October, 2018

Victims of domestic violence who live in public housing can find themselves trapped in their homes, forced to live with their abuser. Senator Haywood’s legislation to change that situation will soon be signed into law.

Senator Haywood says Pennsylvania school districts are now required to test drinking water for lead. If a district doesn’t test its water, officials have to hold a meeting to tell you why.

The state Senate has passed and sent to the Governor a bill designed to get guns out of the hands of domestic abusers.

Reacting to reports that Philadelphia is the poorest big city in America, and that childhood poverty is greater than 20 percent in 13 counties across Pennsylvania, Senator Haywood has proposed attacking poverty on several fronts, beginning with raising the minimum wage.

September 2018

Lawmakers in Harrisburg, including Senator Haywood, have unveiled a package of bills designed to improve relations between police and their communities.

Continuing his discussion about clean water in our schools and homes, Senator Haywood conducted a Telephone Town Hall with Patrick Patterson, Regional Director of the Southeastern Regional Office of the PA Department of Environmental Protection.  You can listen to the entire Telephone Town Hall by clicking below.

July 2018

Senator Haywood suggests some day trips you can take right here in the city this summer.

Senator Haywood joined with fellow lawmakers, educators and schools to put together a summer reading program that will help kids keep their skills up over the summer months.

June 2018

Senator Haywood comments on the passage of the 2018 state Budget

…and the Senator notes that some of the most important funding in this year’s budget is the 60 million dollars that will go to programs for safer schools and communities

Senator Haywood reminds families that Pennsylvania’s Children’s Health Insurance Program — CHIP — covers all kids with quality health insurance.

May 2018

May is Military Appreciation Month. Senator Haywood encourages Pennsylvania’s veterans to take advantage of the benefits they’ve earned.

April 2018

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Senator Haywood says the theme of the Awareness Month is “Embrace Your Voice.”

An estimated one in every 68 children in the United States is living with an autism spectrum disorder. Senator Haywood says the state has ways to make life easier for those with autism and their families.

March 2018

Legislation sponsored by Senator Haywood would make it easier for you to get fresh foods from smaller farms by visiting a farmers’ market.  His bill would provide needed funding to start, keep and improve farmers’ markets.

The state Senate has approved a package of bills, including legislation sponsored by Senator Haywood, to help those who are victims of domestic violence and other crimes.

Senator Haywood hosted a Telephone Town Hall to address the opioid crisis with his special guest, Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners.  You can listen to the entire Telephone Town Hall here:

February 2018

If you’re looking for a job, Senator Haywood says that help is available.

A bipartisan group of state lawmakers, including Senator Haywood, says it’s time for the Commonwealth to develop a retirement security program for its citizens.

Senator Haywood held another Telephone Town Hall meeting, allowing citizens of the 4th District to call in questions to the Senator and Suzanne Almeida, Executive Director of the PA League of Women Voters. They discussed gerrymandering and other voting issues. Listen here:

Senator Haywood is co-sponsoring legislation to increase Pennsylvania’s minimum wage, saying it will be good for workers and for the state’s economy.

January 2018

Democrats in the state Senate laid out their legislative priorities for Pennsylvania in 2018. Senator Haywood talked about making sure young people have good mentors and role models, and about including all Pennsylvanians in the state’s success.

Winter weather is here, and Senator Haywood is advising travelers to check with PA 511 and get road conditions before venturing out.

December 2017

The deadline to purchase health insurance through the Affordable Care Act is this Friday. Senator Haywood wants to make sure you don’t miss out.

November 2017

Senator Haywood hosted a Telephone Town Hall Meeting, featuring acting Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman, to talk about getting affordable health insurance through the Affordable Care Act website.  You can hear the town hall in its entirety here.

Senator Haywood and his fellow Senate Democrats have gone “on tour,” helping state residents sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Senator Haywood reminds Pennsylvanians that they can still sign up for health insurance on the Affordable Care Act website ( — or modify an existing policy — but the time to do so is limited.

October 2017

Senator Haywood hosted a Telephone Town Hall during which he discussed issues involving voting with an official from the Department of State. You can listen to the entire Town Hall meeting by clicking below:

Senator Haywood says he and other Senate Democrats are working with Governor Wolf and insurance companies to keep health insurance available and affordable, despite the recent decisions coming out of Washington.

Senator Haywood encourages everyone to do what they can to help victims of this year’s hurricanes, but says to be careful when donating.

Senator Haywood is introducing legislation that would streamline the way medical professionals are paid for their services, something he says would save money for everyone concerned.

August 2017

Senator Haywood Talks to WURD’s Charles Ellison on Domestic Terrorism Law: Heather Heyer Act

Senator Haywood’s WURD Interview on the PA Budget

July 2017

The state Senate voted 26-24 in favor of a $2.2 billion revenue package to pay for the $32 billion spending plan the legislature enacted in June.  The revenue package contains several new items, including a first-ever severance tax on the extraction of natural gas from Marcellus Shale, which is expected to generate 100 million dollars in revenue.  A re-instatement of a gross receipts tax on the use of natural gas is expected to generate 200 million dollars to fund the state’s LIHEAP program to help low-income residents heat their homes in the winter. Senator Haywood was a NO vote, however; he says the revenue plan sells the state short in several areas.

June 2017

By a vote of 43-7, the state Senate approved a $32 billion spending plan for 2017-18 that increases spending by less than 1 percent above what was available to spend this year. Senator Haywood says now that the spending plan is in place, lawmakers have to figure out how to pay for it.

The Pennsylvania Senate approved a bill  that will allow school employees to have guns on school grounds by a 28-22 vote. Senate Bill 383 now goes to the House of Representatives. Senator Haywood was a “no” vote, and he tells why.

Senator Haywood joined with Democratic members of the Pennsylvania House and Senate as they gathered in the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg to express their opposition to the legislation repealing the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) currently making its way through the U.S. Senate.

April 2017

The state Senate has approved funding that will allow the state’s unemployment call centers to re-hire workers that were laid off last year. Senator Haywood says the money will help all the state’s unemployed workers.

March 2017

Senator Haywood discusses “Fair Share PA” with WURD 900 am host Charles Ellison.

February 2017

The efficiency, operation and fairness of how Pennsylvania conducts its elections was brought up during day two of Senate budget hearings.  Senator Haywood says Pennsylvanians can feel safe about their elections.

Senator Haywood says  Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 2017-18 budget invests in jobs and working families and is a good fiscal blueprint to begin budget deliberations.  The $32.3 billion budget plan calls for an additional $100 million in basic education, $75 million for high-quality early education and $25 million for special education.

To coincide with the beginning of Black History Month, Senator Haywood, along with the Pennsylvania Deparment of General Services and the State Museum, unveiled a new art exhibit at the state Capitol.

January 2017

Senator Haywood spoke on the Senate floor about President Trump’s ban on allowing Muslims from certain countries to enter the U.S.

Pennsylvania Moment: Winter weather can cause hazards and delays for drivers on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Senator Haywood advises you to be prepared by checking Turnpike conditions before you head out.

December 2016

Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Haywood suggests making a donation to your local food bank as one way to make this a happy holiday season for all.

November 2016

Pennsylvania Moment: Registration has opened for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Senator Haywood says the LIHEAP program is designed to help low-income Pennsylvanians pay for heat this winter and get needed repairs to furnaces and other heating equipment.

October 2016

Senator Haywood held another of his telephone town hall meetings recently during which constituents were able to call in and ask questions on issues that included raising the minimum wage in Pennsylvania, education concerns, homelessness, and many other issues that matter to the residents of Montgomery County and Philadelphia.  You can listen to the entire telephone town hall meeting by clicking here.

The month of October is set aside to increase awareness about Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence.  Senator Haywood has information on both topics.


























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