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September 11, 2013

Go to Bat Against Hunger at Legislative All-Star Ballgame

Join your friends at Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania and watch lawmakers from both sides of the aisle team up against hunger on Sept. 30 at Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg.  Nearly one out of every six, or about 1.9 million, Pennsylvanians is at risk of hunger and may not know where their next meal...

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August 30, 2013

ELCA Assembly Actions Open New Advocacy Opportunities

In August 2013, over 1,000 voting members at the ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Pittsburgh acted on resolutions and memorials that have implications for LAMPa’s advocacy ministry. LAMPa has prepared a summary of these actions and noted current, related public policy issues in Pennsylvania. + Comprehensive immigration reform. The assembly approved advocacy for the adoption of...

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August 16, 2013

Act Now To Protect Loyalsock State Forest from Drilling

The Corbett Administration and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) have been negotiating extensive new gas development in the Loyalsock State Forest with Anadarko Petroleum for well over a year. An unusual land deed gives the Governor and DCNR extraordinary powers to protect a section of the Loyalsock known as the Clarence Moore Lands,...

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July 18, 2013

“God’s Work. Our Voices.” Monday. September 9, 2013

On September 8, ELCA congregations across Pennsylvania will be serving their neighbors during “God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday. Together we will prepare or deliver meals, fix houses, collect supplies, help a child learn to read and so much more. But what will happen on Monday for those disciples engaged in service and the people with...

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July 9, 2013

PA Dream Act

Every year, 800 Pennsylvania high school graduates walk out of their classrooms and into a world that is closed to them. American children, raised on American soil, are denied the American Dream because they lack the proper paperwork. LAMPa is mobilizing the Lutheran voice in the state to call for the passage of Senate Bill...

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July 9, 2013

LAMPa Launches School Breakfast Campaign

Although the calendar tells us summer has just begun, come Independence Day, students, teachers and parents know back-to-school preparation is just around the corner.  Here at LAMPa, we will be using the summer legislative recess to meet with synod staff and congregations in the “Feed My Lambs” campaign to expand school breakfast participation. In Pennsylvania,...

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July 8, 2013

Senate Derails Payday Move by House

 Payday lenders convinced state House Republican leaders to slip a line into a Fiscal Code bill needed to implement aspects of the new state budget stating that it was the “intent” of House and Senate Republican leaders to pass legislation by October to legalize high-interest payday loans in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately for the Payday industry, the...

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July 3, 2013

State Food Purchase Program Sees Funding Increase

For the first time since the 2006-2007 State Budget, the State Food Purchase Program (SFPP)  has received a funding increase. SFPP was allocated an increase of $100,000.00, or 0.6% over the current fiscal year. This represents a departure from the trend of recent years, in which funding decreased or was held flat in a time...

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June 11, 2013

New Payday Loan Bill Introduced: SB 975

Payday lending proponents have unveiled their proposal in the Senate to bring legalized predatory payday loans to Pennsylvania. It is Senate Bill 975, and bears the misleading title of  “Micro Loan Reform”. This proposal intends to override the Commonwealth’s strong consumer protections and to legalize harmful payday loan products in Pennsylvania. The bill was passed...

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April 4, 2013

LOVING OUR NEIGHBOR BY EXPANDING HEALTH CARE COVERAGE: A Call to the Faith Community in Pennsylvania

On the night before his death, Jesus teaches his disciples one final lesson. He models what it means to be a disciple by serving others and washing their feet. He instructs his closest followers that serving God means loving our neighbor and tending to their needs before our own. Jesus showed his love through direct...

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