PA House Democrats Launch Effort to Defend Democracy

(Mar 29, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 29 – Responding to the Capitol insurrection in January and the signing of new restrictions on voting rights last week in Georgia, House Democrats are taking action to protect American democracy. Today, a website was launched that summarizes policy proposals to defend democracy as well as links to more information and the ability for people to quickly email their elected officials, noting their support of the bills. The House Democratic Caucus has been working on these proposals since a House Democratic Policy Committee Hearing in January, when members were briefed by legal scholars, hate crimes experts and members of Congress on the language of false conspiracy and election fraud being used to undermine democracy. That same language has shifted from encouraging outright attack to what many perceive as insidiously undermining basic voting rights. “We cannot allow the outrage and disgust of the American people watching an armed invasion of our government to be subverted by a slick rebranding into attacks on our right to fair and free elections” Policy Committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro said. Members of the House Democratic Caucus have introduced dozens of measures to expand voting rights, preserve election security, protect access to mail-in ballots and polling places, and to clarify and consolidate the often-outdated Election Code. Bizzarro said the site – www.pahouse.com/policy/defendingdemocracy -- will serve as a great Read more

 

EMAIL REVIEW: Local programs are in place to help you

(Mar 26, 2021)

In this week's email, learn about local programs in place to help Delco residents. Read more

 

EMAIL REVIEW: Great day for Delco, welcome news about vaccines

(Mar 19, 2021)

Sunday might have been my favorite day on this job. Delco conducted its largest COVID vaccination clinic at Upper Darby High School. Read more

 

EMAIL REVIEW: Working to acquire more vaccines for Delco

(Mar 12, 2021)

Learn more about my efforts to shine a spotlight on the need for more vaccines in Delco. Read more

 

EMAIL REVIEW: Join us for my Virtual Housing Forum on Wednesday

(Feb 26, 2021)

Join us for my Virtual Housing Forum on Wednesday, and find out about important state programs in this week's community update. Read more

 

Zabel to host Virtual Housing Forum Wednesday, March 3

(Feb 24, 2021)

State Rep. Mike Zabel, D-Delaware, will be joined by legal experts during his “Virtual Housing Forum: Know your rights as a tenant/landlord,” starting at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3. A link to the online event stream can be found at RepZabel.com or by going to http://bit.ly/zabelhousingforum. Read more

 

EMAIL REVIEW: Register for next week's shred event

(Feb 19, 2021)

Register for next weekend's shred event. Contact my offices today. In this week's update, learn more about upcoming events, new legislation. Read more

 

Zabel, McNeill legislation would cap out-of-pocket insulin prices

(Feb 16, 2021)

State Reps. Mike Zabel, D-Delaware, and Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, have reintroduced legislation aimed at capping out-of-pocket insulin prices at $100 per month. Read more

 

EMAIL REVIEW: My Shred Event is Feb. 27th, register now

(Feb 12, 2021)

If you are interested in attending my Shred Event Feb. 27th, please contact my offices to register. Read more

 

EMAIL REVIEW: Join my virtual town hall Thursday

(Feb 05, 2021)

Join my virtual town hall I'm co-hosting with state Sen. Tim Kearney on Thursday. Read more

 

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications: March 31 Update

(Feb 01, 2021)

The following state grants are open for applications. Updated on Feb. 1. Read more

 

EMAIL REVIEW: Find out latest on COVID vaccine, unemployment compensation

(Jan 29, 2021)

Find out the latest on the COVID-19 vaccine in Delco, and what fixes have been implemented for unemployment compensation. Read more

 

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

(Jan 27, 2021)

Step-by-step instructions to successfully reopen/reactivate a PUA claim. Read more

 

Agriculture, Youth, and Capital Case Indigent Defense Funding Opportunities for Your District

(Jan 25, 2021)

STATE GRANT PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: Commonwealth Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply: State and local organizations, producer associations, academia, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders. Use: To promote high-priority specialty crops (hemp, hardwoods, honey, hops; also barley, rye, and wheat for distilling, brewing, and malting) through projects like child and adult nutrition education, participation in international standard setting bodies, improving efficiency of distribution systems, good manufacturing and handling practices, research, development of seed varieties, and pest and disease control. Funds: $460,000 will be distributed in total, with 6.2% going to low income rural areas and 3.8% going to low income urban areas. Application Deadline: Concept papers due March 5 More Information: Click on Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (pa.gov) . Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: Agriculture and Youth Organization Grant Program (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply: Agriculture and youth organizations, such as FFA, 4-H, Ag in the Classroom, the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, and vocational education programs. Schools and school districts may also apply on behalf of an agriculture and youth organization. Use: Educational programs, workforce development programs, seminars and field trips, agricultural safety Read more

 

EMAIL REVIEW: Register for a free COVID-19 vaccine

(Jan 22, 2021)

Find the latest update on the COVID-19 vaccine in Chesco/Delco, and the latest on PUA payments resuming. Read more

 

EMAIL REVIEW: Fill out vaccine survey, receive notifications

(Jan 15, 2021)

In this week's email, find out the latest on the COVID-19 vaccine in Delco as well as other important updates. Read more

 

Zabel announces committee assignments for second term

(Jan 11, 2021)

State Rep. Mike Zabel, D-Delaware, announced Monday his committee assignments for the 2021-22 legislative session, his second term in the House. Read more

 

House Democrats fight to increase transparency and accountability, make sure the people come first

(Jan 04, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 4 – A group of 10 House Democrats announced the introduction of changes to the Operating Rules of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to reduce the impact of partisan politics, make sure ideas with broad public support get a fair hearing, and restore the people’s faith in government after the damage done by extremists in Washington, D.C., and Harrisburg. The People Before Politics plan was crafted with this central idea: lawmakers work for the people, not the other way around. It focuses on openness, transparency and citizen control of the legislative process. The People Before Politics plan includes the following proposals: Amendment 1 – The Voice of the People, sponsored by Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila. This amendment would make sure each House member has an opportunity to speak at a designated time during the first full session day of the week on any topic, similar to how the U.S. House of Representatives allows members to speak. This change would end the requirement of “unanimous consent” so often abused by extremists to silence members and prevent legislative topics bottled up in committee from being heard by the people. Amendment 2 – Let the People See, sponsored by Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware . This amendment would restore the rule requiring a full 24 hours before final passage of any bill, including all bills amended in the House chamber or in committee, or sent over from the state Read more

 

EMAIL REVIEW: This year more than ever, our community came together

(Dec 30, 2020)

2020 wasn't the year we hoped for – but it was still a year in which so much good happened. Read more

 

Delaware County elected officials laud $1.5M grant to strengthen 911 system

(Dec 29, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 29 – State representatives and senators from Delaware County applauded a $1.5 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program award to strengthen the county’s 911 system. Through bipartisan efforts, elected officials helped secure grants to benefit more than 560,000 Pennsylvanians and help Delaware County’s first responders. This project will strengthen the security and reliability of the county’s public safety communication system. This includes 24 tower upgrades to provide acceptable county-wide communication coverage, shelter structures, an ice bridge, grounding, electric, HVAC, core work additions and 911 center equipment to communicate effectively in emergency situations with citizens, first responders and with surrounding counties in southeastern Pennsylvania. “Calling 911 and receiving a timely response has been an issue for years throughout Delaware County,” House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Delaware/Phila., said. “Thankfully, this funding will help streamline our communications system to ensure that residents in crisis can quickly receive help and support. I’m proud to see lawmakers from both the House and Senate, Democrat and Republican, come together for the safety of the people we represent.” “I’ve heard from many constituents about frustrations they’ve experienced with calling 911 since 2016,” Read more

 

PA House Democrats Launch Effort to Defend Democracy
Mar 29, 2021

EMAIL REVIEW: Local programs are in place to help you
Mar 26, 2021

EMAIL REVIEW: Great day for Delco, welcome news about vaccines
Mar 19, 2021

EMAIL REVIEW: Working to acquire more vaccines for Delco
Mar 12, 2021

EMAIL REVIEW: Join us for my Virtual Housing Forum on Wednesday
Feb 26, 2021

Zabel to host Virtual Housing Forum Wednesday, March 3
Feb 24, 2021

EMAIL REVIEW: Register for next week's shred event
Feb 19, 2021

Zabel, McNeill legislation would cap out-of-pocket insulin prices
Feb 16, 2021

EMAIL REVIEW: My Shred Event is Feb. 27th, register now
Feb 12, 2021

EMAIL REVIEW: Join my virtual town hall Thursday
Feb 05, 2021

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications: March 31 Update
Feb 01, 2021

EMAIL REVIEW: Find out latest on COVID vaccine, unemployment compensation
Jan 29, 2021

Troubleshooting PUA claims: How to reopen/reactivate a PUA claim
Jan 27, 2021

Agriculture, Youth, and Capital Case Indigent Defense Funding Opportunities for Your District
Jan 25, 2021

EMAIL REVIEW: Register for a free COVID-19 vaccine
Jan 22, 2021

EMAIL REVIEW: Fill out vaccine survey, receive notifications
Jan 15, 2021

Zabel announces committee assignments for second term
Jan 11, 2021

House Democrats fight to increase transparency and accountability, make sure the people come first
Jan 04, 2021

EMAIL REVIEW: This year more than ever, our community came together
Dec 30, 2020

Delaware County elected officials laud $1.5M grant to strengthen 911 system
Dec 29, 2020