State Rep. Brian Sims (D-S. Phila.) will host a free senior expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 at the 1st Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut Street “We’ll have exhibitors with information on health care, consumer protection, nutrition, energy assistance, transportation and other benefits, rebates, and programs that benefit seniors. We’ll also have door prizes and, of course, free snacks and refreshments.”
Those with questions about this event should call Anna Aagenes in Sims’ office at (215) 246-1501 or email email@example.com.
BROWN HOSTS HARVEST FESTIVAL AT CLARA MUHAMMAD PK.
State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown (D-W. Phila.) will be participating in the annual fall harvest festival in Clara Muhammad Square Park, 47th & Lancaster Avenue, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.
The festival will celebrate the fall season, with food, games, pumpkin painting and horseback rides.
“The changing seasons bring a special excitement,” Brown said. “This annual event brings the celebration of another harvest and the chance to enjoy another day outside among friends and neighbors.”
HOUSE COMMITTEE MOVES ON ADOPTEES
State Rep. Louise Williams Bishop (D-W. Phila.) said the House Children & Youth Committee has approved legislation that would grant adult adoptees, starting at age 19, access to their original or amended birth certificate.
Bishop, Democratic chairperson of the committee, said HB 162 would require the Pennsylvania Dept. of Health’s Bureau of Vital Statistics to release the original certificate of birth to an adoptee who makes a request in writing.
“Adoptees deserve to know where they come from. They deserve to have access to information for personal and medical reasons,” Bishop said. “We cannot continue to treat adoptees as second-rate citizens and should give them access to their original birth certificate.”
TARTAGLIONE RESOLUTION ON BRACHIAL PLEXUS PASSES
The State Senate has unanimously passed a resolution marking “Brachial Plexus Injury Awareness Week in Pennsylvania,” reports State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione (D-Kensington).
“With greater knowledge and awareness of this type of injury, I hope we will be able to reduce the number of brachial plexus injuries that occur in the future,” Tartaglione said. “I hope individuals will obtain the medical assistance they need to live more satisfying, productive lives.”
Injuries to the brachial plexus are caused by severe trauma to the group of nerves that run from the shoulder to the fingertips. Frequent causes are vehicle-related collisions, certain medical procedures and complications during childbirth. As many as 5% of all newborns suffer a brachial- plexus injury, according to medical experts.
KITCHEN URGES ALL TO SIGN FOR HEALTH INSURANCE
With thousands of people learning how to sign up for the federal government’s Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act, more commonly called Obamacare, State Sen. Shirley Kitchen (D-N. Phila.) continues to urge her constituents, who need health insurance, to not wait to get low-cost coverage.
“The best way to get the peace of mind many in my 3rd Senate Dist. have longed for is to find a computer, go to www.healthcare.gov, answer the questions to see if you are eligible, and sign up before the open-enrollment period closes next March,” Kitchen said.
Constituents may also enroll by calling 1 (800) 318-2596, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
SENATE PASSES WASHINGTON’S CHILD-ABUSE BILL
By a unanimous vote of approval, the State Senate assed SB 1116, State Sen. LeAnna Washington’s (D-Northwest) vital initiative to streamline and improve the investigation of suspected child abuse, an initiative resulting from the Task Force on Child Protection’s recommendations.
Washington’s bipartisan-supported legislation overhauls the duties and roles of Multidisciplinary Investigative Teams, the entities responsible with investigating reports of child abuse. These collaborative teams will work together to provide the most efficient, most advanced methods of investigating possible instances of child abuse. This will ensure that every case of suspected child abuse is properly investigated; bringing abusers to justice and helping victims and families heal.
She has been a principal advocate for protecting children and a leader in the drafting of the bills comprising the child protective legislative package.
GOODE BILL WOULD SEEK CHARTER CHANGE
Mayor Michael A. Nutter signed City Councilman at Large W. Wilson Goode, Jr.’s Living Wage & Benefits Charter Change Legislation into law, calling for a May 20 ballot question to amend the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter.
The charter amendment would confirm Council’s power to enact provisions Council considers necessary or appropriate to accomplish the purposes of a Minimum Wage & Benefits Ordinance, including, but not limited to, provisions mandating that minimum wage and benefits requirements be passed along to subcontractors on City contracts and sub-recipients of City financial assistance, with debarment as a potential penalty for violation of such provisions.
SABATINA HAILS HOME-INVASION BILL
State Rep. John Sabatina (D-Northeast) praised the quick passage of HB 1296 this week legislation he introduced that would increase the penalties for those who commit home invasion.
“This legislation is absolutely necessary to ensure we are properly protecting Pennsylvanians and I’m glad my fellow legislators agreed and acted quickly to move this bill out of the House and over to the Senate,” Sabatina said. “Home invasion is a crime which impacts a person both physically and emotionally. The mental side effects can often have the longest lasting impact of a home invasion.”
The bill, which passed 200-2, would classify home invasion as a first-degree felony with a minimum penalty of five years at a maximum security facility, or 10 years for a second offense or if the victim is older than 62.