State Senator Andy Dinniman (D-19) addressed the crowd at the June 30 “Keep Families Together” rally. He started by noting that he has spoken many times on the court House steps, but never thought he’d be there protesting the separation of families by the US government. Other notes:
“It’s cruel, it’s immoral, it’s wrong, and we’ll make sure that it stops.”
“We are here today to reclaim the soul of America.”
Senator Dinniman with part of the large crowd that he stirred to constant applause as he wound up his talk (photo by Stephen Schur):
Senator Andy Dinniman (D-19), May 24, 2018
HARRISBURG (May 24, 2018) – A Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission judge today approved state Senator Andy Dinniman’s petition to halt operation of the Mariner East 1 (ME1) pipeline and prohibit construction of the Mariner East 2 (ME2) and Mariner East 2X (ME2X) pipelines in West Whiteland Township.
“From the beginning, we knew this was a ‘David vs. Goliath’ battle,” Dinniman said. “Well, in this round, David won and the people of West Whiteland and Chester County won. The order is a resounding affirmation of everything we’ve been saying – the Mariner East pipeline project has potentially endangered our neighborhoods, schools, environment, property rights, water resources, infrastructure, not to mention the health, safety, well-being and very way of life in our communities.”
In siding with Dinniman, Administrative Law Judge Elizabeth H. Barnes agreed that the ongoing construction of the problem-riddled pipeline project in a densely populated, high-consequence area constitutes an “emergency situation which presents a clear and present danger to life or property.”…
Keep reading and download the judge’s full order at Senator Andy Dinniman
State Senator Andy Dinniman (D-19), December 19, 2017
WEST CHESTER (December 19, 2017) – Calling the impacts of Sunoco’s Mariner East II Pipeline drilling “unacceptable,” state Senator Andy Dinniman again today called on Governor Tom Wolf to suspend the project until constituents’ concerns are resolved.
“In my district alone, pipeline construction has contaminated almost two dozen wells, disrupted businesses, created significant environmental damage, and resulted in the development of an expanding sinkhole that currently threatens at least two private homes and is within 100 feet of Amtrak’s Keystone Line,” Dinniman wrote in a December 18 letter to Wolf. “I should point out that all of these incidents have occurred in a single Chester County municipality [West Whiteland Township] as a result of pipeline construction.”
Dinniman, who serves on the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, has been a vocal critic of the way the pipeline was being constructed and an advocate for voicing residents’ environmental, public health, property rights, and safety concerns related to the project….
keep reading, see video of Sen. Dinniman’s forceful remarks to the PA Senate, pending legislation, etc. at State Senator Andy Dinniman. Senator Dinniman to PA Senate: “The Truth of the matter is that DEP is not protecting my constituents against a real and present danger.”
from Governor Wolf, November 13, 2017 [n.b. Senator Andy Dinniman, D-19, is among the 14 senators who introduced the bill]
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today called on the General Assembly to pass bipartisan legislation, Senate Bill 501 sponsored by Senator Tom Killion (R-Delaware), that would prohibit domestic abusers subject to final Protection From Abuse (PFA) orders from possessing firearms. Across the country, recent mass shootings often have a common thread: perpetrators with a history of domestic violence.
“We must protect victims – spouses and children – of domestic violence and attempt to prevent domestic abusers from escalating their violence in everyday places that result in mass murder,” Governor Wolf said. “It is time for the General Assembly to act on this bipartisan, commonsense legislation to protect victims and reduce violence.”
According to recent research, from 2009 to 2016 in the U.S., there have been 156 mass shootings—incidents in which four or more people were shot and killed, not including the shooter. These incidents resulted in 1,187 victims shot: 848 people were shot and killed, and 339 people were shot and injured. The majority of mass shootings—54 percent of cases—were related to domestic or family violence.
Senate Bill 501 was introduced at the beginning of this session and referred to committee in late March of 2017. It has bipartisan sponsors from across the state in the Senate.
Governor Wolf has pushed for a package of reforms aimed at combatting domestic violence, including SB 501 and: Continue reading