Bellevue Bulletin 01/31/2019: Record breaking cold can’t stop Philly reps in the House
In the midst of record-breaking cold in the mid-west to Maine, the government is back in action after 35 days. Philadelphia’s temperature is dropping to “below freezing” levels, with Camden schools closing and the Philadelphia School District reporting that many school buses have been delayed, anywhere from one to two hours. So far, the lowest recorded temperature in North America this time around is -39 degrees, in International Falls, Minnesota.
News from Harrisburg brings some good news for Philadelphia. The city’s representatives have been appointed to high-level committees in the House of Representatives, placing Philadelphians in great positions to advocate on a range of ultra-important issues. State Senator Larry Farnese of the 1st District will chair the Community, Economic & Regional Development Minority Committee, while State Sen. Christine Tartaglione from the 2nd District continues to Chair Labor and Industry. State Senator Sharif Street comes from the 3rd District to chair the Banking and Insurance Committee and State Sen. Art Haywood will chair the Health and Human Services Committee. From the 5th District State Senator John Sabatina, Jr. chairs the Transportation Committee; District 7 has State Senator Vincent Hughes leads the Democratic chair on the Appropriations Committee. State Senator Anthony Williams will head the State Government Committee. For a full breakdown of the Senator’s other committee assignments, click here.
Back home in Philadelphia, the long-awaited sale of the former Provident Mutual Life Insurance Co. building at 4601 Market Street is moving forward again, after being halted by City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell. The property has been owned by the city for a number of years, and the bid for a health campus is coming back into action with Blackwell ready to hand over the building. Read more here.
As always, exciting things went down in the Philadelphia Council Caucus room, beginning with a presentation congratulating the Please Touch Museum on the opening of their America to Zanzibar Exhibit, which will be open to the public beginning February 2, 219 – September 19, 2019. Bills introduced included Council President Clarke’s resolution, calling for hearings on the Philadephia Government’s plan to expand the use of the Girard Medical Center Drug Treatment Facility. Check out Council’s official website or their Twitter for more!
Try to keep warm and remember to follow us on Twitter @PhillyAdvocates! Until next time!