Note From Daylin
I hope this email finds you all safe & healthy. You’ve likely noticed a lot of email correspondence from us lately; we’re trying our best to stay-in-touch and keep you updated while our physical office remains closed. Many of our emails have primarily focused on COVID-19-related updates, which we’ll continue. However, we also wanted to send you one of our standard In the Know emails so that we can keep you posted on other news and happenings around the 17th District.
While the last few months have certainly been difficult, there’s also been a lot to celebrate. Earlier this month, the US Supreme Court ruled that workers cannot be fired for being gay or transgender. While workers in at least half of the country have been protected by local legislation that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, there has been no federal law ever passed to explicitly bar LGBTQ workers from being fired on that basis.
This is a huge win for members of the LGBTQ community and for all Americans. I introduced Pennsylvania’s first gay marriage bill back in 2009 and while that bill never technically passed, I’m thrilled with the progress we’ve made on this issue over the last decade, both legislatively and in the courts. Justice Neil Gorsuch, a conservative appointed by President Trump, authored the court’s opinion. In it, he wrote:
“An individual’s homosexuality or transgender status is not relevant to employment decisions. That’s because it is impossible to discriminate against a person for being homosexual or transgender without discriminating against that individual based on sex.”
This decision is great news, but at the same time, long overdue. There is still much work to be done. June marks the beginning of summer, but it’s also something much more significant, the time to celebrate Pride Month. If you’re interested in learning more about Pride Month and ways you can help, please visit https://nationaltoday.com/pride-month/.
We also welcomed other good news from the Supreme Court, who just yesterday, in a 5-4 ruling, struck down a restrictive Louisiana abortion law. A measure that would have required doctors who provide abortions to have “admitting privileges” at a hospital within 30 miles.
I hope you all had a great weekend. We’ll continue sending weekly emails with updates and other helpful info. If there’s ever anything that we can help you with, please don’t hesitate to contact my office at email@example.com or 610.768.4200.
The Latest News
Montgomery County reopens parks as coronavirus restrictions ease
Main Line Media News
As coronavirus restrictions ease, Montgomery County officials on Monday reopened Lorimer Park in Abington and Lower Perkiomen Valley Park in Upper Providence, completing a phased reopening plan for county parks begun earlier this month.
A win for Dreamers: Norristown celebrates Supreme Court decision on DACA
The Times Herald
They're celebrating in Norristown. The rejoicing is over the Supreme Court's decision on Thursday that President Trump did not have the authority to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program cases. “This is a win for the DACA dreamers. We are celebrating today but we’re going back to work tomorrow and reach out to our legislators to find a permanent path for DACA recipients,” said Nelly Jiminez, executive director of ACLAMO (Accíon Comunal Latinoamericana de Montgomery County).
Bill would help unimpaired medicinal cannabis users avoid DUIs
Drivers who have used medicinal cannabis, yet are not legally impaired, could not be charged with driving under the influence per a new bill introduced by state Sen. Camera Bartolotta.
First batch of marijuana pardons under expedited review head to Wolf’s desk
Penn Capital Star
The results were clear. The final report produced after Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s 67-county cannabis listening tour in 2019 showed 65 to 70 percent of the thousands of tour attendees support “adult-use cannabis legalization.”
Police reforms move forward in Pa. Legislature
One day before the one-month anniversary of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, the Pennsylvania General Assembly took swift decisive action to strengthen police hiring practices, record law enforcement’s use of force, and other reform measures.
Pa. grand jury report on fracking: DEP failed to protect public health
A Pennsylvania grand jury report two years in the making slammed the Department of Environmental Protection for failing to protect the public from the health effects of fracking.
Could 6 acres at Blue Marsh Lake hold an answer to killing spotted lanternflies?
The Reading Eagle
Six acres in a remote section of Blue Marsh Recreation Area could hold the key to suppressing the spotted lanternfly.
There’s a new, and some say better, spotted lanternfly trap that can be made at home
The Morning Call
Homeowners with spotted lanternfly infestations have a new tool to fight the invasive insects.
Mexico earthquake: deaths as 7.5-magnitude tremor hits Oaxaca state
A 7.5-magnitude earthquake has rattled large swaths of southern and centralMexico,killing at least five people.
Major League Baseball is back. So, now what?
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
The financial wrangling is over. Health and safety protocols have been developed, tweaked, and agreed upon. Rules and roster limits have been adjusted to reflect the difficulty of playing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
High levels of arsenic found in US Whole Foods’ bottled water brand
Bottled water manufactured by Whole Foods and sold in most of its US stores and on Amazon contains potentially harmful levels of arsenic, according to new tests by Consumer Reports (CR).
The long-awaited Clean Up Weekends will be held on July 11th & 12th from 8 am – 4:30 pm and then again on July 25th & 26th from 8 am-4:30 pm, to help residents declutter and get rid of unwanted items. For questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610-667-1952 or 610-667-1953.
Upper Merion Virtual Family Disney Trivia - July 1 at 6:30pm
Spend some quality family time together as you test your Disney trivia skills against other families! This program will be live on Zoom so please register your family through the Upper Merion Library’s event calendar to receive the Zoom link and password for this event.
Co-Existing With Nature
Now more than ever there is a dire need to protect essential pollinators such as butterflies and bees. Pollution, the misuse of chemicals, disease, and changes in climate patterns are all contributing to shrinking and shifting pollinator populations.
Approximately 75% to 95% of all flowering plants on the earth need help with pollination. Pollinators provide pollination services to over 180,000 different plant species and more than 1200 crops nationwide. In addition to the food that we eat, pollinators support healthy ecosystems that clean the air, stabilize soils, and support other wildlife species.
Pollinators need our help, and there are things we can do to make a difference in our very own backyards! For more information, see below and visit https://www.epa.gov/pollinator-protection.