I’ve Been Appointed to the Appropriations Committee
1/25/2019
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I’ve Been Appointed to the Appropriations Committee
I am pleased to report that I have been appointed to the House Appropriations Committee. This is a great honor and carries an enormous responsibility in shaping our state’s economic policies. It is a responsibility I will take seriously, especially as it relates to standing up for the rights of taxpayers.

As all state budget legislation must originate in the House of Representatives, the House Appropriations Committee is the primary committee of the General Assembly tasked with overseeing state government spending, state fiscal policies and developing a state budget each fiscal year.

I’ve also been appointed to the Urban Affairs, Transportation, Consumer Affairs and Rules committees.

As a member of these committees, I will be in a unique position to advocate for Philadelphia and the 170th District while, of course, still working for policies that make Pennsylvania better and stronger.

I will have significant influence on legislation affecting the state’s roads and mass transit systems through the Transportation Committee; and the state’s public utilities, including water, gas, electric and telecommunications through the Consumer Affairs Committee.
 

There’s a New Tool to Fight Drug Abuse
 
To help continue efforts to fight prescription drug abuse, there is a new tool available for health care providers and the general public to report suspicious activity involving prescription medication.

The Suspicious Activity Report form, administered by the Office of Attorney General, gives an easy way for people to report fraudulent, stolen or altered prescriptions, or a suspicious doctor/pharmacy.

Tips can be submitted anonymously or with your contact information included for follow up from the Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigations.

The form and answers to frequently asked questions can be found here
  

Safe2Say Tip Line Now Live
 
The statewide Safe2Say tip line designed to give students, teachers, parents and community members the ability to anonymously report potential threats and other problems is now live in Pennsylvania.

To report a possible dangerous or violent situation, individuals can call the state tip line at 844-723-2729. Tips can also be reported to safe2saypa.org/ or through the Safe2Say app on iPhone and Android devices.

The Safe2Say tip line gives students a way to share information without fear of repercussions or blame from their peers.

Individuals are encouraged to report physical or verbal assault and bullying, discussion about an upcoming planned attack on the school or a person, depression, excessive guilt or hopelessness, suicidal threats or self-harm, substance abuse, or social isolation or withdrawal.

The tip line was modeled after the Safe2Tell program in Colorado, which has received more than 30,000 reports since its inception in 2004, including reports of a planned school attack, suicidal threats and child abuse.
 

Wear Red Feb. 1 to Raise Awareness of Women’s Heart Disease
 
Women across the country are encouraged to wear red on Friday, Feb. 1, as part of the “Go Red for Women” campaign to raise awareness of women’s heart disease. Legislative efforts over the years, including a resolution currently being prepared for this year, have made the official designation in Pennsylvania as a way to remind women of the risks of heart disease.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing one in three deaths each year, or about one per minute. According to the American Heart Association, 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.

The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women vs. men and are often misunderstood. By increasing awareness, speaking up about heart disease and empowering women to reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease, we can save thousands of lives each year.

You can learn more about the symptoms of a heart attack and what to do by clicking here
 
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