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Pennsylvania State Representative District 138

Description of office: The General Assembly is the legislative branch of government in Pennsylvania. It is composed of two houses: the Senate is the upper house, and the House of Representatives is the lower house. A majority vote in both houses is necessary to pass a law. The PA House of Representatives consists of 203 members representing one district each, with an equal number of constituents. Representatives must be at least 21 years old, have been a citizen and a resident of the state four years and a resident of their respective districts one year before their election, and shall reside in their respective districts during their terms of service. The House develops budget packages, makes taxation decisions, allocates spending, and passes laws (including redistricting in collaboration with the Senate). The House also has the exclusive authority to impeach public officials. Representatives also serve on various policy committees that may propose legislation. Term: 2 years Salary: $106,422 Vote for ONE.

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    Jared Bitting

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    Ann Flood

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What do you see as the most pressing issues facing Pennsylvanians, and how would you address them?

What changes would you support making to Pennsylvania’s voting laws to expand access, ensure security, and support local election officials and processes?

What legislation would you support to comply with the Commonwealth Court's ruling that Pennsylvania’s school funding system is unconstitutional and must be reformed?

What changes, if any, would you support making to Pennsylvania’s abortion laws?

County Northampton
Occupation Technology and Engineering Teacher
Education Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree in Technology Education from Millersville University
Qualifications 25 Years of Experience as an Educator, President of the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association, Regional Vice President, President, and Conference Director of the Technology & Engineering Education Association of Pennsylvania
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1)Economy: Raise the minimum wage to $15/hour. Build more middle class housing. Encourage small businesses through loans and access to capital. 2)Healthcare: Bring down the price of prescription drugs & healthcare costs. Invest in mental healthcare. Ensure adequate staffing by investing in attracting and retaining hospital staff. Protect women's rights to choose their own healthcare. 3)Climate: Implement clean energy technology solutions. Enact community solar legislation. 4)Opioid addiction: Increase the use of fentanyl test strips to detect its presence in prescription drugs and reduce the risk of overdose. Expand access to treatment & therapy. 5)Education: Address teacher shortage. Expand career training. Upgrade aging infrastructure.
Enshrine automatic voter registration at the DMV, which is currently being done by executive order, into law. Allow for pre-canvassing of mail in ballots up to 7 days before elections to ensure election results are reported in a timely fashion. Change the deadline for requesting mail in ballots to 11 days before the election instead of 7. Make the secrecy envelope on mail in ballots optional and require counties to attempt to cure ballots with issues. Allow for same day registration with proper checks in place.
1) Calculate fair & equitable targets for state funding of each school district, ensuring low income communities can adequately fund education. 2) Local school district payments to charter schools have doubled in the last ten years, causing budget shortfalls. Reinstate the appropriation that was eliminated by the state in 2011 to help local districts fund charter school payments. 3) Modernize how charter school funding is calculated to create savings for taxpayers. Charter school payments are based on the district's expenses but don't reflect the reality of costs for cyber schools that don't use buildings. 4) Ensure students have access to mental healthcare & school districts have supports in place for students to read by grade level.
Abortion is a basic healthcare right. Every person should have the right to make their own decisions about their body and their healthcare, without interference from the government. I will vote to enshrine the right to an abortion in the Pennsylvania Constitution.
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