Capitol Quick Hits for 5.5.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 5.5.15

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today: 

  • Hundreds of nursing center administrators and caregivers from across the state rallied in the Main Rotunda to ask legislators to make the care of the frail, elderly, and disabled a priority in the state budget. Many who participated in the rally held posters with photographs of elderly residents or loved ones who are too frail to have their voices heard in Harrisburg.
  • Sen. Christine Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia) and other Senate Democrats held a press conference in the East Wing Rotunda in support of SB 195- legislation that would increase Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $10.10 by January and automatic cost-of-living adjustment.
  • The Pennsylvania Public Policy Coalition of the Alzheimer’s Association celebrated “Alzheimer’s Association Harrisburg Action Day” to raise awareness and showcase the strength of their community to state lawmakers.
  • Students, parents, educators, program providers, community leaders, policy makers, business and faith-based leaders met in the Capitol to highlight the importance of afterschool and out-of-school time youth development.
  • The American Lung Association was joined by Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R-Montgomery) and Rep. Thomas Murt (R-Montgomery) in the Main Capitol Rotunda to support comprehensive clean indoor air legislation that would remove all exemptions from the current clean indoor air law in Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 5.4.15

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today: 

  • The Pennsylvania Psychological Association held their annual Advocacy Day in the East Wing Rotunda to mark May as Mental Health Awareness Month in the commonwealth. PPA Executive Director Krista Patermostro Bower reported nearly 44 million Americans experience a mental health problem in a given year, with statistics from the Department of Human Services showing more than 250,000 Pennsylvanians have been diagnosed with some form of mental health challenge. 
  • The National Association of Letter Carriers announced their Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive starting on May 9th. Letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes.  

  • The acting secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging Teresa Osborne led policymakers and advocates in a celebration of Older Americans Month. She stated that 2.7 million individuals are over age 60 in Pennsylvania and explained the department partners with other state agencies to provide opportunities for older Pennsylvanians to live independent, productive, meaningful lives while maintaining close family ties. 

  • Pennsylvania Court Watch and others gathered in front of the Pennsylvania Justice Center in Harrisburg today to call for the reform of Pennsylvania’s court system. Diane Gochin from Pennsylvania Court Watch told rally participants, “Our economy, our taxes, everything is being controlled in this building behind us.” 

Monday, May 4, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 4.22.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 4.22.15

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today: 

  • The Keystone Research Center (KRC) held a press conference to release a new study on increasing Pennsylvania’s minimum wage entitled, Giving the Local Economy a Boost: The Impact of Raising the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage to $10.10 Per Hour by County.
  • Auditor General Eugene DePasquale held a press conference in the Capitol Media Center to present an audit of the Department of Labor and Industry’s implementation of a 2008 law to protect healthcare workers from excessive mandatory overtime. The audit shows the department was negligent in responding to healthcare complaints and in developing regulations giving the agency legal authority to enforce the act.
  • A bipartisan group of Senate and House members joined together in Soldiers Grove for an official van dedication ceremony. The dedicated vans are vital to disabled veterans, they argued, and are driven by volunteers to take disabled veterans to a VA hospital or other facilities where they can receive the treatment they need.
  • Save a Life Now PA and advocates filled the steps of the Main Capitol Rotunda to rally for passage of SB 850, the Donate Life of PA Act.
  • Public Citizens for Children and Youth held a Young Voters in the Capitol to meet with local legislators and call for a fair education funding formula in this year’s state budget. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 4.20.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 4.20.15

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today:

  • Lt. Gov. Mike Stack was joined by legislators and advocates in the Capitol Rotunda this morning to raise awareness about autism spectrum disorder. Lt. Gov. Stack noted that the governor has declared April as Autism Awareness month as recognition of the challenges faced by those with autism and their families.
  • Volunteers with the American Heart Association from across Pennsylvania met in the Capitol Rotunda to advocate for legislation that would add a hands-only, 30 minute CPR training program to the state education curriculum for high school students.
  • Reps. Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny) and Stephen Kinsey (D-Philadelphia) each honored a musician from their respective cities today in the Capitol Media Center in recognition of National Jazz Month.
  • The Humane Society of Pennsylvania organized an animal welfare rally on the Capitol steps with Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) as the opening speaker and Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) receiving an award for his efforts to protect animal welfare.
  • The PA Coalition against Domestic Violence held an Advocacy Day to urge legislators to support state funding.
  • The Crime Victims Alliance of PA held their annual rally to commemorate National Victims Rights Week in the Main Rotunda.
  • Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) held a press conference in the Governor’s Reception Room to recognize April 16, 2015 as “Holocaust Remembrance Day” in Pennsylvania in commemoration of the millions of innocent victims of Nazi atrocities.
  • The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) held a Legislative Day press conference in the Main Rotunda with the theme “The Nurse Hero.” The theme recognizes nurses who take heroic action every day.
  • As part of its 2015 Immigrant Advocacy Day, the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC) today discussed the issues affecting immigrants and refugees living in the commonwealth and outlined the agenda for the year. 

Monday, April 20, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 4.15.15

Capitol Quick Hits for 4.15.15

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today: 

  • Rep. Ryan Bizzarro (D-Erie) and Sen. Rob Teplitz (D-Dauphin) held a joint news conference in the Main Rotunda to reintroduce their legislation that would establish veterans’ courts statewide. HB 887 and SB 517 would establish a specialized veterans’ court in any Pennsylvania county that does not have one.
  • Frank Brogan, chancellor of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) held a press conference in the East Wing Rotunda to release the results of the latest economic and employment impact study conducted on behalf of the State System and its 14 member universities.
  • The Foundation To Abolish Child Sex Abuse (FACSA) and other advocate supporters met on the Main Capitol steps to show support for Statute of Limitations reform in Pennsylvania. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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