Ciresi and Tomlinson highlight budget increase for film production tax credit

(Jul 13, 2022)

"Fostering the film industry in Pennsylvania will have a tremendous positive economic impact on the commonwealth through job creation and by generating economic activity in host communities, bringing local and state benefits.” Read more

 

PA House Democratic leaders praise Wolf executive order protecting patients seeking safe abortion & reproductive care

(Jul 12, 2022)

"We applaud the Governor for taking action to ensure that no one is harmed for accessing reproductive health care. We are proud to work with him on keeping abortion care standards in place.” Read more

 

Hanbidge selected to be Toll Fellow

(Jul 12, 2022)

Bringing together 48 individuals representing 32 states from several sectors of state government, the Henry Toll Fellowship is the nation’s premier leadership development program for state government officials. Read more

 

Lawmakers seek protections for PA abortion care providers, out-of-state patients

(Jul 11, 2022)

Pennsylvania is now one of the top five places people will travel for safe and legal abortion care. WHC members want to ensure that health care professionals who provide legal abortion care and the patients who receive this care are safe from potential disciplinary, legal or criminal action from these states. Read more

 

Rep. Otten’s Budget Statement

(Jul 11, 2022)

Last week, the General Assembly approved, and Governor Wolf signed, a $45.2 billion budget. This deal comes a week after the deadline to pass a balanced budget. While no budget is perfect, this year’s plan makes meaningful investments in child care, mental health (both K-12 and adult), long term care, and support for individuals with disabilities and the workers who provide their care. For these reasons and others, I voted YES. I wanted to provide an overview of the budget broken down by some of the key issues in our legislative district based on feedback we’ve received from constituents. Investments in Education: This year’s budget makes historic investments in public education, with an increase of $850 million for basic and special education. This funding increase includes a $525 million bump to basic education, $100 million increase for special education, and adds $100 million to the state’s school safety and security grant program as well as a new school mental health initiative. These historic investments will directly impact our communities with Chester County schools receiving $15.9 million in additional funding. As part of this increase, the Downingtown Area School District will receive an additional $1.8 million, an 8.4% increase over last year, and the Coatesville Area School District will receive an additional $4.5 million, a 13.6% increase over last year. My Democratic colleagues and I fought hard for this Read more

 

PLBC statement on S.B. 106

(Jul 08, 2022)

"The majority party is merely sidestepping the legislative process for their own personal ideology while stripping away basic rights for individuals -- some of the most precious and fought for rights that we have as Americans." Read more

 

House Democratic Leaders Blast Last-minute Effort to Politicize Women’s Access to Abortion, Implement Voter ID

(Jul 08, 2022)

Today’s debate is part of the Republicans’ ill-conceived “constitutional amendment” approach to governing used to sidestep the checks and balances of our state government. It is a misuse of the amendment process. Read more

 

Kenyatta applauds historic move to remove homosexuality from PA Crimes Code

(Jul 08, 2022)

“It is my hope that this will be another step towards destigmatizing LGBTQ+ individuals and protecting the community from possible future court decisions.” Read more

 

Legislators applaud budget’s investment in housing

(Jul 08, 2022)

“Working families spend their whole lives saving and investing to afford a house and this is going to help them keep it,” Harris said. “This is economic help for families that need it the most and will ensure that people can stay in the communities they grew up in and keep their homes in their family.” Read more

 

Kenyatta, O’Mara comment on budget funding for hunger free campus program

(Jul 08, 2022)

"Representative Kenyatta and I recognized this problem over a year ago and introduced the Hunger Free Campus Act to ensure that every student can easily access nutritious food." Read more

 

New law reauthorizes clubs to use 100% of small games of chance revenue

(Jul 08, 2022)

Harkins said that under the new law, clubs will be able to use all of their small games of chance revenue through the end of the calendar year. Read more

 

PLBC statement on 2022-23 state budget agreement

(Jul 08, 2022)

“This budget will make historic investments in education, housing and gun violence prevention. These investments will improve the quality of life and create opportunities for Black Pennsylvanians, but there is more work to do." Read more

 

Solomon passes affordable housing legislation

(Jul 08, 2022)

Solomon said the bill benefits residents across the commonwealth because developers will be incentivized to build affordable housing across the state. Read more

 

Hohenstein celebrates inclusion of disability-inclusive curriculum in Pennsylvania’s Education Code

(Jul 07, 2022)

“Disability inclusive curriculum is enlightening and can bring us closer together. It is a shared truth that exclusion and failure to talk about diversity breeds stigma, shame, ignorance and misunderstanding. Every child deserves to be seen. Read more

 

Rabb responds to hiring, resignation of police officer who shot, killed Tamir Rice

(Jul 07, 2022)

Rabb authored legislation to establish a police misconduct database, which was incorporated into Act 57 and signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf in 2020. Read more

 

Parker introduces bills to combat gun violence

(Jul 06, 2022)

The bills were introduced in response to the rising gun violence in Philadelphia and across the state, and the inaction on bills currently introduced in the PA House to combat gun violence. Read more

 

Merski only Pa. legislator chosen for national legislative leaders program

(Jul 05, 2022)

“It is a profound honor to have been selected for this leadership program,” Merski said. “As a non-partisan event, legislators from all walks of life and political ideologies will be attending, and I look forward to having meaningful debates and discussions." Read more

 

Changes to rein in abusive use of fireworks head to governor

(Jul 01, 2022)

“While I would have preferred a ban on consumer fireworks, this bill is better than current law. It addresses some of the concerns that have been raised in communities across Pennsylvania,” said state Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh. “I encourage anyone who uses fireworks to do so safely and follow state guidelines.” Read more

 

House Democratic Leaders: Budget inaction frustrating and inexcusable

(Jul 01, 2022)

“The inaction we’ve seen is disappointing. With a $12 billion surplus, we can and should deliver for the people of Pennsylvania. Rather than pass a timely budget that helps working families, we’ve been distracted by unrelated issues and interjected politics at the expense of in-state tuition for Pennsylvania students." Read more

 

Cruz to introduce bill to help curb crime and violence with statewide gun buyback program

(Jul 01, 2022)

According to the lawmaker, gun buyback programs have served communities by decreasing gun suicide risks, providing opportunities for safe storage education, and aiding localities in identifying guns used in unsolved crimes. Read more

 

Ciresi and Tomlinson highlight budget increase for film production tax credit
Jul 13, 2022

PA House Democratic leaders praise Wolf executive order protecting patients seeking safe abortion & reproductive care
Jul 12, 2022

Hanbidge selected to be Toll Fellow
Jul 12, 2022

Lawmakers seek protections for PA abortion care providers, out-of-state patients
Jul 11, 2022

Rep. Otten’s Budget Statement
Jul 11, 2022

PLBC statement on S.B. 106
Jul 08, 2022

House Democratic Leaders Blast Last-minute Effort to Politicize Women’s Access to Abortion, Implement Voter ID
Jul 08, 2022

Kenyatta applauds historic move to remove homosexuality from PA Crimes Code
Jul 08, 2022

Legislators applaud budget’s investment in housing
Jul 08, 2022

Kenyatta, O’Mara comment on budget funding for hunger free campus program
Jul 08, 2022

New law reauthorizes clubs to use 100% of small games of chance revenue
Jul 08, 2022

PLBC statement on 2022-23 state budget agreement
Jul 08, 2022

Solomon passes affordable housing legislation
Jul 08, 2022

Hohenstein celebrates inclusion of disability-inclusive curriculum in Pennsylvania’s Education Code
Jul 07, 2022

Rabb responds to hiring, resignation of police officer who shot, killed Tamir Rice
Jul 07, 2022

Parker introduces bills to combat gun violence
Jul 06, 2022

Merski only Pa. legislator chosen for national legislative leaders program
Jul 05, 2022

Changes to rein in abusive use of fireworks head to governor
Jul 01, 2022

House Democratic Leaders: Budget inaction frustrating and inexcusable
Jul 01, 2022

Cruz to introduce bill to help curb crime and violence with statewide gun buyback program
Jul 01, 2022