Category: Addiction

March 29, 2019

Take Action on General Assistance Now

The bill that would end General Assistance (GA) — HB 33 — was passed (March 25) by the PA House Health Committee and may move quickly to the House floor for a vote. Please reach out to your local PA House member or other legislators you have a relationship with by phone or use this...

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March 3, 2019

General Assistance: a Critical Program for Pennsylvania

LAMPa, along with organizations that serve communities across the Commonwealth,  recently signed onto a letter asking Pennsylvania lawmakers to protect General Assistance (GA). The letter, delivered to all legislators, urges them to vote against House Bill 33, which would eliminate GA in Pennsylvania, and to ensure continued funding for GA in the 2019-20 Budget. General...

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February 6, 2019

2019 ELCA Advocacy Policy Priorities

God is calling us into the world to serve together. Shaped by the ELCA’s social teaching documents and experiences of its congregations, ministries and partners, the ELCA advocates to end world hunger and stands up for policies that create opportunities to overcome poverty, promote peace and dignity, and preserve God’s creation. Introduced by the ELCA...

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June 29, 2018

Governor Signs Bipartisan “Clean Slate” Law

Pennsylvania recently became the first state in the nation with a “Clean Slate” law. Gov. Tom Wolf signed the bipartisan-backed legislation, referred to as the “Clean Slate” bill designed to remove the stigma that can stand in the way of someone getting a job, housing, college admission or loans if they had convictions for a summary...

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November 15, 2017

Dec. 31 Deadline to Block Gambling Expansion in Your Community

Pennsylvania municipalities have until Dec. 31 to ban gambling expansion in the form of  “mini-casinos” in their boundaries as the result of a hastily considered revenue package adopted in late October.  Municipalities so wishing must adopt a resolution prohibiting any of the 10 approved mini-casinos and submit it to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board by...

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May 15, 2017

Summer MDiv. Intern Focusing on Mental Health/Addiction Advocacy

G. Travis Woodfield joins LAMPa for the summer with the goal of organizing our advocacy work around mental health and addiction. Currently entering his third year of divinity school at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., he is in process for the Word and Service roster in the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the ELCA. “I am...

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