a 60-day public comment period. The b oard will review the comments and decide whether to give Read more

 

DeLissio appointed to Children’s Trust Fund board

(Feb 19, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 19 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., has been appointed to serve on the board of the Children’s Trust Fund for the 2021-22 legislative session. The mission of the Children’s Trust Fund is to prevent child abuse and neglect in Pennsylvania. “We as adults have no greater responsibility than keeping children safe. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to work with the Children’s Trust Fund to support community programs that protect kids and strengthen families,” DeLissio said. “I’ve long been committed to helping shape policies that are in the best interests of our citizens and our children are indeed cherished citizens. We have a collective responsibility to ensure that all children in the commonwealth thrive and have every opportunity to grow up in a safe and nurturing environment.” DeLissio was appointed to serve on the Children’s Trust Fund board by House Speaker Bryan Cutler. This legislative session, DeLissio was named minority chair of the House Children and Youth Committee, which reviews bills pertaining to the youngest citizens of Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Kirkland issues statement on COVID-19 vaccine rollout

(Feb 19, 2021)

“I’ve heard the frustration from residents of my district about the slow rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. Many community members were excited about the potential of a new vaccine provider location supposed to open yesterday in Chester, only to be let down when no doses were available." Read more

 

Ciresi: Pharmacist-administered vaccinations must be covered by health insurers

(Feb 18, 2021)

“Now more than ever, it’s imperative we ensure affordable, potentially life-saving immunizations administered by pharmacists are covered by all health insurers.” Read more

 

Ciresi appointed to Special Education Funding Commission

(Feb 17, 2021)

The SEFC, which was established in 2013, reviews and makes recommendations regarding special education funding in the commonwealth. Its focus over the last two years has been reviewing the formula that directs state funding to school districts in Pennsylvania that have the greatest need for additional resources based upon the cost of each special education student. Read more

 

Shusterman authors legislation to bolster small businesses, reform state lobbying practices

(Feb 17, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 17 - State Rep. Melissa Shusterman introduced three pieces of legislation that would boost Pennsylvania’s economy and reform the commonwealth’s lobbying laws. Shusterman’s H.B. 267 would ensure that early and mid-stage businesses using the Second Stage Loan program create more job opportunities in Pennsylvania, and businesses that receive loan guarantees are not only located in Pennsylvania, but stay in Pennsylvania. “The Second Stage Loan Program provides vital assistance to help businesses grow and thrive, and we want to make sure we’re boosting Pennsylvania’s economy, too,” Shusterman said. “This bill would provide a stronger economy and create sustainable jobs in my district and around the state.” The Second Stage Loan Program is a loan guarantee administered by the Commonwealth Financing Authority that guaranteed loans made by commercial lending institutions to life science, advanced technology or manufacturing businesses. The program provides banks with an extra measure of security to encourage them to provide early-stage companies with working capital. Shusterman said that in order to receive a loan guarantee, her bill would require businesses to remain and conduct services within the commonwealth. Shusterman’s lobbying reform legislation, H.Bs. 268 and 269 , both currently await consideration in the House State Government Committee. House Bill 268 would institute a Read more

 

Krueger to host virtual session on Medicare cost sharing
7 hours ago

DeLissio focuses on Pennsylvania's child welfare system during first Children and Youth Committee meeting of 2021
Mar 05, 2021

Davidson: House hearing shows clear safeguards in Pa. voter registration
Mar 04, 2021

Webster Discusses the Need to Raise the Minimum Wage
Mar 04, 2021

McClinton appoints Vera Jr. to SEPTA board
Mar 04, 2021

Ciresi offers bill to boost library revenue
Mar 04, 2021

Zabel hosts housing forum
Mar 04, 2021

PA’s unfair special education funding for charter schools: Ciresi op/ed
Mar 03, 2021

Webster Participates In Read Across America
Mar 02, 2021

Ciresi praises COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program
Mar 02, 2021

Ciresi: Mark Veterans Day as a school holiday
Mar 01, 2021

DeLissio to host 104th Town Hall meeting virtually March 19
Feb 26, 2021

Ciresi joins Gov. Wolf in Unveiling Bipartisan Charter School Accountability Plan to Protect All Students and Taxpayers
Feb 26, 2021

O’Mara reappointed to Public Higher Education Funding Commission
Feb 23, 2021

Howard, Chancellor Greenstein to discuss PASSHE integration March 10
Feb 23, 2021

DeLissio appointed to Children’s Trust Fund board
Feb 19, 2021

Kirkland issues statement on COVID-19 vaccine rollout
Feb 19, 2021

Ciresi: Pharmacist-administered vaccinations must be covered by health insurers
Feb 18, 2021

Ciresi appointed to Special Education Funding Commission
Feb 17, 2021

Shusterman authors legislation to bolster small businesses, reform state lobbying practices
Feb 17, 2021