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Advocate for yourselves and others by meeting with legislators directly! Take the opportunity to join RCPA as we hold our annual Capitol Day this year on Tuesday, March 19. We will hold a press conference in the Main Rotunda between 10:30 am – 11:30 am, which will tentatively include speakers such as:

  • Representative Dan Miller;
  • Representative Stephen Kinsey;
  • Representative Doyle Heffley;
  • Senator Art Haywood; and
  • Senator Frank Farry.

You can register for our Capitol Day press conference by contacting Allison Brognia directly. Please let us know if additional staff or colleagues within your organization are planning to attend Capitol Day with you. RCPA requests that members schedule appointments with their Senate and House legislators directly to discuss the state budget, legislation, and regulations after our press conference.

We ask that you please use RCPA’s legislative priorities one-pager during your legislative visits. As an additional resource, members can visit the Pennsylvania Capitol website to locate parking and view maps of the building. If you have questions regarding our 2024 Capitol Day, please contact Jack Phillips.

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RCPA is proud to announce that we will be hosting our annual Capitol Day on Tuesday, March 19, 2024. We will hold a press conference in the Main Rotunda between 10:30 am – 11:30 am, which will tentatively include speakers such as:

  • Representative Dan Miller;
  • Representative Stephen Kinsey;
  • Representative Doyle Heffley;
  • Senator Art Haywood; and
  • Senator Frank Farry.

You can register for our Capitol Day press conference here. If additional staff or colleagues within your organization are planning to attend Capitol Day with you, please email Christine Tartaglione with the number of anticipated attendees. RCPA requests that members schedule appointments with their Senate and House legislators directly to discuss the state budget, legislation, and regulations after our press conference.

We ask that you monitor your emails for updates regarding Capitol Day, as RCPA will be sending out legislative priorities and other policy documents for use during legislative visits in the near future. As an additional resource, members can visit the Pennsylvania Capitol website to locate parking and view maps of the building. If you have questions regarding our 2024 Capitol Day, please contact Jack Phillips.

The following comes from WFMJ:

Shapiro’s proposal would boost spending on home and community services for the intellectually disabled and autistic by about $200 million, or 12% more.

That’s about half the amount that advocates say is needed to fix a system beset by staffing shortages, low pay and a thousands-long waiting list.

Still, advocates applauded it.

“It’s the first large systemic effort at addressing this issue,” said Richard Edley of the Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association. ”This isn’t going to fix it, but at least it’s major step toward addressing it.”

Read the full article here.

RCPA is delighted to share our 2023 Year in Review! We’re confident that this review will provide you with valuable insights, and inspire you as we highlight some of our significant achievements. This past year, we have embarked on groundbreaking initiatives and celebrated remarkable successes, all thanks to our collective efforts. As we step into 2024, we remain optimistic about reaching new heights together, and hope this review fuels your enthusiasm for what we can all accomplish in the coming year.

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Not seeking re-election:
 Rep. Paul Schemel (R–Franklin) (State House of Representatives – D90)
 Rep. Rob Mercuri (R–Allegheny) (State House of Representatives – D28)
 Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R–Lehigh) (State House of Representatives – D187)
 Rep. John Galloway (D–Bucks) (State House of Representatives – D140) – Elected as Magisterial District Judge in Falls Township
 Rep. Patty Kim (D–Dauphin) (State House of Representatives – D103)
 Rep. Jim Marshall (R–Beaver) (State House of Representatives – D14)
 Rep. Mark Rozzi (D–Berks) (State House of Representatives – D126)
 Rep. George Dunbar (R–Westmorland) (House of Representatives – D56)
 Sen. John DiSanto (R–Dauphin) (State Senate – D15)
 Sen. Mike Regan (R–Cumberland) (State Senate – D31)
 Rep. Donna Oberlander (R–Clarion) (State House of Representatives – D63)
 Sen. Jim Brewster (D–Allegheny) (State Senate – D45)

Members seeking different seats/offices:
 Rep. Patty Kim (D–Dauphin) (State House of Representatives – D103) – Running for State Senate – D15
 Rep. Rob Mercuri (R–Allegheny) (State House of Representatives – D28) – Running for U.S. House of Representatives – D17
 Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R–Lehigh) (State House of Representatives – D187) – Running for U.S. House of Representatives – D7
 Rep. Ryan Bizzarro (D–Erie) (State House of Representatives – D3) – Running for State Treasurer
 Rep. Mark Rozzi (D–Berks) (State House of Representatives – D126) – Running for State Auditor General
 Rep. Jarred Solomon (D–Philadelphia) (State House of Representatives – D202) – Running for State Attorney General
 Rep. Malcom Kenyatta (D–Philadelphia) (State House of Representatives – D181) – Running for State Auditor General
 Rep. Craig Williams (R–Delaware) (State House of Representatives – D160) – Running for State Attorney General
 Rep. Dawn Keefer (R–York) (State House of Representatives – D92) – Running for State Senate – D31
 Rep. Nick Pisciottano (D–West Mifflin) (State House of Representatives – D38) Running for State Senate – D45

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On November 7, 2023, RCPA submitted comments to the Department of Labor’s Hour and Wage Division regarding the proposed rule “Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales, and Computer Employees (RIN 1235-AA39).” While we understand the need to modernize and update the Fair Labor Standards Act exemption regulations, RCPA strongly urges DOL to re-examine the proposed new salary threshold in a manner that considers the unique pressures on health care providers, as well as regional variations in the cost of living and average salary for human services providers. As currently written, the proposal unfortunately does not consider the implications of current health care funding for safety net services. Thus, the current proposal would have a potentially devastating effect on health care organizations serving low-income individuals with serious and complex disorders and disabilities, resulting in the need for service cutbacks and program closures.

You can read the full comments here.