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Philadelphia Delegation lauds Wolf’s 2020-21 state budget proposal

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Kenyatta co-hosts bipartisan public hearing on combatting mental health issues among youth

(Feb 13, 2020)

WASHINGTON CROSSING, Feb. 13 – Today, longtime mental health advocate state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., co-hosted a public hearing with Rep. Wendi Thomas, R- Bucks, at the Washington Crossing United Methodist Church to discuss solutions for youth struggling with mental health. “I am thrilled to have been a part of this discussion that transcends partisanship because as public servants, we are all obligated to ensure our residents are physically, emotionally and mentally well,” Kenyatta said. “Mental health has always been a pressing and a coincidingly stigmatized issue in our society; I have been a longtime advocate for breaking those stigmas and promoting comprehensive solutions to ensure the well-being of our children.” Thomas concurred with her Democratic House colleague’s praises of the bipartisan cohesion and pointed out that mental health also doesn’t discriminate. “Mental health is an issue that does not discriminate. It affects all ages, races, genders and classes. Chances are that each of us knows an individual who has struggled with mental health issues, and we all hope that those close to us would be able to get the necessary assistance in times of desperation. Unfortunately, as many as 60% of students do not receive the treatment they need due to stigma and lack of access to services,” said Thomas, adding, “It is so encouraging to see, not only so many legislators attend our Read more

Kinsey to host public safety listening tour Tuesday

(Feb 13, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 13 – Seeking public input on curbing gun violence in communities across Northwest Philadelphia, state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila, will host a public safety listening tour on Tuesday, Feb. 18. The listening tour will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The First Presbyterian Church in Germantown, 35 West Chelten Ave., 19144. The public and media are invited to attend. Kinsey’s public safety listening tour is part of the first installment of his newly launched anti-gun violence campaign -- Step Up, Stand Up -- an initiative to tackle the root causes of gun violence through community cohesion between residents, city, state and federal elected officials, cooperation with law enforcement, and bolstering economic opportunity across Northwest Philadelphia. Read more

Youngblood’s bill to raise oversight for donor milk banks sent to governor

(Feb 07, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 7 – State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood today announced that bipartisan legislation she co-introduced to establish the “Keystone Mothers’ Milk Bank Act” was sent to Gov. Tom Wolf Thursday to be signed into law. The bill, H.B. 1001, introduced with state Rep. Donna Oberlander, R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest, calls on the state Department of Health to license milk banks and ensure they are meeting quality standards set by the department and in accordance with nationally recognized accrediting associations. “Currently, milk banks distribute less than 6 million ounces of donor breast milk each year and struggle to keep up with hospital intensive care units alone demanding over 63 million ounces annually. As a result, many parents use unregulated online marketplaces to purchase human breast milk,” Youngblood said. “I am grateful for the bipartisan support and look forward to our bill becoming law to give parents the option to obtain breast milk for their child from an unquestionably viable source.” The legislation, Youngblood said, along with establishing permittable procedures for the donation and distribution process, would also create licensing fees and reporting requirements for licensed milk banks in Pennsylvania. Read more

McClinton, Kinsey to introduce legislation to increase opportunities for pardons in Pennsylvania

(Feb 06, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 30 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, today announced that she and Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., will soon introduce legislation to increase pardon opportunities for individuals currently serving a sentence of life in prison. House Bill 2262 would do away with the requirement for a unanimous vote by the state Board of Pardons, and instead, replace it with a required simple majority vote. This vote is needed in order to recommend a pardon or commutation of a sentence to the governor for final approval. “Criminal justice reform is front and center on the minds of legislators in Harrisburg and people all across the commonwealth,” McClinton said. “One way we can truly seek reform is to offer hope to persons who have served decades in prison and no longer pose a threat to their communities. By lowering the threshold to a three-fifths vote of the pardons board to recommend pardon or commutation to the governor, Pennsylvania can show that it is truly leading by example when it comes to reforming our criminal justice system.” “In 1995, the Pennsylvania Constitution was amended to require a unanimous vote by the pardons board. I believe we’ve come a long way in understanding that we must do more in order to provide true opportunities for rehabilitated offenders to be pardoned or have their sentences commuted,” Kinsey said. “Ultimately, the final decision will still lay with Read more

Kinsey applauds Wolf’s budget provisions

(Feb 05, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., applauded the 2020-21 state budget proposal outlined Tuesday by Gov. Tom Wolf. “Governor Wolf’s proposal is ambitious and is exactly what’s needed to lay the foundation that poises Pennsylvania to be a better, more equitable commonwealth,” said Kinsey, who serves as subcommittee chairman on education in the House Appropriations Committee. “My top committee duty will be to work relentlessly to ensure that these proposals become concrete and implemented.” Wolf’s budget proposal includes heavy investment in public schools and early childhood education, as well as new workforce initiatives to prepare more workers for in-demand jobs. Wolf proposed a new scholarship program to help students in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education avoid crushing student debt. “Student loan debt bounds college students to a life of misery and potential financial ruin,” Kinsey said. “I’m thrilled for these provisions that would not just provide financial relief for graduates, but also address every academic stage in the lives of young Pennsylvanians to prepare them for bright futures.” Reiterating his strong commitment to keeping Pennsylvanians safe, Wolf proposed additional measures to protect vulnerable populations and renewed his call for legislators to pass measures to reduce gun violence, including a “red flag” law and Read more

Donatucci applauds Wolf’s budget provisions

(Feb 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, applauded the 2020-21 budget proposal outlined today by Gov. Tom Wolf. “Governor Wolf’s proposal is progressive and postures Pennsylvania to truly be the commonwealth that is fair, safe and equitable for all residents,” said Donatucci, who serves as Democratic secretary and subcommittee chair of economic impact and infrastructure on the House Appropriations Committee. “Ensuring that the governor’s proposals become a reality is a top priority in my committee work.” Donatucci said Wolf’s budget proposal includes heavy investment in public schools and early childhood education, as well a new workforce initiative to prepare more workers for in-demand jobs. He also proposed a new scholarship program to help students attending State System of Higher Education universities avoid crushing student debt. “Focusing on every academic stage of pupils across Pennsylvania promotes a crop of residents who are well-educated and well-prepared to flourish in their future careers,” Donatucci said. Reiterating his strong commitment to keeping Pennsylvanians safe, Wolf provided additional measures to protect vulnerable populations, and renewed his call for legislators to pass measures to reduce gun violence, including a “red flag” law and universal background checks on firearm purchasers. “Communities across our Read more

Burgos to host Dominican Independence Day ceremony Wednesday in Harrisburg, introduces resolution

(Jan 31, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 31 – State Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., will host a ceremony in honor of the 176 th anniversary of the independence of the Dominican Republic on Wednesday, Feb. 5. The ceremony will be held from 1:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. The freshman legislator will be joined by keynote speaker George Fernandez of the Latino Connection, other Latino organizations from around the state, including the Dominican Association of PA Inc., a statewide charitable organization that provides support to Dominicans. Luz Colon, executive director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs, will also be attending. Guests can watch a traditional Dominican dance ensemble performed by Spanglish, a teen Dominican dance group. Burgos is the first Dominican elected to serve in the Pennsylvania General Assembly and has recently introduced a House resolution that would recognize Feb. 27 as “Dominican Independence Day” in Pennsylvania. “I am honored to headline this ceremony celebrating the contributions that the Dominican community have made to Pennsylvania for a second year,” Burgos said. “I’m proud to highlight my community’s accomplishments in this way and spearhead having those contributions, and rich history and culture intertwined in our state’s history.” Lunch will be served before the ceremony at 11 a.m. in Room 39 in the East Wing of the Capitol for invited guests. ### Read more

Kenyatta, Policy Committee discuss hunger free campus legislation

(Jan 29, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 29 – Today, state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing to discuss legislation, H.B. 2005, he introduced with Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, that would combat widespread food insecurities among college and university students across Pennsylvania. “For students, it’s difficult to deal with hunger-induced headaches and hunger pangs while also trying to focus on their studies. It’s a silent struggle that up to 30% of all students endure and a reason why many drop out,” Kenyatta said, adding that he too was a hungry college student. “As public servants, it’s our duty to ensure that residents in our commonwealth have access to healthy foods. Futures are at stake here.” Kenyatta said his legislation aims to create a grant program that would help colleges and universities eliminate campus hunger. Testifiers during the hearing included Cathy Buhrig, director of Bureau of Policy for the Office of Income Maintenance, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services; Aaron Rey Ebreo, director of student basic needs, Temple Student Government; Sara Goldrick-Rab, founder, Hope Center for College, Community and Justice professor of Higher Education Policy & Sociology, Temple University; Pam Frontino, associate director of Service-Learning & Volunteer Programs, West Chester University; and Allison Mootz, vice president and dean of Student Affairs, Read more

Roebuck eager to enact governor’s plan to clean up lead, asbestos in schools

(Jan 29, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 29 – State Rep. Jim Roebuck, D-Phila., is applauding Gov. Tom Wolf for making the cleaning up of Philadelphia’s toxic schools and similar health hazards across the state a priority in his upcoming budget proposal. At a Capitol news conference today, Wolf announced that his budget proposal would include $1.1 billion to support remediating toxins like lead and asbestos in schools, daycare centers, homes and public water systems across Pennsylvania. “Philadelphia’s children and children in other parts of the state have been forced to learn in deplorable conditions that present serious health risks to them and their teachers,” Roebuck said. “It is unconscionable that these schools have continued to fall in disarray to the point of shutting down. Even though legislation was introduced to help fix the problem, the Republican majority has not moved it from committee since it was first introduced in June. “I am grateful that Governor Wolf is taking this issue seriously and making it a priority in his budget, signaling to lawmakers across the state, especially the Republican majority, that this crisis needs substantial resources to be resolved. With this proposal, we have a real and significant opportunity to build a brighter health and education future for our children,” he said. Wolf’s proposal to address asbestos and lead includes: Funding up to $1 Read more

Dawkins and Philadelphia Delegation applaud Gov. Wolf’s budget allocation to address lead, asbestos issues in schools

(Jan 29, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 29 – Members of the House Democratic Philadelphia Delegation, led by Rep. Jason Dawkins, today applauded Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to include funding to address lead issues in public schools, including those in Philadelphia, in the budget. “Our children deserve to learn, and our teachers deserve to teach, in schools that don’t make them sick,” said Dawkins, chairman of the Philadelphia Delegation. “This is something that we can all agree on. But for far too long, our children, teachers and anyone else who has entered school buildings in Philadelphia have taken their own lives into their hands because often lead and asbestos were lurking inside. “My delegation colleagues and I are overjoyed at the news that Governor Wolf will be making investments in lead and asbestos remediation projects in our schools. Finally, we can take the steps to make our school buildings safe places to learn and to teach,” Dawkins said. “After so many of us have fought for so long to bring attention to this crisis, we are so grateful that Governor Wolf is making this a priority.” Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., secretary of the Philadelphia Delegation, agreed that it’s great news Wolf plans to prioritize the funding to allow schools to get rid of toxins. “We won’t rest until this money is a reality,” Fiedler added. “Every single Pennsylvania student Read more