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2017

October 25, 2017: Senators Sharif Street and Anthony Williams joined activists who filled the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg, calling for an end to what they call “Death by Incarceration.”

October 24, 2107:  The law providing protection against hate crimes for certain groups in Pennsylvania hasn’t been updated in more than 10 years.  Senator Williams is co-sponsoring legislation that has been introduced to change that.

February 15, 2017: Senator Williams wants everyone in the state to be aware of hit-and-run incidents in which someone is seriously injured or killed.  He’s proposing an alert system similar to the “Amber Alert” system used to notify people about the kidnapping of a child.

2016

November 2, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: Registration has opened for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Senator Williams says the LIHEAP program is designed to help low-income Pennsylvanians pay for heat this winter and get needed repairs to furnaces and other heating equipment.

August 1, 2016:  Senator Williams was joined by local law enforcement officers for a Telephone Town Hall to talk about the National Night Out program and other issues involving police and the citizens they serve.  Click below to listen to the entire program:

June 22, 2016:  Senator Williams held a press conference along with fellow Senate Democrats and representatives of human service agencies to say that the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) has been devastated by recurring state budget cuts. He says the state budget now being developed needs to address funding shortfalls for the PHRC and similar agencies.

June 15, 2016: Senator Williams held another of his Telephone Town Hall Meetings last night in which participants were able to ask questions about neighborhood crime and a wide range of local and state issues as well as listen to a discussion on topics that are important to the residents of Philadelphia and Delaware counties and the Commonwealth.  You can listen here to the complete town hall meeting.

June 13, 2016: The Pennsylvania Senate has adopted a resolution honoring the life of Muhammad Ali, a trail-blazing athlete, civil rights activist, humanitarian, philanthropist, and global citizen who passed away on June 3rd at the age of 74.  Here’s more with Senator Williams, sponsor of the resolution.

June 7, 2016:  Senator Williams, Democratic chairman of the Senate State Government Committee, requested a hearing before the Committee focusing on complaints that have recently been made about the way the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission is handling complaints brought to them by tenants and employees.  Here are the Senator’s opening remarks, outlining the reasons for the hearing:

May 6, 2016:  Pennsylvania Moment: May 30th is Memorial Day, and May 21st is Armed Forces Day. Senator Williams says veterans, their families and survivors should check and make sure they are receiving all of the benefits to which they’re entitled.

April 20, 2016: Senator Williams last night held a first-time ever Telephone Town Hall Meeting with a live audience at the 18th Police District in Philadelphia in which local residents attending the town hall meeting and those participating over the phone were able to ask questions about police and safety issues.  You can listen here to the complete town hall meeting.

April 13, 2016: A bipartisan group of state lawmakers, law enforcement officials, and criminal justice advocates have introduced legislation that would seal criminal records for minor offenses in Pennsylvania.  Here’s more with Senator Williams, a cosponsor of the measure, who spoke in support of the bill at a State Capitol news conference today.

March 16, 2016: Senator Williams held another of his Telephone Town Hall meetings last night in which participants were able to ask questions about a wide range of local and state issues as well as listen to a discussion on topics that are important to the residents of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth.  You can listen here to the complete town hall meeting.

February 10, 2016: In remarks on the Senate Floor today, Senator Williams talks about the failure of the General Assembly to work together to approve a state budget and the need for a bipartisan approach to solving the state’s financial problems.

January 13, 2016: Senator Williams held another of his Telephone Town Hall Meetings last night in which participants were able to ask questions about a wide range of topics including senior citizen issues, the cost of health care, and education as well as listen to a discussion on issues that are important to Philadelphia and the Commonwealth.  You can listen here to the complete town hall meeting.

2015

December 16, 2015: Flying unmanned drones appears to be gaining popularity not only among residents and businesses in Pennsylvania, but also by government agencies including law enforcement.  Here’s more with Senator Williams, whose Senate-adopted resolution calls on the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a study of their use and report back to the General Assembly.

December 9, 2015: Senator Williams, joining with Senator Judy Schwank, says the disciplinary boards that are supposed to look into problems with judges are controlled by those judges.  The two Senators are proposing legislation to change that.