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Mullery introduces critical employee protection legislation

(1 day ago)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 24 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, today announced two pieces of employee protection legislation have been re-introduced in the new legislative session. “Right now, there are serious loopholes in our laws that could have potentially devastating impacts on our workers,” Mullery said. “My bills would ensure every working Pennsylvanian would not have to worry about retaliation for doing the right thing or having their rights stripped away because of dishonest employers.” House Bill 660 would increase the penalties for employers who knowingly misclassify their employees to levels which would deter those employers from doing so. Misclassification is a recurring problem which robs employees of their rights while giving dishonest employers an unfair advantage over them. House Bill 661 would expand the Whistleblower Protection Act to ensure all employees of the Judicial Branch are covered. This expansion would cover Supreme, Superior, and Commonwealth Courts, courts of common pleas, minor judiciary, and all other bodies in the judicial branch of state government. Mullery, who serves as Democratic chairman of the House Labor & Industry Committee, said both bills are currently awaiting committee assignments for consideration. Read more

 

Mullery, Hanbidge introduce bill to improve overburdened unemployment compensation system

(Feb 17, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 17 -- In response to numerous Pennsylvanians reporting difficulties applying for and receiving unemployment benefits amid the COVID-19 pandemic, state Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, and state Rep. Liz Hanbidge, D-Montgomery, have introduced a bill to make critical improvements to PA’s Unemployment Compensation system. “There is no question that the COVID-19 pandemic has overburdened our UC system; however, that is unacceptable for the thousands of Pennsylvanians trying to make ends meet and put food on their tables,” Mullery said. “Our proposal would simplify some of the most common roadblocks folks applying for benefits say they are running into.” House Bill 549 would make the following changes to the UC Law: Permanently eliminate the “waiting week” that makes claimants ineligible for benefits during the first week of unemployment. Eliminate credit weeks from the process of verifying income, which too regularly causes delays in benefits and confusion amongst employers and claimants. Eliminate severance pay requirements to minimize the occurrence of claims being sent to UC examiners for review, which further delays claims processing. Streamline the Shared Work Program to help claimants access benefits in a timelier manner. Said Hanbidge: “This past year has created numerous, insurmountable challenges for families and the time for action is now to get people paid Read more

 

Mullery issues statement in response to governor’s budget address

(Feb 03, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 3 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, offered the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2021-22 budget plan, which was unveiled today: “Understanding the governor’s budget plan is simply the first step of a long process, I was satisfied to see his desire to reform Pennsylvania charter schools, while increasing the basic and special education subsidies. This should allow our local school districts to operate without the need for additional property tax increases. Following a year of historic unemployment and pandemic related business closures, this is vitally important to my constituents. “That said, the total property tax relief available to homeowners has remained stagnant for more than a decade and this budget fails to increase that assistance. I will continue to advocate for expansion of our Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program to provide necessary support to those most in need,” Mullery said. Read more

 

Mullery named Democratic chairman of House Ethics Committee

(Jan 28, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, this week was named the Democratic chairman of the House Committee on Ethics. This assignment is Mullery’s second time serving as this committee’s Democratic chairman. “I am honored to be named the Democratic chair of this committee again and to continue the efforts of transparency and holding all representatives accountable,” Mullery said. “We are living in very polarized and divisive times and it is important that this committee be able to do its part to restore the people’s trust in state government.” The House Committee on Ethics has the responsibility to investigate and deal with violations of House rules, the legislative code of ethics and the Lobbying Disclosure Act. The committee also is responsible for planning and conducting ethics education courses as required by House rules. Mullery was previously named the Democratic chairman of the Ethics committee in September for the remainder of the 2019-20 legislative session. In addition to this posting, Mullery is also the Democratic chairman of the House Labor and Industry Committee. Read more

 

Mullery introduces antlerless deer hunting license and body-grabbing trap penalties legislation

(Jan 22, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 22 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, introduced two pieces of legislation seeking to amend the Pennsylvania Game and Wildlife Code. House Bill 207 would allow hunters to apply for doe licenses online. “It’s time to upgrade our antiquated system and provide sports enthusiasts with a more convenient and efficient way of applying for and receiving hunting licenses,” said Mullery. Currently, hunters apply for antlerless deer licenses by sending an application to a county treasurer or similar official. Mullery said many counties do not have the financial resources or staff to process license applications in a timely manner. “In this day and age, there is no reason why a Pennsylvania resident should not be able to get an antlerless license online,” Mullery added. The Luzerne County lawmaker said the current system is managed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. That state agency is responsible for determining the number of antlerless licenses to be given out, while the actual distribution of permits is the responsibility of each county Treasurer’s office. While applying for a doe license, hunters across the state fill out a form, write a check and submit it to the county treasurer in their hometown. “We have a lot of hunters out there who were excluded from participating in hunting in the past because of the antiquated and understaffed application process and I don’t want to see Read more

 

Mullery introduces bill to hold hospitals and nursing homes to high standards

(Jan 18, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 18 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, recently introduced legislation that would hold hospitals and nursing homes to higher standards for providing care to our loved ones. “While our state contains many of the finest healthcare facilities in the world, sometimes things still manage to go very wrong. It is especially troubling when it’s discovered the hospital or nursing home had notice from an inspection or survey that the tragedy was preventable had they taken the correct steps to prevent it,” Mullery said. “My legislation would allow the PA Department of Health’s inspections to be used when someone files a civil action against a hospital or nursing home where the patient’s care is alleged to be substandard in order to show a pattern of conduct,” he said. Mullery had previously proposed similar legislation in the last session. House Bill 161 is currently awaiting a committee assignment for further consideration. Read more

 

Mullery reintroduces bill to fight blight and revitalize communities

(Jan 13, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 13 – Legislation that would give municipalities an additional tool to fight absentee landlords and crack down on blighted properties was reintroduced today by state Rep. Gerald Mullery. “Right now, under Pennsylvania law, a loophole exists where applicants who are delinquent on taxes, have outstanding municipal fees or have building code violations in the municipality can reapply for permits and receive them if the applicant has formed a limited liability corporation,” Mullery said. “By closing this loophole, we would not only help our municipal governments, but also hold these landlords to high standards. My legislation would give municipalities the power to deny permits to an LLC not only if they have delinquencies, but also if one of its principals has any delinquencies in the municipality,” he said. The measure had bipartisan co-sponsors when it was introduced in the last session. The current bill (H.B. 160) is currently awaiting committee assignment for further consideration. Read more

 

Mullery sworn into to sixth term as state representative

(Jan 05, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 5 – State Rep. Gerald J. Mullery, D-Luzerne, took the oath of office at the state Capitol today to begin his sixth term representing the 119 th Legislative District. The noon swearing-in ceremony marked the beginning of the 2021-22 session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, for which Mullery will also be serving as Democratic chairman of the House Labor & Industry Committee. “I’m honored the people of the 119 th District have trusted me to return to Harrisburg to be their representative,” Mullery said. “This legislative term starts as many of us continue struggling and facing immense challenges, and I will ensure our communities get the support they need, and our voices are heard.” The priorities Mullery said he will focus on include relief for struggling small businesses and their employees; the creation and maintenance of local, family sustaining jobs; safe neighborhoods; good schools; low taxes; and environmental protection. Mullery said his Nanticoke office will continue to help with all state-related services including PennDOT services, property tax and rent rebates, home heating assistance and prescription drug assistance to name a few. The office phone number is 570-740-7031 and the email address is RepMullery@pahouse.net . Residents also can learn more about Mullery’s legislative priorities and the services his office provides by Read more

 

Mullery named Democratic chairman of House Labor & Industry Committee

(Jan 04, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 4 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, announced today that he has been appointed the Democratic chairman of the House Labor and Industry Committee. Mullery, who has been a longtime advocate for workers’ rights, said this will give him the opportunity to provide a bigger role in the crafting of meaningful and beneficial legislation for Pennsylvania workers. “I am truly honored and excited because this gives me a greater voice for each and every one of our hard workers from Luzerne County and all across the commonwealth,” Mullery said. “Our workers provide the backbone of our local and state economies and it is critical that they have fair wages, benefits and safe work environments. Mullery was named the Democratic chair by House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Phila. The Labor and Industry Committee reviews legislation on issues such as the state’s minimum wage, unemployment compensation, workers’ compensation, building and construction codes, and workplace health and safety. The committee is responsible for oversight of the Department of Labor and Industry, State Civil Service Commission, Labor Relations Board, Unemployment Compensation Appeals Board of Review, Industrial Board, Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board, and the Office for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired. Read more

 

Mullery/Pashinski announce $433K for Warrior Creek Stream Restoration project

(Dec 30, 2020)

HANOVER TWP., Dec. 30 – State Reps. Gerald Mullery, D-Newport Township, and Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, have been instrumental in bringing home a $433,000 environmental grant that will be used for a Hanover Township wastewater project. The grant is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. The project is expected to reduce sediment pollutants in Warrior Creek Stream, which is a tributary of the Susquehanna River in Luzerne County. “Protecting our watershed and addressing wastewater and nutrient and sediment reduction is vitally important in Luzerne County,” Mullery said. “We must continue to improve and protect our watersheds from pollution associated with abandoned mine drainage, stormwater runoff and other legacy mine impacts. This grant provides much needed funds to assist in protecting our environment.” Pashinski said every Pennsylvanian has the right to clean air, to pure water and to preserve our natural land. “Congratulations and thank you to the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority for successfully working to obtain this Growing Greener funding to improve the health and quality of Warrior Creek in Hanover Township,” Pashinski said. “Together with Governor Wolf, DEP, Representative Jerry Mullery, and other state officials, we’ll continue working to ensure our local communities can safely enjoy the water and land around Read more

 

Mullery announces $1.5M grant awarded for area redevelopment project

(Dec 23, 2020)

NEWPORT TOWNSHIP, Dec. 23 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, announced today a state grant totaling $1.5 million has been awarded for the redevelopment of the South Valley Energy & Manufacturing Park at Whitney Pointe. “This is a major redevelopment project which will improve Luzerne County’s quality of life by creating new opportunities to keep Northeastern PA a competitive place to live and work,” Mullery said. “I look forward to seeing the benefits to our community when this project is finished.” Mullery added the grant will be used for redeveloping approximately 20 acres on the 400 acres of Whitney Pointe. The land is comprised of mined land which must be reclaimed and graded, as well as connected to utility and transit infrastructures before redeveloping could begin. The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, from which this grant was awarded, is a state grant program overseen by the Governor’s Office of the Budget to assist with regional cultural, economic, civic and historical projects that improve a community’s economic growth by creating jobs. RACP projects are state-funded projects that cannot obtain primary funding under other state programs. Read more

 

Mullery announces Freeland office will close on Nov. 30

(Nov 23, 2020)

NANTICOKE, Nov. 23 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, today announced the closure of his Freeland office location effective Nov. 30. “In Luzerne County, I have been the only state representative to operate two full-time legislative offices,” Mullery said. “However, Pennsylvania is facing a historic budget shortfall which is affecting all government services including our district offices in the 119th legislative district.” Mullery noted all constituent inquiries should be directed to the Nanticoke Office: 156 S. Market St., Nanticoke. Constituents should check his website , or call his office at 570-740-7031, for outreach locations and times. “I am confident in my staff’s ability to address all concerns from one centrally located office,” Mullery added. “My staff and I remain vigilant in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and when it is safe, we will resume legislative outreach in the southern part of our district.” Read more

 

Let’s be patient; Make sure every vote counts

(Nov 05, 2020)

As of this writing, there are approximately 750,000 Pennsylvania votes that need to be counted. That is more than 750,000 Pennsylvanians who lawfully casted their vote and deserve to be heard. Counting every citizen’s legal, timely vote is imperative. As workers securely make progress on tallying the results, we must be patient. This process may take several days, but the integrity and sanctity of the vote in our state must be maintained. Last Fall, in a bipartisan showing, the Pennsylvania General Assembly agreed to allow for mail-in ballots. Since then, House Democrats have made many efforts to help clarify any confusion about the process and give local election boards the tools needed to securely and expeditiously process votes cast by mail. Unfortunately, our Republican colleagues chose political gamesmanship over a genuine effort to ensure a smooth election. Their inaction failed to allow for the early processing of ballots received – as 32 other states permit-- and, in turn, why there is a delay in knowing the outcome of this election. The ambiguity in the law did not address their local official’s concerns; nor does it protect every Pennsylvanian’s constitutional right to vote and our obligation to make sure those votes are counted. Now, more than ever, we must ensure that we uphold the freedoms guaranteed in our state and nation’s constitution. In these unprecedented times, the voters must have the final say, not the candidates or Read more

 

Mullery alerting residents to several polling location changes throughout Luzerne County

(Oct 27, 2020)

NANTICOKE, Oct. 27 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, is alerting residents of the 119 th Legislative District to several polling location changes for the Nov. 3 general election. “The election is one week away, and it is absolutely critical that everyone knows the correct location to cast their ballots,” Mullery said. “These changes are necessary in order to maximize voter turnout while also maintaining guidelines to keep voters and poll workers safe.” The following locations in Luzerne County’s 119 th Legislative District have been changed: Freeland Borough – Residents who’ve historically voted at the Freeland Event Center will vote at the Freeland Ambulance Association, 417 Johnson St., Freeland. Nanticoke City Ward 1 – Those who’ve historically voted at Nanticoke Towers will vote at the Nanticoke Municipal Building, 15 E. Ridge St., Nanticoke. Nanticoke City Ward 3 - Those who’ve historically voted at Oplinger Towers will vote at the Luzerne County Community College Public Safety Training Institute, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. Nanticoke City Ward 4 - Residents who’ve formerly voted at the Nanticoke Football Stadium Fieldhouse will vote at the Luzerne County Community College Public Safety Training Institute, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. Plymouth Borough Ward 1 – Those who’ve historically Read more

 

Mullery excited by project bringing 360 jobs

(Oct 26, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 26 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery welcomes today’s announcement that Wren Manufacturing Inc. will hire 360 area residents at its new kitchen cabinet manufacturing facility and North American headquarters in Hanover Township and Sugar Notch. Read more

 

Mullery notes change to Luzerne County polling location

(Oct 26, 2020)

NANTICOKE, Oct. 26 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, is informing voters of a change in the polling locations of Nanticoke Ward 3 and Ward 4 for the upcoming general election. Read more

 

Mullery: $1.85M grant awarded to expand and conserve area state forest lands

(Oct 08, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 8 – State funding in the amount of $1.85 million has been awarded to two organizations to expand and conserve state forest lands throughout Luzerne County, state Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, announced today. “This is a significant investment in our state forests, which provide residents and visitors with a green space for recreation and relaxation,” Mullery said. “I am pleased to see the state approve these funds so our state forests will be available for everyone to enjoy for many years to come.” The organizations receiving grants awarded today include: Wildlands Conservancy Inc. -- $1 million towards the acquisition of 3,000 acres of land in Foster and Hazle townships, Luzerne County, and neighboring townships in Carbon County for an addition to Weiser State Forest. North Branch Land Trust -- $850,000 towards the acquisition of 700 acres of land in Newport and Hanover townships for an addition to Pinchot State Forest. The DCNR Recreation and Conservation grant program is funded with state and federal funding from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93), which includes Key-Community and Key-Land Trust; the Environmental Stewardship Fund; the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund; Pennsylvania Trails Fund; Pennsylvania Heritage Area Program; and the ATV Restricted Management Account Fund. Read more

 

Mullery alerts small businesses to Luzerne County COVID-19 grant assistance program

(Oct 01, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 1 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, is alerting local small businesses, which have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, to the Luzerne County COVID-19 Grant Program now accepting applications for financial assistance. The Luzerne County COVID-19 Grant Program has $8 million available for small businesses and $3 million for nonprofits. The application window is now open and will remain open for 10 business days until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14. “Small business owners have endured serious financial hardship since the height of the pandemic,” Mullery said. “These businesses are the backbone of both the local economy and the community, and they deserve every resource available to assist them in these uncertain times.” Eligible businesses and nonprofits can apply for grants depending on their revenue size. This is NOT a first-come program; all applications will be reviewed equally once the application window closes. Mullery added, “I would like to thank Luzerne County officials and Penn’s Northeast for working together and coming up with a plan to support our local small businesses and non-profit organizations.” The Luzerne County COVID-19 Grant Program was developed in partnership with Luzerne County, Penn’s Northeast and Community First Fund. This $11 million program was designed to help small businesses and nonprofit organizations located Read more

 

Mullery announces DCNR grant funding to improve local recreational spaces

(Sep 24, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 24 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, today announced the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources awarded grant funding totaling $241,000 to two communities and a nonprofit organization in the 119th Legislative District. Read more

 

Mullery named Democratic chairman of House Ethics Committee

(Sep 02, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 2 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, today was named the Democratic chairman of the House Committee on Ethics. This assignment is Mullery’s first as committee chairman. “I am honored to be named the Democratic chair of this committee and while no legislation moves through this committee, it does have truly important duties,” Mullery said. “I remain committed to holding all representatives accountable and restoring the people’s trust in state government.” The House Committee on Ethics has the responsibility to investigate and deal with violations of House rules, the legislative code of ethics and the Lobby Disclosure Act. The committee also is responsible for planning and conducting ethics education courses as required by House rules. Read more

 

Mullery introduces critical employee protection legislation
1 day ago

Mullery, Hanbidge introduce bill to improve overburdened unemployment compensation system
Feb 17, 2021

Mullery issues statement in response to governor’s budget address
Feb 03, 2021

Mullery named Democratic chairman of House Ethics Committee
Jan 28, 2021

Mullery introduces antlerless deer hunting license and body-grabbing trap penalties legislation
Jan 22, 2021

Mullery introduces bill to hold hospitals and nursing homes to high standards
Jan 18, 2021

Mullery reintroduces bill to fight blight and revitalize communities
Jan 13, 2021

Mullery sworn into to sixth term as state representative
Jan 05, 2021

Mullery named Democratic chairman of House Labor & Industry Committee
Jan 04, 2021

Mullery/Pashinski announce $433K for Warrior Creek Stream Restoration project
Dec 30, 2020

Mullery announces $1.5M grant awarded for area redevelopment project
Dec 23, 2020

Mullery announces Freeland office will close on Nov. 30
Nov 23, 2020

Let’s be patient; Make sure every vote counts
Nov 05, 2020

Mullery alerting residents to several polling location changes throughout Luzerne County
Oct 27, 2020

Mullery excited by project bringing 360 jobs
Oct 26, 2020

Mullery notes change to Luzerne County polling location
Oct 26, 2020

Mullery: $1.85M grant awarded to expand and conserve area state forest lands
Oct 08, 2020

Mullery alerts small businesses to Luzerne County COVID-19 grant assistance program
Oct 01, 2020

Mullery announces DCNR grant funding to improve local recreational spaces
Sep 24, 2020

Mullery named Democratic chairman of House Ethics Committee
Sep 02, 2020