Williams’ police reform bill signed into law

(Jul 14, 2020)

HARRISBURG, July 14 – A police reform bill sponsored by State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, that would bring about the most significant changes to Pennsylvania policing in at least 40 years was signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf today as Act 59 of 2020. Williams’ H.B. 1910 will update police training in several areas, including recognizing and reporting child abuse; de-escalation and harm reduction techniques; interacting with individuals of diverse racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds; and appropriate use of force. House Bill 1910 is one of 19 bills that members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus urged be considered by the House. The bill was recently passed unanimously by the House and the Senate, along with H.B. 1841 , which would require employers to disclose employment information to a law enforcement agency that is conducting a background investigation of an applicant. H.B.1841 was also signed into law by the governor. “A resounding cry for justice for all citizens has risen up throughout our commonwealth and our nation,” Williams said. “The General Assembly has responded to this impassioned demand to protect the vulnerable by passing these two police reform bills unanimously and by the governor by signing them into law. “I’m proud that my bill will enhance the training the police receive so they can better serve the public and expand the reporting system to Read more

 

Williams hosts successful Community Police Partnership Forum

(Jul 02, 2020)

COATESVILLE, July 2 – State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, hosted Wednesday night a successful Community Police Partnership Forum shedding light on police/community relations and systemic racism. Dozens of constituents attended while more than 100 tuned in via livestream to interact with Williams, area chiefs of police, Chester County’s sheriff and district attorney. “I want to thank everyone who participated as we attempt to take a step forward together,” Williams said. “We need to open the dialogue around policing to implement effective change. This is only the beginning – 400 years of racism cannot be addressed in only one night. Here in Pennsylvania, we’ve passed legislation, including my own House Bill 1910, to make historic changes that I’m confident will save lives and increase our police force’s efficiency for years to come.” A recording of the discussion is available on Williams’ Facebook page. For more information, those interested can contact Williams’ office at (484) 200-8256. Read more

 

Action on police reform the first step, but many more to come

(Jun 30, 2020)

In response to the Pennsylvania Senate passing H.Bs. 1841 and 1910, state Reps. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., House Democratic whip, Joanna McClinton, D-Phila., House Democratic chair, Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., Philadelphia Delegation chairman, Dan Miller, D-Allegheny, Allegheny Delegation chairman, Dan Williams, D-Chester, Summer Lee, D-Allegheny, and Chris Rabb, D-Phila., released the following statement:“In Harrisburg, the legislative process can often be slow and grinding. However, in times of crisis, slow and grinding is unacceptable. The passage of these two police reform bills in only a month’s time reflects the fact that when people take to the streets and demand action from their elected officials, we as a General Assembly are capable of working deliberatively and quickly. Read more

 

Williams’ police reform bill passes House

(Jun 24, 2020)

HARRISBURG, June 24 – A police reform bill sponsored by State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, that would bring about the most significant changes to Pennsylvania policing in at least 40 years unanimously passed the House today. The bill will now head to the state Senate for consideration. Williams’ H.B. 1910 would update police training in several areas, including recognizing and reporting child abuse; de-escalation and harm reduction techniques; interacting with individuals of diverse racial, ethic, and economic backgrounds; and appropriate use of force. House Bill 1910 is one of 19 bills that members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus urged be considered by the House. The bill was unanimously approved by the House Judiciary Committee on Monday, June 15. “Recently, our society has been questioning how our police force can better serve everyone. I’m proud to see my bill that aims to address some of these concerns, especially when protecting children, move on to the Senate and contribute to this mission,” Williams said. “Protecting and looking out for Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable residents is not a political issue, but one that deserves our attention across the aisle and across the commonwealth.” This is Williams’ first bill to clear a committee and pass the House since he took office in 2019. “As a first-term representative in the minority party, it can be Read more

 

Williams: Timely Vote Count Matters

(May 29, 2020)

The COVID-19 crisis will not stop us from electing our leaders. The people trust their government to guarantee their vote counts. Since I took office, I’ve been working with my colleagues on improving our elections. This year, and for the first time, residents can vote by mail with no excuse required. We thought this would be a convenience for busy voters; we never anticipated a pandemic to make this a safety lifeline. Over one million Pennsylvanians applied to vote by mail for the June 2 primary or to permanently remain on the mail-in voting roster. This is a victory in the era of social distancing. However, a new question arose. How long will it take to count these ballots? It’s possible that we may not know our results until several days later. How long must we wait for the results of our vote? With Pennsylvania as a critical swing state, the stakes are high. A ballot counting backlog should not block timely results. My solution is this: clear the backlog before it happens. Current PA law says mailed-in ballots cannot be counted until Election Day. My House Bill 2483 would allow mail-in and absentee ballots received early to be counted starting two weeks before Election Day. Importantly, my bill would also keep all counts confidential until the polls closed on Election Day. This way, county officials could prevent inevitable backlogs while still maintaining the integrity of our vote. Voting by mail is the safe, simple, and secure Read more

 

Let’s thank our workers – and support them

(May 01, 2020)

On May 1, people around the world celebrate International Workers Day, also known as May Day, which commemorates the working class and the struggles and triumphs of the labor movement. This year, the observance seems particularly meaningful. Workers on the front lines have been doing an incredible job to protect us from COVID-19 and to make sure we have supplies to get us through this challenging time. Health care providers, grocery store workers, delivery drivers, utility workers, emergency responders and countless others are stepping up to keep us safe and healthy, and I am incredibly grateful for their efforts. But these unprecedented circumstances have been a reminder that while many workers have unions looking out for their safety, far too many in Pennsylvania do not. COVID-19 has exposed the gross inequities within our workplaces and the dangers that too many workers are exposed to. We must work to fix these problems. That’s why I, along with my colleagues Reps. David Delloso, Joe Ciresi, Jennifer O’Mara and Steve Malagari, have introduced H.B. 2289 – the PA Protecting the Right to Organize (or PA PRO) Act. This bill would provide for a transformational strengthening of worker safeguards and enhancement of organizing rights. We need to ensure all Pennsylvania workers have the ability to fight for fair wages and a safe workplace. Weeks of staying home and quarantining have given many people a Read more

 

Williams applauds $23K in grant funding to help students continue learning despite school closures

(Apr 23, 2020)

COATESVILLE, April 23 – State Rep. Dan Williams announced that Coatesville Area School District and Oxford School District have been selected to receive grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Continuing of Education Equity Grant program. Coatesville Area School District will receive $14,150 and Oxford School District received $9,500. Funds may be used to purchase computer equipment such as laptops, tablets, and internet hot spots, or used toward providing instructional materials such as paper lessons and coursework. Schools with the highest percentages of students lacking access to resources were given priority in receiving the grants. “As COVID-19 has made apparent to everyone, access to technology is a critical need for an equitable education,” Williams said. “I’m very glad for the additional funds to schools within my district as we strive toward a more equitable and prosperous future, and thanks to the Department of Education for providing these awards so quickly in the midst of this crisis.” CEEG grants are designed to help provide access and inclusion for all learners by bridging the gap for students who are currently limited in their ability to participate in continuity of education. Read more

 

COVID-19 Helpful Resources

(Mar 19, 2020)

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic affecting Pennsylvania, we wanted to provide you with the following resources and information to help you and your family in the days ahead. Please note that this webpage will be updated as needed with additional information and resources. State Services and Resources The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has created a COVID-19 guide to assist everyone. It includes information on social distancing, mental health resources, unemployment, food assistance, changes from PennDOT and resources for small business: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/ For individuals : https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForIndividuals For families : https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForFamilies For businesses : https://dced.pa.gov/resources COVID Support for PA Businesses : The following provides information and and links to federal, state, local and private resources. https://www.pahouse.com/News/?id=113388 **Self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers: Apply here for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits .** https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForBusinessesUtilities Information from the PA Dept. of Labor and Industry on the federal CARES Act: https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/CARES-Act/Pages/default.aspx The following link provides you with Read more

 

Williams Discusses Workforce Impact of Apprenticeships, Trades

(Mar 12, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Williams took part in a discussion on ways to get more people, especially young people, engaged in apprenticeships and union jobs that promise living wages. Read more

 

CANCELLED: Williams to host coronavirus town hall March 18

(Mar 11, 2020)

COATESVILLE, March 11 – State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, is cancelling his COVID-19 coronavirus town hall originally scheduled for March 18. Williams decided to cancel the event due to the virus’ presence in neighboring Delaware and Montgomery counties. “The health and safety of my constituents is my top priority, especially during this disease outbreak when the goal is to keep people as safe as possible,” Williams said. “Information on this virus is rapidly updating and changes almost daily. I urge constituents to look to the Pennsylvania Department of Health for the most accurate and timely updates.” For more information, contact Williams’ by calling 484-200-8256 or emailing RepWilliams@pahouse.net . Read more

 

Williams to host coronavirus town hall March 18

(Mar 05, 2020)

COATESVILLE, March 5 – State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, will host a public town hall forum to discuss the COVID-19 coronavirus at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 at Downingtown Middle School. The event will update residents on prevention efforts at the state level to keep the virus out of Pennsylvania. Several guest speakers will be present, including the Chester County health director, Caln Township chief of police, a representative from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and an infectious disease specialist. There will be a Q&A portion at the end of the presentations. “Although no cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Pennsylvania, it’s important to stay vigilant and informed when it comes to human health to prevent widespread panic,” Williams said. “This event aims to set the record straight and provide attendees with the most accurate, up-to-date information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.” For more information, those interested can call Williams’ office at (484) 200-8256. Read more

 

Chester County Democratic Reps applaud $2.1 million awarded in school safety grants county-wide

(Feb 26, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – Chester County’s Democratic state Reps. Carolyn Comitta, Kristine Howard, Dan Williams, Melissa Shusterman and Danielle Friel-Otten announced that 13 school districts throughout the county received $2.1 million in grant funding to enhance school safety and security. Awardees in Chester County received the following: Avon Grove School District: $45,000 Chester County Intermediate Unit 24: $256,693 Coatesville Area School District: $45,000 Downingtown Area School District: $45,000 Great Valley School District: $244,660 Kennett Consolidated School District: $45,000 Owen J. Roberts School District: $343,588 Phoenixville Area School District: $495,000 Royer-Greaves School for the Blind: $26,133 Tredyffrin-Easttown School District: $480,065 Unionville-Chadds Ford School District: $45,000 West Chester Area School District: $45,000 “I am thankful for these funds that will go directly to support and protect Chester County students. It is our duty to make sure we are creating a safe and healthy school environment for our students to prosper,” Comitta said. “As a former child welfare investigator, ensuring the safety of our community’s children has always been a top priority of mine. A safe learning environment is a productive learning environment, and I thank the Wolf administration for prioritizing our Read more

 

Williams works to help victims of substance abuse

(Feb 25, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Williams and the House Democratic Policy Committee heard testimony from those working on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic. Read more

 

Williams Winter 2020 Newsletter

(Feb 13, 2020)

Recapping the first year of my first term as your state representative. Read more

 

Williams applauds governor’s state budget plan

(Feb 04, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Williams supports Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal that increases investments in education. Read more

 

Williams: Diversity can allow businesses and individuals to thrive

(Jan 30, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Williams took part in a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on the issue of main street’s small businesses. Williams points out that affordable housing, transportation, and workforce development are critical in the redevelopment of our communities. Read more

 

Williams announces $222K in funding for local first responders

(Jan 30, 2020)

“This state funding will help with training, equipment upgrades and other critical projects. I am pleased to see the state support first responders here in the 74th and across the commonwealth. Not all heroes wear capes – and those heroes, many of whom are volunteers, should have everything they need to help them selflessly serve our communities.” Read more

 

Williams helping Seniors ride SEPTA for free

(Jan 29, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Williams and his office staff are here to help constituents sign up for SEPTA Key Senior ID Cards. Read more

 

Williams announces $35K PAsmart Targeted grant for Coatesville Area School District

(Jan 17, 2020)

“It is common knowledge that students who study STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) will be well equipped for the 21st century economy. Preparing our teachers to advance these skills is equally important. My thanks to Governor Wolf and Secretary Rivera for continuing to put our teachers and students on the path to excellence.” Read more

 

Otten, Williams applaud $150K CTE grant for Chester County Workforce Development Board

(Jan 16, 2020)

EXTON, Jan. 16 — State Reps. Danielle Friel Otten and Dan Williams today congratulated the Chester County Workforce Development Board for its $150,000 award to help businesses and school districts work together to better prepare students for in-demand careers. “Career and technical education allows students to discover their individual talents and explore rewarding career pathways that may not require a four-year degree,” Otten said. “Grants like this help us grow opportunities for students ready to make their mark in the workforce. I’m grateful to the administration for steering these grants into Chester County, and I congratulate the Workforce Development Board for earning the award.” “Our economy is telling us that specific jobs are in great demand but short supply,” Williams said. “These investments in workforce development and training will ensure that Pennsylvania students are well prepared to succeed in the working world. My thanks to Governor Wolf for these awards.” The Department of Labor & Industry awarded $2.4 million for Business-Education Partnership grants to 19 local workforce development boards across the commonwealth. The partnerships will connect schools, employers and students to provide career-related experiences and opportunities through soft-skills development, internships, workplace shadowing and career mentoring, all with the goal of preparing students for good local jobs. Read more