HARRISBURG, Sept. 29 – State Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., has introduced legislation (H.B. 1931) that would include the teaching of African American and Latino history in PA school curriculum. Joining Burgos on the bill are state Reps. Joe Hohenstein, D-Phila., Regina Young, D-Phila./Delaware, and Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny. Burgos said the purpose of requiring African American and Latino history in school curriculums is to make sure that Pennsylvania students receive the full and true history of these cultures and their experiences. Often, he said, the only time they are covered is during Black History Month or Latino Heritage Month. “African American and Latino history are American history. The story of these underrepresented groups must go beyond Black History Month and Latino Heritage Month,” Burgos said. He continued, “Knowing and understanding the history of our nation is of vital importance to our democracy and identity as Americans. Yet, our educational system does not currently paint an accurate or full portrayal of our rich history where all of our students can see themselves.” Read more
State Rep. Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny, offered support for the Department of Environmental Protection’s newly announced Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan 2021, an initiative aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and slowing down climate change. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 31 – Reps. Elizabeth Fiedler and Rick Krajewski, both D-Phila., and Rep. Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny, will introduce legislation to protect Pennsylvanians struggling to stay housed during the ongoing COVID-19 emergency from evictions and foreclosures. “Hundreds of millions of dollars of unused Emergency Rental Assistance Program funds are still available to tenants and landlords who desperately need the funds,” Fiedler said. “That’s why we will be introducing legislation to protect tenants from evictions related to the COVID-19 emergency. We know that homeowners are still struggling, too, and we know that this legislation would put in place protections for homeowners facing mortgage foreclosure. “Our legislation would ensure that tenants and homeowners behind on their payments are connected with assistance programs before they are evicted – helping people stay in their home, assisting renters and landlords in paying their bills, and protecting individual and public health,” Fiedler added. Specifically, the bill would require landlords seeking to evict for nonpayment to first apply for Emergency Rental Assistance Program funds and provide tenants with information about the program in the tenant’s language of choice. It would require courts to grant a continuance of 60 days until the application for rental assistance is approved or denied. It would require mortgage servicers to stop foreclosure Read more
The Wolf administration announced Monday it would soon require all Pennsylvania landfills to conduct quarterly testing for radiological contaminants, nearly six years after the Department of Environmental Protection produced a report on TENORM. State Rep. Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny, and state Sen. Katie Muth, D-Montgomery, said they strongly support this requirement, but remain concerned due to the lack of details on the testing methods. Read more
MILLVALE, July 26 -- State Rep. Sara Innamorato hosted the House Democratic Policy Committee for a look at how Millvale is crafting sustainable community solutions that could be models for the rest of the state. Zaheen Hussain, former director of sustainability and Millvale Ecodistrict coordinator and Joseph McLaughlin, microgrid educational program coordinator provided a tour of Millvale Food and Energy Hub, showcasing their community sustainability efforts, including their solar energy microgrid. “The community of Millvale is no stranger to the harmful effects of pollution and has become a leader in community efforts to move toward cleaner, renewable energy. It’s important for residents to have a say in the future of their neighborhoods,” said Innamorato. “That’s why I am pleased to host the House Democratic Policy Committee in Millvale to talk about the positive impacts community-led initiatives on solar and renewable energy can have on our state. Our tour of the Millvale Food and Energy Hub will drive important legislation to help make Pennsylvania a cleaner, greener place to live, work, and play.” Chairman Ryan Bizzarro added, “This was a great opportunity to see how communities can be revitalized, while maintaining affordability for those in the community. Economic opportunities, family-sustaining jobs, and growth are at the center of green-collar prospects, and I thank Rep. Innamorato for hosting the committee to see Read more
MILLVALE, July 22, 2021 – Supporting green building options and how they impact communities is the focus of an upcoming tour and roundtable hosted by state Representative Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny. The tour and roundtable will be held Monday, July 26th at 2 p.m. at Millvale Food + Energy Hub , located at 112 E. Sherman Street, Millvale, PA 15209. Media inquiries may be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Rep. Innamorato will be joined by the committee chair, Rep. Ryan Bizzarro and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee to discuss options for incorporating green energy and sustainability practices into community rehabilitation and building projects. Information about this and other House Democratic Policy Committee hearings can be found at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more
The Natural Resources Defense Council released a report on the impact of hazardous, radioactive oil and gas waste that underscores the need for Congress to pass legislation and the Pennsylvania General Assembly to pass all three bills put forward by state Rep. Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny. Read more
On Saturday, July 17th, Rep. Sara Innamorato will co-host a community event with Rep. Emily Kinkead and Sen. Wayne Fontana. The Community Conservation and Sustainability Event will take place at the Lawrenceville Goodwill, located at 160 52nd St. in Pittsburgh, from 9a.m.-1p.m. See flyer for event details. Read more
In order to create a fairer environment for local businesses, state Reps. Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny, and Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., have introduced legislation that would close a loophole in a Pennsylvania sales tax law. Read more
On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania House voted on a proposal to increase the subsidies available to data processing center, giving them a tax holiday to encourage them to do what they’re already doing. If this bill passes the Senate and is signed by the governor, we’re looking at wasting $236.6 million in potential revenue for very few jobs. Here are my comments on the legislation. Read more
State Rep. Sara Innamorato is hosting a virtual hearing to discuss alternative housing models to increase affordability and stability. The hearing, of the House Democratic Policy Committee's subcommittee on Progressive Policies for Working People chaired by Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 1 . The hearing can be viewed below or on the committee's Facebook page -- @PADemPolicy. Read more
State Representative Sara Innamorato, who represents parts of the city of Pittsburgh and nearby communities, organized the hearing. In her opening remarks, she noted that investors across the country see the rental crisis as an opportunity for profit, which further imperils the growing number of Pennsylvanians who struggle to find housing. Read more
A Millvale organization is receiving state funding thanks to a grant program through the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The Society to Preserve the Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka is receiving $100,000 through the Keystone Historic Preservation Grant Program. Read more
HARRISBURG, June 1 – State Rep. Sara Innamorato hosted an informative hearing and discussion on how alternative housing models, affordability and stability can help Pennsylvanians build wealth through homeownership. Innamorato was joined by Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, chair of the Subcommittee on Progressive Policies for Working People, and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee. “Everyone deserves to have a roof over their head. That’s true for families, for children and teens, for adults and for senior citizens,” explained Fiedler. “A big part of ensuring housing stability for everyone, is increasing the amount of housing that’s actually affordable. We can — and must — end the current trauma and stress so many people live with when it comes to housing!” The state of housing markets in a post-COVID-19 world was discussed with Regional Housing Legal Services’ Bob Damewood, staff attorney, and Vanessa Raymond-Garcia, policy analyst. “Our existing housing system has many flaws and leaves too many of our neighbors behind,” Innamorato said. “Many of these flaws became painfully obvious over the last year, when the pandemic put families under tremendous stress and exposed just how broken our social safety net programs are. We need to find solutions to provide more affordable and stable housing for our neighbors and empower our communities to create equity through housing policies and Read more
HARRISBURG, May 28 – Alternative housing models to increase affordability and stability will be the focus of a virtual hearing of the Subcommittee on Progressive Policies for Working People hosted by state Rep. Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 1. The media and public are invited to watch online at www.pahouse.com/policy or on the committee’s Facebook page--@PADemPolicy. Media inquiries may be submitted via email to email@example.com . Innamorato will be joined by Subcommittee Chair Elizabeth Fiedler and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee to discuss innovative approaches to Pennsylvania’s housing needs. Information about this and other House Democratic Policy Committee hearings can be found at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more
To continue their efforts to protect the public health of Pennsylvanians and the environment, state Rep. Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny, and state Sen. Katie Muth, D-Berks, Chester, Montgomery, are reintroducing legislation that would close a decades-long loophole regarding the disposal of toxic drilling waste. Read more
Several local community-based garden and urban ag programs will receive more than $26,000 in state funding, state Rep. Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny, announced today. Read more
Everyone deserves the opportunity to start a family, regardless of their circumstance. It’s a right, and it’s time we start treating it that way. Read more
Earlier today, State Senator Katie Muth (D – 44th Senate District) and State Representative Sara Innamorato (D – 21st House District) along with 33 members of the Pennsylvania House and Senate, publicly requested Governor Wolf direct adequate funding to thoroughly study the full and complete health impacts of fracking, including radioactivity exposure evaluations and a source exposure analysis, to best identify the specific cause of public health harm for all Pennsylvanians near industrial oil and gas fracking. Read more
HARRISBURG, March 15 – Financial assistance is now available to help Allegheny County residents struggling to pay rent or utilities during the COVID-19 pandemic as part of a program that is partially funded by legislation members of the Allegheny County Democratic Delegation helped to pass. The Allegheny County Emergency Rental Assistance program has a total of $79.9 million to distribute to eligible county residents. Of that funding, $43 million came from Act 1 of 2021, which Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law last month. Eligibility requirements for the program include: having at least one person who qualifies for unemployment, has lost income or suffered financially due to COVID-19. being at risk of experiencing homelessness. having a total income below 80% of the Area Median Income for Allegheny County. ACDD Chairman state Rep. Austin Davis, as well as state Reps. Jessica Benham, Dan Deasy, Tony DeLuca, Dan Frankel, Ed Gainey, Sara Innamorato, Emily Kinkead, Anita Kulik, Summer Lee, Brandon Markosek, Robert Matzie, Dan Miller, Nick Pisciottano and Jake Wheatley, issued the following statement: “People living in Allegheny County have been struggling for over a year during this pandemic. This program has been a long time coming and helps provide direct relief to those who’ve been scrambling to pay their rent and bills during this Read more
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