2023 Judiciary Newsletter

(Nov 03, 2023)

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Gergely introduces bill to enhance quality of donated plasma in PA

(Oct 30, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 30 – State Rep. Matthew R. Gergely, D-Allegheny, introduced a bill today that would ensure plasma donated throughout the state is suitable for subsequent use in health and medical forums. The legislation (H.B. 1795 ) would require that source plasma, specifically, undergoes extensive testing upon donation and before it is ultimately integrated into essential pharmaceuticals. Gergely’s bill, co-sponsored by state Rep. Tim Briggs of Montgomery County, would also allow more focus to be devoted to developing such pharmaceuticals by eliminating a signification portion of subsequent testing conducted in labs during the clinical development phase. “Plasma is vital for treating rare diseases, chronic conditions, and emergencies like trauma and burns,” Gergely said. “My bill would help ensure that PA has a safe and sustainable plasma supply necessary for bettering and saving countless lives.” “In a world where plasma can mean the difference between life and death, we cannot afford to hinder the flow of this precious resource,” Briggs added. “By proposing legislation to align Pennsylvania's laws with federal standards for source plasma donation centers, we are taking a crucial step toward ensuring a reliable plasma supply for our state.” In 2017 alone, approximately 30 million liters of source plasma were collected in approximately 40 million procedures in the United States, per a work published Read more


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(Aug 22, 2023)

PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Economic Development: Keystone Communities Program Who May Apply : Units of local government, redevelopment and/or housing authorities, nonprofit organizations to include economic development organizations, housing corporations, etc., community development corporations, business improvement districts, neighborhood improvement districts, and similar organizations incorporated as authorities. Use : Multiple uses, including: Planning grants (address a particular need or circumstance within a community, undertake a study relevant to an identified need, or study the results of implementing a specific activity) Implementation grants (assist designated KC program communities in implementing critical components of their approved Five-Year Strategy) Façade grants (to stimulate private investment in properties, foster an attractive environment, and preserve the architectural heritage of properties and communities. The grant funds may be used for primary street-facing, exterior building improvements in a defined target area of a downtown or neighborhood such as storefront signs, exterior façade painting, design assistance, etc.) Development grants (available to fund a variety of physical improvements, see program guidelines for full list) Public improvement grants (available to assist communities in a variety of development projects to help Read more


Expansion of the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

(Aug 21, 2023)

My office assists seniors in completing the forms for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. For too long, many folks didn’t meet the qualifications to take advantage of this rebate. That is why I championed changes to the law and we are now able to expand the rebate to more eligible seniors. Starting next year, more Pennsylvanians will qualify for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate. Read more


Briggs celebrates education and public safety budget wins

(Jul 06, 2023)

This budget represents a significant milestone in our efforts to build an inclusive economy, enhance community safety, and ensure quality education for all Pennsylvania children,” Briggs said. “Our commonwealth is poised for growth thanks to its unprecedented funding for K-12 education, robust investments in workforce development, strong support for community and economic development, and substantial allocations for agriculture and public safety. Read more


E-Waste and Paper Shredding Event

(Apr 19, 2023)

This Sunday, April 23, I will be joining Senator Cappelletti in co-sponsoring Upper Merion Township’s Earth Day E-recycling and Document shredding event. This will take place at Upper Merion Area Middle School which is where I have held my shredding events the last several years. See the graphic below for acceptable items for E-waste collection and the guidelines for paper waste. Read more


Briggs announces Commonwealth Finance Authority grants for region

(Mar 16, 2023)

“These grants make our community more safe, sustainable, and accessible for everyone in the district. In addition to improving trails and intersections, this funding will provide for a rooftop garden on Mainline Hospital, improvements to the Union Fire Building, renovations to the New Horizons Senior Center, and a street sweeper for Upper Merion Township. I’m happy to have advocated for and see local projects that support so many of our residents receive funding,” Briggs said. Read more


Briggs leads newly formed Judiciary Committee

(Mar 03, 2023)

The people of Pennsylvania asked for recourse for victims of sexual assault – not voter ID or onerous changes to unrelated Pennsylvania regulation codes,” Briggs said. “I’m keeping our public pledge to survivors -- with no strings attached. It is shameful to make that commitment contingent on partisan policy agendas; survivors have waited long enough for justice. Read more


Delivering Justice to Victims of Sexual Assault

(Feb 22, 2023)

These victims have been fighting for justice for over a decade and I will not sit idly by while obstructionist politicians try to derail legislation and a constitutional amendment to do what is right for these victims. Read more


House Democratic Members of Speaker's Workgroup Issue Statement on Efforts to End House Gridlock

(Jan 25, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 25 – State Reps. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., and Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, issued the following statement on the progress of the Speaker’s Workgroup to Move Pennsylvania Forward, who are tasked with finding a bipartisan agreement to end gridlock in the House: "This bipartisan workgroup is committed to prioritizing seeking justice for child sexual abuse survivors and drafting appropriate operating rules for the Special Session and regular session. “The workgroup members have met frequently with serious and honest conversations, but we have not yet agreed to, and should not agree to, anything until we have public input. That's why we look forward to the Speaker's upcoming statewide listening sessions .” The first listening session will take place today, Jan. 25, at 6 p.m. in the Simmons Auditorium at the Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business in Pittsburgh. Read more


Rozzi, Special Work Group to Host Listening Session in Montco.

(Jan 25, 2023)

House Speaker Mark Rozzi announced that the second stop of his planned listening tour will be held Friday, January 27 in Merion Station, Montgomery County.The session will take place at 6 p.m. at the Cardinal John P. Foley Campus Center at St. Joseph’s University. Read more


Special Election Update

(Jan 14, 2023)

On November 8th, Pennsylvania voters delivered a clear message that they were done with the political games in Harrisburg. Democrats won statewide in both the gubernatorial and senate races, as well as flipping the House for the first time in over a decade with democrats going from a 90-113 minority to a 102-101 majority. Read more


Briggs brings public safety funding to Montco

(Dec 20, 2022)

“This is a crucial step in the process of reducing gun violence in our communities,” Briggs said. “Due to the General Assembly’s inability to bring forward any common-sense gun legislation, this is the best option we have to curb future acts of violence.” Read more


Briggs celebrates $2 million in funding for Life Sciences Campus

(Nov 21, 2022)

“Discovery Labs is an exciting, transformational opportunity for our Commonwealth,” Briggs said. “As co-chair of the PA Legislative Life Sciences Caucus, I know the positive impact the Life Sciences has on our region and have been committed to making it even stronger. I’ve been active in bringing members of the legislature and the administration to tour and discuss the vision of Discovery Labs and am thankful that Governor Wolf has continued to make these investments.” Read more


Montgomery County House Dems Announce $3M in Funding for Mitzvah Circle

(Oct 31, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 31 – Pennsylvania House Democrats in Montgomery County presented a check for $3 million to Mitzvah Circle Foundation to expand its critical services delivering immediate needs to vulnerable families. In partnership with more than 300 local organizations, MCF provides donated and purchased goods such as clothing, shoes, diapers, toiletries, period supplies, housewares and more – including many items not covered by food stamps or other safety net programs – to individuals and families in need. Families who can’t obtain these critical items become entrenched deeper in crisis. By providing a full array of life's essentials, MCF helps families to begin to break the cycle of crisis and poverty. “Mitzvah Circle is honored to receive this funding. It allows us to continue serving the most vulnerable families in Montgomery County,” said Fran Held, founder and director of MCF. The Montgomery County legislators, including Sens. Amanda Cappelletti, Maria Collett, Art Haywood, Vincent Hughes and Katie Muth, as well as Reps. Matt Bradford, Tim Briggs, Joe Ciresi, Mary Jo Daley, Pam DeLissio, Nancy Guenst, Liz Hanbidge, Steve Malagari, Napoleon Nelson, Ben Sanchez, Melissa Shusterman, Greg Vitali, and Joe Webster, worked with the Wolf administration to help deliver the funds, which originate from American Rescue Plan Act funding. “Mitzvah Circle reaches into every corner of Montgomery County, and it Read more


Briggs welcomes significant state grants for Discovery Labs and other important projects in Montco

(Oct 31, 2022)

“Funding projects such as these is imperative for a healthy economy and an engaged community,” Briggs said. “I am glad that I was able to play a part in getting this funding released and I would like to thank the governor for approving the grants.” Read more


Montgomery County House Democrats Announce $5.75M for Child Advocacy Center

(Oct 28, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 28 – Pennsylvania House Democrats in Montgomery County are congratulating the Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center of Montgomery County for being awarded $5.75 million to build its Child Advocacy and Training Center. In a joint letter to Gov. Tom Wolf, members of the Montgomery County House Democratic Delegation shared that “Child abuse is a growing public health crisis that requires urgent intervention and response. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated this issue significantly, placing an intense strain on our community’s most vulnerable members. The child advocacy center model is an evidence-based approach that has been found to provide a faster healing process for the child, more fluid collaboration between all professionals, and more effective and streamlined investigations. By providing on-site medical and mental health services, the facility would also be removing barriers to make care more accessible and equitable, as well as improving overall physical and mental health outcomes for children and their caregivers.” The Montgomery County legislators, including Reps. Matt Bradford, Tim Briggs, Joe Ciresi, Mary Jo Daley, Pam DeLissio, Nancy Guenst, Liz Hanbidge, Steve Malagari, Napoleon Nelson, Ben Sanchez, Greg Vitali, and Joe Webster, worked with the Wolf administration to help deliver the funds, which originate from the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program . Read more


2022 Judiciary Committee Newsletter

(Sep 21, 2022)

In addition to serving as Representative of the 149th District, I have the honor of serving as the Democratic Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. This appointment has given me the ability to focus on issues that are important to me and my constituents. Read more


Summer 2022 Newsletter

(Sep 21, 2022)

Since first being elected, I have been a progressive voice in the House of Representatives and will always advocate for commonsense solutions to complicated matters. It has been a difficult few years in our country, and Harrisburg is no different. As we come out of the pandemic, we are facing the challenges of workforce shortages, supply chain issues, and the rising cost of almost everything. Read more