Wheatley announces updated legislation on adult-use cannabis

(Feb 18, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 18 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley has introduced updated legislation to legalize adult-use cannabis, which includes provisions to help disadvantaged populations and victims of the war on drugs. Wheatley, D-Allegheny, said residents and other concerned individuals have continuously raised issues with him surrounding access – notably for the low-income working class – to the state’s medical marijuana program. Moreover, this lack of access disproportionately impacts people of color. These issues include lack of reliable transportation to a medical dispensary, failure to find a physician in their community to prescribe cannabis for their health condition, or financial concerns. House Bill 2050 would allow the legal sale of adult-use cannabis through a permitting structure for growers, processors and dispensaries, with a portion of the sale of cannabis earmarked for social programs, including after-school programs for youth, student loan forgiveness and affordable housing. The measure includes his Cannabis Clean Slate initiative, which would allow for the expungement of cannabis-related offenses for non-violent drug offenders. “With one bill, we can accomplish a great deal here in Pennsylvania: undo the damage that’s been caused for over 40 years by an overzealous criminal justice system intent on criminalizing people for minor drug offenses, and create a comprehensive marketplace to legally sell cannabis to Read more

 

Cannabis Report - Chairman Jake Wheatley

(Feb 18, 2020)

Cannabis Report from Chairman Jake Wheatley Read more

 

Wheatley, Hughes hold event recognizing National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in Pennsylvania

(Feb 05, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, and state Sen. Vincent Hughes, D-Philadelphia/Montgomery, today held an event in Harrisburg recognizing Feb. 7, 2020, as National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in Pennsylvania. “We like to think that the HIV/AIDS epidemic is over, but sadly, that’s far from the truth,” Wheatley said. “Today, over a million Americans are living with HIV/AIDS, including more than 476,000 African Americans. In fact, 1 in 7 people who have HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, are unaware they have it. While people with AIDS are living longer lives, thanks to medication, there is still no cure. Prevention remains the best option.” National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day began 20 years ago as a grassroots effort with hundreds of organizations. The yearly initiative encourages black people to get tested in the hope of putting an end to the disease. Wheatley has introduced H.R. 668 recognizing National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in Pennsylvania. “We have seen significant progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS, however the black community is still disproportionately hurt by this epidemic,” Hughes said. “Despite comprising only 13% of the population, blacks accounted for 42% of new HIV diagnoses in 2018. We must do better for the health and wellbeing of our people. As we develop more effective treatments and continue the search for a cure to HIV/AIDS, it is critical we raise Read more

 

Wheatley: Governor’s proposed budget provides needed investments in early education, infrastructure, criminal justice

(Feb 05, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, released the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 2020-21 budget unveiled Tuesday: “I commend the governor on recognizing this critical need to both support a raise in the minimum wage and the fact that we have to continue to provide the necessary resources to help struggling families with childcare, transportation, and other supports. Of note, I want to thank Tammy Thompson, executive director of Circles of Greater Pittsburgh, for being an advocate for the benefits cliff, supporting working families who still need some subsidy support. "I support Governor Wolf’s commitment to investing in our infrastructure, especially our schools. The $1 billion is needed immediately, but we can't forget that our overall investment in our roads, bridges, water, air and other infrastructure is severely lacking, and we have to address it or continue to lose opportunities and families. "Once again, the governor has shown he understands and has listened to the citizens of Pennsylvania by making real investments in our education system. His push to provide full-time, all-day kindergarten is a testament to that fact. His efforts to help reduce the financial burden on our young people by supporting their college debt and to invest another $405 million in our K-12 system are definitely steps in the right direction. "I join him in his call to Read more

 

Wheatley: Feb. 14 deadline for grants available to help with census outreach

(Jan 30, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 30 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley said local nonprofit organizations, including religious groups and colleges and universities, are eligible for recently announced state funding to encourage participation in the U.S. Census. "The census is how this country counts its residents and is used as the basis for determining how billions of federal dollars are allocated and federal services are delivered to our local communities," Wheatley said. "But many groups have been historically undercounted, whether it's due to their distrust of the government because of their inequitable treatment, a language barrier, or even a lack of internet access. This grant program is designed to help everyone be counted." The Census 2020 Outreach Grant Program is intended to support grassroots efforts promoting awareness and participation in the 2020 Census in Pennsylvania with a focus on efforts targeting hard-to-count populations, such as non-primary-English speakers, ethnic minorities, immigrant and rural communities, children, the elderly, LGBTQ people and the homeless. Up to $50,000 is available per grant. The funds may be used for local media advertising, sponsoring census-related events in the community, technology rentals for census participation, event costs for outreach activities and administrative costs. Wheatley noted that this is a time-sensitive grant program; the deadline to apply is Feb. 14. For more information, visit Read more

 

Wheatley: Pittsburgh School District to receive PAsmart grant to support science and technology education

(Jan 17, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – The Pittsburgh School District has been awarded a $35,000 PAsmart grant designed to advance science and technology education from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, state Rep. Jake Wheatley announced today. Wheatley, D-Allegheny, said the grants represent one component of Governor Tom Wolf’s PAsmart initiative, which will provide $20 million to bring computer science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education to students and provide professional development for educators. “These truly are smart investments in our state’s future,” Wheatley said. “This latest component of the PAsmart program will be instrumental in providing our students with the science and technology education and skills they will need for high-demand jobs and also effectively meet the needs of local businesses.” A total of $5.7 million in grants were awarded to help schools statewide introduce and expand computer science training. The funds will also be used to provide educators from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 with the necessary computer science training. More information on the PAsmart initiative can be found at this link: https://www.pasmart.gov/ . Read more

 

Wheatley: Community College of Allegheny County and Point Park University awarded funds to combat campus sexual assaults

(Jan 17, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – The Community College of Allegheny County and Point Park University each will receive a $30,000 grant to raise awareness of and prevent campus sexual assaults, state Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, announced today. The funds originate from the national “It’s On Us” campaign, created four years ago by President Obama, to educate college students about sexual violence and assault, Wheatley said. Pennsylvania was the first state in the country to create its own statewide “It’s On Us” campaign, he added. “Each student on our college and university campuses deserves to learn in an environment that is free from any and all forms of violent or threatening behavior, and that includes sexual assault,” Wheatley said. “These funds will not only provide violence-prevention education to students and staff, but also ensure resources are there to help survivors of these crimes.” Since its inception, Pennsylvania has received nearly $4 million in “It’s On Us” grants to create sexual assault prevention and education programs at campuses across the commonwealth. More information can be found at the following link: https://www.governor.pa.gov/its-on-us/ . Read more

 

Wheatley: Driver’s license restoration bill approved by committee

(Jan 15, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 15 – A measure to create a restoration period to help Pennsylvania drivers with suspended licenses was unanimously approved by the House Transportation Committee, state Rep. Jake Wheatley announced today. Wheatley, D-Allegheny, said that H.B. 80 would enact a one-year restoration program, giving affected drivers the opportunity to pay off fines and costs either through a payment plan or by completing community service. He added PennDOT estimates that over a million suspended driver’s licenses exist in Pennsylvania, and the suspensions and increased fines create significant burdens that can quickly spiral out of control. “I have heard firsthand of drivers who received a suspension, who then were faced with impossible decisions: how will they get to work, or what will they do if their child gets sick,” Wheatley said. “Do they take a chance and drive to work or to the doctor’s office, risking additional suspension penalties, or do they struggle to find adequate transportation? My bill would provide a solution and real help for these affected drivers.” Wheatley added that this restoration program, modeled after a similar program in California, would break the vicious cycle of suspensions, fines and penalties, but would still require affected drivers to serve the suspension for the underlying offense. The bill now heads to the full House for consideration. Read more

 

Wheatley: Duquesne University to receive $78,000 opioid use prevention grant

(Jan 08, 2020)

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 8 – Duquesne University has been awarded a $78,305 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services grant designed to prevent and reduce the use of opioids by college students, state Rep. Jake Wheatley announced today. Wheatley, D-Allegheny, said the university’s grant is part of the federal $55.9 million SAMSHA grant awarded last year to Pennsylvania to support the statewide response to the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic. A total of 13 higher education institutions were awarded grants to expand existing preventive programs or to create initiatives with key local stakeholders. These projects can include increasing access to overdose reversal trainings, grief support and raising campus awareness on the dangers of opioid abuse. “We can play a significant role in saving lives on our college campuses through educating young people on the risks of opioid use and also providing them with training on how to administer naloxone,” Wheatley said. “With college-aged students among the hardest hit demographics in Pennsylvania, it’s imperative we continue to fight this epidemic and save lives through prevention and treatment.” For more information on Pennsylvania’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis, including county resources and treatment information, please visit https://www.pa.gov/guides/opioid-epidemic/ . Read more

 

Wheatley: Hilltop neighborhood receives state funds to support, restore buildings in business district

(Dec 31, 2019)

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 31 – A South Pittsburgh-based nonprofit has been awarded a $41,000 state grant to restore and support two anchor buildings in the Hilltop neighborhood of Allentown, state Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, announced today. Wheatley said the $41,026 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Keystone Communities program will be used by the Hilltop Alliance to stabilize and enhance the two buildings in the first block of Allentown’s East Warrington Avenue business district. “This grant will help ensure communities and neighborhoods like Allentown remain vibrant centers for business and culture, with the combined goal of economic development and enhancing the overall quality of life for residents and visitors alike,” said Wheatley. “Such investments help these neighborhood communities preserve and protect its heritage for generations to come.” The Keystone Communities program, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, supports local initiatives designed to grow and stabilize neighborhoods and communities, foster effective public-private partnerships, and enhance the overall quality of life for residents. More information on the program can be found here . Read more

 

Wheatley: Veterans service doesn’t end, neither should support

(Nov 14, 2019)

Pittsburgh legislator introduces legislation to give veterans a second chance. Read more

 

Wheatley: Tax Credit Bill is a Missed Opportunity

(Oct 25, 2019)

While Wheatley supports this bill, he would have preferred for it to include language that would allow the state to extend this credit to other folks who provide critical services to our communities -- like childcare providers -- often at their own expense. Read more

 

10/9/19 – Adverse Childhood Experiences – Pittsburgh

(Oct 10, 2019)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Jake Wheatley, Jr. Read more

 

Wheatley to host Policy hearing on adverse childhood experiences Wednesday in Pittsburgh

(Oct 04, 2019)

State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on adverse childhood experiences. Read more

 

Wheatley Responds to GOP Criticism over Wolf Cannabis Announcement

(Sep 27, 2019)

Rep. Jake Wheatley wrote an open letter expressing disappointment over the negative and dismissive response offered by House Republican leadership regarding Governor Wolf's recent cannabis announcement. Read more

 

Wheatley applauds governor’s call for cannabis reform, urges action on adult-use legislation

(Sep 25, 2019)

Pittsburgh legislator’s bill would legalize adult use, reinvest revenues in Pennsylvania’s future and address social justice, equality issues Read more

 

Reps. Gainey, Wheatley to host ‘Pathways 2 Pardons’ event next week

(Aug 29, 2019)

State Reps. Ed Gainey, and Jake Wheatley, both D-Allegheny, are partnering with Brandon Flood, secretary of the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons, to provide education and tips to people in the community who may be seeking a pardon. Read more

 

Gainey, Wheatley to host Pathways 2 Pardons event in Wilkinsburg

(Aug 29, 2019)

As part of their ‘Pathways 2 Pardons’ event, state Reps. Ed Gainey, and Jake Wheatley, both D-Allegheny, are partnering with Brandon Flood, secretary of the Pa. Board of Pardons, to provide education and tips to people in the community who may be seeking a pardon. Read more

 

Wheatley hosts Annual Health & Wellness Weekend

(Aug 21, 2019)

Pa. State Rep. Jake Wheatley hosted his seventh annual Health & Wellness Weekend in Allegheny County. Read more

 

Wheatley: Financial Future of Pennsylvanians

(Aug 21, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Jake Wheatley hosted a roundtable discussion about the financial future of Pennsylvanians at the BNY Mellon Center in Pittsburgh. Read more

 

Wheatley announces updated legislation on adult-use cannabis
Feb 18, 2020

Cannabis Report - Chairman Jake Wheatley
Feb 18, 2020

Wheatley, Hughes hold event recognizing National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in Pennsylvania
Feb 05, 2020

Wheatley: Governor’s proposed budget provides needed investments in early education, infrastructure, criminal justice
Feb 05, 2020

Wheatley: Feb. 14 deadline for grants available to help with census outreach
Jan 30, 2020

Wheatley: Pittsburgh School District to receive PAsmart grant to support science and technology education
Jan 17, 2020

Wheatley: Community College of Allegheny County and Point Park University awarded funds to combat campus sexual assaults
Jan 17, 2020

Wheatley: Driver’s license restoration bill approved by committee
Jan 15, 2020

Wheatley: Duquesne University to receive $78,000 opioid use prevention grant
Jan 08, 2020

Wheatley: Hilltop neighborhood receives state funds to support, restore buildings in business district
Dec 31, 2019

Wheatley: Veterans service doesn’t end, neither should support
Nov 14, 2019

Wheatley: Tax Credit Bill is a Missed Opportunity
Oct 25, 2019

10/9/19 – Adverse Childhood Experiences – Pittsburgh
Oct 10, 2019

Wheatley to host Policy hearing on adverse childhood experiences Wednesday in Pittsburgh
Oct 04, 2019

Wheatley Responds to GOP Criticism over Wolf Cannabis Announcement
Sep 27, 2019

Wheatley applauds governor’s call for cannabis reform, urges action on adult-use legislation
Sep 25, 2019

Reps. Gainey, Wheatley to host ‘Pathways 2 Pardons’ event next week
Aug 29, 2019

Gainey, Wheatley to host Pathways 2 Pardons event in Wilkinsburg
Aug 29, 2019

Wheatley hosts Annual Health & Wellness Weekend
Aug 21, 2019

Wheatley: Financial Future of Pennsylvanians
Aug 21, 2019