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October, 2017

The law providing protection against hate crimes for certain groups in Pennsylvania hasn’t been updated in more than 10 years.  Senator Tartaglione is co-sponsoring legislation that has been introduced to change that.

June, 2017

Supporters of House Bill 1520, legislation to raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania, rallied in the Rotunda of the State Capitol. They were joined by Senator Tartaglione, sponsor of a similar bill in the Senate. The bill would raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $12.00 per hour on January 1st of next year, and by an additional 50 cents per hour each year until 2024, when the minimum wage would be $15.00 per hour. Beginning in 2025, the minimum wage would receive a cost-of-living adjustment every year.

Senator Tartaglione joined hundreds of Teamsters gathered on the steps of the State Capitol to protest legislation that is currently being considered in the General Assembly, bills that the unions have labeled “anti-union.”

March 2017

The PA Senate has passed legislation providing 15 million dollars to the Department of Labor and Industry that will be used to re-hire unemployment call center workers who were laid off late last year. The layoffs came after Senate Republicans refused to renew temporary funding for the offices until they received an accounting of how the money was spent. Senator Tartaglione says this led to long waits for those who were out of work and filing for benefits. Today’s funding should put at least 300 of those workers back on the job.

October 2016

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here is Senator Tartaglione on the Senate floor introducing a Resolution making that declaration and declaring October 21st as Mammography Day.

Senator Tartaglione’s Resolution naming October as Brachial Plexus Injury Month in Pennsylvania received unanimous approval.  Here are her remarks as she introduced the Resolution:

September 2016

Senator Tartaglione speaks on the Senate floor as she introduces a Resolution marking September 10th as World Suicide Prevention Day in the Commonwealth.

July 2016

The Pennsylvania Senate has adopted a resolution recognizing July 11 through 15 as “National Disability Voter Registration Week” in Pennsylvania.  Here’s more with Senator Tartaglione, a cosponsor of the resolution, who says everything possible must be done to help people with disabilities to exercise their right to vote.

June 2016

In remarks on the Senate Floor, Senator Tartaglione reminded state lawmakers that June 30th is the 10th anniversary of the last time the state legislature voted to increase the minimum wage in Pennsylvania to $7.25 an hour.  The Philadelphia lawmaker, who is the Democratic Chair of the Senate Labor & Industry Committee, again urged her colleagues to pass legislation increasing the minimum wage in Pennsylvania.

Senator Tartaglione joined fellow Senate Democrats and representatives of human service agencies at a press conference at the Capitol in Harrisburg to say that the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) has been devastated by recurring state budget cuts. She says the state budget now being developed needs to address funding shortfalls for the PHRC and similar agencies.

May 2016

In remarks at a State Capitol news conference today, Senator Tartaglione commended the Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation for its hard work to provide education and financing opportunities for older Pennsylvanians and people with disabilities, helping them to acquire the assistive technology devices and services that improve the quality of their lives.  Here are the senator’s remarks:

A resolution has been adopted by the state Senate recognizing the month of May as “Older Americans Month” in Pennsylvania.  Here’s more with Senator Tartaglione who says her resolution is intended to pay tribute to our older citizens for their contributions and hard work.

April 2016

The Pennsylvania Senate has adopted a resolution observing April as “Sexual Assault Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania.  Here’s more with Senator Tartaglione, sponsor of the resolution, who says knowledge and awareness are the first steps toward prevention.

March 2016

Senator Tartaglione today commended Gov. Wolf for signing an Executive Order that increases the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.15 an hour for state workers and employees of businesses that are awarded future state contracts.  Here’s more with the Democratic Chair of the Senate Labor & Industry Committee.

February 2016

Calling it a common sense approach to an expanding problem, Senator Tartaglione told a Capitol rally that a $10.10 minimum wage would generate millions in new state income and save the commonwealth millions more.  Listen here for her comments:

The Pennsylvania Senate has adopted a resolution recognizing Friday, February 5, as “National Wear Red Day” in Pennsylvania.  Here’s more with Senator Tartaglione who says her resolution is intended to raise awareness about heart disease and to encourage women to take the necessary steps to prevent, detect and treat the disease.