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VACCINE UPDATE

(Feb 10, 2021)

A Message from State Representative Dianne HerrinWith the pandemic still upon us, conflicting information about vaccine availability is leading to confusion and frustration. In the interest of communication and full transparency, I will be releasing regular vaccine updates. As your state representative, I will continue to push for quick and efficient vaccinations in Chester County and our district. Read more

 

Vaccine Update

(Feb 10, 2021)

A Message from State Representative Dianne HerrinWith the pandemic still upon us, conflicting information about vaccine availability is leading to confusion and frustration. In the interest of communication and full transparency, I will be releasing regular vaccine updates. As your state representative, I will continue to push for quick and efficient vaccinations in Chester County and our district. Read more

 

Troubleshooting PUA claims: How to reopen/reactivate a PUA claim

(Jan 27, 2021)

How to reopen/reactivate a PUA claim : Log in to your dashboard Select “File for Weekly Benefits” Then select “File Your Weekly Certification to Continue Your Claim” You will see the message “You currently have a claim established however it is inactive.” Click on “here.” It will seem as if you are opening a new claim. The system knows you are only attempting to reopen the claim you already have established. Click Next. You will see the Welcome to Pennsylvania’s Pandemic Unemployment Portal Page. Click next. The next eight pages are pre-populated based on your initial claim information. You will click next after verifying the information is correct on each page. If it is not correct, you should make updates at this time. Note: This includes things such as your email, address, date of birth, education information and employment status. You will also be asked the COVID questions. PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR THE MAJOR DISASTER INFORMATION QUESTION YOU SHOULD SELECT COVID -19 NOT COVID 19 -2 If you reported that you are self-employed, the system will ask for you 2020 wages. This is an error. You should enter all 0s for those wages. You will also need to answer if you have worked since you last filed for weeks. If you have worked, you must click the “I have worked since my last Read more

 

AMENDING THE STATE CONSTITUTION WOULD GERRYMANDER JUDICIAL DISTRICTS

(Jan 25, 2021)

To my valued constituents, I am writing concerning House Bill No. 196, the proposal to amend the state constitution to change our process of electing judges to the Commonwealth, Superior, and Supreme courts of Pennsylvania. Right now, our constitution provides for these judges to be chosen in statewide elections where all voters in the state get to hold judges accountable. The authors of House Bill No. 196 seek to change this to a district-based system wherein judicial elections would be divided into districts. The proponents of this bill argue it would increase the diversity of our judicial system by ensuring representation for the less populous areas of the state. I support having a diverse array of interests and identities represented on the bench. However, it is clear to me this is not the way to accomplish that goal; in fact, this bill poses a grave threat to the independence of our judiciary. The process of drawing these districts as proposed in this bill is fundamentally political and arbitrary, as it would fall entirely on the General Assembly. I have little doubt that diversity will not be the primary concern of the majority party when drawing these districts. Instead, the districts will be politicized and gerrymandered to maximize the influence of whichever party happens to control the General Assembly at the time. Further, there is no guarantee that the creation of these districts will increase the diversity of the Read more

 

NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE COMPACT WILL ENSURE EVERY VOTE COUNTS

(Jan 25, 2021)

To my valued constituents, I have decided after some deliberation to co-sponsor House Bill No. 270, and support Pennsylvania’s membership in the National Popular Vote Compact. I believe this is a necessary step on the way to ensuring a national election system that fairly and truly represents all Americans. As Americans, we hold the principle of one person, one vote to be one of our highest ideals of governance, and it is time we once again take a meaningful and confident step in the direction of realizing this ideal, just as we did with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and before then with passage of the 19th amendment. For too long, our presidential elections have been decided by a system that systematically disenfranchises intra-state minorities and determines a national election, in which all Americans should have an equal voice, on a state-by-state basis, in which the voices of political minorities within a state count for nothing. However, I recognize that some constituents will disagree and contend that the electoral college is a just system. So, I will try to address some of the arguments here. The first argument often proposed for the electoral college is that it empowers small states that would otherwise be overlooked by presidential candidates. However, if this was the aim of the current electoral system, it has failed miserably. Small states are still by and large overlooked by presidential Read more

 

More than $29K from It’s On Us PA grants will help reduce sexual assault on university campuses

(Jan 06, 2021)

WEST CHESTER, Jan. 6 – State Reps. Dianne Herrin and Christina Sappey, both D-Chester, today announced $29,574 in It’s On Us PA state grants for West Chester University from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, which will help reduce sexual violence on university campuses. “I appreciate this investment to help ensure the safety and well-being of all of our students at West Chester University,” Herrin said. “Many of us can rest easier as parents knowing our children will be in environments that promote safety and in which educators have more resources to fight against sexual violence of all kinds.” “Funding like this makes sure we have a system in place that people can feel safe when they walk through our campus grounds,” Sappey said. “It’s not enough to react to these incidents, we need to be more proactive and continue to challenge our students, teachers, faculty, staff and more to say something when they see something. All of us need to do our part to stop sexual violence before it happens.” West Chester University was awarded a total of $29,574. These funds are provided from January 2021 through May 2022 and are to be used to: Improve awareness, prevention, reporting and response systems regarding sexual violence in schools, colleges and universities to better serve all students. Remove/reduce barriers that prevent survivors of sexual Read more

 

Virtual Vaccine Town Halls with Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine

(Dec 30, 2020)

The Pennsylvania House and Senate Democrats are working on organizing Virtual Vaccine Town Halls hosted through Zoom to discuss vaccinations and answer your questions regarding the rollout of the plan. Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, will be on the calls to help answer questions. The dates are as follows: Wednesday, January 6 at 3 p.m. Wednesday, January 13 at 12 p.m. Wednesday, January 20 at 12 p.m. If you would like to participate, click on the date most convenient for you to register and RSVP. Read more

 

$1M redevelopment project grant for Fame Fire Company

(Dec 28, 2020)

WEST CHESTER, Dec. 28 – State Rep.-elect Dianne Herrin, D-Chester, today announced $1 million from the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program that will support the Fame Fire Company of West Chester. “Fame Fire Company has worked with West Chester Borough residents and the local municipality for years to make this project work for the entire community, and we are all grateful for their citizenship,” said Herrin. “This grant is a major win for everyone who is served by them, as it helps ensure Fame will continue to provide the highest level of fire safety and protection services to our broader community. Congratulations, Fame!” “I’m so pleased Fame Fire Company has received this much-needed and well-deserved grant, which will help them as they serve Chester County and protect us all for many years to come,” said state Sen.-elect Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester. “Our West Chester fire companies are 100% volunteer, 100% certified, and 100% awesome!” Fame Fire Company of West Chester will use the $1 million to renovate and expand the existing fire station located near West Chester University. The proposed improvements involve renovating the existing building and constructing an 8,000 square-foot addition. The new firehouse will have four single fire truck bays, two additional drive-through double length truck bays, a recreation room, a fitness/training room, Read more

 

Herrin announces $1.7M for victims of abuse and rehabilitation

(Dec 09, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 9 – State Rep.-elect Dianne Herrin, D-Chester, today applauded the awarding of over $1.7 million in Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency grants to Chester County organizations and agencies. The funds, approved by the PCCD, support a variety of programs and services, including: adult probation services, body-worn camera initiatives, domestic abuse programs and more. “Funding like this directly improves the lives and well-being of victims of abuse, while helping those who have made non-violent mistakes in the past rehabilitate,” Herrin said. “This is exactly the kind of criminal justice reform I want to continue to encourage throughout my time in the House. Together, we can help more people get back on their feet, and not find more ways to tear them down.” The grants awarded in Chester County are as follows: Improvement of Adult Probation Services Funds Chester County - Improvement of Adult Probation Services - $533,144. Federal STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Funds Chester County Commissioners - Chester County STOP Grant 2021 - $124,992. The Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County - RASA/VOJO Project 2021-22 - $698,379. Domestic Violence Center of Chester County - Providing Rights and Services to Victims - $55,014. State Children’s Advocacy Center Funds Chester County Commissioners - CAC Assistant Read more

 

Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property

(Dec 01, 2020)

Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Unclaimed property may include: Closed bank accounts; Uncashed checks, including paychecks; Lost stocks and bonds; Contents of safe deposit boxes; Proceeds from the demutualization of insurance companies; Expired gift cards/gift certificates. To find out if you have unclaimed property, search your name in the Unclaimed Property database at www.patreasury.gov/Unclaimed/Search.html , call 1-800-222-2046, or contact my office . There is NO CHARGE to claim your unclaimed property. Read more