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Statement on State Rep. Brian Sims
Earlier this week, I initiated a request to the Attorney General regarding State Rep. Brian Sims recent conduct. Shortly after I saw the videos he posted it was clear the behavior on display was unacceptable and steps to hold him accountable would be necessary. I felt Rep. Sims actions should be met with strong repercussions. In order to determine if anything illegal did occur I had the following letter hand delivered to Attorney General’s office for further investigation:

Dear Attorney General Shapiro,

I am writing to request an investigation take place into the recent actions of State Representative Brian Sims. Recent videos posted by Representative Sims clearly show him working to intimidate peaceful protestors on two separate occasions, including in one instance calling for the "doxing" of minor children.

In viewing these videos, it seems there may be potential violations to Pennsylvania's statutes. I will leave it to your office to determine all and any applicable violations to Pennsylvania law that may have occurred.

The videos in question were taken on April 18, 2019 and May 2, 2019 at 1144 Locust Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Here are links to both incidents:

May 2, 2019:                                    

April 18, 2019:                                                              

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter

Martina White
Pennsylvania State Representative
170th Legislative District


Government Done Right Requires Efficiency, Transparency, Fiscal Responsibility
As part of our “Government Done Right” initiative, we passed additional bills this week to increase transparency, save taxpayers money and improve the efficiency of government.

House Bill 880 would do this by helping to reduce our state debt. It would extend and accelerate the reduction of the debt ceiling for the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program by $500 million over five years. Lowering our debt reduces the financial burden of current and future taxpayers.

To ensure businesses get effective and efficient treatment when navigating the Commonwealth’s legal system, we voted to create Commerce Courts. Under House Bill 332, these courts would have judges dedicated to hearing and deciding complex business-related cases, including acquisitions, mergers, dissolutions and liquidations, among other items.

The bills now go to the Senate for its consideration.

For more information on this initiative, visit

Improving CPR Education to Save Lives

This week the House passed Senate Bill 115 aimed at teaching students cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to help them save lives.

The bill would require the Pennsylvania Department of Education to work with the Department of Health and other stakeholders to develop curriculum that could be used by schools across the state. The aim is to help reduce the more than 350,000 cardiac arrests that occur outside of a hospital each year by preparing young people.
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