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Howard joins in announcing new state task force to strengthen juvenile justice system

Malagari announces state grants for local volunteer fire, EMS organizations

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State Rep. Steve Malagari announced state grants have been approved to support local volunteer fire and emergency service companies. Read more

 

Burns works to support local firefighters, EMS with $268,500 in funding

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Grants can be used for equipment, training or other needs Read more

 

$70,000 awarded to Northgate, Pittsburgh for school technology

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Grants will be used to expand computer science programs Read more

 

Bizzarro announces more than $166k to district in Fire Company, Emergency Medical Service Grant Program awards

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Volunteer fire companies and emergency service providers were awarded state funding from the Office of the State Fire Commissioner’s Fire Company, Emergency Medical Service Grant Program, announced Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie. Read more

 

Galloway, Warren announce grants for STEM education in Bucks County

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State Reps. John Galloway and Perry Warren announced PAsmart targeted grants have been approved for Pennsbury and Bristol Borough school districts Friday to expand computer science classes and teacher training in Bucks County. The grants are one component of the PAsmart initiative to improve computer science and STEM – or science, technology, engineering and mathematics – education. Read more

 

Zabel named co-chair of newly launched Juvenile Justice Task Force

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“I’m excited and honored for this opportunity to serve on this interbranch, bipartisan task force. I am confident we will do whatever we can do to strengthen the system and improve how the state handles juvenile justice.” Read more

 

Ciresi, Webster announce $35K grant for Perkiomen Valley School District

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State Reps. Joe Ciresi and Joe Webster announced a $35,000 PAsmart Targeted grant has been approved for Perkiomen Valley School District Friday to expand computer science classes and teacher training. The grants are one component of the PAsmart initiative to improve computer science and STEM – or science, technology, engineering and mathematics – education. Read more

 

Woodland Hills, Pittsburgh to receive $70,000 for tech in schools

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Grants will help expand computer science programs, teacher training Read more

 

Burns lands another $105,000 for technology in local schools

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Grants build on 2019 investments, total $175,000 for school tech, training Read more

 

Burns: St. Francis gets $28,500 grant to combat sexual assault

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$2.44 million in state aid awarded to university since 2017 Read more

 

It’s On Us PA’ Awards $1 Million to 36 Colleges, Universities to Combat Sexual Assault

(Jan 16, 2020)

Today nearly $1 million in state grants were awarded to combat campus sexual assault at 36 colleges and universities. Read more

 

Zabel introduces bill to support victims of domestic violence attempting to obtain PFA orders

(Jan 16, 2020)

The bill, H.B. 2228, would require employers to provide unpaid leave for employees who attend a PFA hearing if the employee is a victim or is providing testimony on behalf of a victim. Read more

 

Burns: $77k state grant will prepare students for local STEM jobs

(Jan 16, 2020)

Investment is in workforce development program to grow regional economy Read more

 

Briggs: Amended cell phone bill would weaken current law on texting while driving

(Jan 15, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 15 – A House bill aimed at increasing safety on the roads was amended in a way that would actually weaken current state law and send Pennsylvania backward in efforts to stop texting while driving, state Rep. Tim Briggs said today. House Bill 37, passed by the House today, would prohibit the use of handheld communications devices while driving. But an amendment added to the bill Tuesday made it a secondary offense for adult drivers to text or use a hand-held device, meaning police officers would have to have another reason to pull a driver over in the first place. Texting while driving is currently a primary offense in Pennsylvania. “I support a ban on using phones and other devices while driving, but I voted against this bill. Years ago, we fought hard to make texting while driving a primary offense, and reducing it to a secondary offense through this bill is a step backward,” said Briggs, D-Montgomery. “Proponents of the changes say this will mirror seat belt law, which is a secondary offense for adults. But if we’re really concerned about safety, failing to buckle up should be a primary offense as well.” Currently, 48 states and Washington D.C. ban text messaging while driving, and it is a primary offense in all but three of those states. The overall goal is safety, Briggs said, and H.B. 37 as amended would make it more difficult for police to enforce a ban. “We’ve worked on this Read more

 

Burns votes to stop closures of state centers like Ebensburg

(Jan 15, 2020)

Legislators cast a bipartisan vote to stop closer of two state centers for the intellectually disabled in Pennsylvania Read more

 

PA House Democrats look to protect health coverage for state residents in face of threats to Affordable Care law

(Jan 14, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 14 – House Democrats signaled today that they will move to force action in the PA House on critical legislation to protect access to health care for Pennsylvanians in the face of efforts by President Trump and Washington extremists and special interests to destroy the Affordable Care law. “The affordable care law gave millions more Americans access to health insurance, saved countless families from bankruptcy resulting from exorbitant health care costs, kept rural and urban hospitals open in Pennsylvania, and created and preserved thousands of health care jobs,” Democratic Leader Frank Dermody said. “We’re standing up for people’s health care, not the agenda of political extremists and special interests. That’s why we want votes in the House on these bills to save lives and the financial well-being of Pennsylvania individuals and families.” The legislation House Democrats will attempt to force a vote on includes: Protect people with pre-existing conditions (H.B. 471 sponsored by state Rep. Peter Schweyer). Protects and preserves a person’s access to health insurance and the ability to see a doctor, even if they have a pre-existing condition such as diabetes, breast cancer, high blood pressure or even pregnancy. “When people can’t see the doctor or access health care, they skip checkups, get sicker and sometimes die. Many people without insurance face bankruptcy,” Read more

 

Howard angered by Trump administration’s proposed environmental rule changes

(Jan 14, 2020)

MALVERN, Jan. 14 – State Rep. Kristine Howard, D-Chester, today expressed her dismay at the Trump administration’s proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the benchmark environmental protection law signed by President Richard Nixon in 1970. Howard sent a letter to U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pa., and U.S. Sens. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., imploring them to oppose the changes. The proposed changes would narrow the scope of NEPA, making the approval process easier for major energy and infrastructure promises by eschewing detailed environmental reviews. “The changes are reckless, plain and simple,” Howard said. “The Trump administration is stripping away existing legal constraints because their oil and gas friends think that the review process is long and cumbersome. Tough.” As it stands, major projects must be assessed for potential environmental impacts before receiving approval, and the public must be involved in the process. This allows environmentalists, tribal activists and other concerned citizens to have a voice, she said. However, by redefining “major federal action,” the new version of NEPA would exclude privately financed projects with minimal government funding from these requirements, including several controversial pipeline projects in Howard’s district. “By proposing arbitrary deadlines and page limits for environmental reviews in the name Read more

 

Boyle seeks to reform special election procedures in Pa.

(Jan 08, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 8 – Following the announcement of the date for special elections to fill three House vacancies, state Rep. Kevin Boyle announced he will be introducing legislation to regulate when these elections could be held in the future to save Pennsylvania taxpayers money. “Special elections have been scheduled for March 17 when the April 28 primary is only a little more than a month away. These special elections will cost Pennsylvania taxpayers more than $1 million in added elections costs,” said Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery. On Tuesday, Speaker Mike Turzai announced the March date for the special elections to fill vacancies in the 8th, 18th, and 58th legislative districts. The speaker’s decision will inconvenience voters and election workers in Mercer, Butler, Bucks and Westmoreland counties. “Not only are these special elections a financial burden, but our counties are dealing with changes to new voting laws and voting machines. Our already overburdened county election workers should be concentrating on ensuring voters are educated on the new laws and new voting machines so they can make secure, informed decisions at the polls,” Boyle said. He added that he has introduced legislation that would require special elections to fill vacant seats in the House or the Senate to be held in conjunction with the next regularly scheduled general or primary election day. “As the Democratic chair of Read more

 

Mid-March special elections will add cost, confusion before April primary

(Jan 07, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 7 – Democratic Leader Frank Dermody criticized the decision of House Speaker Mike Turzai to hold three special elections just weeks before the April 28 primary, costing taxpayers well over $1 million in added election costs and creating unnecessary confusion in four counties that are working to implement new voting procedures at the same time. “There’s no good reason to hold these elections on a separate date so close to the primary. It’s a large cost, one that’s unbudgeted, and a needless complication that benefits nobody except a few political insiders,” Dermody said. Turzai today directed that the elections to fill vacancies in the 8 th , 18 th and 58 th districts will be held March 17. The speaker’s decision will inconvenience voters and election workers in Mercer, Butler, Bucks and Westmoreland counties. “Pennsylvania is in the midst of unprecedented changes to our voting laws and voting machines. County workers who should be focused on preparing for the smoothest possible April primary will have to conduct these additional special elections on very short notice,” Dermody said. The total cost of the additional elections will not be known for months, but Dermody said other recent special elections typically cost between $300,000 and $500,000 per election. Holding three of them on March 17 instead of six weeks later to coincide with the primary will add election costs at a time when Read more

 

Harris applauds passage of bipartisan occupational licensure reform

(Dec 18, 2019)

Citing the benefit to Pennsylvanians looking for employment as well as to the state’s economy, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., House Democratic whip, applauded the passage of bipartisan legislation he authored with state Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland, that restructures how the state’s occupational licensure system looks at criminal records. “This legislation is about second chances, job growth and lower recidivism across Pennsylvania,” said Harris. “We know the number one way to lower recidivism and stop people from falling into the pitfall of crime is to give them a chance at secure employment and a better life, and that’s exactly what House Bill 1477 accomplishes. I’m thrilled to have worked with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, especially Representative Delozier again, to help give thousands of Pennsylvanians a chance to succeed and turn their lives around.” Read more

 

Malagari announces state grants for local volunteer fire, EMS organizations
1 day ago

Burns works to support local firefighters, EMS with $268,500 in funding
1 day ago

$70,000 awarded to Northgate, Pittsburgh for school technology
1 day ago

Bizzarro announces more than $166k to district in Fire Company, Emergency Medical Service Grant Program awards
1 day ago

Galloway, Warren announce grants for STEM education in Bucks County
1 day ago

Zabel named co-chair of newly launched Juvenile Justice Task Force
1 day ago

Ciresi, Webster announce $35K grant for Perkiomen Valley School District
1 day ago

Woodland Hills, Pittsburgh to receive $70,000 for tech in schools
1 day ago

Burns lands another $105,000 for technology in local schools
1 day ago

Burns: St. Francis gets $28,500 grant to combat sexual assault
1 day ago

It’s On Us PA’ Awards $1 Million to 36 Colleges, Universities to Combat Sexual Assault
Jan 16, 2020

Zabel introduces bill to support victims of domestic violence attempting to obtain PFA orders
Jan 16, 2020

Burns: $77k state grant will prepare students for local STEM jobs
Jan 16, 2020

Briggs: Amended cell phone bill would weaken current law on texting while driving
Jan 15, 2020

Burns votes to stop closures of state centers like Ebensburg
Jan 15, 2020

PA House Democrats look to protect health coverage for state residents in face of threats to Affordable Care law
Jan 14, 2020

Howard angered by Trump administration’s proposed environmental rule changes
Jan 14, 2020

Boyle seeks to reform special election procedures in Pa.
Jan 08, 2020

Mid-March special elections will add cost, confusion before April primary
Jan 07, 2020

Harris applauds passage of bipartisan occupational licensure reform
Dec 18, 2019