Waxman, prison-reform advocates push to make Scandinavian unit permanent fixture statewide

(1 day ago)

HARRISBURG, May 21 – Today, state Rep. Ben Waxman, D-Phila., was joined by multiple prison-reform advocates for a Capitol news conference to discuss State Correctional Institute Chester’s Scandinavian unit, also known as “Little Scandinavia.” Little Scandinavia is a pilot project modeled after prisons in Scandinavia, where the core values are safety, transparency and innovation, with a focus on normality and reintegration into the community upon release. The unit provides a quiet environment where residents live in single-person cells with a shared kitchen surrounded by outdoor green space and plants. Waxman spoke on the importance of permanently funding this unit so that it can become a fixture at state correctional facilities across Pennsylvania. “It's time for a shift in how we handle corrections in PA. Little Scandinavia isn't just a program, it's a new horizon in rehabilitation and human rights. This model focuses on transformative care, not just incarceration. In the next state budget, I will strongly advocate for us to include funding that would make the Scandinavian Unit a permanent fixture in our state’s corrections system.” Bryan Widenhouse, senior policy associate for Families Against Mandatory Minimums, stated his belief that Little Scandinavia can help lower the recidivism rate in Pennsylvania. "For decades I sat in prison and listened Read more

 

Members of PA fire & EMS caucus tour local fire stations

(May 14, 2024)

Lawmakers from across the state visited some fire departments in our region on Monday.The visit was organized by the "Fire and EMS Caucus" which aims to address issues and solutions to support first responders across the Commonwealth. Read more

 

Area fire departments' challenges highlighted on listening tour

(May 14, 2024)

“How are we going to collaborate to make a difference and put forth legislation that’s going to help everyone across the state? I need to come out and see and talk to the people that are doing the real work. We need to come together and figure some solutions," Borowski said. Read more

 

Borowski announces $848,000 in state funding to help schools prevent violence, boost mental health supports

(Apr 25, 2024)

State Rep. Lisa Borowski, D-Delaware, today announced the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency has awarded a total of $847,523 in grants to support efforts to prevent violence and boost safety and mental health supports in Delaware County schools. Read more

 

Lawmakers advocate for awareness, research on Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy

(Apr 17, 2024)

Rep. Lisa Borowski called on the House yesterday to pass her legislation that would raise awareness about Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) and enhance the accuracy of a SUDEP determination by coroners. Read more

 

Bills to limit water and sewer system privatization move from committee to full Pa. House

(Apr 10, 2024)

A 2016 law changed how municipal utilities were valued in an effort to encourage the privatization of struggling municipal systems. But the majority of acquisitions since then have been well-maintained water and sewer systems, and residents in those systems have been hit with exorbitant rate hikes. Read more

 

Nearly $735,000 awarded to improve roadway access to Edgmont Township developments

(Mar 27, 2024)

Rep. Lisa Borowski and Sen. John Kane, both D-Delaware, announced $734,640 in state funding to improve roadways that provide access to the mixed-use development near West Chester Pike and North Crum Creek Road in Edgmont Township. Read more

 

Panic buttons proving to be a ‘school safety game changer’: lawmaker

(Mar 25, 2024)

Legislation requiring schools to consider installing silent panic alarms in classrooms that would be linked directly to law enforcement could provide another layer of protection for students and staff in educational settings, according to Pennsylvania lawmakers advocating for this safety feature. Read more

 

PBMHC co-chairs introduce Pennsylvania’s Momnibus legislative package

(Mar 19, 2024)

The co-chairs, as well as Reps. Lisa Borowski, D-Delaware, Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., and Mandy Steele, D-Allegheny, modeled Pennsylvania’s Momnibus legislation after federal bills introduced by U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Illinois, and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey. Read more

 

After Numerous Bridge Strikes, Radnor Installs Warning System

(Feb 21, 2024)

State Rep. Lisa Borowski, a former Radnor Township Commissioner, was integral in securing the grant funding and advocating for the warning system. Read more

 

Borowski announces $117.5K in state funding for local Fire & EMS companies

(Feb 19, 2024)

State Rep. Lisa Borowski, D-Delaware, announced today the Office of the State Fire Commissioner awarded about $117,557 to help equip firefighters and EMS providers with the resources to respond to emergencies in Delaware County. Borowski also shared she has joined the reconstituted and bipartisan Pennsylvania House Firefighters & Emergency Services Caucus as its co-chair. Read more

 

2024 Delaware County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

(Feb 16, 2024)

HHW materials must be handled appropriately to protect people and not harm our environment. Delaware County sponsors several HHW collection events each year, where residents can bring their materials for free. Read more

 

Democratic State Lawmakers Want To Improve the Rape Kit Tracking System in Pennsylvania

(Feb 06, 2024)

State Representatives Munroe, Borowski, and Brennan will introduce legislation that allows sexual assault victims to monitor the processing of evidence with greater accuracy and efficiency, all while safeguarding confidentiality. Read more

 

Black History Month: Reading List

(Feb 01, 2024)

Check out recommended Black History Month reading from Newtown Public Library & Radnor Memorial Library. Read more

 

Pennsylvania Women’s Health Caucus Statement on Abortion Medicaid Coverage Ruling (Allegheny Reproductive Health Center v. Pennsylvania Department of Human Services)

(Jan 30, 2024)

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ruled in favor of abortion providers and delivered a big win for those of us who are fighting to maintain, protect, and expand access to reproductive healthcare in the Commonwealth. Read more

 

O’Mara, Curry, Borowski commend child and dependent care tax credit expansion with local families

(Jan 23, 2024)

The new law now matches the federal credit on state taxes. This boosted the maximum state credit from $630 to $2,100 for Pennsylvania families.  Read more

 

REGISTER HERE for my Virtual Youth Town Hall

(Jan 23, 2024)

Students in middle school through college: let your voice be heard! Read more

 

Delco Lawmaker's Bill Calls For Silent Panic Buttons In Classrooms

(Jan 22, 2024)

"By passing "Alyssa’s Law," we would be providing for safer classrooms, faster response times, and more lives saved during school shootings," Borowski said. Read more

 

Borowski announces state funding for student enrichment program based in Newtown Square

(Jan 10, 2024)

Following advocacy from state Rep. Lisa Borowski, D-Delaware, the Department of Agriculture this week awarded a $7,500 grant to Garrett Williamson to help fund its school-to-farm field trips program. Read more

 

Pennsylvania bill would require schools to consider panic alarms

(Dec 26, 2023)

The bill, introduced by Democrat State Representatives Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz, Lisa Borowski, Justin Fleming, and Kyle Donahue would add Pennsylvania to the growing list of states requiring or asking schools to consider panic alarms in classrooms. Read more

 

Waxman, prison-reform advocates push to make Scandinavian unit permanent fixture statewide
1 day ago

Members of PA fire & EMS caucus tour local fire stations
May 14, 2024

Area fire departments' challenges highlighted on listening tour
May 14, 2024

Borowski announces $848,000 in state funding to help schools prevent violence, boost mental health supports
Apr 25, 2024

Lawmakers advocate for awareness, research on Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy
Apr 17, 2024

Bills to limit water and sewer system privatization move from committee to full Pa. House
Apr 10, 2024

Nearly $735,000 awarded to improve roadway access to Edgmont Township developments
Mar 27, 2024

Panic buttons proving to be a ‘school safety game changer’: lawmaker
Mar 25, 2024

PBMHC co-chairs introduce Pennsylvania’s Momnibus legislative package
Mar 19, 2024

After Numerous Bridge Strikes, Radnor Installs Warning System
Feb 21, 2024

Borowski announces $117.5K in state funding for local Fire & EMS companies
Feb 19, 2024

2024 Delaware County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
Feb 16, 2024

Democratic State Lawmakers Want To Improve the Rape Kit Tracking System in Pennsylvania
Feb 06, 2024

Black History Month: Reading List
Feb 01, 2024

Pennsylvania Women’s Health Caucus Statement on Abortion Medicaid Coverage Ruling (Allegheny Reproductive Health Center v. Pennsylvania Department of Human Services)
Jan 30, 2024

O’Mara, Curry, Borowski commend child and dependent care tax credit expansion with local families
Jan 23, 2024

REGISTER HERE for my Virtual Youth Town Hall
Jan 23, 2024

Delco Lawmaker's Bill Calls For Silent Panic Buttons In Classrooms
Jan 22, 2024

Borowski announces state funding for student enrichment program based in Newtown Square
Jan 10, 2024

Pennsylvania bill would require schools to consider panic alarms
Dec 26, 2023